Give a dog a home for Christmas and beyond

Lady is a beautiful stray who has a playful nature typical of a Lurcher

Lady is a beautiful stray who has a playful nature typical of a Lurcher

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A group of lonely pooches are pining for a home this festive season after being left unloved at the pound for years.

Sky needs a loving home soon as she gets stressed being in kennelsSky needs a loving home soon as she gets stressed being in kennels

Six long-standing RSPCA dogs are desperately looking to be re-homed in the run up to Christmas.

Maureen, a volunteer walker at the Southridge Animal Centre near London Colney, said: “I would so love these dogs to be adopted as they have been at the centre for so long.

“People can sometimes be put off adopting a rescue dog because they think they can be unpredictable but that’s not the case.

Tina has been at the kennels the longest and is desperate for a new home.Tina has been at the kennels the longest and is desperate for a new home.

“I would always adopt a rescue dog because you know what you’re getting, and these dogs really are so lovely. Anyone I know who has had a rescue dog wouldn’t have it any other way, and that’s why we have such a small number of people who return the dogs.”

Among the six lonely canines are Lady the Lurcher, Sky the Staffie Cross, a Lurcher cross named Tina, Marley the Staffie, German Shepherd cross called Skipper, and Snowy, a Husky cross.

Lady is a beautiful stray who has a playful nature typical of a Lurcher, so will often chase cats and small animals.

Marley is a two year old Staffie cross who loves other animalsMarley is a two year old Staffie cross who loves other animals

Maureen said: “She loves having walks and cuddles, is great with other dogs and travels very well. You will fall in love with her,”

Sky is a friendly grey and white dog that has bundles of energy and loves to play ball. Maureen explained: “Sky needs a loving home soon as she gets stressed being in kennels. She loves people and loves to be fussed over.”

She described Tina the grey Lurcher cross who has been in the kennels the longest, as having a very playful nature and loving to chase a tennis ball.

Skipper is very well behaved and enjoys being groomedSkipper is very well behaved and enjoys being groomed

“Tina needs to be in a loving home, she deserves it after being in kennels for such a long time.” .

Two-year old Marley, a Staffie, loves people and playing with other animals, even sharing his cage with the local sparrows.

Skipper is a loving dog who has been at the kennels for some time and, Maureen said, was “very well behaved and enjoys being groomed”.

Beautiful Snowy is a lovely, happy and contented dog.Beautiful Snowy is a lovely, happy and contented dog.

Snowy, the Husky cross, is also looking for a home. Maureen said: “Beautiful Snowy is a lovely, happy and contented dog.

“She has a lovely white coat, very friendly and would love a home for Christmas.”

If you would like to adopt one of the lonely dogs contact the Southridge Animal Centre on 0300 123 0704. The centre is always looking for volunteer walkers. Anyone who would like to help should get in touch on the number above.

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