Dog rejected over 30 times by potential owners searching for forever home

Dog rejected over 30 times by potential owners searching for forever home

One-year-old Bella has been dubbed ‘Britain’s loneliest dog’ after being rejected over 30 times by potential owners and spending 15 months of her short life in a shelter.

Bella, a beagle and lurcher cross has had over 30 adoption applications fail during her long stay at the animal shelter, where she is the longest stay in recent history.

She had already had four homes by the time she was just seven months old, when she arrived at RSPCA Millbrook Animal Centre in Chobham, Surrey, in February 2020 – where she’s been waiting for her forever home since.

The 30 potential adopters either saw that Bella might need more of a specialist home than they realised and changed their mind or the applications have been from people who sadly weren’t suitable for her.

Bella is in need of quite a specific home as she needs to live in a rural location.

Her past – and all the upheaval that’s come with it – has left her with some emotional scars, which rescue staff are working hard to help her with.

Liz Wood, the centre’s deputy manager, said: ‘Our lovely Bella is certainly one of the longest stay dogs in terms of how long she has been waiting to find her forever home.

‘She is definitely the dog we have had to spend the most time and energy working on building up her confidence.

‘However, it’s been so worth it and we can’t wait to see her in a lovely home.’

Although the team are happy Bella has come so far, Liz says her one year anniversary at the centre wasn’t anything to celebrate.

She adds: ‘When Bella came to us, she was very scared and very under socialised with dogs and people.

‘She was living in a small flat before coming into our care and she is very wary of noises and unfamiliar people so she will need to be rehomed to a rural location with an enclosed garden away from the public so that she can feel calm and happy in her own space.

‘We have worked hard to improve Bella’s socialisation and confidence and are now at the point where that socialisation, training and confidence building needs to continue in a home environment so we are really keen to find the perfect home for Bella.

‘As she has already been in four homes, we want to make sure that this time she ends up in the right, permanent and happy forever home that she so desperately deserves.’

If you think yours might be the right home for sweet Bella, you can look at her profile and apply for adoption here.

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