No one would have predicted that Hector would be at Little Valley Animal Shelter for a long time when he first arrived at the shelter in October 2017.
Yet there he remains even after two years.
The British media has started called him ‘Britain’s Loneliest Dog’ since he is yet to be adopted.
It didn’t take the dog to be adored by everyone after he was pulled from his home. The RSPCA had intervened with his previous owner because of welfare issues when he was very young.
“Hector is hilarious,” Jo Evans, the shelter manager, said in a press release. “He never fails to make us smile and is a firm favourite with all who meet him.”
“He’s adored by staff and we can’t understand why he is always overlooked,” Evans continued. “This big lad has lots of love to give.”
Hector might be a full-grown adult now, with his 3 feet height and black and white lurcher–but even though he was well looked after, he’s all skin and bones.
He’s a playful creature, goofy and kind, and it’s reflected in his perfect brown eyes. According to the shelter’s website, Hector has a “huge personality and the size to match,” it continues, “Hector is an active boy who is looking for like-minded owners who can take him on plenty of adventures!”
It’s assumed that people usually overlook him during adoption because of his resource guarding and separation anxiety, even though he’s so smart and adorable.
“Hector has not been used to being left in his previous home and because of this he can find being home alone quite scary,” the shelter writes on Facebook. “He will, therefore, be looking for a home where someone is around for most of the day to help him settle in and teach him that being left alone for short periods is OK.”
Hector might require, according to the staff, a home that’s childless and where he’s the only pet since he doesn’t enjoy sharing his food or toys.
“We would love for Hector to be able to live with other animals and children,” the shelter writes on Facebook. “If this was the case, he would be happy in a home by now, which is what we all want for him.”
The doggie has made noticeable leaps with his training. It’s no wonder that the staff are more hopeful than ever that Hector will finally find a home.
If all goes well then, perhaps, Hector won’t be the loneliest dog in Britain forever.
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