Joy as “Britain’s loneliest dog” finds home after more than 500 days waiting

Buddy had spent 515 days at RSPCA Brent Knoll Animal Centre in Somerset, outstaying all the other animals. The animal centre said Buddy’s previous owner had wanted him put down because of his “challenging behaviour” but a vet refused.

The adorable pet hasn’t yet been adopted due to some behavior issues that stem from “a less than ideal relationship” with his former owner, according to SWNS. The 10-year-old terrier was then brought into the RSPCA’s care where he has been receiving training to tackle his issues.

“This cute lad is an affectionate chap who sadly had a less than ideal relationship with his previous owner,” RSPCA deputy manager Katy Darelli told SWNS.

“Buddy began to ʀᴇᴛᴀʟɪᴀᴛᴇ to these experiences, at which point ownership was relinquished to us after a request for ᴇᴜᴛʜᴀɴᴀsɪᴀ was rejected by his vet,” she added.

The white-and-tan terrier has been working with behaviourists since arriving at the rescue centre and has come on in leaps and bounds. They have found that Buddy loves toys and his favourites are squeaky balls. Buddy has also started eating from activity feeders to provide him with extra stimulation.

The RSPCA has been looking for a new home for Buddy for a year and a half. Offers for a new start finally came flooding in from people as far afield as Canada and the United States.

Andy Cook, a behaviour and welfare adviser for the RSPCA, told that Buddy had “settled in well into his new home”. Mr Cook said they wanted to take the dog slowly and gradually to ensure its new owners were aware of his previous experiences and could handle his behaviour.

He said: “I took Buddy along to the home on Monday for a bit of support and stayed there for an hour just to see how it went and very quickly I could see that they were fine.”

The RSPCA said he needed a life “free from confrontation, other dogs and other identified sᴛʀᴇssᴏʀs”, adding: “everyone deserves a second chance”.

The RSPCA have said Buddy seems to be settling into his new home and has a bright future ahead of him.

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