‘Loneliest dog’ has spent 500 days in shelter and still doesn’t have a home

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London's "loneliest dog" still searching for a home after spending over 500 days in a rescue centre.

Hattie, a two year-old cocker spaniel, is currently at an RSCPA rescue centre and is looking for her "forever home."

She is the longest-standing resident at Southridge Animal Centre, Potters Bar, having stayed there since August 2020, My London reports.

She was brought to the centre after her previous owners struggled with her behaviour. Thankfully, by December, Hattie had been adopted again – but not long after, she was returned to Southridge.

Southridge Animal Centre is the RSPCA's closest rescue centre to London, rehoming pets in the capital and further afield.

Cathie Ward, an Animal Care Assistant who has worked at the centre for four years, says: "She's an absolutely beautiful girl, and unfortunately we have struggled to find her a home because of her additional needs."

Because Cocker Spaniels are working dogs, Hattie is energetic, which has overwhelmed previous owners, explains Cathie.

"She does get frustrated quite easily – she's very active. She does like being around people, but it takes her some time to actually get to know you. You can't do too much too soon with her," she says.

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"It's just finding that experienced home with someone who's willing to actually work with her. With the breed that she is, she's got a high drive and she's constantly on the go. So she needs that stimulation and enrichment in the home to help her."

There are a few other requirements for Hattie's potential owners: being able to take her to training classes, living in a rural or semi-rural area with green space, a secure garden and an adult-only home, with no other pets.

"Once she knows people, she does calm down a lot – she's lovely and very cuddly, but it does take a while for her to get to that stage and to trust you," Cathie says.

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