RSPCA staff fear Bella may never find a forever home as she is afraid of other dogs, feels lonely and suffers from anxiety – but she is a friendly, loving dog who enjoys spending time with people .
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Britain’s most unwanted dog, who is so lonely he only has stuffed animals to cuddle on his own every night, is looking for an owner.
Two-year-old lurcher Bella has spent most of her life in kennels.
RSPCA staff initially feared she would never find a home as she is afraid of other dogs, feels lonely and suffers from anxiety.
The only solace she gets comes from her stuffed animals, her favorite being Winnie the Pooh.
Poor Bella has been at the Ashley Heath Animal Center in Ringwood, Hants throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
She arrived there in February 2020 and only had a brief stint with another family, but they couldn’t cope with her.
Hannah Hawkins, behavior and welfare counselor at the animal charity centre, said: “These are people she really enjoys being around.
“And, although we try to spend as much time as possible with her, we just can’t be with her all the time.
“And she sought solace in her soft toys, especially Winnie the Pooh who she snuggled up with every night.”
She added: “Bella was originally relocated to a family from another charity.
“But they struggled to cope with her behavior around other dogs and agreed to hand her over to the RSPCA for behavioral work.
“Bella is really worried about other dogs and lacks the socialization skills she missed in her first months of training.
“We believe mishandling made the situation worse and she was incredibly frustrated when we started working with her.
“But thankfully, after months and months of hard work, we’ve started to see her making improvements.
“She has responded well to our training and has even made some dog friends here at the center.”
An RSPCA spokesman said: “Two-year-old Bella has spent most of her life in kennels and staff feel she is struggling to find her forever home as she is misunderstood by people potential adopters.
“Bella is a friendly and affectionate dog who enjoys spending time with people.
“She loves to be groomed and loves nothing more than fuss and attention. She enjoys running off leash, playing with her toys and splashing around in water.
“She has responded well to training and is enjoying the treats she receives as a reward.
“She will need time to get to know new dog friends and can be reactive to unfamiliar dogs.
“So she will need an experienced and confident adopter who can continue her training and be attentive when walking her.
“She would like a large enclosed garden as she really likes to run around and play off leash.
“We think she would be best suited to an adult-only home in a quiet area where she can roam the countryside away from lots of other dogs.
As Bella has struggled with separation anxiety in the past, she will need owners who can initially spend a lot of time with her and slowly teach her that it’s okay to be left alone, they said. .