‘London’s loneliest dog’ still searching for home after more than 500 days in kennels

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A RESCUE dog is still patiently waiting for a forever home after spending a heartbreaking 500 days in kennels.

Hattie is the longest-standing resident at the RSPCA’s Southridge Animal Centre in Potters Bar. The two-year-old cocker spaniel arrived in August 2020 after her previous owners struggled with her behaviour.

In December 2020, Hattie was adopted but she was returned to the centre soon after as they were unable to cope with her.

Cathie Ward, an Animal Care Assistant at Southridge, told MyLondon: “She’s an absolutely beautiful girl, and unfortunately we have struggled to find her a home because of her additional needs.”

Hattie has high energy levels due to cocker spaniels being working dogs and the RSPCA is looking for experienced owners to take her on.

Ms Ward said: “She does get frustrated quite easily – she’s very active.

Hattie is the longest-standing resident at the RSPCA’s Southridge Animal Centre in Potters Bar (Image: RSPCA)

Hattie has been waiting for a forever home for 18 months (Image: RSPCA)

“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.

“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.”

Ideal adopters would live in a rural or semi-rural area with a spacious and secure garden.

Harrie will need to be the only pet in the home with no children.

It is also hoped new owners will take Hattie to behaviour classes to continue her training.

The RSPCA would like potential adopters to visit Hattie at the centre a number of times to bond with her before they take her home.

Ms Ward said: “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.”

Hattie’s 18-month stay at Southridge is the longest of the 33 dogs currently in the centre’s care.

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