An elderly rescue dog has spent a year in kennels because rescuers fear he will be shunned by would-be adopters because of his age and health problems. Kuzey, a 10-year-old Akita cross, came under the care of the RSPCA Blackberry Animal Center in Buckinghamshire in October 2021.
But a year on Kuzey, who is described as a “sweet, sweet boy with so much love to give”, is still waiting for a home of his own.
A spokesman for the RSPCA said Kuzey “continues to be overlooked by potential families”.
The charity believes this is due to his age and health issues as he suffers from osteoarthritis in his hips and right leg.
But the old man still has a lot to give and likes to go for walks, play and fuss.
Kuzey is looking for a house where he will be the only pet, but can live with older children.
His new owners will have to teach him to stay alone in the house.
A spokesman for the RSPCA said: “Kuzey has been waiting for over a year to find his forever home – but adopters are put off by his age and some health concerns.
“He is always overlooked by potential families.
“He is sweet, playful, likes quiet walks and could live with a family but would like to be the only pet.
“He has some separation anxiety, so he’ll have to learn that it’s okay to be home alone.”
It comes as the RSPCA has launched its annual Adoptober campaign to promote rescue animals.
The campaign comes as the charity brings more animals to the shelters, an increase of 8.4 percent year-on-year. But relocation has slowed down and is down eight percent.
The RSPCA fears the cost of living crisis is to blame, as is the puppy boom during the Covid pandemic.
Animal welfare expert Dr. Samantha Gaines said: “It’s really worrying to see animals staying under our care longer and fewer being relocated each year.
“Unfortunately, we think we are really starting to see the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the cost of living.
“Many of the animals – especially dogs – that come to us have behavioral issues that could be related to the way they were bred, as well as to a lockdown limiting the amount of training, socialization and outside experience they had.
“We are also starting to see more and more animals coming into our care because their owners simply couldn’t afford to care for them anymore or, in the most extreme cases, because they were neglected or abandoned due to the rising cost of pet care. .
“Unfortunately, this comes at the same time that potential pet owners are deciding that now is not the best time to adopt an animal due to the rising cost of living, and feel they cannot commit themselves financially to a pet. pet to their family at such times.” a worrying time.
“For those who can take a pet into their home, we urge them to really consider adopting rather than buying.
“Many of our animals will already be neutered, vaccinated and treated against fleas and worms – making it much more cost effective – and we will help them to ensure they find their perfect match.”