Hairless dog in Cheshire RSPCA centre still looking for home 255 days on

A hairless dog in the care of the RSPCA Cheshire is still looking for a home 255 days on.

Jay, a nine-year-old hairless Westie, came into the care of the RSPCA Leicester branch on January 30, 2021, after his elderly owners suddenly became ill and could no longer take care of him.

The ‘cheeky’ Westie has suffered from skin and allergy issues his whole life, but he has been well-cared for from a puppy.

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Jay was networked to the RSPCA in Macclesfield, where he has been hoping to find a new home with owners who can look past his appearance and care for his special requirements.

The RSPCA said dust mites irritate his skin so he’d be best going to a home with hard flooring, as opposed to carpet, which can worsen his itchiness.

He also has a special diet to help with his skin and is looking for a home without cats and with owners who can be around most of the day.

The RSPCA is trying to find Jay a home as part of Adoptober, with the animal charity continuing to push to find a home for all of their dogs who remain with them this month

The charity recently revealed that dog rehoming soared during lockdown as families spending more time at home due to the pandemic and home-working sought a dog.

New figures, released by the RSPCA revealed that 4,877 dogs were rehomed in 2020, despite the Covid pandemic and lockdown. In Cheshire, the RSPCA rehomed 101 dogs in 2020.

RSPCA dog welfare expert Dr Samantha Gaines said: “At the beginning of lockdown we were concerned about how difficult it might be to rehome animals, especially as we had to pause all rehoming for several weeks until we were able to come up with a new rehoming model that adhered to the Government’s guidelines.

“Once we had approval from Defra to re-launch rehoming, we were staggered by the levels of interest we had in our animals; particularly our dogs.

“We saw an unprecedented level of interest in rehoming dogs from families who were spending more time at home and wanted the company of a furry friend.

“We had 68 per cent more visits to the Find A Pet section of our website between March 23 – the first day of lockdown – and December 31 compared to the previous year; and views of our ‘rehoming a dog’ information spiked by 87 per cent.

“Many of our centres received hundreds of applications for individual dogs and some canines were being snapped up before they’d even been advertised online.”

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The charity launched virtual rehoming in order to continue rehoming animals while still sticking to the Government’s restrictions on social distancing and non-essential travel.

People were encouraged to apply for pets online and staff arranged video call interviews and meet and greets to match the right homes with the right people.

Dr Gaines added: “While most of our animals were snapped up quickly, there are some who have sadly been overlooked time and time again because of their colour, breed, age or background.

“This Adoptober, we want to try to find homes for all of the wonderful dogs who remain with us.”

To find out more about Jay, visit the RSPCA website or contact the RSPCA Macclesfield, SE Cheshire and Buxton branch on rehoming@rspca-macclesfield.org.uk

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