A bouncy rescue dog who spent his puppyhood confined in a cellar is looking for a loving new home through the RSPCA.
Striking husky Staffie cross-breed Bear was rescued and taken into RSPCA care in November 2022 after he had been kept in a cellar from birth. At just four months old, he had endured a very sad start to his life.
Now just over a year old, the bouncy boy has bags of character and staff at RSPCA Kent Isle of Thanet branch have worked hard to build a strong bond with the pooch, but are keen to see him move on to his forever home with adopters to call his own.
Hannah White, from the branch, said: “All of us at the branch love Bear and we just can’t wait to see the day he goes off to his forever home. Bear loves playtime and is very food orientated which makes him very responsive to training. He really enjoys interacting with different types of enrichment toys, and he’s well socialised with other dogs.
“Like any young dog, he’s interested in everything so his attention span can be short, but he loves enrichment games and learns really fast – he’s aced so many commands at dog training classes. He’s just so rewarding to work with.
“We’ve been working on Bear’s separation anxiety, which has come about because of the sad reality of living in kennels through major developmental stages of his life.
“We’ve had help from an animal behaviourist who specialises in separation anxiety; she has agreed to continue to help and support new owners as he learns to settle at home, he absolutely has the ability to improve and relax. With continued training, we’re confident he will learn that he can relax on his own for a while.
“We’re looking for an active home for Bear with adopters who will be really committed to having fun, training Bear and taking him on adventures. He has been rehomed before now, but sadly was returned to the branch, as he can be too bouncy for young children.
“We’d love to find a home with children of secondary school age, or just adults, for Bear this time, and would be open to him being fostered initially. He might also be able to live with another stable dog that he can learn from.”
Those wishing to find out more about Bear can contact Hannah and the team by calling 01843 826180 or emailing [email protected].
Bear’s story comes as the RSPCA launches its Christmas campaign – Join the Christmas Rescue – with neglect calls to the charity at a three-year high. Supporters can help the RSPCA’s Kent Isle of Thanet Branch directly through this campaign online.