SSPCA unveil 11 animals waiting longest for new owner

Elizabeth the Rex rabbit is quiet by nature.
Elizabeth the Rex rabbit is quiet by nature.
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THE animal charity has revealed the rescue animals who have been seeking their ‘forever homes’...forever.

From cats to cockerels, Chinese turtles to dogs, here are the pets being looked after a little longer than most at Scottish SPCA centres across Scotland.

Victoria the Rex rabbit has a strong personality and lots of charm

Victoria the Rex rabbit has a strong personality and lots of charm

Elizabeth and Victoria

Type: Rex rabbit

Wait: 132 days

These bunnies were dropped off at the charity’s Aberdeenshire centre at Drumoak more than four months ago.

Trixie is an older cat who just needs a quiet retirement home.

Trixie is an older cat who just needs a quiet retirement home.

The ladies posses “strong personalities and their own charms” with Victoria described as the more outgoing of the two. Elizabeth, meanwhile, is nervous around strangers.

A spokeswoman said: “These girls would love to find an owner who will appreciate them for their own little ways and enjoy watching their mischievous antics every day.”

Trixie

Type: Domestic short hair cat

Not much is known about Brian other than he is a "gorgeous young boy" who likes to play.

Not much is known about Brian other than he is a "gorgeous young boy" who likes to play.

Wait: 182 days

Trixie is an older lady aged between 12 and 14 years and has been at the Drumoak centre for almost six months.

She is looking for an understanding owner who can give her a calm and loving retirement home.

Trixie has hyperthyroidism and is on lifelong medication but loves human company.

Poor Nero the cockerel was found dumped at a fishery.

Poor Nero the cockerel was found dumped at a fishery.

She doesn’t, however, enjoy the company of other cats

A spokeswoman said: “She enjoys her home comforts so would be suited to an indoor home, though access to a secure garden wouldn’t be passed up.”

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Brian

Type: Lurcher dog

Wait: 267 days

Sadly, very little interest has been shown in Brian who has been at the charity’s Caithness centre for nearly nine months.

Doug the Lurcher (left) likes a duvet day while Eddie prefers playing tug-o-war

Doug the Lurcher (left) likes a duvet day while Eddie prefers playing tug-o-war

Little is known about Brian’s background but staff said this “gorgeous young boy” adores human company and play time.

A spokeswoman said: “He is very energetic and will need a fair bit of exercise to keep him happy.

“We are unsure how he would be living with other canine company but he doesn’t seem to bother at all with the other dogs in our care.”

Brian is not so keen on small animals, cats and livestock and due to his size, he would best suit a home without very young children,

Nero

Species: Cockerel

Wait: 367 days

Nero was one of a group of cockerels cruelly dumped in a fishery.

He is looking for a home where he can live with other poultry and enjoy life scratching about and dust bathing.

A spokeswoman said: “Nero will require a safe, secure area to roost in at night and an area to explore during the day, which will need to be fox proof.”

He is currently in residence at the SSPCA’s Balerno centre.

Kush

Type: Staffordshire Bull Terrier dog

Wait: 380 days

Kush lives at the Balerno centre and is described as a very affectionate boy who loves attention and a good, long walk.

He is known to get a bit excited in new situations but has been getting extra training. Kush needs a good home with an owner who is experienced in handling energetic dogs.

A spokesman for the charity said: “Kush will make a very loyal and loving companion to that special someone who will give him a chance.”

Doug and Eddie

Type: Lurcher dogs

Wait: Over 400 days

These boys are looking for an active owner who will give them plenty of exercise with long walks and runs and will shower them with cuddles and kisses.

Doug loves a good, cosy bed and can often be found curled up underneath a duvet while Eddie loves nothing more than a good game of tug of war.

They are looking for an adult only home with an owner who is around most of the day to start with to help settle them into their new routine.

Unfortunately they do like to chase so a home without small animals is a must, a spokeswoman said.

Rambo

Species: Cornsnake

Wait: 519 days

Rambo has a good temperament and has the potential to become a great pet.

He currently live at the charity’s Dundee centre and his new owner will need to frequently handle him to keep him hand tame.

A spokeswoman said: “As he is still very young, his new owner will have to be willing to change his accommodation to match the size of him as he grows.”

Dandy

Type: Cornsnake

Wait: 600 days

Dandy is always on the move, is very inquisitive and seems happy to be handled.

With the odd exception, corn snakes are calm, docile, placid snakes that are hardy and thrive very well in captivity, according to the SSPCA.

“Dandy is looking for a home with an owner who has had previous experience with corn snakes,” a spokeswoman said.

Gonzo

Type:: Chinese soft shelled turtle

Wait: 885 days

Gonzo has made her feelings perfectly known to SSPCA staff since she arrived more than two-and-a-half years ago.

“She has a somewhat objectionable personality and will need to be housed on her own. She has made it clear that company, human or otherwise, is not for her,” a spokeswoman said.

She added that soft shelled turtles have some very specific requirements so an owner with some experience with this type of species is desired.

The spokeswoman added: “For someone with the experience and resources to give Gonzo a proper and caring home, she should be a very rewarding and interesting pet.”

Anyone interested in giving one of these animals a home can call our Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999,

Kush the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is very energetic and needs an owner who likes lojng walks.

Kush the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is very energetic and needs an owner who likes lojng walks.

Rambo the Cornsnake has a lovely temperament

Rambo the Cornsnake has a lovely temperament

Dandy the Cornsnake needs someone who will like handling him

Dandy the Cornsnake needs someone who will like handling him

Gonzo - a Chinese soft shelled turtle - has waited the longest of all the rescue animals in Scotland for a new home at 885 days.

Gonzo - a Chinese soft shelled turtle - has waited the longest of all the rescue animals in Scotland for a new home at 885 days.