The RSPCA has put out an appeal to find a forever home for dog who has been in kennels for over a year due to suffering from allergies that have left him almost entirely hairless.
West Highland Terrier Jay was taken in by RSPCA Macclesfield in January 2021 when his former owners suddenly fell ill and could no longer take care of him, but he has since been waiting for 411 days to find a new home, and the UK’s leading animal charity believe this may be because potential owners are put off by his lack of fur.
Due to his health problems, Jay has a specialist diet and is also losing his sight, so he will need ongoing veterinary care, medication, and support in his new home as he ages.
Speaking on what Jay will need from his new home, Carmen Cole, from RSPCA Macclesfield, said: “Jay is such a little character and while he may be small, he certainly makes up for that in personality.
“We worry that [his lack of hair] is what’s putting potential adopters off of offering him a new home but we really hope that there’ll be someone out there who can look past his lack of hair and see that he has a whole lot of love to give.”
She continued: “Poor Jay does have a lot of health problems which are sadly common for his breed, and as he’s aged, some of these problems have flared up and we recently had to put his home search on hold due to recurring ear infections.
“He has been in a foster home and is doing well – but the team is desperate to find him a permanent home”
Staff at RSPCA Macclesfield said they would like potential owners to visit Jay several times before taking him home, so that they can learn how to administer his medication and so he can learn to trust them, as while Jay can be left home alone for short periods of time, he would like someone who is around for most of the day as he needs regular visits to the garden.
“We know it is going to be a struggle to find a home that will tick all of Jay’s boxes and we understand that the cost of his ongoing care may be putting people off,” Carmen added.
“But we won’t give up on Jay.
“He is a spicy character, who is a cheeky chappie with heaps of charm and who has expensive taste, but being this cute doesn’t come cheap. It takes a lot of work to look as good as he does and he deserves the very best [because] he’s a real softie with his own quirks, and that’s what makes him so charming and lovable.
“He is an absolute sweetheart and will make such a wonderful pet or companion for the right person.”
You can find out more about giving Jay a home here.
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