Alaska arrived at RSPCA Crewe, Nantwich & District branch, in Cheshire, in March 2021. However, 10 months later the seven-year-old Staffie-cross is still waiting for a forever home.
Staff at the rescue centre fear potential adopters are being put off by Alaska’s breed.
A spokesperson for the branch said: “We had to get her a special winter coat to help keep her warm during the colder months and Alaska thinks she’s disguised herself as a Dalmatian in a bid to win over adopters who may be put off by her breed.
“Of course, they shouldn’t be. Staffies can make absolutely wonderful pets and companions, and Alaska will make the best addition to the right home.
“She is a happy girl who always greets us with a waggy tail.
“She has the most beautiful eyes and so much love to give; she just wants someone to love her in return.”
The spokesperson added that they “simply can’t understand why” Alaska has not been picked, despite the two dogs she arrived with already finding homes.
They said: “Alaska and her friends had lived most of their lives in difficult conditions, living in rusty old dog crates.
“They were underweight and poorly fed, never walked, rarely saw the outside world, and had limited contact with people.
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“Her friends were both rehomed but she’s still waiting, and we simply can’t understand why.
“She is a friendly, sweet, sociable girl who absolutely loves spending time with people.
“She’s incredibly smart and picks up new things quickly. She loves to sniff for treats and learn new tricks.
“She walks nicely on the lead but can be reactive with other dogs so would like a new home where she can enjoy walks in quiet areas.”
Alaska is looking for a quiet home with adults only who have plenty of time to spend with her, no other pets and a secure garden where she can play.
She can get overexcited and boisterous at times but the branch behaviourist can help new owners continue her training.
Alaska also suffers from chronic gut disease however she is on a specialist diet and medication which has helped and it is thought this will improve when she is out of the stressful kennel environment.
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