Britain’s loneliest dog is still looking for a forever home after spending more than 775 days in the dog kennel and enduring hundreds of rejections.
Three-year-old Bob, a Presa Canario cross, first arrived at the RSPCA kennels in Birmingham after being found injured and lost in 2019.
The ‘sensitive soul’ has been working at the animal charity for over two years now, despite life in kennels being ‘challenging’ and has been overlooked over 200 times by potential new owners.
Staff, volunteers and behaviorists from the RSPCA’s Birmingham Animal Center spent approximately 18 months working with Bob to prepare him for adoption.
Three-year-old Bob, a Presa Canario cross, arrived at the RSPCA’s charity kennels in Birmingham in 2019 – and is still waiting 775 days later to be adopted
His adoption profile shows that he has “overcame a tough past” and that he has worked with behavioral experts and received positive reinforcement training to be ready for a new home.
But so far, no one has wanted to offer him a new place to live, despite spending two-thirds of his life in kennels.
Jake Cowing, who cares for Bob, said, “We spent a long time working with Bob on behavioral issues and helping him prepare for a new home.
“And then of course the lockdown hit and it slowed us down to find him a new home.
“He is such a fantastic boy with a great character and I hope we can find the right family for him. But he does need a very special house, so we have to make sure it’s the right match.
Bob finds leash and walking incredibly difficult and has found kennels a real challenge.
“While he may look like a big tough guy, he’s actually a very sensitive soul.
His adoption profile shows that he has “overcame a tough past” and has undergone positive reinforcement training, but has already had 221 rejections from potential owners
“We believe that some well-intentioned but misinformed techniques have been used in the past to help Bob walk on the leash, so we had to try and fix these issues and start from scratch.
“But when we got to know him, we discovered that he is an absolute sweetheart.
“He is very friendly and loves to play. Once he trusts you, he is the most loyal companion and friend you will ever find.”
According to the charity, Bob was finally able to walk again after months of careful, patient, and positive reinforcement training.
He is said to like carrying a tennis ball around like a dummy so he can chew it when he gets stressed.
Jake added, “Time never seems to be on Bob’s side. He was only just available for relocation when the lockdown hit and we had to close to the public.
“His special needs meant we couldn’t match him with someone until he took the time to get to know them and we couldn’t facilitate this due to government restrictions.
Jake Cowing (pictured), who takes care of Bob, said that while he looks like a big tough dog, he’s actually “a very sensitive soul.”
“Now that we’re partially open again, we’re getting a lot of people who admire him and ask to give him a home. But once they find out about all his quirks, they seem to be put off.
“Since Bob has been with us, he’s seen 221 of our dogs leave for their new homes, but he’s still waiting here.
“Ideally, we’d look for a house with a large yard or private land that’s big enough for Bob to exercise and play without the need to go for a walk on a leash, at least until he’s settled in and bonded with his new family.
“We would provide ongoing support and guidance to any ongoing lead work, but we think he would be happiest in an environment where leads were not an everyday necessity.”
The staff would be happy to find an experienced adult home where he would be the only pet. He thrives on routine, familiarity and spending time with his friends.
Jake said, “Two years is a long, long time — and Bob has spent over two-thirds of his life in kennels.
“While we’ve done the best for him, we’d love to see him in his own home with someone who can give him the life he deserves.
“He has overcome a tough past and is our champion, a survivor and our friend. He is a big, stupid clown who will change the lives of his adopters.
“And whoever takes it will surely change his.”
Anyone who wants to know more about Bob can do so at the RSPCA’s website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org