Loveable dog stuck in kennels for five years finally finds forever home

A loveable lurcher who was rescued from a life in wildlife crime has finally found a forever home after five years inside kennels.

Albie the lurcher might look like a “scary dog” with part of his nose missing and lots of scars but he’s now found an owner who loves him.

Caring staff at Southridge Animal Centre, Herts, had been hoping to rehome Albie soon but when the pandemic hit it was hard to find the lurcher a home.

But now after a long Covid-assisted sentence Albie is free to enjoy life with his new owner Grace Ho, from West London.

Grace said: “I really didn’t have a dog like Albie in mind at all but when I saw his profile that said no one wanted him it broke my heart.

“We enjoy walks at the quiet park near our house and then, at the weekends, we go to busier parks where I know we’ll have to meet other dogs and I’m working hard to desensitise him as much as possible.

“He’s already made friends with two greyhounds who he’s happy to walk with.

“At home, he’s such a good boy. He doesn’t ask for much. He just wants a cosy bed and a full tummy. He’ll jump up onto the sofa next to me when I’m working and stuff his head behind my back; he just likes to be close to me.”

Anna White, the manager at Southridge, said Albie was a "victim of Covid".

She said: "If someone had come in looking for a dog in person they’d be sure to fall in love with him as he’s such a lovely boy when you meet him.

"But we had to rely on advertising our animals online and, sadly, we found he was constantly overlooked and we had barely any enquiries about him.

“It just shows that there is a home out there for every dog.”