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900 Days - Britain’s Loneliest Dog is still looking for a home

Sam the lurcher stands on a lawn dog-sad
© Bolton Destitute Animal Shelter - Facebook

We wrote in February about Hector the lurcher who had been waiting patiently for 500 days to be rehomed. Now meet another of the same breed – Sam – who has been sheltered for an estimated 900 days. 

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 13/08/2019, 16:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:42

The 8-year-old, currently homed with Destitute Animal Shelter in Bolton, has been waiting two and half years to be rehomed. In fact Sam arrived at the home in 2014 but after being swiftly adopted he found himself back at the shelter three years later when his new owner died. 


A great dog

Despite his run of bad luck Sam retains an adorable and loyal spirit. He is a loveable fellow, according to the shelter’s workers. On Facebook they wrote

'Sam is a great dog, he is fun and makes you laugh. He is playful and loving and can be quite lazy as well. He will need to be the only pet in the home and kept on a lead when on a walk as he will chase small furies (cats, rabbits, small dogs etc.) He is obsessed with teddy’s and likes rip them up to see what’s in side. He is fine with children (6 years +).'


Sometimes dogs that have to wait to be rehomed or have been bounced from owner to owner start to exhibit behavioural nasties. These can often be ironed out with some patience and gentle persuasion. In Sam’s case his temperament remains unchanged and he is forever the playful dog.

Dogs of the lurcher breed tend to be calm and affectionate. They enjoy lots of running but are liable to chase anything small and furry. This breed of dog is chilled out, friendly and intelligent. In fact, the Blue Cross has rehomed several that are now used as therapy and education dogs.


Karen Rickards, manager at the shelter, told Unilad: ‘It’s never anything Sam’s done, he’s just constantly found himself in the wrong home at the wrong time.

‘He’s currently our longest-serving resident. And yet he’s playful, gentle and absolutely loves people.

‘We need to find someone who can take care of him. He deserves nothing less than an amazing home.’

Contact Bolton Destitute Animal Shelter if you are ready to adopt Sam. Visit the shelter’s website HERE