With the number of dogs across the UK in need of adoption, having unusual looks can seriously hinder finding a forever home as one adorable dog knows all too well.
By, 23 Dec 2019
You'd think being a gentle, affectionate and a placid dog would be enough for Bethany to find her forever home. But Bethany is rather different from other dogs you'll see at shelters across the country.
Bethany, a Retriever-cross, was just nine months old when she was rescued along with four other puppies in Romania. She was born with a facial disfigurement that has left her with a lop-sided face and a twisted snout.
Looking for a forever home
Otherwise a perfectly healthy pup, Bethany is hoping that someone will be able to see beyond her unusual looks and offer her a loving home.
Bethany's mum had a droopy eye and it's believed that the father was probably Pekingese, which resulted in deformities within the litter.
Once she was brought to the UK, Safe Rescue for Dogs in Norwich gave her a thorough check-over and vaccinations.
Look at the dog within
Kelly Hare, founder of Safe Rescue for Dogs, told Eastern Daily Press: "She is absolutely lovely and really gentle, cuddly and placid - she has such a nice nature. She would fit in anywhere as she is good with dogs and children and she just met a cat and was interested but okay.
"We have already had a lot of interest in her and it is nice to see people are looking at the dog within."
Hope for Bethany's siblings
Safe Rescue for Dogs have already been successful in finding homes for Bethany's sister Luella, while her other sibling Carolina is currently being cared for in a foster home.
In the New Year, Safe Rescue for Dogs will be taking on the care for the final two pups from Romania. They are hoping that it won't be long before they find new homes for all five of the pups.
Dogs needing TLC
Kelly added: "We started in 2011 and we brought dogs to other rescue centres in the area, but we have evolved and now we have our own team of fosterers and we are always in need of more people to help us. A lot of dogs that come to us have been abused in the past and they need TLC so they can learn to trust again."
Good luck Bethany!