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Official: Bess the Collie named as Britain’s loneliest dog

Black and white collie lies on grass dog-sad
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After ten years in the care of a shelter, a black and white Border Collie called Bess has been named Britain's loneliest dog. The BIG question is: Can you help?

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 11/03/2020, 20:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:31

After being run over by a car when she was just 16 months old, Bess was given emergency surgery, and then taken into care at Last Chance Animal Rescue in Edenbridge, Kent.

When a young couple finally admitted to owning Bess but then promptly disowned her, shelter staff readied the little Border Collie to be adopted. Although wary and frightened following her accident, she was soon well enough physically to be handed over to a more responsible owner.

Since then, the search has been ongoing to find a suitable adopter for Bess. To date, despite many people visiting the shelter, Bess has not been taken. And as time goes on, Bess' nervousness remains unchecked.

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Rebecca Barker, deputy manager of the centre told The Sun, “She can be quite nervous and she will sometimes growl when people came to look at her, so it has been hard to find her a home.”

The search continues

Undeterred, the home continues to show off Bess in her best light, and suggests that anyone interested in adopting her pays several visits to the home in order that the dog becomes accustomed to them.

“Bess isn't super-friendly at first but once she gets to know you she can be very affectionate," said Ms Barker. "It takes her a while to trust people.

“Bess would not be right in a home with children and, ideally, she would be the only pet.

“An older couple who live alone and want some company would be perfect. She loves to lie near people."

To know more, check out this video of Bess:

Kent rescue desperately looking for forever home for the UK's loneliest dog

VIDEO: The UK's loneliest rescue dog is looking for her home right here in Kent. Bess has been searching for a family for 10 years now and staff at the centre in Edenbridge are desperate to find her a new home.

Posted by KMTV on Thursday, February 20, 2020