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Poppy the Staffy – Shar Pei mix tragically returns to shelter for second time

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Poppy's Shar Pei side gives her an aloofness and wariness that other dogs may not have. But that doesn’t warrant the difficult few months she’s been through.

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 18/07/2020, 21:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:26

Poor Poppy came into Battersea’s care early in 2020. She wasn’t adjusting well to kennel life, so she was sent to live with a foster family, where she started doing better.

Hopes destroyed

She was adopted in the Spring. But things soon took an unfortunate turn, and Poppy was returned to the shelter.

Though reasons as to why she was returned are unclear, Battersea would like to remind potential adopters that Poppy will need an owner with experience of these types of breeds. The perfect adopter profile is someone who is willing to devote a lot of time to training, someone who doesn’t own any other pets, who has a secure garden, and above all, someone who is patient.

Faith for a better future

The positive thing about getting a dog returned to them is that now, Battersea staff gets extra feedback on Poppy’s personality, and can continue to cater training to her needs.


Poppy is a beautiful and loving dog, she loves nothing more than showering the people she loves in kisses. 💙 She's been...

Posted by Battersea on Monday, January 13, 2020

It will be hard for Poppy to trust again after everything she’s been through. But at 9 years of age, all she’s looking for is a quiet place to live out her golden years happily. And once she knows you, she’ll give you all the affection in the world. Could you be the one for her?

If you think there's a place in your home and heart for Poppy, apply to rehome her online or contact Battersea on 0800 001 4444.