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Britain’s loneliest (and most patient) dog

Hector the dog
© Little Valley Animal Shelter, Exeter - Facebook

Taken into care when he was just a puppy Hector the Lurcher waits patiently for the right kind of owner to come. And waits. 

By Nick Whittle, 9 Feb 2019

After spending 500 days at the Little Valley Animal Shelter it would be tempting to think that luck is not Hector’s friend. The British media has even labelled him ‘Britain’s Loneliest Dog’. Despite this notoriety, members of staff at the centre have point-blank refused to give up hope. 

According to the Daily Mail, Jo Evans the shelter manager said everyone she works with loves the two-year-old. ‘Hector is hilarious,’ she said. ‘He never fails to make us smile and is a firm favourite with all who meet him. He's adored by staff and we can't understand why he is always overlooked.’

The RSPCA removed the Lurcher from an abusive home when he was just a puppy and took him to Little Valley Animal Shelter near Exeter in Devon to be looked after until he was adopted. But as time passed it seemed the ‘right’ family was not forthcoming.  

The shelter’s website is nevertheless glowing. ‘Handsome Hector is a super 2 year old Lurcher with a huge personality and the size to match! Hector is an active boy who is looking for like-minded owners who can take him on plenty of adventures!’

Hector does have some difficulties but these can easily be addressed with confident and consistent training: he suffers from separation anxiety and is quite possessive about his toys and food. As such, and due to his size, he is better suited to a home of adults and older children.  

‘Due to his size and bouncy nature, Hector may be able to share a home with sensible teenagers who are used to being around big dogs,’ the shelter states

If you think Hector is right for you (and you are right for Hector) why not get in touch with Little Valley Animal Shelter and express your interest? You can ring 07748 629202 or visit their Facebook page. Everyone agrees it is high time Hector had a forever home. 
 

 
Posted by Little Valley Animal Shelter, Exeter (RSPCA) on Monday, January 14, 2019
 
Posted by Little Valley Animal Shelter, Exeter (RSPCA) on Monday, January 14, 2019
 
Posted by Little Valley Animal Shelter, Exeter (RSPCA) on Monday, January 14, 2019