Dog with a brilliant smile hopes to find a home by Christmas

Meet Rolo, an American Bulldog/Staffy cross breed, who spent half his life in an animal shelter is hoping to turn his fortune round this Christmas - by winning over a potential family with his goofy smile.
Meet Rolo, a sweet dog with a brilliant smile (Picture: RSPCA / SWNS.COM)
Sweet dog Rolo has spent half his life in a shelter. The American Bulldog/Staffy cross breed was taken in by the RSPCA after being rescued by inspectors, who discovered the dog was not being properly cared for by his owners.

Now, he faces spending Christmas alone – unless he can find a loving home in time.

Staff at the shelter in York say one-year-old Rolo is an intelligent dog who loves learning new things despite a short attention span.

Plus, he has a truly winning smile.

Rolo is now searching for a loving home with a family who will not let him down.

His owners will need to be patient enough to learn how to keep him calm, and be ready to shower him with love.

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Rolo has spent half his life in a shelter (Picture: RSPCA / SWNS.COM)

It would be best if this is a home without children or other pets.

A spokesperson for the RSPCA York, Harrogate & District Branch said: ‘Rolo came to the centre via an inspector after his needs were not getting met.

‘Rolo is a very sweet boy who does not realise how big and strong he actually is.

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‘We are looking for experienced dog owners who have owned large breed dogs before who have needed a little extra help with their training.

‘Rolo has been assessed by our behaviorist and has a training plan in place.’

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Rolo needs a home with someone who can shower him with love (Picture: RSPCA / SWNS.COM)
Adopters must be willing to carry on Rolo’s training and enroll him with a behaviorist or dog trainer.

The spokesperson added: ‘Rolo is very willing to learn new things but adopters will need to very patient with him as he is still very young and boisterous.

‘Rolo still has a lot to learn but we feel the kennel environment is holding back his potential.

‘Rolo unfortunately is not sociable with other dogs or cats so will need to be the only pet in the home, we are also looking for an adult only home.’

Don’t let that put you off.

Rolo is described as a ‘bundle of fun’ by staff who believe he has the potential to make a wonderful, loyal and loving pet.

They say his favourite things in life are food, toys and spending time with people but that he can sometimes ‘forget himself’ and get a little overexcited.

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The spokesperson added: ‘Rolo has improved so much in the weeks that we have had him here which is just lovely to see but what we really want for this big chunky boy is to find a family of his very own who won’t let him down.’

Anyone interested in adopting Rolo can find out more through the RSPCA.

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