A dying dog is looking for a home where she can live out her remaining time after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Little Charley the Staffordshire bull terrier was brought into the Blue Cross rehoming centre in Burford, Oxfordshire, in June – and has remained there ever since.
This week, she was diagnosed with mammary cancer and staff say they’re unsure just how long she has left.
Laura Crofts, rehoming manager, said it could be ‘a few weeks, a few months or a few years’.
Staff are looking for a loving home for the 10-year-old animal, who ‘is super affectionate and loves cuddles’ to live out her time.Meghan Markle speaks about Queen in first film since royal wedding
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Laura said: ‘The team here at Burford adore her and we are hoping that someone will come and give this special lady a retirement home where she will be showered with lots of fuss for as long as she may have.
‘We don’t know how long Charley has left with us – it could be a few weeks, a few months or a few years.
‘She is active and sprightly and not showing any clinical signs of being unwell.
‘What we do know is that Charley deserves to live the rest of the time she has left in a home with a family that loves her as much as the team does.’
As with people, dogs can get cancer. The most common areas affected are the skin, the digestive system and the breast, which is most common in female dogs.
Charley was not neutered and it is believed that this has been a contributing factor to her mammary cancer.
A spokesperson for the charity added: ‘Caring for a dog with cancer is much like caring for an older dog. Like all illnesses, cancers do not necessarily follow a set course.
‘We would advise owners give Charley all the love and care in the world that they can offer and to consult closely with their vet as to when the time is right to make the decision to say goodbye.’
Charley will need a home where she is the only pet and she enjoys having people around during the day.
Anyone who believes they can offer Charley a home then visit is asked to contact Blue Cross Burford on 0300 777 1570.