London's loneliest dog finally finds a forever home after more than 500 days at shelter

LONDON'S loneliest dog has finally found a home after being in an animal shelter for over 500 days.

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The solitary pooch made the headlines two months ago when the rescue centre posted a picture of her on Facebook. Namesd Hattie, the adorable black cocker spaniel can now look forward to a new life with a loving family.

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Adopting the dog, Dean and Tracey Blackmore will be taking Hattie back to their home in Surrey from the RSPCA’s shelter in Southridge.The couple, having passed the criteria to adopt a pet took Hattie home on Sunday, March 13.Once the pair had arrived home with their new family member, Mr Blackmore said: “She’s such a loving dog. She follows us around and loves attention.

“She’s a working spaniel so she’s got lots of energy. Bless her, it’s like having a little baby sometimes.”

Hattie the Dog

Hattie was adopted after more than 500 days in a shelter (Image: RSPCA)


The centre in which Hattie was being looked after (Image: Google)

The newly adopted pet arrived at the animal care centre back in 2020 when her previous owners found it challenging to cope with her behaviour.

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Hattie does come with a few behavioural problems, which were discovered and treated when she was in the shelter.

In an Instagram post celebrating the adoption of Hattie, the Blackmore’s said: “You May have already seen Hattie online after being dubbed “London’s Loneliest Dog.“The RSPCA has been inundated with applications and by some luck, we were fortunate enough to be the chosen ones."We have spent a number of weeks visiting Hattie at RSPCA Southridge, where we have been getting to know her and her complexities, having had a very rough start to life!"

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Hattie (not pictured) was given to the center by previous owners due to behavioural problems (Image: Getty Stock)

Black Spaniel

Hattie, (not pictured) joined the Blackmore's on Sunday (Image: Getty Stock)

Mr Blackmore continued: “After many lengthy conversations, we decided we had to give her a chance in a loving home, where she will undergo further training to enhance her loving and playful side.

“Sunday 13th March 2022 was Hattie’s GOTCHA day! We are so very excited to finally have her home, so she can begin her exciting journey with us.

“We know this next chapter in her life (and ours) isn’t going to be easy, it will be challenging… so we will need support and encouragement along the way.”

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Another of the dogs at the RSPCA center in Southridge (Image: RSPCA)


The couple went on to thank the RSPCA for their work in keeping Hattie over 500 days.

Mr Blackmore added: “She’s had a grumble, but we’re fully aware of how to deal with that.

“To be honest, we saw the worst of Hattie at the RSPCA so nothing is going to come as a shock.

“It is not gonna be an easy ride. We’re well aware of what we’re going for and we’re going into this with our eyes wide open.

Celebrate Your Pet at Every Age. Everyone loves a new puppy or kitten, says Dr. Becker. “They’re wildly kinetic, and humorous. An older pet is thinner, bonier. Their coats aren’t as soft, they might have bad breath.” But, like people, a pet’s needs change with age. They may be less active, preferring a leisurely stroll to a rollicking tug-of-war. “Our old retriever, who’s blind, still wants to retrieve.” Adapting to their changing needs will ensure your old friend remains a healthy and happy member of your family.

“We’re working with a dog behaviour expert who specialises in helping owners overcome the type of issues Hattie displays so we’re positive about her future.”

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Cats can also be adopted from RSPCA Southridge (Image: RSPCA)

According to an estimated 2.7 million animals enter UK animal shelters each year. Of these, 1.2 million are cats, 664,000 are dogs, and 184,000 are other animals.

Over 50 percent of dogs entering UK animal shelters are not spayed or neutered.

Plan for When You’re Not There. Make sure your pets are provided for during those long hours when you’re away. Dr. Becker suggests technological options. “DOGTV has stimulation and relaxation channels, and there are apps that control contraptions that talk to your pet, or dispense treats. Pheromone sprays can also reduce anxiety, creating that kumbaya atmosphere.” And, of course, daycare and dog walkers are a great way to enrich your pet’s day. “Know someone who wants exercise? Maybe they’ll walk your dog.”

As a result, over 2 million puppies are born every year, and 600,000 of them will die before their first birthday.

The site adds animal shelters in the UK euthanize over 200,000 animals every year.

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