Shelter’s ‘most broken’ dog finally takes treat from handler after 600 days

Betty plucked up the courage after 600 days at the shelter
Betty finally plucked up the courage to take a treat after 601 days at the shelter (Picture: Dogs 4 Rescue)

A rescue dog described as the ‘most broken’ a shelter has ever seen has finally plucked up the courage to take a treat from her handler.

Betty’s breakthrough moment came on her 601st day at Dogs4Rescue, a shelter based in Worsley, near Manchester .

The dog remained very wary and took several attempts to pluck up the courage to take the plunge, footage showed.

She eventually decided to go for it and took the treat before scampering back to safety.

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Betty taking a treat 🥰 She’s sat & watched other dogs do this thousands of times. Love, kindness, time & patience pay off in the end. This was on her 601st day at our rescue. All in your own time beautiful girl. There’s no clock ticking on how long you can stay here #nokill pic.twitter.com/nxHaRR3n9W— Dogs 4 Rescue (@Dogs4Rescue)

The shelter said: ‘She’s sat & watched other dogs do this thousands of times. Love, kindness, time & patience pay off in the end.

‘This was on her 601st day at our rescue. All in your own time beautiful girl. There’s no clock ticking on how long you can stay here.’

Dogs4Rescue was founded in 2013 by Emma Billington and prides itself on its kennel free environment.

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Instead the dogs are free to mix with others and play together as they undergo rehabilitation following traumatic experiences.

'Most broken' shelter dog finally takes treat after 600 days
Betty was the ‘most broken’ dog the shelter had seen (Picture: Dogs 4 Rescue)

Eventually the dogs are rehomed with the shelter aiming to change people’s perceptions of what rescue dogs are like.

The shelter added: ‘Betty is a smart, sweet dog who was unbelievably afraid. It was unthinkable to us to end the life of a healthy dog just because they need time and patience.

‘It’s a privilege to be on this confidence building journey with her and watch her blossom into a happy member of our pack.’

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