These animals are desperate for forever homes – will you be their Valentine?

Pets who need homes for Valentine\'s Day
They’re going to be spending another special occasion without a home to call their own (Picture: Blue Cross/Getty)

Much like Christmas, a pet is for life, not just for Valentine’s Day .

With that being said, it’s always particularly sad to think about all the animals who are looking for homes on special occasions when they should be snuggling up next to loving owners.

If you’ve been seriously thinking about getting a pet, have a gander at these lovely four-legged folks who are in desperate need of forever homes.

Pongo

Pongo the One year old lurcher cross
A distinguished gentleman (Picture: Blue Cross)
Pongo is a one-year-old Lurcher cross who’s looking for active and experienced dog owners who can take him for lovely long walks and keep up with him.

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He loves to play with his toys and is especially fond of zooming around, so Pongo is looking for a home with an enclosed garden. He’d also like owners who have no other pets. If you’re interested in rehoming Pongo, you can get in touch with Blue Cross on their website.

Turbo

Turbo the tabby cat
Hello there (Picture: Blue Cross)
Turbo the seven-year-old cat can easily become worried by noises and strangers, but once he gets to know you, he’ll enjoy a good stroke and getting snuggled up on your lap.

He’d like a quiet rural home away from the hectic city where he’s the only pet in the home

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If you’re interested in rehoming Turbo, you can get in touch with Blue Cross on their website.

Pablo

pablo the five-year-old Labrador retriever
Such a happy guy (Picture: Blue Cross)
Pablo is a five-year-old Labrador retriever who’s loving and has a lot of energy. He’d love a quiet, rural home where he is the only dog in the house and would benefit from a consistent routine.

He loves going for walks but can be strong on the lead. He may also be able to live with older children who are used to having a big bouncy dog around.

If you’re interested in rehoming Pablo, you can get in touch with Blue Cross on their website.

Billy

billy the ten year old black cat
Billy’s been looking for a home for almost a year (Picture: Blue Cross)

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Big softie Billy has been with Blue Cross for a whopping 320 days.

The ten-year-old loves a head scratch and has a huge purr. Sometimes he’ll even roll over for belly tickles, and enjoys snuggles on the sofa.

He’s after a home with no other pets and no children where an understanding owner will give him the time and space he needs to settle in.

If you’re interested in rehoming Billy, you can get in touch with Blue Cross on their website.

Sam

sam the dog posing next to hearts and teddies for valentines day
What a sweetie (Picture: RSPCA)
Young Sam, a one-year-old Rottweiler/Collie cross, has been looking for a home for six months. He was taken to the RSPCA’s Finsbury Park animal hospital in April 2021 for treatment for a broken leg after being hit by a car, and he sadly ended up back in the RSPCA’s care in June when his leg became infected and his owners couldn’t afford his treatment.

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Behaviour and welfare advisor Kate MacNeill said: ‘When Sam first came to us, he was traumatised by what he’d been through and was terrified of us. We couldn’t get a harness or lead on him as he was so frightened, and it took us a long time to gain his trust. Now, he’s like a different dog. He is so friendly and sociable; he loves everyone he meets, dogs and people.’

Sam’s looking for an active home where he can spend lots of time around people. He’s a friendly boy, but he can be nervous, so he’d be better off in an adult-only home. He’s also still recovering from his injuries.

INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PET: Having a dog in the house means more bacteria enters the home and gets inside the occupants (one study found “dog-related biodiversity” is especially high on pillowcases.) In turn, people with dogs seem to get ill less frequently and less severely than people with no pets.

If you’re interested in rehoming Sam, you can get in touch via the RSPCA website.

Conker and Chestnut

three-year-old Conker and seven-year-old Chestnut the rabbits
Just two friends hanging out (Picture: Blue Cross)
These best buds are three-year-old Conker and seven-year-old Chestnut.

They would love a home with a nice big garden where they can run around and munch on some tasty grass.

They’re very inquisitive and have buckets of energy.

If you’re interested in rehoming Conker and Chestnut, you can get in touch with Blue Cross on their website.

Digby

10-year-old Staffie digby
What a good boy (Picture: Blue Cross)
Lovely Digby is a 10-year-old Staffie who loves being around people.

He’s active and enjoys going for walks, but prefers quieter spots where he and other dogs are still on their leads.

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If you’re interested in rehoming Digby, you can get in touch with Blue Cross on their website.

Tim

tim the two-year-old tabby cat
Handsome lad (Picture: Blue Cross)

Tim is a very sociable fellow who loves a fuss and human company.

He’ll find a way to let you know about his favourite places for a scratch, and will happily welcome you home when you get in.

The two-year-old also loves to play.

If you’re interested in rehoming Tim, you can get in touch with Blue Cross on their website.

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