Lonely dog still searching for forever home after five years waiting for owner

Cassie the lonely dog is searching for a forever home after spending five years in kennels waiting.

The Staffordshire Bull terrier and Jack Russell terrier cross is her shelter’s longest term resident.

She first arrived at the Ashbourne Animal Welfare Ark in Derbyshire in 2016 and is thought to have been in several different homes before then.

Staff are eager to find Cassie the loving home she needs and deserves.

The pooch is thought to be around six years old, and is described as being “loving” towards the people she knows.

However she can be wary of men she doesn’t know, as well as raised hands and voices.

A spokesperson from the centre said: “Cassie’s number one love is tennis balls, she’s very athletic and loves to run.

“She’s also a very intelligent girl, and has been on a basic training program since she arrived. The staff have worked hard to try and improve her behaviour.”

The Ark explained how when she arrived five years ago, she was “quite a handful” and knew no boundaries, but has since learnt some basic commands and is a lot more polite.

The spokesperson said: “She can be quite the cuddle monster and will happily sit beside you for some love.”

The Ark also explained: “Cassie’s biggest downfall is her negative reactivity towards other animals, including other dogs. She is very antisocial and cannot be around any other dogs.”

The spokesperson added how the ideal home for Cassie would be an experienced and quiet home, with no children or other animals and a garden big enough for her to run around in.

Barbara, a worker at the Ark Animal Welfare centre, said: “Whilst Cassie is a sweet and affectionate girl, her past experiences before she came into our rescue have caused her to be very anxious regarding being restrained for any kind of examination.

“She is also very wary when she first meets strange men, although is fine once she gets to know and trust them.

“She also displays fear aggression around other dogs which can be a problem out on walks and she is not cat-friendly.

“We think she would be best suited to an experienced, adult-only home with access to a reasonably sized enclosed garden where she can happily play ball which she absolutely loves to do.

“Going out for walks would be less important than the companionship of an understanding owner who will allow her to just be herself and to decompress from kennel life.”

Cassie has also been proven to be housetrained, crate trained and is able to be left alone for a couple of hours at a time.