Rusty, a labrador-german shepherd cross, is discovering size does matter in the world of canine adoption.
Left at the North Taranaki SPCA almost six months ago, the six-year-old has been unable to find a home despite his happy disposition.
“People come in and see smaller dogs, and decide they want a smaller dog,” North Taranaki SPCA spokeswoman Jackie Poles Smith said. “There's no reason for him not to be adopted. He's well behaved, big, strong and has a beautiful nature.”
The gentle giant, who featured in the Taranaki Daily News “I Need Someone to Love” column last Saturday, has been waiting longer for adoption than any other dog at the New Plymouth SPCA branch.
Rusty is happy, playful and well behaved, tolerant of smaller dogs and puppies, and also has cat experience, having lived with one at his previous home.
He also loves going for swims and playing Frisbee.
Mrs Poles Smith said the SPCA was happy to house Rusty until he found the right home and urged anyone interested in taking him in to give the centre a call.
“All Rusty needs is someone who can play with him, take him for walks and keep him company.”
Hunter Ward is a Witt journalism student
- Taranaki Daily News
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