Not every dog living in the shelter can get adopted. Most of them stay for weeks, even months. But while countless canines lived the rest of their lives stuck in the pound, this border collie defied the odds and finally found herself a loving home after ten long years.
Bess initially came to the Kent-based Last Chance Animal Rescue a few years back. She was then living with her owners on a farm, but one day, she escaped and was run over by a car. Although she eventually recovered from the neck injuries from the accident, her owners decided to turn her over to the shelter.
They couldn’t care for her anymore and thought it was best to get her adopted instead. Jenny Mansfield, the rescue center’s manager, welcomed Bess with open arms. However, they noticed that the pup seemed to be aloof most of the time.
Bess would be very friendly towards people she knew, but she had a hard time trusting strangers. It even took quite some time before the staff earned her trust.
For ten long years that she had been in the shelter, she had won over the heart of the volunteers and staff. But while they love her deeply, they couldn’t deny her the chance to be with a loving family. So a few weeks ago, the shelter made an appeal online for Bess to be adopted.
It was probably a long shot, but they were surprised that within a couple of days, hundreds upon hundreds of applications for Bess’ adoption came flooding in. The possible adopters came from across the globe, some even as far as Australia and Canada.
The staff was thrilled at the numerous families wanting to take Bess home. But they had to carefully pick the one best suited to her personality and needs. Finally, after some deep deliberation, they found her a family living in Southern England.
Hopefully, this would be her forever home, and she would be spending the rest of her senior years surrounded by love. Look at the adorable Bess here.
The UK's most overlooked dog is hoping a @BBCRadioKent listener will give her a home, after a decade at the Last Chance Animal Rescue Centre in #Edenbridge
We'll find out about Bess, a black and white collie cross at 8.25am on Saturday Breakfast. pic.twitter.com/EUKQUqRhZG
— Pat Marsh (@patmarsh) February 29, 2020
Courtesy of @patmarsh