Posted 2 months ago
Dog ownership has soared in recent months, largely thanks to the pandemic and resulting changes to our lifestyle, and the price of puppies from breeders has skyrocketed as supply has struggled to keep up with demand. But there are lots of dogs in rescue centres across Cornwall that are desperate for a loving home.
If you’re thinking about welcoming a new dog into your household, take some time to consider whether you and your home would be suitable for any of the dogs below. Each one has different characteristics and needs – for example, there's one that really hates going for walks!
TeamDogs has teamed up with the Cornwall branch of the RSPCA in St Columb, the National Animal Welfare Trust in Hayle and K9 Crusaders Dog Welfare in Truro to bring all the dogs currently available together in one list.
If you’re interested in a particular dog, you should visit the relevant centre’s website for more information about that dog as well as the centre itself. It should be noted that dogs at K9 Crusaders can only be rehomed within Cornwall.
This white German Shepherd is around two years old and is currently at the RSPCA centre. He needs owners who have experience with Shepherds as he has some “very cheeky” traits. He likes to meet people in his own time and can be nervous to begin with, but once he’s made friends, he wants nothing more than to play with a tennis ball and bounce around like a big fluffy puppy. Ghost is looking for a home in Cornwall or Devon so the RSPCA can support the adopter going forwards.
This Rottweiler, also at the RSPCA centre, is around four years old. She’s a friendly but timid girl who likes a little fuss. She is nervous and will need patient owners who are willing to put time and effort into making her a well-rounded dog. Willow has struggled in a busy home environment so will need a rural, quiet area where she can relax and start to enjoy life. Once she has bonded with you, she’ll smother you with all the love in the world! The RSPCA is looking for adopters with experience of large breeds, who have plenty of time and endless love to give, with no children or other pets. Due to her history, the RSPCA will provide ongoing support in the home so new homes must be within Cornwall or South Devon.
Bear is a one-year-old smooth-coat Collie crossbreed at the RSPCA who’s looking for a second chance at happiness. He’s a lovely boy who has a lot to learn, so he needs new owners to have patience and understanding to give him the guidance he needs to become a well-rounded individual.
This two-year-old Bull Mastiff crossbreed is described by the RSPCA as “one of the most handsome, loving dogs there is.” This sweet boy is a big, strong lad who needs strong owners as he can get a bit excited when he sees birds. Basher loves a cuddle and a good fuss and will make a great addition to the right family. Unfortunately this isn’t Basher’s first time in a rehoming centre and the RSPCA is doing its best to find him his perfect home with support from its behaviourist.
Dillon is a beautiful nine-year-old Lurcher currently at the NAWT centre. He’s vibrant, playful, extremely loving and loyal. He’s a sweet, sensitive soul who will make the most amazing companion for someone. He hadn’t been previously socialised with other dogs so the team are helping him work on his social skills and have taught him how to wear a muzzle so he can go for walks with other dogs in a safe manner. He’s getting on really well with meeting other dogs when out on his walks. He absolutely loves his food and will do anything for a tasty treat which makes his training super easy! His ideal home would be in a quiet area where he can enjoy lots of chill time with his new family, with a nice secure garden where he has room to run and play with his toys. He always keeps a teddy in his bed to snuggle with.
Bruno is a three-year-old Collie/Spaniel cross at the NAWT. He’s looking for a new home with experienced dog owners who can help him channel his energy in a positive direction. He can be shy and reserved meeting new people and needs to be given time and patience to come around at his own pace, but once he feels relaxed with someone, he’s a cheeky, happy chap with lots of energy and a fun-loving nature. He’s looking for new owners with an active lifestyle and a settled, adult-only home. He has guarding traits which his handlers are working on with him and he’s enjoying a positive reward based training plan to help reduce his need to guard things. The team are also working on socialising him with other dogs. He can go for walks with some canine friends but would prefer to be the only pet in the home.
This 11-year-old Jack Russell is currently at the NAWT. She can be a little shy when first meeting new people but comes around quickly and once out of her shell she’s a very sweet little lady. She always greets people she knows with her waggy stump! The way into Dolly’s heart is with toys. She doesn’t act her age as she’s still a bouncy, fun girl who loves to play Fetch and go for nice walks. She’d like a home where someone will be with her most of the time as she gets upset and distressed being left alone. When she’s not playing, she loves to settle on a sofa next to humans and have quiet time. She’s also partial to a spot of sunbathing in a sunny corner. The team have begun helping her socialise with other dogs when out on walks but she prefers other dogs not to get into her personal space so she needs to be the only dog in the home. Like a typical terrier, her prey drive is very high so she’s unable to live with cats or small furries.
This very handsome, three-year-old Boston Terrier at NAWT is looking for a home where someone will have the time to be with him throughout the day as he has severe separation anxiety and gets distressed and vocal when left on his own. He’s deaf and the team think being able to see people and be with them is his security blanket as he can’t hear what’s going on. Apart from this, he’s a very happy boy, he loves meeting new people and going out for walks and taking in all the smells. He has bundles of energy and is always putting a smile on everyone’s face with his cute ways. He’s been learning hand signals to help with his training but it would be safer for him to stay on a lead or longline when out and about, unless in a secure area. He could potentially live with a relaxed dog that wouldn’t mind a slightly boisterous friend that could tolerate his presence and affection. He can’t always understand when other dogs have had enough of his company.
This six-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier at NAWT is loving, energetic and playful. He’s an absolute sweetheart with a great character. He’s very people-friendly and loves saying hello to everyone. He loves walks and playing with his toys. He didn’t always like to give them back but is learning to swap them for a tasty treat. He’s friendly towards the majority of dogs he meets out and about but likes to get all the attention from his human friends. The team don’t want to rule out the chance of him living with another dog but think a laid-back female would be best. He has a strong prey drive so can’t live with cats or small furries.
Chase arrived at NAWT after he was found straying – he’d been on his own for some time. He was worried by everything at first but is starting to learn the world isn’t such a scary place. The team think he’s around 12 months old as he’s still very puppy-like with a lot of his mannerisms. He’s quite the goofball! His confidence is growing daily and although he’s still shy when meeting new people, he’s starting to come around quickly, especially if his new friends have tasty treats as he loves his food. He’s looking for new owners who have experience with nervous rescues. He’d like a home in a quiet area as he can get overwhelmed by lots of noise and things going on around him. He’ll need a home with at least one resident dog as he loves other dogs and they really help him feel less worried – and he loves to play. He has a very sweet nature but because he can spook easily he’d prefer a home with older children, although younger may be considered if the right home came along.
Hank is a nine-year-old Jack Russell X Staffordshire Bull Terrier at NAWT with a couple of special requests for his new home. He’d really like lots of company. He gets very attached to humans and wants to go everywhere with them so he’s looking for a new family that can really make him part of their life. His separation anxiety means he’s finding the kennel environment stressful, so he’s hoping for a new home soon with a nice family to shower with all his love. The team think his personality will really show through once he’s in a more relaxed and settled environment, but even now he’s a sweet boy who loves his cuddles. His other request is for a pet-free home in a quiet area. He’d prefer a home with older children as he’s still learning some manners and would probably be too much for younger children, although the team will consider things if the right home came along.
Banksy is a stunning eight-year-old Siberian Husky at K9 Crusaders. He’s fair sized and would like experienced, active owners who understand the husky psyche and needs. He has a great sense of fun and is very affectionate with familiar humans. He’s an outdoor dog, needing a secure garden kennel with a good sized, securely enclosed garden. He finds indoors too hot and then gets boisterous trying to get outside. Owners need to be realistic about his strength and exercise needs as they are considerable.
This handsome 11-year-old red Patterdale Terrier cross at K9 Crusaders is an intelligent, independent little chap who loves to play Fetch with a tennis ball, so a dog-friendly secure garden is a must. He’s an energetic boy and a cheeky charmer. He’d like to be the only pet in an adults-only home – definitely no children of any age.
Bruno is a 10-year-old Staffie at K9 Crusaders. He’s a very boisterous, fun-loving boy. He’s looking for someone who can match his energy and activity level. This affectionate boy will benefit from further training. Although there’s no malice with Bruno, he does play roughly so is not suitable for a home with children. He’d prefer to be the only pet as he really isn’t sure about other dogs.
Dolly the seven-year-old Dogue de Bordeaux crossbreed hasn’t had the best start in life. She’s waiting patiently at K9 Crusaders to find out all the good things that a good, loving home can offer her. She needs a secure home environment where she can be the only pet. She dreams of being a companion – a real homebody – to capable adults-only guardians who can appreciate what she’s been through and help her embrace her new life in security and safety.
Imagine the body of an American Bulldog with the energy and motivation of a husky – that’s Terry, currently at K9 Crusaders! This two-year-old crossbreed’s unfortunate start in life has impacted his development and perception of humans and he remains terrified of men. He is very immature and undersocialised. He’s initially frightened of all unfamiliar humans but with familiarity comes a more trusting approach to female humans. When he realises he’s safe, he can get cheeky and mischievous. He’s a large dog to be literally throwing his weight around, so has to be shown some boundaries. Lead training has been slow due to his apprehension and is ongoing. When he feels safe, his whole demeanour changes and you see a young dog who wants to have fun, be a bit of a clown and be loved and looked after. Terry is an extremely energetic boy who loves to run, so a lawned garden is a must. His other great loves are food and sniffing every blade of grass. He’d suit a quiet, rural location with a home environment large enough to accommodate his size and energy. His new owners will need to be capable, calm, patient and sympathetic, but able to set and uphold boundaries and commit to training. A sense of humour is a must. No children or young teens, or other pets. This boy deserves the chance to experience life as a loved and cherished pet dog – he has time to make up.
This 12-year-old Jack Russell Terrier at K9 Crusaders is very much his own dog. It takes a while to be accepted into his inner circle, but once you’re in, you’re well and truly in. The only hint of his advancing years is that he enjoys his comforts more and isn’t averse to the odd daytime rest and occasional bit of fuss. He’s an independent chap and if he fancies a cuddle, your lap, a fuss, a walk or a game, he will tell you. If he doesn’t, he’ll make it very clear he doesn’t! He enjoys playing tuggy and has just discovered how exciting a squeaky ball can be! He is a solidly built, strong dog who can play roughly, so wouldn’t be suitable for anyone with compromised stability. Taffy doesn’t like other dogs invading his space and especially dislikes bigger dogs. He has a robust pair of lungs and will voice his displeasure! He’s hoping to find a quiet home as an only pet, with a secure lawned garden for running and play. Strictly adults only – no children or young teens.
This nine-year-old Pomeranian at K9 Crusaders is a super bright little dude, highly strung and high maintenance. Teddy didn’t have a great start in life. The neglect and treatment he endured has impacted his behaviour and his attitude to life and humans. He’s slow to trust unfamiliar humans and will look to defend himself. He loves running and playing, doing mini agility and learning tricks. He’s also incredibly affectionate, fun loving and a fantastic little companion. His new owner will need to be patient, empathetic and prepared to commit to staying the course with Teddy. He has been messed around far too much already by humans. He has a dedicated volunteer who will support, and sessions with K9’s recommended trainer are strongly advised. No children, teens or other pets, and a secure lawned garden is a must.
Dexter is a seven-year-old Labrador/Collie cross at K9 Crusaders. He’s a nervous chap who can be reactive to unfamiliar humans and other dogs – so walks will have to be carefully managed. The way to his heart is through his tummy, so in a safe, secure environment, he will come round fairly quickly. With those he knows and trusts, he’s the sweetest boy who loves to play and cuddle. He’s come a long way in his time at K9 and the team would love to find that special someone who will see the dog beyond the reactive exterior and love him for who he is. He’s looking for a home as an only pet, with adult owners who are patient, calm and capable, and willing to work with K9’s recommended trainer. A secure, lawned garden is a must for running and games – this happy boy loves toys!
This five-year-old Staffie has experienced and witnessed what no dog should ever have to. His trust has gone and he regards all humans with suspicion. He’s constantly wary and apprehensive, watching you, expecting and waiting for the worst to happen. Physically, Desmond has healed, but emotionally and mentally he remains traumatised. He’ll go to great lengths to avoid eye contact so getting a quick glance from him is progress. Buried behind his sad, fearful eyes there’s a fun-loving, comical and affectionate little Staffie locked away, too scared to come out. It takes a very long time to get on terms with Desmond. He’s instantly reactive to humans who remind him of other humans, barking, growling, ready to defend himself. For those he cautiously permits to engage with him, progress is painfully slow – not days or weeks. At any time his fragile confidence buckles and he shuts down. Desmond needs time and space just ‘to be’. To have a safe space to breathe, shed what has gone before, and gain a different perspective of the world and of humans. With Desmond you’re in for the long haul but he’s such a rewarding little dog. He enjoys playing ball and it also serves as a positive introduction to humans. He’ll accept a tummy rub from those with whom he feels safest. Strictly no children or other pets for Desmond and a secure, lawned garden is a must for play. Owners will need to be calm, capable and patient, and very aware of their body language. He has so much more progress to make and the team would love to see him able to fulfil his potential in a home of his own.
Dougie is an eight-year-old JRT x Staffie at K9 Crusaders. He really is ‘Mr Happy’. He loves to run and play and will chase and fetch toys for as long as you can keep throwing them. But this affectionate, cuddly and boisterous boy is a dog with a difference – he hates going for walks and can find no pleasure in the outside world. He finds the whole experience immensely stressful and terrifying. He feels the same about other dogs, too. If there are toys and a human to play with, he’ll ignore the dogs, otherwise he’s likely to set up quite a commotion. Dougie would love a home with a secure lawned garden for endless play and someone to accept him and love him for who he is. Dougie has so much love to give. He has been passed from pillar to post but is still hoping to find a human to spend the rest of his life with. Adults only, no other pets. He may not suit anyone frail or unsteady on their feet. Patience and a sense of humour an advantage.
Two-year-old Dennis was born in Portugal to street dog parents, but sadly his new adoptive home in Cornwall didn’t want him, so he’s now at K9 Crusaders. The terrier cross loves human company but his poor start in life has made this sweet-natured lad insecure and he hates being left. Dennis loves to be outside, running, leaping and playing. He’s undoubtedly a bit of a ‘Heinz 57’ but somewhere in the mix there’s likely to be hunting dog, terrier and possibly something akin to Tigger! He’s a super energetic boy and unbelievably bouncy. He has such exuberance for life and is always on the move – he never tires. Dennis is hoping to find owners as energetic as he is. Maybe there’s a place for him in the Canicross community? He’ll need a very secure lawned garden for safe running and playing as he loves toys. He’d like an adults-only house where he can be the only pet. Owners must be committed to training and happy to work with K9’s recommended trainer.
Zasha is a 10-month-old Rottweiler at K9 Crusaders. She’s dainty for her breed and incredibly pretty. She’s been a much loved dog but is ruled by her nervous disposition. Despite her young age, she’s a very complex girl, scared, fear aggressive, guarding and incredibly slow to trust. It’s taken considerable time and patience to get on terms with her as she barks aggressively at every unfamiliar human and even at some familiar ones. Once you get to know her, she’s the sweetest, most affectionate and cuddly girl who’ll do almost anything for food. She barks loudly at other dogs but the team paired her with a good-natured, easy-going, non-reactive large older male and she took to him instantly. He took her under his wing and settled her in. Zasha doesn’t like small dogs. She’s always hated lead walking – she lies on the spot, looking very scared. K9’s vet found no physical reason for her reluctance – it appears to be psychological. The team have made some progress and she’ll walk from her kennel block and round the yard with much stopping and coaxing. Zasha will need experienced, capable owners with infinite patience, a calm disposition and lots of time to invest in her. She’ll benefit and gain confidence from one-to-one sessions with K9’s recommended trainer. Experience of her breed will be an advantage. Adults only.
This four-year-old male Bulldog at K9 Crusaders is a sensitive, insecure dog who approaches life with a good deal of apprehension and defensiveness. This complex little chap doesn’t take readily to humans and is choosy about who he allows to get close to him, physically and emotionally. He is happiest with human females, but by no means all, and although in time he’ll come round to some men, he’s not comfortable having them in his personal space. Moose has always disliked small spaces and feeling trapped. When he perceives he’s in such a situation he’ll guard and growl. With his favourite ladies he’s soft, affectionate and cuddly. He needs to feel comfortable with his handler, and be able to trust you’ll look after him and look out for him – he’s a real baby. Like many of his breed, his skin needs daily care and he’s on a specialised diet to offset skin flare-ups. In spite of his short legs, he’s a chunky chap and classed as a large dog, with strength to match. He needs help to eat as his conformation makes it very difficult to pick up food. Apart from cuddles and food, Moose loves to play ball. He’s not overly keen on walkies, as he finds the outside world quite worrying and stressful. He’s a panicker who attempts to bolt. Moose is looking to be the only pet in a quiet, secure home with a lawned garden for running and playing. Strictly no children as he doesn’t tolerate them. He’d ideally like a female owner but may tolerate a couple including a quiet, calm human male. New owners should be patient, understanding and capable, and should have the time to spend working with Moose, gaining his trust and building that all-important sense of security.
Nine-year-old Nigel has spent lockdown convalescing at K9 Crusaders after having a mass removed. The Jack Russell has been the perfect patient. He’s an active, lively little chap who knows his own mind. He loves walking and his pace can be described as ‘brisk’. Nigel loves the attention and companionship of adult humans but is a bit of a wind-up merchant with other dogs, so it’s best to steer clear. He’d appreciate a secure, dog-friendly garden in a home where he’s the only pet. He’s not interested in toys but loves to run and play tag with humans. Nigel must be kept on a lead for all his walks – this is a condition of his adoption and is non-negotiable. All in all, Nigel is a fantastic little dog and would be a great companion for an active single adult or a couple.
Woody is a very small, 11-year-old Jack Russell Terrier at K9 Crusaders, who has been overlooked far too often. Like many JRTs, he’s a quirky, feisty little guy, and being in double figures doesn’t mean he’s slowed down. He’s an active, busy little dog, happy in his own world. He’s constantly on the move, darting here and there, investigating an inviting smell here, a toy there. Catching him in a moment of silliness is a work of art. He has been slow to let in strangers, but if you’re willing to invest time in Woody, and win his trust, the rewards are there for all to see. He’s a ‘late developer’ in terms of his relationship with the wider environment and the other species inhabiting it, including humans. Woody’s mind flits about just as much as he does. A few seconds of focus and he’s off again. Those precious seconds are your chance to start creating a bond with him. Woody doesn’t really like being picked up. As for cuddles, if he wants your lap, he’ll land on it and make himself comfy. Woody would love a secure lawned garden for running around, and an adults-only home as an only pet. He would suit an active single person or a couple. Patience, calmness and a sense of humour an advantage.
Seven-year-old Pixie is a highly strung little terrier who looked so much older when she was first brought to K9 Crusaders. She had become bored and frustrated in her previous home and as a result she developed stereotypical self-harming behaviours to help her cope. She had her tail removed as a result of this. The team have had to encourage Pixie to become a dog again, and this work is ongoing in her foster home where she’s living happily alongside two other dogs and has someone home all day to keep an eye on her and provide plenty of stimulation which she desperately needs. This very special girl is seeking a vibrant home where there will be plenty to keep her interested and occupied. She would do well with another dog or dogs, ideally stable, sociable, well-adjusted males. She’d like several walks and games throughout the day, in small doses. A dog-friendly garden is essential as she loves being able to stretch out and run. There must be someone at home as she doesn’t do well when left. This lovely little dog is a work in progress. K9 has started her rehabilitation – could you take up the baton and run with it to give Pixie the life she deserves?
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