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Meet Scotland's least-loved dogs

30 Apr 2012
Frankie curled up in bed with his teddy

Scooby, Frankie and Oliver are three dogs with three things in common. They are all Staffordshire bull terriers, they are all homeless and together they are Scotland's least-loved dogs.

We have been caring for the boys for a total of 31 months, with Scooby the longest resident of all the animals in our care, clocking up 15 months in kennels to date.

The dogs have become so desperately sad that we have now launched a nationwide hunt to find all three dogs loving, permanent, homes.

Currently being cared for at our Aberdeenshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre, staff there can't understand why nobody has been willing to offer any of the dogs the chance to enjoy the comfort and security of family life.

Assistant Manager Debbie Innes said, "It's truly heartbreaking to see these genuinely affectionate and loving dogs being passed over day after day and the three of them are slowly slipping further and further into depression.Poor Scooby has spent too long in kennels

"Poor Scooby has all but given up on life and you can just see the light in his eyes fading as he returns to his lonely kennel at the end of another day without any interest.

"Meanwhile Frankie is just one of the sweetest dogs you could ever hope to meet. If it wasn't for his breed and his brindle coat we could have rehomed him a hundred times over in the past ten months he's been with the Society.

"But the sad reality is that looks matter and the cute fluffy breeds always get picked over the brindle staffie types every time.

"Oliver is a gorgeous little guy, but he's a bouncy ball of energy who needs an owner who will give him loads of exercise and attention. Instead he's spent the past six months languishing in kennels and it's so sad to see him losing his enthusiasm for life."

We are striving to dispel the myth that staffies are inherently dangerous or aggressive and instead want to highlight the fact that many make extremely loyal and loving pets.

Oliver just wants to be lovedDebbie continued, "Scooby, Frankie and Oliver are all huge people-pleasers and they are literally begging to be given a chance to prove what fantastic family members they could make.

"The love these guys have got to offer their prospective new owners is unconditional and without limits. We can see what great dogs they are, but we need people to come along and meet them so they can see for themselves."

Anyone who would like to meet Scooby, Frankie or Oliver can call our Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999 and ask to be connected to the Aberdeenshire Centre. Alternatively you can visit the Centre between 10am and 4pm seven days a week at Drumoak, Banchory, AB31 5AJ.