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Scottish SPCA seeks new home for abused lurcher who fronted Christmas appeal

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Gordon Fletcher

The Scottish SPCA is looking for a new home for Gordon, a lurcher who was the face of its 2019 Christmas appeal.

 Gordon had been thrown from a moving vehicle and due to his injuries had to have one of his legs amputated. The Society was unable to find those responsible for causing Gordon’s injuries.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity cared for Gordon for five months following his treatment and were delighted to find him a forever home in September last year. Unfortunately, he has recently been returned to the Ayrshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre.

The charity is hoping Gordon’s forever family will come forward over Scottish Animal Week which runs from 14 to 20 September.

Lynda Hourston, assistant manager of the centre, said: “When Gordon first arrived in our care in 2019 he was so nervous and fearful of people, it was heartbreaking.

 “Once Gordon’s leg had been removed he returned to the centre for rehabilitation and care. We worked hard to bring him out of his shell and gradually his confidence grew.

“He was with us for five months before he found a home. We were sad to see him go but delighted he had been given a second chance.

“Gordon had such a compelling story that he fronted our Christmas campaign in 2019. It made it even better that his tale had a happy ending.

 

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Gordon as the face of the Christmas campaign

“Unfortunately things didn’t work out and he was returned to us last month after a year in his home.

“We would love to find Gordon’s forever home. He is a lovely boy and just needs an owner who will be patient and be able to give him some boundaries.

“Because of his past, he is very nervous when he firsts meets people so it will take a few meetings at the centre for Gordon to begin to come out of his shell.

“He knows our team so well and he adores everyone. This won’t be the dog that someone coming in to the centre will see. But in time, they will.

“Gordon can’t live in a flat that doesn’t have a lift as going up and down stairs regularly will put pressure on his missing leg. He will also need to be the only pet in the home.

“This beautiful boy just needs his special someone to come along and let him be the adoring pet he wants to be.”

Anyone who can offer Gordon a home should visit the Scottish SPCA’s website and apply online here.

Scottish Animal Week begins on 14 September. The Scottish SPCA is showcasing the vital roles animals have played over lockdown by celebrating the animals they’ve cared for, rehomed and rescued.  People should keep an eye on the Scottish SPCA’s social media channels for updates.