Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has a big task on its hands. The charity is looking to rehome five of its chunkiest canines who are constantly being overlooked due to their size.
Shyla the Alaskan Malamute, Enzo the Dogue de Bordeaux, Cruz the American Bulldog, Kimmy the Akita and Bromley the mongrel have a combined weight of 450 pounds and they are just some of the increasing number of large dogs being brought into the charity's centre. The number of Dogue de Bordeaux's doubled last year compared to 2014 and breeds such as Akitas and Alaskan Malamutes are rising by around 30 percent.
With suitable large London properties in short supply, the charity is reminding potential pet owners up and down the country that they could still have the right dog for them.
Head of Dog Rehoming, Rob Young, said, "No dog is too big for us at Battersea and we’ll do everything we can to find dogs like Shyla and Cruz loving homes. We try to make their stay with us as comfortable as possible, but it can’t be much fun for a dog as big as Enzo or Bromley to be in a kennel when they’d much rather be sprawled out on the floor of someone’s sitting room. We’re asking people to please think of rehoming a larger breed from us if you have the right home for one.
Rob continued, "It’s no secret that larger breeds require a suitable home life to meet their needs. People need to be realistic about the large breed they’re taking on – they need more space such as a garden to run around in, and owners must be responsible and keep their dog under control at all times. Breeds such as Mastiffs and Malamutes are loving and loyal and we challenge the perception that large breeds aren’t family pets. When the right dog is matched with the right owners they certainly can be. We’re encouraging people not to discount them – the bigger the dog the more love they have to give.”
If you can offer Shyla, Enzo, Cruz, Kimmy or Bromley a home, please contact Battersea on 020 7622 3626.
Credit: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home