Can you give Bentley a new home on time for Christmas – or know someone who might?

On Sunday (17 December), three-year-old Staffie Bentley will mark a year in the care of the RSPCA’s Blackberry Farm Animal Centre, in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. He was bought there only days before Christmas 2016, and is desperate to spend the next one in a loving home – with an experienced dog owner.

Paula Flitney, deputy manager at Blackberry Farm, said, “Poor Bentley has had an awful start to life and seems to be one of Britain’s unluckiest pooches. He was kept in terrible conditions and was badly under-socialised before being rescued by our inspectors. This has caused him to be quite reactive to new situations and others animals, so we’re really after an experienced owner who can help teach him that the world isn’t such a scary place.

“As other dogs around the country are lavished with gifts and look forward to the festive period at home with their family, Bentley is facing the prospect of another Christmas in kennels. He is so desperate to find a home to call his own that he has his toys organised and his bags packed ready to go.”

Described as “an active boy”, Bentley is also quick to learn and has mastered commands such as ‘sit’. He should be the only pet in the house, can live with teenagers, and can be left alone for short periods of time.

If you could make Bentley’s Christmas wish come true, please visit his profile for more information, or contact Blackberry Farm on 0300 123 0752.

Paula added, “Bentley is the king of cuddles and cannot get enough love or attention from people. He loves to sprawl out on the sofa with you or curl up on your lap for fuss and is such a sweet lad. He’s had a difficult past and, sadly, that’s left emotional and mental scars for poor Bentley. But we know that with time and effort – and lots of love – he will grow into a happy, well-rounded dog and will make a wonderful pet and companion.

“We’d like him to go to a quiet area where he can enjoy lots of long walks and progress with his training without constantly bumping into other dogs, until his confidence has improved. He just needs someone to take a chance on him and give him that happy ever after he so truly deserves.”

If you could make Bentley’s Christmas wish come true, please visit his profile for more information, or contact Blackberry Farm on 0300 123 0752.

Images by RSPCA.

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