ONE of the longest-staying RSPCA dogs in England who is currently in the branch’s Warrington kennels is looking for his forever home.

Four-year-old lurcher Alvin was originally rescued by the charity from a property in the West Midlands back in May 2022.

He had untreated injuries caused by hunting which his owner had failed to seek veterinary treatment for.

The tan and white dog has been in the care of the RSPCA in Warrington ever since at its Slutchers Lane site, but until recently the charity has been unable to rehome him because of ongoing court proceedings.

In February this year his former owner - who was later given a suspended prison sentence and disqualified from keeping animals for five years - signed Alvin over into the charity’s care.

Staff at the RSPCA’s Warrington, Halton and St Helens Branch rehoming centre, where he has become a firm favourite, are now appealing for a special new home for him.   

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Animal care manager Katie Buckley said: “Alvin has been in kennels half his life which is a long time for any animal. It’s obviously frustrating that we’ve been unable to put him up for adoption until fairly recently, but now that we can, we’re determined to find him the best-ever home.

“He’s only had one application since February but unfortunately it wasn’t quite right for him as he needs a garden and places to go out and explore.

“He's been with us for such a long time, and everyone at the centre is incredibly fond of Alvin, but he deserves a home of his own where he'll be spoiled and loved.

“Because of his sighthound heritage, prospective adopters may think he has bags of energy and will need lots of walks. Of course he loves getting out and exploring but he’s also got a relaxed and laid-back temperament and loves nothing more than stretching out his long limbs and having a cuddle on our sofa.

“He’s a really gentle, happy and affectionate dog who loves human companionship and would really enjoy being part of family life.”

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Alvin is quite a large dog and will need owners who have had experience of the breed and are willing to provide ongoing support with his house training. As he’s spent a long time in kennels his interaction with youngsters has been limited, although he could live with older children.

Because of his prey drive he cannot live with cats or small furry animals, but he will happily wear a muzzle when out and about and he can be left alone for short periods.

One of his favourite things to do is going for a ride in the car with one of the centre’s volunteer walkers, so he’ll be happy to travel and go on adventures with his new family.

Prospective adopters can visit the animal centre’s website for more details about Alvin and how to adopt him.