​Timmy The Dog Looking For Loving Home After 426 Days In Kennels

An adorable but lonely dog is looking for a loving family after spending half his life in kennels at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home waiting to be adopted.

Timmy, a mongrel who's almost two years old, has spent over 400 days in kennels at Brands Hatch, Kent, in the hope of finding his forever home.

There is no time limit on how long an animal can stay at Battersea, but the average stay for a dog is just 35 days.

Timmy was originally bought from a seller at a petrol station before coming through Battersea's gates at just nine months, when his owners found his puppy-like behaviour too difficult to cope with.

However, over one year later, he's still on the lookout for a family to be adopted into.

Timmy is almost two-years-old. Credit: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home
Timmy is almost two-years-old. Credit: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

A spokesperson at Battersea Brands Hatch said: "Timmy is such a loving, intelligent dog. It's heartbreaking that he's spent more than half of his short life in kennels."

While it's hard to know what breeds Timmy is made up of with his long legs and pointed ears, it's fair to say he's a handsome little mongrel - which was the second most common type of dog to be brought to the animal charity last year, with 500 coming in across all three Battersea sites.

The Battersea spokesperson continued: "Although mongrels may not be as desirable to some people as their purebred counterparts, they make just as fulfilling and loving pets."

Look at that big ol' tongue! Credit: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home
Look at that big ol' tongue! Credit: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

Timmy is an intelligent little guy, and would love to have someone to show off his tricks to - he just needs somebody to teach him to be a 'big, brave' doggo.

"This National Pet Month, Timmy is really hoping to become someone's pet and be part of a family," Battersea said.

"He's been learning lots of new tricks while he's been at Battersea in the hope of catching someone's attention; he knows how to ring a bell and find hidden toys but has no one to show these tricks off to yet.

Timmy loves the outdoors. Credit: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home
Timmy loves the outdoors. Credit: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

"Timmy is such an energetic, intelligent dog, who is eager to please his owners. Timmy would really benefit from a dog training enthusiast, who is willing to continue his training and extend his skill set.

Timmy also knows lots of tricks. Credit: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home
Timmy also knows lots of tricks. Credit: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

"He loves to be around his favourite people but can get very worried when he's left alone. He needs someone to teach him how to be a big, brave boy and slowly spend time on his own.

"Timmy loves being outdoors and is most suited to a rural location. He loves to make other doggy friends and have a play, but would benefit from being the only dog in the home while he's still learning and refining his social etiquette."

If you want to make Timmy - or any other Battersea dog - your pet this National Pet Month, please visit www.battersea.org.uk

Featured Image Credit: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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