RSPCA Wakefield branch launches special appeal to rehome dog Zeus who has 'lost his spark' after waiting 360 days to be adopted

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The RSPCA Wakefield and Leeds branch has launched a special appeal for an overlooked dog who has spent nearly a year in its centre waiting to be adopted.

Zeus, a loveable four-year-old Staffie cross, has been at the charity’s Leeds and Wakefield branch in East Ardsley since November 2022 and is currently one of the RSPCA’s longest-staying dogs in the North of England.

Despite his happy demeanour, constantly wagging tail and love of human company, Zeus has yet to find his perfect match, and staff say he is sadly beginning to lose his spark as his first anniversary in kennels approaches.

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The RSPCA is highlighting his story as part of its month-long Adoptober rehoming campaign which aims to shine a light on the many animals like Zeus who are still waiting for their forever home.

Staffie cross, Zeus, is said to be "losing his spark" after spending over a year in the Wakefield animal centre.Staffie cross, Zeus, is said to be "losing his spark" after spending over a year in the Wakefield animal centre.
Staffie cross, Zeus, is said to be "losing his spark" after spending over a year in the Wakefield animal centre.

The charity’s rehoming centres are full as more pets come into rescue than are being adopted, with a six per cent increase in dogs and a four per cent rise in cats reported between 2021 and 2022.

Zeus' search for a home comes after a three-year collapse in rehoming rates.

In 2022, the RSPCA rehomed 27,535 animals - falling 30 per cent compared with 2019, when 39,178 were rehomed.

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He arrived at the East Ardsley centre suffering from mange, which was successfully treated.

Zeus loves his training, which is something his new owners will need to be willing to continue.Zeus loves his training, which is something his new owners will need to be willing to continue.
Zeus loves his training, which is something his new owners will need to be willing to continue.

But it soon became clear he didn’t like other dogs, and staff and volunteers have spent the past year focusing on helping him to understand that canines are not as scary as he thinks.

Megan Rattray, animal care manager at the centre, said: “Zeus is a really happy, playful boy who loves toys and games and adores people.

"Unfortunately he doesn’t like other dogs at all, and can be aggressive towards them, and inevitably this has made it harder for us to find him a new home.

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“A potential adopter will need to be understanding about this and in return the humans in his life will be rewarded with lots of love and affection from big-hearted Zeus.

“He’s sadly lost a little bit of his spark as he’s been with us for so long. Despite this, he’s a really lovely dog who has so much going for him.

“He’s intrigued by everything and can be quite nosey at times! He’s also a very quick learner and his training has come on in leaps and bounds - he's even worked out how to open his handler’s treat bag and steal all the tasty ones!

“He’ll make a wonderful companion and he’d love nothing more than a family of his own with people who will have plenty of time for games of tug and cuddles on the sofa.”

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Zeus’s preferred home is in a household as an only pet with children aged 16 or above, ideally somewhere quiet or rural with no dogs living next door.

Staff have described him as a quick and clever learner who loves his training – something which his new owners will need to be willing to continue.

For more information about Zeus, visit the Leeds, Wakefield & District Branch’s website, where you will be able to see other animals who are also waiting for new homes.

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