Sanctuary flooded with calls... but long-term resident Fudge still hasn't got a new home
Fudge the dog stole the hearts of hundreds of people after our appeal - but she's still looking for her perfect home.
She has been waiting for a loving owner for almost six years after she was abandoned at Mid Antrim Animal Sanctuary in 2010.
The Staffordshire bull terrier's story appeared in the Belfast Telegraph on Thursday, and hundreds of people shared the appeal across social media in a bid to finally get Fudge some home comforts.
The sanctuary said it had since had lots of calls, but it still had not found Fudge the perfect place to call home.
Manager Margaret Waid added: "There has been a good response. We are getting lots of phone calls, but no one has come up to see her yet. We are hoping that in the next couple of days we might find someone suitable. There will be someone out there for her."
Due to the length of time she has spent in the sanctuary Fudge, now 10, needs a very special owner. She requires a home preferably without other dogs, and there must be no children.
Margaret explained: "We would ask that people with children don't phone because we are trying to find a permanent home for her. No matter how sensible children are, we can't break the rules. We don't want to be in the situation where something did happen and she would have to come back again. We want her to go somewhere for ever."
Fudge briefly got a place in the past, but she was left alone and was destructive in the home, so sadly she was brought back to the sanctuary, which would prefer if she was rehomed in a place where someone would be in for most of the day.
She is well-loved by volunteers who help to care for her, who cannot understand why she has been overlooked for so long.
Margaret added: "Staffordshire bull terriers get a bad name so people are always wary, but once they get to know the breed they would never go back, and some people adopt a few of them. The volunteers love Fudge and take her out for walks. She has a great temperament. She's very placid and quite obedient. She would come to our reception and sit with the receptionist. She's a lovely dog."
Volunteer Edward Holmes (69) and Fudge have formed a special bond in the last few years.
The retired man comes to the sanctuary and walks her up to five days a week, but unfortunately he cannot rehome her.
"She's very obedient and a very likeable dog," he said. "She takes to people very well. I really enjoy walking her and I think she'd make a great pet for somebody. I would really miss her, but it would be nice to see her happy."
Margaret said the sanctuary was thankful for all the support and added: "We do have lots of other dogs, so if you aren't suitable for Fudge there are lots of others who are looking for their homes."
Fudge is in good general health but suffers from a touch of arthritis and requires some medication. Due to her age, the sanctuary will cover all vets' bills.
Do you think you can give Fudge the perfect home? Contact Mid Antrim Animal Sanctuary on 028 9446 3993