Big brown eyes that need loving

Clyde, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross at RSPCA animal centre in Sheffield
Clyde, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross at RSPCA animal centre in Sheffield

NO wonder they look a bit down in the dumps...

Meet Eddie and Clyde – two of the most unwanted dogs in South Yorkshire.

Eddie the Staffordshire Bull Terrier at Netherlands Dog Rescue

Eddie the Staffordshire Bull Terrier at Netherlands Dog Rescue

But despite their cute features and friendly natures, both dogs have spent the last year struggling to find a home.

Five-year-old Eddie – a Staffordshire bull terrier – is now the longest-standing resident at Netherlands Dog Rescue in Kilnhurst, while Labrador-Staffordshire bull terrier cross Clyde has been at RSPCA Sheffield Animal Centre in Attercliffe for a similarly long stretch.

Over the past 12 months their big, brown eyes have looked on as fellow kennel mates have been taken to new homes.

And now charity workers have launched an urgent appeal to give these dogs a home to prevent them spending another festive season without the love of a good owner.

Carol Ashmore, a volunteer at Netherlands Dog Rescue, said: “We’re desperate to get Eddie in a nice home. I think because he’s a Staffie people are put off. They get a bad press.

“He is such a loving, fussy friendly dog but also calm. He will sit for a cuddle and gives paw for treats and a fuss.

“Everyone that meets Eddie falls in love with him. Eddie is quiet in his kennel and will wait patiently in his bed.

“He is handsome and chunky and such an adorable Staffie.”

Sheffield’s RSPCA centre stops its adoption scheme in the build-up to December 25 to prevent potentially irresponsible people from getting dogs as Christmas presents.

This means any potential owners for three-year-old Clyde must come forward within the next few weeks.

Stella White, general manager at Sheffield RSPCA centre, said: “We work to try to rehome dogs as quickly as possible, usually this is within three to six months.

“He’s a Labrador-cross and he’s been generally overlooked, maybe because he looks a bit odd. It’s a shame because he’s really lovely.

“Clyde is a big, bouncy dog so he’s probably better for someone who is able to look after bigger dogs.

“Staffies have got such a bad reputation usually due to irresponsible owners, when in fact they make fantastic, loyal and loving pets. “If there is someone out there and they get in touch there is a chance he could be in a home by Christmas – but not as a present.”

n People interested in adopting Clyde can visit the RSPCA centre in Attercliffe, Sheffield daily, except Wednesday, from 12.30pm to 3.30pm or contact it on 0114 2898050.

For information on Eddie, contact Netherlands Dog Rescue Centre on 07786 292104 or the kennels daily between noon and 3pm.