Dogs look­ing for a new home

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It’s a long wait for love for these two lonely hearts.

Be­tween them Niles and Daisy have clocked up over a year at the SPCA An­i­mal Vil­lage in Man­gere.

And their hunt for homes is get­ting des­per­ate, with life in con­fine­ment start­ing to take its toll on the pups.

Niles, a 10-month-old ger­man shep­herd cross, came to the An­i­mal Vil­lage as a four-month-old and has now spent more than half of his life in SPCA care.

His brother, who was res­cued with him, was quickly adopted but six months down the track, Niles is still wait­ing for some­one to take him home.

And ca­nine at­ten­dant Erica Lom­bard says the pooch is start­ing to show signs of stress from his lengthy stay.

‘‘Be­cause he’s been here so long he’s start­ing to do things like chase his tail,’’ she says.

‘‘It’s a stereo­typ­i­cal be­hav­iour that’s quite com­mon in dogs who spend a long time in ken­nels – it’s one of their cop­ing mech­a­nisms.’’

That sort of stress can lead to se­vere be­havioural prob­lems so it’s im­por­tant that Niles finds a new home as quickly as pos­si­ble, SPCA chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris­tine Kalin says.

‘‘While the dogs re­ceive ex­cel­lent care here, noth­ing sur­passes be­ing part of a fam­ily en­vi­ron­ment in the com­forts of a fam­ily’s home.’’

Ms Lom­bard de­scribes the pup as ‘‘ a re­ally cool dude’’ who loves the out­doors.

‘‘He’s re­ally af­fec­tion­ate, he loves be­ing with peo­ple. If he’s with peo­ple then he’s happy as Larry.’’

Daisy, a seven-mon­thold labrador/staffy cross, has been at the An­i­mal Vil­lage even longer than Niles. Born a stray un­der a house, she has been in SPCA care her en­tire life.

Her seven broth­ers and sis­ters have all been adopted but no-one has come for her.

Ms Lom­bard says Daisy’s a ‘‘big puppy’’ who loves toys and would like noth­ing more than to play fetch all day.

She’s han­dling her long wait bet­ter than Niles but ‘‘ob­vi­ously it’s frus­trat­ing for them’’, Ms Kalin says.

‘‘They’re in a con­tained en­vi­ron­ment more than they would be if they were part of a fam­ily. We just don’t have the fa­cil­i­ties to pro­vide what a fam­ily would pro­vide in terms of space.

‘‘We look at all sorts of so­lu­tions – it’s not ideal for us to have a dog here for so long.

‘‘Some­times staff or vol­un­teers will take dogs home with them and fos­ter them for a pe­riod of time but our ideal out­come would be for them to find per­ma­nent homes.’’

Look­ing for love: Daisy has been in SPCA care her en­tire life.

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