Brandy needs a home for Christ­mas

Stray faces sec­ond fes­tive sea­son in ken­nels

Hinckley Times - - FRONT PAGE - RACHEL PAR­RISH rachel.par­rish@trin­i­tymir­

A LONG-STAY res­i­dent at res­cue ken­nels in Hun­cote is fac­ing the prospect of a sec­ond Christ­mas be­hind bars.

Nine-year-old brindle lurcher Brandy is strug­gling to find his fur­ever home de­spite an ap­pear­ance along­side TV Su­per­vet Noel Fitz­patrick.

Since ar­riv­ing at Le­ices­ter An­i­mal Aid (LAA) as a stray in Septem­ber 2016, he has been re­peat­edly over­looked for re­hom­ing, even af­ter be­ing seen by mil­lions of tv view­ers on a Chan­nel 4 Su­per­vet special.

Filmed over five days in Au­gust this year, An­i­mal Res­cue Live en­cour­aged an­i­mal lovers to give a sec­ond chance to pets in res­cue cen­tres up and down the coun­try.

But de­spite his pic­ture be­ing shown on-screen dur­ing the pro­gramme, the love­able lurcher, known as “Handy Brandy” by ken­nel staff, has re­mained un­claimed.

His “ken­nel mum” Ruth Cooper now fears he may be about to spend an­other fes­tive sea­son in care.

LAA fundrais­ing man­ager Izzy Tutcher said: “Brandy is sadly still with us and we’d love to get him a home.

“He doesn’t get much in­ter­est be­ing nine years old, brindle and a lurcher, and we do get lots of younger lurchers in.

“He can be se­lec­tive about the dogs he likes to spend time with, but he’s such a beau­ti­ful and chilled out boy.”

The team at LAA say that Brandy would need to be the only pet in an adult house­hold, prefer­ably with a large gar­den where he can run around and burn up some en­ergy, and an owner will­ing to share a sofa.

He could be taken on walks with a com­pat­i­ble dog and is happy to wear a muz­zle around smaller furry crea­tures.

Any­one in­ter­ested in meet­ing Brandy with a view to giv­ing him a for­ever home is asked to ei­ther call LAA on Hinck­ley 888257 or to com- plete an in­ter­ested par­ties form on­line or to visit the ken­nels any day ex­cept Christ­mas day be­tween 10am and 2.30pm. No ap­point­ment is nec­es­sary.

For more in­for­ma­tion and pic­tures of Brandy and to down­load an in­ter­ested par­ties form, please go on­line.

Nine-year-old brindle lurcher Brandy, pic­tured with his “ken­nel mum” Ruth Cooper, is fac­ing a sec­ond Christ­mas in care at Le­ices­ter An­i­mal Aid af­ter be­ing re­peat­edly over­looked for re­hom­ing

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