After more than ten years in a rescue center, one of Britain’s most lonely dogs has finally found a new home.
Bess, a black and white border collie, was rescued at a young age by Last Chance Animal Rescue in Edenbridge, Kent. Her owners were no longer able to care for her after she was hit by a car.
After she had been in the center for more than a decade, staff issued a new appeal for an animal lover to come forward and give her a home, which received international attention.
Bess received hundreds of adoption applications from all over the world, including America and Australia.
After narrowing down their options to find the best home for the celebrity dog, staff decided on the South coast of England.
‘Bess came to us a long time ago; she was living on a farm but ran away and was hit by a car,’ said Jenny Mansfield, 37, centre manager.
‘She had pins in her neck and has always been sensitive to having her neck touched.’
‘Because of a change in circumstances, her previous owners were unable to care for her.’
‘She is friendly with people she knows, but it took the staff a long time to gain her trust,’ she continued.
‘Because of her injury, she was wary of other dogs, and she was a little funny about having a lead on to begin with.
‘It took her a long time to warm up to people, and we had to do five or six introductions with her new owners before she felt at ease.’
‘It is with great pleasure that Last Chance Animal Rescue can announce we have found a wonderful new home for Bess, our longest ever resident at our Edenbridge Centre,’ a spokesman for the rescue center added.
‘Bess, who has been with us for ten years, is now in the care of new owners on the South Coast.’
‘Our staff took great care to find the perfect home for Bess, and her new owners made numerous visits to the center to allow Bess to gradually get to know them.’
‘Everyone at Last Chance loved Bess and wanted to make sure we found her the best home possible, which we believe we did.
‘Bess is not the easiest of dogs and is very set in her ways, which is why she has been with us for so long, so we are still crossing our fingers that this will be her forever home, so say a prayer.
‘It was very emotional for everyone as she left for her new life, but it was also very rewarding, because a loving home is what we want for all our dogs, and now we have one for our Bess.’
The spokesperson went on to thank everyone who offered Bess a place to live, stating that there were hundreds of people.
‘Kind people from all over the world contacted us, in fact from Nova Scotia to Australia and many countries in between,’ they continued.
‘People’s kindness and compassion astounded and moved us.’ We’ve finished.’