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Three-legged dog looking for forever home after spending 1,000 days in kennels

A three-legged dog described as a ‘loving, sensitive’ pooch is looking for a permanent home after spending almost three years in kennels.

Rowland the lurcher has been living at a dog’s home for 1,000 days and staff there are desperate to find a loving family to take him in.

He was found straying by local authorities in February 2018 when he was just six months old and taken to Dogs Trust Darlington, reports TeessideLive.

Now aged three, he needs a forever home where he can put up his three paws.

“When he first arrived, we had very little background information on Rowland, however over the last three years he has become a part of the family and has come on so far with his training,” said Sue Embleton, rehoming centre manager at the Trust.

Rowland had been left to fend for himself on the streets and due to injuries to his rear left leg, he needed a full limb amputation at the beginning of 2020.

He thankfully made a full recovery, and he has adapted well to life on three legs, which certainly hasn’t slowed him down.

“Rowland was not very comfortable around other dogs and we have previously only looked for a home for him where there were no other pets,” said Sue.

“However, our specialist training team have been working to introduce him to other dogs at the centre and he has made lots of other canine friends.

“Given how well he has done with his training, we would now potentially be able to rehome him with another dog, pending a successful first introduction.

“This means we can consider a wider pool of potential dog owners so we would encourage them to come forward.”

After advancing well in his training, the lovable lurcher could potentially be rehomed with canine friends in a family home.

Rowland likes to have company so would need owners to be around most of the day.

Despite only having three legs he’s still very speedy, so needs a quiet and active home with a sizeable and secure garden to burn off some energy.

When out for walks, Rowland will need to remain on the lead and be muzzled as he can be vocal around other dogs.

“From a potential new home, Rowland would benefit from having someone around most of the day to keep him company and he could also live with another dog depending on a successful introduction,” added Sue.

“Rowland has a weakness for lots of soft, squeaky toys and would also like a secure garden to explore and play in.”