Could you be the special person Taz is looking for to give him the loving home he deserves?
Taz, a gentle two-year-old Jack Russell Cross, came to the National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) as a stray and has found kennel life hard to adapt to.
He is sensitive to noise and so the other dogs around him barking makes him anxious.
Ashley Stevens, one of his three carers at the centre, says he’s had a particularly hard time during the firework season.
Ashley said: “Like many pets, this time of year can be stressful, and the loud firework noise has made Taz unhappy and distressed. We believe he will thrive so much better in a home environment where he feels loved and secure.”
Due to his hard start in life, Taz finds the world a daunting place and his experiences as a stray means he finds it difficult to trust people.
But the right person, who is willing to be patient and understand his needs and body language, could change all that.
Taz’s carers at the NAWT have taken their time to get to know him and respected his boundaries to learn what he is and isn’t comfortable with.
As a result, Taz realises he can trust them, to the extent that when one enters his enclosure he will roll onto his back, inviting them to tickle his tummy.
They can love, fuss and play with him – and even pick him up to carry him out of situations that make him worried when out on a walk.
Ashley said: “Taz enjoys building relationships on long walks offsite and enjoying free play in the quiet training rooms away from the hustle and bustle of our busy yard.”
All his carers love Taz wholeheartedly and desperately wish they could take him home with them to make his life better but, sadly, cannot as Taz needs to be the only dog in the home so he gets all the love and attention.
Ashley said: “Once you’ve created a bond with Taz he is an adorable little guy who loves company and is capable of showing affection and friendly behaviour.
“We are just praying someone out there reading this could offer Taz a better life than he has currently as we know he will flourish in a loving home. He just needs a chance to learn that the world isn’t so scary.”
If you think you could be the person to win over this little boy’s heart, please come and visit him at the NAWT Watford on the A41. The centre is open to visitors every day between 11am and 4pm.
For directions or to find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8950 0177.