Rescue dog ‘thrown on the street’ abandoned by adopters weeks before Christmas

Benji is an 18-month-old Labrador cross who is struggling to find a home after being thrown onto the streets of Macedonia after passing the ‘cute puppy stage’

Benji’s adopters didn’t pick him up after passing all home checks

Benji is a rescue dog who has been abandoned many times in his relatively short life.

The 18-month-old Labrador cross was dumped with his littermates on the streets of Macedonia before being adopted by a family from the same country.

But as soon as the dog ‘passed the cute puppy stage’, he found himself down and searching for a home for over a year.

The young black dog was brought to the UK in August hoping to have a better chance of being adopted, residing in wanderers without borders kennels, in Sheffield.

There has been little interest in the big black dog, rescue volunteers say


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And things were looking up after a successful bid was set up to pick up Benji last week – but dropped him on the day he didn’t show up.

Volunteer Hollie Bryant said: ‘This adorable boy was so close to a forever home. Our boy Benji was so excited to meet his potential new mum yesterday, but she never arrived.

“Benji has had a few applications, but we’re really struggling to save ourselves right now to get people to actually respond to us when we contact them after filling out an application form.

“It seems like they aren’t engaged before they do it and they freak out when we get in touch.”

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An adopter who passed all house and adoption checks never showed up at the kennel and hasn’t had contact with Benji since.

As a result, the handsome boy continues his search for a forever home in time for the New Year.

Hollie added: “He loves cuddles and is great with other dogs once he gets to know them.

“He can be loud, so experience with a larger dog would be best with no small children he might encounter.”

But the odds are against the rescue dog, who may struggle to apply for a number of reasons.

Hollie said: “People might not apply for him because of his size, his color – as black dogs seem to have a harder time – or his age, as a young, high-spirited boy.

“He is super sweet though, and can be adopted or fostered anywhere in the UK, and met after a home check.”

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