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Springer Rescue for Scotland (SRS) was set up in late 2008 by a number of people who were interested in Springer welfare and re-homing. The charity takes in and assesses dogs and transports them to foster homes if necessary.
The aims of SRS are to give every Springer spaniel in Scotland the chance to have a happy and fulfilled life in an appropriate home and for those who own Springers to have a positive experience that enhances their quality of life. Assessments are carried out on all potential permanent homes and all the dogs receive veterinary treatment whilst in the care of SRS.
Lorna Kuwayahas been a volunteer and also a fosterer at SRS for almost two years. She told The Hour: “In the past two years, Springer Rescue has had 165 dogs homed. We’ve got about 10 dogs waiting to come into our care at the moment and 13 looking for homes.
“There are two main reasons that dogs normally come into us. One is a change in human circumstances such as divorce, deaths or the birth of a new baby. The other reason is because people get a cute little puppy and then it becomes a big dog and they find that it’s too much for them. “
Ben is looking for a new family to love him. He was with one family for a few months but the family’s circumstances changed and he had to come back into the care of SRS:
“Ben’s family moved to the countryside, and at that point we discovered that he likes to chase sheep,” said Lorna. “He also killed a few pheasants so he had to come back into us. He is ideally looking for a home in a town.”
Ben has been with a foster family for the past seven weeks. He’s an easygoing boy who is well behaved in the house and very seldom barks. His temporary owner Lynne Denholme said: “He’s a lovely dog. He’s 10 years old although he thinks he’s still a pup. He’s very active and he loves to run around on the beach and in the woods. I’ve got cats, a dog and three other children in the house and he gets on great with them.”
Ben loves going out for walks and prefers an extendable lead, though as he is older he doesn’t need as much exercise as a younger dog would. He travels well in the car and prefers sitting on the front seat if allowed. He’s also good with cats and children and is a lovely, friendly boy who is still active and would love a new family to cuddle up to.