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Rescue dog's search for new home takes her to new heights - the peak of Ben Nevis!

Pointer cross Snoopy will do anything to find a new home - including climbing 1,345m up Britain’s highest mountain

One rescue dog’s search for a new home has taken her to new heights - 1,345m up Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis to be precise!

Two-year-old pointer cross Snoopy arrived at RSPCA York, Harrogate & District branch in March after being rescued by the charity’s inspectors.

Ruth McCabe, deputy manager at the centre, said: “She came into our care after her previous owner’s health deteriorated.

“Unfortunately she’s very nervous around new people so we’re looking for a special home for her with people who can help slowly and steadily build up her confidence.”

On 29 May, Snoopy tackled her greatest obstacle yet - Britain’s biggest mountain, Ben Nevis, in the Scottish Highlands - 1,345m above sea level.

Ruth said: “Snoopy is a very fit, high-energy dog so we thought she’d be perfect for the climb.

“A few centre staff had planned to climb Ben Nevis to raise funds for the centre so we can buy a hydro treadmill for the dogs in our care. We knew it would be a tough climb so we needed a fit and healthy dog to come with us to help spur us on.

“Snoopy was perfect. She absolutely loved every minute of it! She took the whole thing in her stride and really loved the climb.

“There were a few streams along the way which she paddled in and, when we came into the snow, she was in her element - I don’t think she’s ever seen it before!”

The climb was successful, raising £1,000 for the appeal. Snoopy completed the climb in eight hours alongside Ruth, Harvey Orskov, Mandy Broadhead, Mel Humphreys, and Clyde the dog.

Staff would like any potential adopters to live locally so they can spend time slowly being introduced to Snoopy and working with her and the behaviourist to build a bond.

“We’ve been working hard to gain her trust and build her confidence, and once she gets to know you she’s very affectionate and happy,” Ruth added.

“She has so much potential and a lot of love to give. We just need to find her very calm, patient owners who will give her the time and space she needs to come out of her shell.”

Snoopy is a very active, energetic dog so would be perfect for agility or flyball later in life.

She could live with another dog (depending on successful introductions) but would be best with no other pets in an adult-only home.

“After everything she’s been through and all the difficulties she’s faced, it would be great it we could find her the loving home she deserves,” Ruth added. “And if it’s with someone who wants a fit, active dog to share adventures with - like mountain climbing - that would be paw-fect!”

If you’d like more information about Snoopy please see her online profile or contact the centre on 01904 654949.

To make a donation to RSPCA York, please visit: www.rspca-yorkhome.org.uk/donation.

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