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RSPCA appeals to find home for nervous golden oldie who has been in the charity’s care for more than a year

Ten-year-old terrier Doris is looking for her forever home

The RSPCA is appealing to find a special forever home for senior dog Doris who came into the charity’s care over a year ago after her previous owner sadly died.

Ten-year-old Jack Russell cross Doris is being cared for at the RSPCA Blackberry Farm Animal Centre in Buckinghamshire.

The Coronavirus lockdown meant it was more difficult to rehome Doris, who will need to meet her new owners multiple times, as this sadly wasn’t possible during the pandemic. This means she has now been in the charity’s care for over 14 months.

The golden oldie has some behavioural issues and the staff at the centre have been working hard to build up her trust in people. When she first came into their care, she was very nervous and unsure of handling. She would tense up whenever she was touched and would become quite aggressive.

Thankfully, with the help of the behaviourist team Doris has grown in confidence. She is full of character and despite her senior years, she loves to go on long walks.

Paula Flitney, from RSPCA Blackberry Farm, said: “Once she gets to know you Doris is a friendly girl who is happy to see you.

“Now she is greeting people and is happy to engage on her own terms. Once you know her, her communication that she is uncomfortable is quite clear so she needs owners who will be aware of this and give her a lot of time and space to settle in without putting any pressure on her whilst she is getting to know and trust them. Her new owners must be patient and understand a dog’s body language. Once they’ve mastered this, Doris will make an absolutely fantastic companion.”

Doris is an active little dog with bags of energy who will need experienced owners who can continue her training and build up her trust.

She would be best suited to an adult-only household and a home that does not have lots of visitors.

If you think you could give Doris the pawfect home please complete a perfect match form and email it to

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit our website or call our donation line on 0300 123 8181.



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