Let’s find a home for Sam: two years and more at the SPCA for a faithful dog with wobbly ears
Sam the dog no longer greets visitors.
After two years of waiting for a home, he sits on his red blanket at the SPCA Thames center and watches other puppies and dogs come and go.
The seven-year-old kelpie-cross has been called “so adoptable it’s no fun,” but he had the longest stay of any animal in SPCA care in 2022.
“He thinks people aren’t there for him anymore, and it breaks our hearts,” said Thames manager Lisa Handcock.
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Sam’s life changed when his previous landlord moved out and left him behind.
He was picked up by a local pound and arrived at Central Thames in July 2020, Handcock said.
Since then, eight people have expressed an interest in Sam, but none have fallen in love with his wonky ears – except for all of the SPCA staff.
“When people hear that he’s been at the center for so long, they feel like he must be in serious trouble, but there’s no reason he shouldn’t have been adopted,” he said. said Handcock.
“He’s an incredibly loyal dog and once he bonds with you, you are his person.”
Other dogs with high needs and behavioral issues have been captured, but not Sam. Handcock doesn’t understand why.
Described as a “true casanova”, Sam has a thing for the ladies – currently it’s volunteer Melissa Donoghue.
When she shows up for her shift, he “goes ballistic” wanting her to take him for a walk.
He even likes going to the vet.
“I took him…the other day, and he was like a kid going to the circus, he was so excited.
“He’s part of the family here.”
His only downsides are that he’s a bit of a Houdini and follows a special diet due to a beef allergy – a common problem in dogs.
“Actually, we should have called him Superman, because he can jump over a lower fence with just one jump.”
His escape motivation, however, is only to be closer to humans.
“He is coming to pick up our staff and has no interest in going on the road, but will need to be kept in a good fenced property or on a farm or lifestyle block where he has the ability to roam.”
He can also be a bit of an interior designer.
Recently he dug a shallow hole in his enclosure and is often seen dragging his blanket over it for a kip.
Despite Sam’s long stay, putting him down isn’t an option, Handcock said.
“Everyone thinks animals have a lifespan, but they don’t.
“We are attached to Sam and we will find him a home.”
Euthanizing an animal is an important decision for the SPCA and not taken lightly, she said.
The only time they would think about it would be if an animal didn’t manage in the center.
“If Sam was really depressed or had serious health issues, we would consider it, but even then it’s a last resort.”
Each center has a euthanasia committee and a unanimous vote is required.
After that, a management plan is then put in place before a final decision is made.
“There are so many things we can do before we make that call, like training, socializing or placement…but Sam is so adoptable it’s no fun.”
Handcock imagined its perfect owner.
“I can see it with a middle-aged man who’s a bricklayer taking him to work.
“He’ll take Sam off his job and when they’re done for the day, Sam will sit next to him while he drinks a cold beer and watches the rugby.”
But they don’t have to tick all those boxes, she says.
Sam would be ideally suited to a home where he is the only dog and a place without a cat as he is a bit too interested in them for his own good.
“We just want to find someone who will like Sam because he will like them right away.”
If you think Sam is a perfect match for you, apply to become his new owner.