Lonely lurcher is in need of forever home

PUBLISHED: 17:28 21 December 2017 | UPDATED: 17:28 21 December 2017

Tori the homeless lurcher.
Picture: Blue Cross Hertfordshire

Tori the homeless lurcher. Picture: Blue Cross Hertfordshire


A homeless hound is desperate to find a loving home after being looked after by a Kimpton rescue centre for 200 days.

Blue Cross rehoming centre has many animals in need of homes, but for some the wait has been a very long and difficult one.

Two-year-old lurcher Tori is desperate for a warm, loving home and a patient new family to spend the holiday season, and forever more, with.

On Christmas Day she will have been waiting for a home for a staggering 200 days.

Hannah Payne, animal welfare assistant at the centre, said: “Tori came from Ireland in the early part of the year.

“She was found as a stray and was terrified of people.

“She would cower in the corner of her kennel or panic and try and look for an escape if anyone approached her.

“It took us a long time to slowly help her understand that humans were not to fear.

“This was made much easier as she just adored dogs so we’d use this as a tool, and she’s doing really well now.”

It was a slow process but bit by bit Tori started to come round and over a period of several months she began to form a bond with one or two staff and they were able to start walking her without a dog as comfort.

Hannah added: “We discovered how much she loved to zoom around outside!

“She was so good with dogs that we used her to help other dogs that were nervous of dogs or needed a dog friend.”

Tori is now in a foster home with one of the charity’s dedicated fosterers and her little dog.

Blue Cross is asking for potential new owners with a social dog to be able to help Tori grow in confidence and settle better in the home. She needs a quieter home without children and without lots of people coming and going.

New owners who have had experience of a nervous dog would be a benefit but not essential as the rehoming team at the centre are able to talk through and support any new owners on Tori’s needs and how to help her settle in.

Hannah continues: “Tori really is the most funny and quirky dog and will make an amazing addition to someone’s family.

“She has such a huge personality and has come such a long way she deserves to have a forever home.”

Blue Cross is a registered charity and relies on the support of animal lovers to continue its vital work.

To find out more, make a donation or see pets in need of a loving home visit www.bluecross.org.uk.

To help the sick, injured and homeless pets at Blue Cross, you can also purchase a celebratory Blue Cross 120th anniversary 2018 wall calendar here:


If you have space in your heart and home for Tori, or any of the other animals at Hertfordshire’s rehoming centre, please call 0300 777 1490, email kimpton@bluecross.org.uk or visit www.bluecross.org.uk.

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