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It’s a ruff life: Lurcher dubbed ‘loneliest dog’ after 901-day wait for home

THIS loveable lurcher has been dubbed the ‘loneliest dog’ in Britain after spending 901 days waiting for a ‘forever’ home.

Eight-year-old Sam, above, has been in a shelter since February 2017.

He is adored by staff who are desperately trying to find a home for the pooch first rescued in 2014.

Please take me in: Sam’s eyes say it all PICTURES: SWNS

Sam has been in and out of the shelter, being briefly re-homed three times before being returned.

Despite being playful and gentle, small independent charity Destitute Animal Shelter in Bolton, Greater Manchester, has been unable to find him a ‘forever’ home.

Shelter manager Karen Rickards said: ‘Sam has been so unlucky, and it’s through no fault of his own.

‘His last owner died in 2017 — which was his third brief attempt at being re-homed. He was there for six months and he’s been here ever since.

Cage life; The lurcher waits hopefully for a new owner

‘It’s never anything Sam’s done, he’s just constantly found himself in the wrong home at the wrong time.

‘He’s currently our longest-serving resident. And yet he’s playful, gentle and absolutely loves people.

‘We need to find someone who can take care of him. He deserves nothing less than an amazing home.’

Karen added: ‘The sad thing is, 90 per cent of the animals are brought in by their owners who simply no longer want them.

‘They either admit that or pretend they’ve just “found” the animal. If you’re not committed to caring for a dog in the long term, don’t get one.’

For more information and details about the adoption process visit the shelter’s Facebook page or call 01204 526 486.