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Daily Mirror

Adorable dog that works on RSPCA reception struggling to secure new home

She would make a "fantastic adventure buddy" - but is still waiting for a chance to prove herself.

Three-year-old Coco is desperately searching for a new home after being returned to the RSPCA's Solent Branch due to her nervous behaviour.

The rescue team have been forced to label her as a "complex dog " - but they refuse to give up on the collie cross, who has become a familiar face on their reception.

A spokeswoman told The Mirror : "She is quite stressed here in kennels and sadly is not getting much interest."

Coco has been described as a "loving and loyal companion" who would need an owner with collie experience to help her understand the world doesn't need to be a scary place.

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She needs an understanding owner with collie experience (RSPCA Solent Branch)

Coco, who has been struggling with kennel life, has become a temporary receptionist, helping the team greet visitors in and out of the animal shelter.

A spokeswoman said: "She did so well meeting and greeting everyone that came in and enjoyed all the fuss and attention.

"Coco loves learning new skills, and is having ongoing training here at the shelter to work on recall, loose lead walking and handling.

"She is very food motivated, meaning that after a good run around, she is a dream to work with and engages very well with her handlers.

"Coco is a massive fan of toys and would play all day if she could."

Due to being a nervous dog, Coco needs a quiet home with owners who only leave her for one to two hours at a time.

She cannot be rehomed to Southampton or Gosport (RSPCA Solent Branch)

"Coco can take time to trust new people, so new owners will need to give her time and space initially to help her settle," the spokeswoman adds.

"Coco can meet new people well if they approach her correctly and they are calm and allow her to say hello in her own time.

Coco is extremely scared of the vets and will need on-going positive socialisation with the vet in order to overcome her fear.

She cannot be rehomed to Southampton or Gosport.

The RSPCA is urging people to adopt an animal in need rather than turning to breeders when wanting to welcome a pet into their family.

"While it may be easy to find animals on the internet or even spend hundreds on an expensive breeder, you could risk heartache or huge vet's bills if you don't do your homework," a statement reads.

"By adopting and not shopping you'll also feel good for doing good - by giving an animal a second chance at life in a loving home!

"Plus, adopting from us means that you can relax knowing that all our animals are healthy, neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.

"As with all the animals we rehome, we'll pass on the details of their behaviour and veterinary treatment. You'll likely know more about your rescue animal's history than if you were to buy an animal online!

"We've taken the time to get to know each animal as an individual, to understand their likes and dislikes and to prepare them for life in a loving family, which means there are less likely to be nasty surprises when you get home!

"When you adopt a cat or a dog from one of our centres, you'll also get four weeks free pet insurance, which is vital to protect your pet's future as well as your bank balance! There's so much to gain from rescuing an animal in need."

If you're interested in rehoming Coco, or any other dogs in the RSPCA's Solent Branch, visit their website.

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