As the Uefa Champions League finals come to South Wales, RSPCA Newport Animal Centre is urgently seeking a new home for a football-loving dog.
George, a tan and white cross breed, is seeking a second chance of happiness after coming into RSPCA care. His previous owner was prosecuted for Animal Welfare Act offences.
The dog was collected by a local authority dog warden in December, at which time his ribs, spine and hips were visible, he was covered in urine, had sores on his front legs and scabs on his tail.
However, following RSPCA action, George has undergone a remarkable recovery, and is now looking for a new owner ready to embrace his active, friendly and fun-loving lifestyle.
Newport Animal Centre’s appeal coincides with the hosting of the women’s and men’s Champions League finals in Cardiff. Lyon play Paris Saint-Germain at the Cardiff City Stadium on Thursday, before Real Madrid and Juventus do battle at the National Stadium of Wales on Saturday.
George shares a name with many footballing greats who have excelled in Europe’s elite football competition, namely 1968 European Cup winner George Best, and 1994/95 Champions League Golden Boot winner George Weah.
It’s hoped George’s love of the beautiful game will help draw the attention of the perfect prospective new owners.
Kirsty Morgan, of RSPCA Newport Animal Centre, said: “It’s a big week for South Wales, with the women’s and men’s Champions League finals in Cardiff – and nobody loves football more than superstar crossbreed George!
“He’s a gorgeous, fun-loving dog who loves to play with toys, enjoys games and is such a friendly, energetic companion.
“George isn’t enjoying kennel life too much, and we’d love to find him a new forever home on this of all weeks!
“He’s looking for an active home and could live with children of primary school age who are used to dogs. George also gets on very well with other dogs.
“This wonderful dog had been through such a tough time, but has undergone a truly brilliant recovery. Now, with the eyes of the footballing world on South Wales, we hope someone has eyes for gorgeous George – who is such a champion in our eyes!”
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