MarthaRSPCA Newport Animal Centre has launched an urgent appeal for two long-stay dogs seeking special forever homes.

American bulldog Martha, and lurcher crossbreed Ollie, have been at the centre for a number of months, and are urgently seeking a second chance of happiness.

Martha was signed over into RSPCA care in February, after being found in the garden of a property with a very prominent ribcage, with no food available and sleeping in a shed, on top of boxes, and clutter.

She is approximately eight years-of-age, thrives on attention and could live in a family home, though not with a cat. She’s a gentle, loving dog, who loves human companionship and is hugely affectionate – making her the perfect forever friend for someone ready to give her a lot of affection.

Martha has had some skin issues, with hot spots – and has been available for re-homing since March.

Ollie, meanwhile, is a younger dog – at two years-of-age. He has a knee problem which a new owner would need to consider, as he has patellar luxation – where the kneecap is dislocated from its normal position. He loves company, and has an amazing, friendly personality once he gets to know someone.

He came into RSPCA care after his previous owner was not in a position to provide appropriate care. Ollie has been seeking a home out of the Newport Animal Centre for three months.

The knee on his back right leg sits in a single position, and cannot bend fully – but Ollie manages on pain relief, which he will takeOllie for life. This allows him to run, and he is otherwise a healthy dog, but an understanding new owner would need to appreciate the challenges his knee problem presents.

Samantha Richmond, of Newport Animal Centre, said: “We’re urgently seeking fantastic forever homes for the gorgeous Martha and Ollie, who have been in kennels with us since March and April respectively.

“Both dogs deserve happiness – and we’re urging anyone able, and eager, to add a canine companion to their family to come and meet this stunning pair.

“Martha is an older American bull, who is such a gentle, kind dog, and would love a home where she’ll be the centre of attention. She’s eight years-of-age, would be a brilliant walking companion and has so much love to give.

“Poor Ollie has had a bit of knee trouble, and is on painkillers – and now shows no distress on manipulation of the back right leg. He’s a lovely, peaceful dog, who is searching for an understanding owner, who can support him with his knee troubles.

“We know the perfect owners for Martha and Ollie are out there, and would urge people from Newport, South Wales, and beyond, to head down to the Centre and meet this wonderful pair.”

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