Benjamin the dogHe’s had a major celebrity endorsement, column inches and plenty of social media shares – but beautiful Benjamin is still seeking his forever home happiness.

The ten-year-old, tan-coloured crossbreed has now spent eight months in the care of the RSPCA’s Newport Animal Centre and – despite proving a huge hit with the staff and celebrities alike – is attracting very little interest from prospective adopters.

Benjamin came into the care of the RSPCA following the death of his previous owner, and staff at the Hartridge Farm Road-based centre say they are “desperate” to end the dog’s long wait for a second chance of a happy ending.

He was a huge hit with RSPCA VIP supporter, and television star, Matt Johnson, who shared Benjamin’s story to his 170,000 Twitter followers earlier this year, after meeting the dog while recording a radio advert for the charity.

At that time, Benjamin was also introduced to DJs Jagger and Woody – breakfast presenters on Heart Radio.

The friendly, kind dog – who has a calm, gentle nature – also made a special appearance at RSPCA Cymru’s recent BIG Walkies LIVE event in Cardiff, spending time with Radio Cardiff DJs Nathan Wyburn and Wayne Courtney.

RSPCA Cymru say Benjamin would ideally suit a home where he has company most of the time; but that he could potentially live with another dog upon successful introduction.

Kath Logan, from the RSPCA Newport Animal Centre, said: “We just cannot believe poor Benjamin is still searching for a new home. He’s been in kennels for eight months now, and we are desperate to find him a loving new family.

“He is a calm, kind and loving dog who is hugely popular with staff. Despite this, visitors to the centre have shown very littleMatt Johnson and Benjamin interest in him so far – and we just cannot understand why.

“Benjamin’s certainly had his share of the limelight. He was a big favourite of celebrity supporter Matt Johnson recently, when he helped him record a radio advert for the RSPCA. He was also the star of BIG Walkies LIVE – meeting Radio Cardiff duo Wyburn & Wayne, who hosted the event.

“Sadly, though, his search for forever home happiness continues. We’d urge anyone able and eager to add a canine companion to their family to come and meet this fantastic dog.”

RSPCA VIP supporter Matt Johnson added: “Benjamin is such an amazing dog – and it was my pleasure to spend time with him when recording a radio advert for RSPCA Cymru recently.

“Rescue animals can make the most amazing pets; but it is sad to hear that Benjamin is still searching for that perfect match eight months on.

“I’d urge any prospective dog owner to head down to the RSPCA Newport Animal Centre and meet the wonderful Benjamin. He deserves a loving home, and I know across South Wales and beyond there’ll be so many families who could offer him just that.”

Newport Animal Centre is open every day of the week, except Thursday, and is open between 11.30am and 4pm. Anyone interested in rehoming Benjamin can email newport@rspca.org.uk. More information is available via the RSPCA’s website.