The RSPCA rehomed 267 dogs in Norfolk last year and, while Staffies are still the most rescued breed, designer dogs are appearing more and more in the charity’s rehoming centres.

As part of the RSPCA’s special rehoming drive Adoptober, new national figures have been released showing that while pure-breed and crossbreed Staffies, lurchers, Jack Russell terriers and German shepherds are still the most common dog to come into its care, more trendy ‘handbag’ breeds and fashionable crossbreeds are also ending up in the charity’s 17 national animal centres.

The number of chihuahuas coming into the RSPCA’s care has gone up by 700% in the last seven years (14 in 2012 to 112 in 2018), while the number of French bulldogs is up 236%, Dachshunds are up 600% and Pomeranians are up 440%.

The charity is also seeing more crossbreeds and breeds used for popular crosses – such as cocker spaniels and poodles – arriving in its centres as inspectors shut down puppy farms and collect abandoned dogs and puppies.

Last year, the RSPCA rescued 130 dogs from abuse and neglect in Norfolk  and received 11,532 calls to its 24-hour cruelty hotline about animals in the county.

RSPCA dog welfare expert Lisa Hens said: “Although Staffies, lurchers, Jack Russell terriers and German shepherds are still the most common dogs coming into our centres, we are seeing a general decrease in their numbers while seeing an increase in the number of fashionable crossbreeds and so-called designer dogs like Dachshunds and French bulldogs arriving in our care.

“We know that the animals coming into our care tend to reflect general dog ownership trends and there’s been a huge surge in recent years in people buying ‘designer dogs’ and crossbreeds such as cavachons, puggles and cockerpoos.

“As part of our rehoming drive this October – called Adoptober – we want to shine a light on all of the dogs in our care and encourage people to adopt a rescue dog instead of buying a puppy. All the animals in our care have a lot of love to give and we have a huge variety of dogs in our kennels waiting for homes, of all ages, shapes, sizes and breeds.”

The RSPCA rescues animals from the worst abuse and neglect and, by giving them a home, you are giving them a second chance at life.

Thankfully, not all the dogs rescued by the RSPCA need to be rehomed as some already have owners and can be returned. Some pets go to vets or come into RSPCA hospitals for treatment, while we also work closely with other charities who sometimes assist us with rehoming.

Adoptober is a rehoming drive to raise awareness of some of the animals in RSPCA care who so desperately need a forever home. To offer an RSPCA rescue dog a new home please visit to find your paw-fect match. Dogs like Cecil, Flint, Max, and Roxy.

One of the benefits of adopting a dog from the RSPCA means they are already neutered and

vaccinated. You could also take advantage of four weeks’ free RSPCA Pet insurance*. What’s

more, if you decide to take out a full RSPCA Pet insurance policy once this has expired, you will

also be supporting other rescue pets as 15% of the premium you pay goes towards helping

animals in need.

If you are not in a position to give a pet a home this October, you can still help thousands of animals in our care by donating at, sponsoring a dog kennel or cat pod for just £1.50 a week, or showing your support for rescue pets with one of our RSPCA T-shirts. Or if you want to support the work of your local RSPCA branch visit their website.
Case studies Norfolk:

Name: Cecil 

Age: 2

Breed: Lurcher

Where:  Eau Brink Rehoming Centre, West Norfolk

A bit about. Cecil has now spent more than 10 months in RSPCA care and is in desperate need of a loving new home where he can let off steam and carry out his favourite thing – a ‘zoomie’.

Poor Cecil was picked up as a stray and has been waiting patiently for a new home ever since.

But while other kennel pals at the Eau Brink Rehoming Centre in West Norfolk have come and gone,Cecil remains overlooked.

Sadly nothing is known about his past as he was found as a stray and was taken into care by the RSPCA branch.

Why he’s special:Cecil is not coping well at all with life in a kennel and needs to be in a loving home. But, once out of his kennel, Cecil is the funniest, sweetest boy you could meet! He races around our compound like a rocket, he is so super fast He also loves cuddles and he’s incredibly bright and learns tricks really easily.

Ideal home: His ideal home would be a quiet semi-rural or rural, ideally with no canine neighbours.

He needs someone who is experienced and can spend a lot of time with him and teach him that the world is not such a scary place.  Cecil will need two good walks a day. He would love a secure garden where he can do his ‘zoomies’ and any ‘hide my treats and I will find them’ games. That way he can give his brain a workout too! In return, Cecil will give you all the love he has to give! Cecil would be best suited to confident and experienced owners and an adult only home.

If you are unable to give Cecil his forever home but are able to foster him, then we can consider this too.

More information: Find out more about Cecil by visiting his page on on Find A Pet and you can download an application form.

Name: Flint  

Age: 1

Breed: Lurcher

Where:   Eau Brink Rehoming Centre, West Norfolk


A bit about: He’s a speedy little rocket! This beautiful young boy was abandoned by his owner so is now looking for a new home.

Why he’s special: Poor Flint is only young and is so friendly and trusting of everyone.

Ideal home: Flint would like a family of his own to spoil him and look after him. Flint will need lots of exercise and further training and socialising. He gets very excited when he goes out for walks – he loves it so much. Flint also walks nicely with other dogs, he just wants to make friends and play with everyone he meets!

He may be able to live with other dogs, and children of secondary school age.

More information: Find out more about Flint  by visiting his page  on on Find A Pet and you can download an application form.



Name: Max 

Age: 6

Breed: Labrador cross

Where:  Eau Brink Rehoming Centre, West Norfolk

A bit about. Max is a gentle boy however he is very sturdily built so will need capable and confident owners who can hold him on the lead. He walks well alongside dogs of a calm nature but he is uneasy around dogs that bark at him.

Why he’s special: Max is from a home and is missing family life very much. A change in circumstances means he is now searching for a new forever home.

Ideal home: Max needs understanding owners who are prepared to work with him and help him feel more at ease whilst out walking. Max would be well suited to a family who love to walk and one with teen children who will adore and play with him.

More information: Find out more about Max by visiting his page and you can download an application form.


Name: Roxy (aka Roxy Roo)

Age: 8

Breed: Staffordshire bull terrier

Where: RSPCA Mid Norfolk and North Suffolk Branch

A bit about: Roxy was quite poorly when she came to the RSPCA and was signed over because her owner could sadly no longer look after her. Roxy is feeling much better now she is on a specialist diet and is now ready for a new home.

Why Roxy is special: Roxy has now been in the care of the RSPCA for 200 days and is a very sweet girl who absolutely loves a fuss and a play. Her favourite toy is the rabbit seen in the picture!

Ideal home: Roxy would be best suited in a home with no children and no other dogs. If you feel like you can provide Roxy with the fuss and love she deserves, download an application form today!

More information: To find out more about Roxy and to download an application form, visit her

page  on Find A Pet.