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If You Like Rugby (Players) + You Like Dogs, You’ll Love This – Local Team Puts Spotlight on Animals in Need

Local rugby players have visited an RSPCA centre in Kent to spend time with the animals there who are looking for new homes.

Cliffe Crusaders RFC visited Leybourne Animal Centre to meet its residents and also to help raise awareness of the dozens of animals currently waiting for homes.

One of those who was pleased to spend the day – on Sunday 16 October – lapping up the attention was American bulldog, Bella who is fast approaching a year at the RSPCA centre.

She’s been patiently waiting for a new home for 353 days (as of 28 October) but has been overlooked by potential adopters time and time again.

RSPCA Leybourne deputy manager, Angelina Allingham, said: “Bella is such a sociable girl so she loved having the rugby team to visit.

“She really enjoyed getting lots of cuddles and tummy rubs from the players.

“You could say the guys fell for her hook, line and winger!”

The four-year-old loves playing with her toys and has lots of energy so needs an active home with owners who are experienced dog owners.

She could live with older children and, for the time being, would like to be the only pet in the house but we hope that in the future, with continued socialisation, she will be happy making more doggy friends.

Angelina added: “We just don’t understand why someone hasn’t snapped up Bella as she’s such a wonderful dog.

“She has made a big impression on staff and volunteers at Leybourne with her playful personality and we really hope she’ll find the loving home she deserves.”

Bella ended up in RSPCA care as her owner could no longer provide her with the care she needed and she had terribly infected ears when she arrived. But she’s now in good health and ready for a new start.

For more information on how to offer Bella – or any of the other animals at Leybourne – a home, please call 0300 123 0751.

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