A Shar Pei Labrador Cross who has spent more than 700 days searching for a home is the subject of an adorable love letter penned by rescue staff.
The care team at Bristol Animal Rescue Centre first took in anxious ex-stray Amelia in 2019 and have been watching her grow in confidence ever since – however, sadly her anxiety is still holding her back from being adopted 760 days later.
At only three to four years old, the poor pup has spent roughly half of her young life searching for a family.
Now, in a bid to help the gorgeous dog finally find her forever home, her carers have shared a heart-melting note detailing her incredible journey and sweet quirks.
Beginning ‘Dear Amelia’, the letter is addressed to ‘Amelia D236’ at Bristol A.R.C., on Albert Road.
The letter, shared with TeamDogs, opens: “You came into our lives back in the summer of 2019.
“You couldn’t even look us in the eye and you were so shut down our hearts broke for you, imagining what you had been through in your life.
“You were the kindest, most sweet natured girl and never once have you shown us any negative behaviour.
“We had to carry you everywhere as you had no idea what a lead was and you would curl up in a ball when we touched you and hide at every opportunity.”
The letter continues in detail about nervous Amelia’s incredible progress during her two years at the rescue, with achievements including learning to wear harness and walk on a lead, as well as come out of her shell in general.
The Bristol A.R.C. team also shared several sweet yet practical details about the pup in the letter.
They wrote: “You are not a fan of water, rain or anything wet!
“You do wear a coat but if you had the choice you are a ‘fair weather walker’ only.
“You love to be involved with things around the home and do like to watch when people are cooking.”
The sweet letter continues by describing the pup’s dream ‘furever home’, stating ‘We know if you could talk you would tell us your perfect home, but you can’t so we’ll do it for you’.
Top of this list is ‘another dog who is fun and wants to play but is stable and confident with their owner’.
A rural or semi-rural home that’s quiet, with no children under 16, is a must too, while an owner who lets Amelia sleep in their room is ideal.
Prospective adopters should be aware that Amelia has limited hearing and has learned hand signals alongside her obedience training.
As she struggles with separation anxiety, she’s best homed in a house with multiple people, so that she’s less likely to be left on her own.
The poor pup also struggles with motion sickness so would prefer not to travel too much.
The affectionate note concludes: “You have met a few people who we thought could be your ‘furever home’ but for one reason or another, it hasn’t been right for you or them.
“We will not give up, your home is out there somewhere and we hope that by telling your story we will encourage someone to open their hearts and home to you.
“You are worth it.”
A spokesperson for the rescue added to TeamDogs : “She had a bad start in life, and deserves the best home out there.”
“She came to us as a stray, obviously quite shut down and scared of life.
“We’ve taken our time with her to give her the time and space she needed to learn to trust people and enjoy life.”