Ariel, a three-year-old doberman, arrived at the shelter in St Saviour’s Road late last year and staff say her nervous nature and lack of confidence have made her difficult to rehome.
‘She is a very loving dog who just wants to be cuddled and to snuggle up to you,’ the charity’s PR manager Babs Keywood said.
‘She needs a loving family that has the time to spend with her and who can carry on the training we’ve been doing with her.
‘People coming in have not showed an interest in her and we are struggling to find a home.’
An attempt to rehome the dog earlier this year failed because she had difficulty adapting to life in the outside world.
Miss Keywood says Ariel’s issues arise from her early life when she was not socialised and ended up confined in a cage by her original owners as they struggled to cope.
In addition to lacking confidence, the doberman is frightened of other dogs and anything smaller than her, including children.
Miss Keywood says the ideal owners should have a garden to give her outside space. They also would need to have plenty of time to spend with Ariel and, moreover, the patience to help her overcome her issues.
‘She is a lovely dog to be around and spend time with, and she would be a lovely addition for the right family,’ Miss Keywood said.
*Anyone who wants to give Ariel a home should contact the Animals Shelter on 724331.