In October 2020, 26 dogs were rescued from deplorable living conditions. Among them was Ralph. Under the supervision of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), the animal continued to stare at the wall of its kennel. Until happiness knocks at the door of his heart…
In 2020, the RSPCA intervened in a private home to bring back about twenty stray dogs. Most of them were kept in dark shelters and had very little human contact. Just unacceptable living conditions.
According to RSPCA Inspector Justin Stubbs, the dogs were «loved, but their numbers had become too much for the owner.» We worked closely with him and he agreed that it was best to entrust the animals to us.”
Once the fangs were extracted, they were not used to being handled, as was the case with Ralph. The latter’s hair was tangled and also covered in excrement and urine.
The little dog was so frightened and upset that he spent his days curled up in the back of the kennel, staring at the wall. “The team sat quietly next to him for weeks and gave him treats,” said shelter manager Tiffany Saunders. The animal would sneak up on visitors from behind to grab the treat, run away and sit in a corner to eat it alone.
But thanks to the kindness and dedication of the volunteers, Ralph began to come out of his shell. “When he first wagged his tail when we entered the kennel, it was so amazing,” recalls Tiffany.
Volunteers also spent months gaining the trust of his peers and interacting with them. Everyone was properly taken care of and put on their feet, according to Metro. Like Ralph, they opened up to others and blossomed.
The shelter staff gradually introduced Ralph to walking and allowed him to meet new people. But above all, the hairball needed a real home.
After spending over 8 months behind the safe walls of the RSPCA, the 7-year-old dog was adopted by a Norfolk couple. Initially shy and fearful, Ralph developed into an affectionate and trusting companion.
He even has a new sister named Rosie. The two best friends love to walk in the woods, run and play. Starting his new life in Norfolk, Ralph made many new friends and overcame his fears.
“Ralph is adorable and melts the hearts of everyone he meets,” his adoptive mother said. “He is a very sensitive and gentle character who may never completely run away from his past, but every day he brings love to our home.” We believe that the day we met him marked the beginning of a wonderful relationship.»