The mutt dubbed “Britain's loneliest dog” has finally found his furever home.
This is Hector. As you can see, Hector is a Good Boy(™). He loves to play, loves affection, and loves to run around in a big yard.
You see, Hector is a lurcher, a type of mutt-breed that’s a cross between a “sighthound” (a group of dogs that includes greyhounds, whippets, and Irish wolfhounds) and another working dog, such as a retriever or terrier. As such, Hector is a little high energy and also loves to have something to do with people.
Hector also had a bit of a sad upbringing. He was rescued at just 12 weeks old by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), Britain’s largest animal cruelty prevention charity. We don’t exactly know what Hector’s conditions were before he was rescued, but if the RSPCA were involved, they definitely weren’t good.
After being rescued, Hector was taken to Little Valley Animal Shelter in Exeter, Devonshire. There, he spent the next 500 days waiting for just the right family to take him home.
It’s not that Hector didn’t have enough people vying for his affection, especially after the RSPCA began an advertising campaign to get Hector adopted. The issue was that Hector has special needs as a result of his upbringing and temperament. He needed to be in a home with enough space, no children, and no other pets as he apparently doesn’t play well with others.
The shelter rejected hundreds of applications, some even from other countries, but eventually, after more than 500 days, they found a suitable home for Hector.
"We couldn't be happier for him," the shelter wrote in their Facebook post celebrating Hector’s adoption. "We can't stop smiling."
We don’t know who the lucky owners are, apart from the couple depicted above, but we hope they will provide Hector with many years of companionship so that he’s never lonely again.