Could you be the one to adopt our long-stay lurcher?


A loving lurcher, who has spent the past eleven months looking for his special someone to give him a second chance of happiness hopes to find his fur-ever home.

Rescued from horrific conditions 

Long-stay lurcher Ben is still looking for a new home © RSPCA

Five-year-old lurcher Ben was rescued when police officers and one of our inspectors uncovered shocking neglect. He was one of five dogs discovered, surrounded by filth and excrement, when the officers visited a caravan in St Just on 29 March 2018, where Ben's owner had been living at the time. 

Ben was found underweight with scars around his head and muzzle, and an untreated injury to his face. He was taken to The Venton Centre in St Columb, which is run by our Cornwall Branch, where he has been transformed into a healthy and happy hound.

Bens owner was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison and given a 20-year ban on keeping animals when he appeared before Bodmin Magistrates' Court on Monday (4 February).

Ben is the last remaining dog to be rehomed

Despite recovering from his shocking ordeal, Ben continues to be overlooked by would-be adopters looking to welcome a rescue dog into their lives.

Three other dogs, who arrived alongside Ben at the time of his rescue, have already been successfully rehomed. During his time at the centre, Ben has seen many more four-legged friends come and go while he continues to wait patiently for his perfect person to arrive.

What's Ben like?

Our centre manager, Mel Kermode, said:

Adorable, gentle and loving are three words that sum up our dear Ben who enjoys slow walks and lazy days. He has a laid-back personality and is longing for a warm, loving home with owners to show him how a dog should live.

Ben has been with us for eleven months and we're desperate to find him the loving home he deserves. We can't understand why he continues to be overlooked as he's such a wonderful dog.

We know the perfect owner is out there, and would urge people to get in touch to give him the chance he deserves.

Think you could offer him a home? View Bens profile to see if you're a perfect match!