A dog facing an uncertain future due to a devastating cancer diagnosis is looking for a new home where she can live out her final days.

Staffordshire bull terrier Charley arrived at our Burford rehoming centre in Oxfordshire with mammary cancer, and vets are unable to say how much time she has left.

Laura Crofts, Rehoming Manager at the centre, said: “We don’t know how long Charley has left with us - it could be a few weeks, a few months or a few years.

“She is active and sprightly and not showing any clinical signs of being unwell. What we do know is that Charley deserves to live the rest of the time she has left in a home with a family that loves her as much as the team does.

Charley licks the face of a Blue Cross team member
The team at our Burford rehoming centre have grown very fond of Charley, and hope that she finds a family to love her as much as they do.

“She is super affectionate and loves cuddles and could make the perfect family pet or companion. She still enjoys her daily walks followed by a snuggle on the sofa.

“The team here at Burford adore her and we are hoping that someone will come and give this special lady a retirement home where she will be showered with lots of fuss for as long as she may have.”

Caring for a dog with cancer is much like caring for an older dog.

Like all illnesses, cancers do not necessarily follow a set course. Blue Cross would advise owners give Charley all the love and care in the world that they can offer and to consult closely with their vet as to when the time is right to make the decision to say goodbye.

Nobody knows how long Charley has left, but she desperately needs a home where she can live out the rest of her days showered with love.

She will need a home where she is the only pet and would love to have people around during the day to spend time with her.

In dogs, the most common areas affected by cancer are the skin, digestive system and the breast, or mammary glands. Charley had not been neutered before coming to Blue Cross, and it’s likely that this has been a contributing factor to her developing mammary cancer.

She has now been neutered, which is known to help prevent cancers such as these, as well as potentially-fatal infections of the womb. Blue Cross advises all pet owners to do this.

If you can offer Charley visit her rehoming profile or contact Blue Cross Burford on 0300 777 1570.