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Most unwanted - lovely lurcher Chickpea looking for happy new home

A pet charity in Tiverton is appealing for help to find a home for their most unwanted dog. Lovely lurcher Chickpea arrived with Blue Cross back in January and is still patiently waiting to find a happy new home, while other dogs continue to arrive and quickly go on to find new owners. The average time it takes a dog to find a new home is just 30 days.

18-month-old Chickpea is a friendly, affectionate and playful lurcher who loves spending time with people, so the team at the Bickleigh based rehoming centre can’t understand why she keeps being overlooked. They are worried that potential owners are being put off by the fact that Chickpea will need to be kept on a lead when out on walks, because her typical lurcher instincts mean she loves to chase.

Jay Cruikshanks, Animal Welfare Supervisor at Tiverton Blue Cross said: “Chickpea is such a wonderful character and she loves learning things. Although she does need to be on a lead while out on walks, it won’t affect her quality of life. A long lead will give Chickpea the opportunity to run around and there are lots of great games you can play with her on lead to make sure she enjoys her walks to the full. She could be let off lead to run around in a secure garden.”

“She’s such a clever girl, who has already learned how to do a ‘sit’ and a ‘twist’ and is now learning ‘down’. She will make such a great addition to the right family.”

As well as loving walks and play, Chickpea is also very happy to chill out on a big comfy bed. Chickpea could live with children and another similar sized dog, as long as they all get on when introduced at the centre.

If you think you could offer Chickpea the new home she deserves, contact Blue Cross Tiverton on 0300 777 1560.


Notes to Editors

• Photos of Chickpea attached.
• The Blue Cross pet rehoming centre in Tiverton has been helping homeless and abandoned pets across North Devon and parts of Somerset since 1985. The centre rehomes hundreds of cats and dogs every year and also has a veterinary welfare clinic with provides treatment to pets of eligible owners on low incomes (call the centre to find out more).
• To contact the centre, call 0300 777 1560 or drop in at Chilton Gate, Bickleigh, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 8RS (check the website or call ahead for opening times).
• Blue Cross has been dedicated to helping poorly, injured and abandoned pets for over 100 years. We opened the world’s first animal hospital in 1906 and since then our doors have never closed to sick and homeless animals.
• Today we run 12 rehoming centres, a network of volunteer foster carers and four animal hospitals across the UK, which provide treatment and seek happy homes for thousands of cats, dogs, small pets and horses every year.
• Blue Cross actively campaigns to improve all aspects of animal welfare, working with the government, schools and others to improve the lives of pets and their owners. For more information, please visit

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