Neglected husky Cinders is looking forward to a fairytale Christmas in a loving home after waiting nearly a year in kennels for a happy ending to put her miserable past behind her.
The five-year-old spent last year’s festive season with Blue Cross after being rescued as a stray in Ireland. She was dangerously close to starving to death, covered in dirt and in so much pain that she yelped to be touched.
Our Hertfordshire rehoming centre got her on the road to recovery and once she realised that she was safe, her sweet and cheeky character soon started to shine through.
The team knew that Cinders would make a wonderful companion but it seemed unlikely that she had ever lived in a home before, so we worked hard to prepare her for life as a pet while searching for her forever family.
Because of her apparent lack of domestication, and the fact that Siberian huskies need more exercise than many other dog breeds, finding her a home was a challenge – and the search took a heartbreaking 311 days.
But just like her make-believe namesake, we knew she deserved her happy ever after and we never gave up.
And it proved to be worth the wait because when Danny Gallagher and Hannah Bennett walked through the door of our Thirsk rehoming centre, where Cinders had been moved to, the team knew that they were the perfect match.
Danny said: “Once we met her we just couldn’t say no. We weren’t sure how she would adapt to living in a home but she won us over with her playful nature, and we knew we could give her the active lifestyle she needed.”