Not only did Sarah take a chance on an unwanted staffie, but now she’s taking on tough challenge to give back to the charity that gave her Tigger…
It must have been very lonely in the stray kennels, particularly for a dog as worried about the world as Tigger was. He couldn’t have been further away from the bouncy and self-assured animal of his namesake of the AA Milne classic children’s tales.
Tigger waited with the dog warden for a week for his owner to claim him, but day after day his wait proved hopeless and no one stepped forward to take him home. At this point the local authority could have put him to sleep if they could find no one to take him on, but luckily for Tigger, the team at Blue Cross Tiverton rehoming centre knew he could make a family complete if he was given a second shot at happiness, and welcomed him into the shelter.
Kerry Hall, an Animal Welfare Assistant at our Tiverton centre in Devon, remembers the worried soul arrive: “We took Tigger on from the dog warden when his seven days were up,” she said.
“He was very shy and showed behaviours that dogs often use to try and diffuse or stop conflict from happening, called ‘appeasement behaviours’, so he was obviously very worried of us at first, which is really sad to see in a dog. He spent a lot of time with his tail tucked between his legs.”