The scars covering her face might reflect a painfully sad past, but Ginny hasn’t given up hope of a brighter future after being taken in by Blue Cross.

Sadly, though, the six-year-old lurcher is being overlooked for the loving home she so desperately deserves due to her disfigured appearance.

Nobody knows what she might have been through but, with deep scars all over her face, we suspect that she may have been used for illegal hunting.

Ginny with Animal Welfare Assistant Daniel
Ginny enjoying the sunshine with Apprentice Animal Welfare Assistant Daniel Cairney

X-rays have also revealed an old fracture in one of her legs – another sure sign of the neglect and pain she likely experienced before being abandoned.

She arrived at our Lewknor rehoming centre in Oxfordshire at the start of the year after being rescued as a stray by another charity in Wales.

But despite the trauma she has been through at the hands of humans, Ginny is a loving girl that thrives in the company of people and would be a brilliant companion for the right person.

Ginny stands in front of a fence in outdoor run at centre

Laura Smart, Animal Welfare Assistant, said: ”We’re not sure what kind of life she has had, but we have our suspicions that she was used for hunting due to the scars on her face.

“Sadly, she’s not the most photogenic dog as a result and we’re worried that this is why she’s missing out on interest from people.

“But she’s a loving girl who loves everyone she meets. She’s very affectionate; a bit of a snuggler.

Ginny outside with scars on her face visible
The centre fears that Ginny's scars may be putting people off offering her a home

“We’ve been building her confidence around other dogs and she has made some good lurcher friends here at the centre, which is very sweet to see. She’s also picking up training really well.”

Ginny, who has now been in Blue Cross care for more than 50 days, could live with another calm dog in the home as well as children. She ideally needs company for most of the day.

If you think you could give Ginny a home, find out more about her here.