AN ANIMAL charity is appealing for people to offer a home to the city's 'loneliest dog'.

The RSPCA is looking for locals in Brighton and Hove to come forward and adopt a dog that has been in their care for nine months.

The dog, Copper, arrived at the RSPCA in October 2020 and has seen every other dog in the kennels find a new home before him.

Copper is 19 months old and has been in the kennels for almost half of his life already.

When he first arrives at the RSPCA he was very bouncy and had a lot of energy, especially when he was on his lead. However, after training from the volunteers and staff at the centre, his behaviour is a lot better.

Copper will need an experienced owner, with plenty of space, who is used to handling larger breed dogs.

RSPCA Brighton branch manager Jenny Eden said: "Copper is a beautiful and very striking dog who will be so happy once he finds his perfect home.

"He needs someone who is experienced and able to continue with his behaviour and training work and without young children in the home.

"We are all so fond of Copper here as he has been with us for so long, he is a real favourite with the staff.

"He has been reserved once, but sadly that fell through, and we do feel he deserves that second chance at happiness.

The Argus: The RSPCA is hoping to find Copper a new homeThe RSPCA is hoping to find Copper a new home

"We have a volunteer dog walker who comes every Sunday with her husky-cross Lola and Copper adores her, they are best friends.

"If you feel you can offer him the long term home he deserves, please get in contact with us."

Copper enjoys playing with a cardboard box with treats inside, and he really loves toys and has recently enjoyed the paddling pool to help avoid the heatwave.

He knows commands including sit, off and his name and is learning to wait when asked. He is housetrained and enjoys travelling in the car.

Copper needs some further work on his socialisation skills with other dogs as he has not had many experiences in his previous home.

It is recommended that Copper is the only dog in the house and needs a home without cats or small animals.

Anyone wishing to adopt Copper will need to spend time with him on several occasions at the centre before taking him home.

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To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care, please visit their website or call their donation line on 0300 123 8181.

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