Loving’ Lurcher saved from kill shelter has waited more than eight years for a home

Loving’ Lurcher saved from kill shelter has waited more than eight years for a home

Benny has been described as a ‘real sweetie’ and is looking for a family to show him what it’s like to be loved, before it’s too late

A loving lurcher has been waiting more than eight years for a forever home after being saved from a kill shelter.

Benny was saved from being killed in a stray pound in January 2013, and has been residing at Lurcher Link Rescue ever since.

The neglected sighthound arrived at the kennels underweight, suffering from worms and covered in scars and callouses from sleeping on the hard ground, TeamDogs reports.

Lurcher Link Rescue, in West Yorkshire, took him in and helped him gain weight, socialising him with other dogs and helping him on his journey to find a family to love him.

But eight years and seven months on, Benny still hasn’t found a home.

Benny is approximately nine or 10 years old and has never had a permanent sofa to lie on, or family to feed him.

He has been on trial periods with various homes, but his issue with being left alone has knocked him back and families have had to return him as he did not fit into their lifestyles.

All Benny wants is a home where someone will be around most of the day, so he can feel safe and loved in a way he never experienced in his first eight years of life.

A volunteer walker at the kennels described him as “a star and a real sweetie” who is “great on the lead and loves cuddles”.

Another said: “We met Benny yesterday and walked him. He pulled a little at first, but was well behaved once he understood not to do it.

“He’s a nice looking lad, with a lovely, fun-loving nature. He was quite alert a lot of the time, watching what was going on across in the surrounding fields.

“He was attentive though and willing to please.”

Benny is currently with Lurcher Link Rescue, near Halifax in West Yorkshire.

Since opening in 2003, the rescue centre has saved nearly 1,000 Lurchers who otherwise might have been put to sleep.