Sidney the Saluki arrived at our Clacton centre last year and whilst at the local vet, an air gun pellet was found in his leg. That was when it became clear that people had not always been kind to him.
Because he came into the centre as a stray, the staff didn’t have lots of information about him – but were determined to find this cheeky chap the perfect home!
Although he can be timid to start with, Sid is very affectionate and will try his best to get the best cuddle possible.
Animal care assistant at our Clacton centre, Stacey said: "When Sidney was racing around our fields here with his friends, you’d be forgiven for thinking he was a confident and bold young Saluki.
"Sidney came into our care as a stray, meaning we know very little about his history. However, it was clear that Sidney hadn’t had the best start in life and we were determined to change that.
"He was very scared around new people, especially men, and scared in new situations. When we took Sidney to the vets for his castrate, an air gun pellet was found in his leg.
"Sid loved playing with other dogs and they boosted his confidence massively so imagine our delight when a home came forward for him with plenty of other doggy residents.
"Sidney has now been in his new home in Cornwall for several weeks and has settled in really nicely. He loves chasing all the other dogs around the paddocks, he loves his snuggles in bed and is blossoming into a healthy, happy and confident pooch.
"He even has a brand new name 'Rafiq', which is Persian for gentle friend and absolutely perfect for him."