A pup named Luke spent his Valentine’s Day alone after no one showed up to his adoption party.
5-Year-Old Pooch Named Luke Looking For His Forever Home!
In a press release shared by PEOPLE, the Bettersea Dogs and Cats Home located in Brands Hatch in Kent, England, is looking to help Luke find a new home. Luke is a five-year-old pup who came to the shelter as a stray over 200 days ago. He still has yet to find a new home, in part due to his shyness.
To help open him up to new people, the rescue shelter held a Valentine’s Day adoption party for the pup to help him meet some new friends and potentially his new family. However, not a single person showed up to meet Luke.
In a statement, the Battersea Brands Hatch center manager says, “Valentine’s Day is a time to show your appreciation for those you care about, so it’s heartbreaking knowing that Luke will be spending the day without anybody to love after nobody came to meet him for a date. Thankfully, Battersea staff were on hand to show Luke plenty of love and affection instead.”
“Despite being a large dog, Luke is really just a big softie and enjoys nothing more than to cuddle up by a radiator with his favorite people and a cuddly toy,” Bevan added. “We’re really hoping that someone will love him for the big lapdog that he truly is and give him the chance to be loved as he deserves.”
“Luke may have a few quirks, but he really does have so much love to offer the right person. He may not be perfect but is absolutely worth it.”
What Do We Know About The Lonely Little Pup?
Luke has his own profile on the shelter’s website so individuals can learn all about him. Luke is a large male who is 5 years and 3 months old. His breed is listed as a mongrel. He prefers to live alone, not with other dogs, and is probably not too great with cats, either. He can live with teenagers, however, but is probably not a good fit for homes with small children. He also should stay away from the inner city and live in more rural areas where there is plenty of peace and quiet.
A statement on the pup’s profile reads, “Adorable Luke is looking for a home who will supply him with a bed near a radiator and a supply of soft toys! Luke arrived at Battersea as a stray so we have no history on his previously life. While Luke has made friends with all the staff he does have a sensitive side and can be worried about new people initially. New owners must let Luke settle into the home and introduce him to people slowly. You will know when Luke is comfortable as he loves nothing more then leaning in for a fuss and laying across your lap!”
“He will need owners you are experienced in owning large, nervous breeds before,” the notice continues. “We have found onsite Luke is worried and intolerant of other dogs, he relies on his handler for guidance and support when meeting other dogs so his new owners must have experience in this and be able to read Luke’s body language to be able to tell when he is uncomfortable. Luke will need to be kept on-lead when out on walks so it’s very important he has his own private and secure garden where he can have some off-lead time.”
“Due to this Luke’s new home will need to be in a quiet location in an area which is not highly dog populated,” the shelter adds. “Owners must be confident in handling Luke and continue his clicker training. Luke will need a home with multiple carers who will be able to build up his time spent alone gradually. We feel could live with older sensible teenagers but he would need to be the only pet in his new home.
Luke can also be sensitive when being handled around his ears. He has had some treatment while at Battersea, which will be discussed with potential adopters. But owners should be confident in continuing some positive association should he need this again in the future.”
Those interested in adopting Luke should contact Battersea Brands Hatch at [email protected] or by calling 01474 874994. Just remember that Luke isn’t the only pup at the shelter looking for a new home!
This #ValentinesDay Henry has dressed up for the occasion, in the hope that someday soon he can find that special someone. 💙 Henry can be apprehensive when he first meets people but his loving and scatty side soon shines through. Learn about rehoming 👉 https://t.co/QDXi6wL7To pic.twitter.com/ihXG2Nv1ax
— Battersea (@Battersea_) February 14, 2022