Vera's info:

  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Approx. 2 years
  • Size: Medium (Springer sze)
  • Breed: Mixed


Vera arrived at the rescue in March 2021 and was a very frightened girl, traumatised by the transport. She took a good while to start to come out of herself or even want to be around humans. She would cower in her crate away from everyone. Dogs like Vera have been under socialised with people, and the only interactions they will have had with people prior to arriving at the rescue centre will have been negative – consisting of abuse, beatings, dragged on a catchpole and scruffing, if not more, as you can see in her Romania photo below.

Vera has made some good progress since being with us, like many of our dogs she loves her food. She will now come over to a person to take food from their hands, or she will jump in the air to catch the treat! She loves mealtimes and becomes very giddy when she knows her bowl is coming, she will spin around and jump in excitement – she gives us a short glimpse of the dog she could truly become each day.

She has allowed a couple of staff members to give her a quick stroke, but she is not quite ready to ask for this from people yet, so she will need a hands-off home that will allow her to take everything one step at a time.

Vera will be a project dog; she will take a good amount of time to settle into a home. She needs someone that is willing to allow her to take as long as she needs to get there. Dogs like Vera usually do not progress past a certain point in rescue, and most progress will be seen once she has fully settled into the home environment – we know this because we have rehomed lots of dogs that were just as timid as Vera that have gone on to really bond with their owners, learn to walk on lead and live fantastic lives.

As she is still timid, she will need an adult-only home (over 16s) that will give her all the space and time she needs to start coming out of her shell. She will be very shy at first, so all she will need is a crate that she can retreat into if she wants to, meals put down at mealtimes and short treat sessions per day with her adopter. Once she starts to settle, she will become more curious and will want to do more.

Vera could live with a medium-large male dog. She is not keen on other female dogs; she can be bossy with other female dogs and much prefers hanging out with boys. She is very playful and at times can play rough, so will need a friend that has a similar playstyle. She could also live as an only dog; however, she may struggle without a companion.

She cannot live with cats.

She will need a 6ft boundary to keep her safe.

We understand that dogs like Vera are not for everyone, we have had applicants admit that they have not experienced dogs as timid as ours before despite having years of dog experience - yet, we have had many first-time dog owners adopt and succeed with very timid dogs – all it takes is patience and taking on board advice from staff.

Many rescues would over-look dogs like Vera, but we believe that she has lots of potential in a home and deserves a chance at happiness. Adopting Vera will be an incredibly rewarding journey, seeing her enter the home as a timid dog and working with her to become a loving, trusting and valued member of the family is one of the best journeys you could ever embark on.

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