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A rescue dog is keeping his paws crossed to finally find a home this Christmas after nine months with no luck. Duke, a nine-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, arrived at the Blue Cross in March.

The elderly dog came into the care of the charity’s Bromsgrove centre through no fault of his own as his previous owner was forced to give him up due to illness.

But months later he is still waiting to be picked by adopters.

Duke, who is described as a “sweet old gentleman”, now faces the heartbreaking prospect of Christmas without a home to call his own.

The charity has launched a special appeal to find him a loving forever home.

Caroline Oram, animal welfare assistant at Blue Cross, said: “Duke is a true Staffie character who is friendly and loves a chat.

“He came into our care as his owner was too ill to look after him anymore.

“He’s such a sweet old gentleman and we’d love to find him the gift of a new home this Christmas.”

He is looking for a quiet home where he will be able to spend time in the garden.

His ideal owners would have lots of time to spend with him as he loves a fuss as well as playing.

Ms Oram added: “He’s more of a garden dog as he does struggle when out as he can find walks a bit daunting.

“We’d love to find him a quiet retirement home where his new family are with him to give him lots of love, play, training and cuddles and a spacious garden for him to potter around in and stretch his legs.”

It comes as the Blue Cross has launched its Christmas fundraising appeal.

Kelly Grellier, chief operating officer at Blue Cross, said: “With the cost of living crisis, Blue Cross has never been needed more to help sick, injured and homeless pets.

“This year we’ve helped to find thousands of cats, dogs, small animals and horses new homes and our teams are tirelessly providing support all year round.

“Donations help us to continue helping pets in need through our vital rehoming, behaviour and veterinary services and also through our pet food banks which we are rolling out to help keep loving owners and their pets together where possible as they struggle to make ends meet as costs continue to rise.”

Find out more about Duke here.

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