It’s not all doom and gloom though because while the Cattle dog-cross is waiting for a permanent owner, Salter Point resident and long-term refuge volunteer Joan Reimers has dedicated her efforts to ensuring he still gets to enjoy life.
As a result of Ms Reimers and many other volunteers spending hours training and socialising him, four-year-old Sammy has become a well-mannered young dog.
‘Sammy is the longest resident at the Dogs’ Home but he’s also a favourite amongst refuge staff because he’s extremely loyal, loveable and very well trained,’ she said.
‘He isn’t keen on other dogs which is why he hasn’t found a home yet, but other than that he’s well trained, loves attention and is great with people and children.’
Refuge president Karen Rhodes said although Sammy would be missed by staff, they all just want him to find the loving home he deserves.
‘Sammy is best suited for someone who is looking for a constant companion, he loves being the centre of attention and would give enormous love, loyalty and devotion to his new owners,’ she said.
Ms Reimers, who already owns a rescue dog, agrees that Sammy is perfect pet material.
‘Every weekend Sammy and I go down to the local park and share a chicken from Red Rooster, which is the highlight of his week. He’s so well behaved and such a lovable dog, I can’t believe someone hasn’t snatched him up already.’
Meet Sammy or any of the other 100 homeless dogs at the refuge in Lemnos Street in Shenton Park:. View www.doghome.org.au or phone 9381 8166.