RSPCA centre near Milton Keynes appeals to find 'pawfect' home for nervous golden oldie

Senior dog Doris has been in the charity’s care for over a year after her previous owner sadly died.

Ten-year-old Jack Russell cross Doris is being cared for at the RSPCA Blackberry Farm Animal Centre near Milton Keynes. 

Doris will need to meet her new owners multiple times and as she wasn't able to do this over lockdowns, she has now been in the charity’s care for over 14 months. 

The golden oldie has some behavioural issues and the staff at the centre have been working hard to build up her trust.

With the help of the behaviourist team, Doris has now grown in confidence.

The RSPCA says She is full of character and despite her senior years, she loves to go on long walks. 

Paula Flitney, from RSPCA Blackberry Farm, said: “Once she gets to know you Doris is a friendly girl who is happy to see you. 

“Now she is greeting people and is happy to engage on her own terms. Once you know her, her communication that she is uncomfortable is quite clear so she needs owners who will be aware of this and give her a lot of time and space to settle in without putting any pressure on her whilst she is getting to know and trust them.

"Her new owners must be patient and understand a dog’s body language. Once they’ve mastered this, Doris will make an absolutely fantastic companion.”

The RSPCA say Doris is an active little dog with bags of energy who will need experienced owners who can continue her training and build up her trust.

She would be best suited to an adult-only household and a home that does not have lots of visitors. 

If you think you could give Doris the pawfect home please complete a perfect match form and email it to

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit their website or call the donation line on 0300 123 8181.