RSPCA’s request to move ‘confused’ dogs to new homes after 20 free-roaming dogs found in field

Alaskan Malamutes Joe and Zac are looking for a new home together after being rescued by the RSPCA’s Birmingham Animal Center and they need a patient owner with experience in canine rehabilitation

Joe and Zac search for a new home together
Joe and Zac search for a new home together

They were discovered along with 20 other dogs in a private field – and have now started searching for their new home.

Joe and Zac, both around seven years old, have been put up for adoption by the RSPCA’s Birmingham Animal Center after being rescued from a “very unusual environment”.

The animal rescue team came across 20 huskies and Alaskan malamutes feeding, playing and sleeping in a field outside.

Its owner is believed to have stayed in a caravan on site.

An RSPCA statement said: “Their coats were incredibly dirty and matted. They’ve probably never seen a bath or brush.

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“Her owner had a trailer on site, but we can’t be sure the dogs ever had much access to the interior.”

When Joe and Zac were brought into the shelter, it was obvious they didn’t have much access to the indoor areas.

“Upon entering the center, both Joe and Zac were understandably confused,” the statement adds.

“They were so decommissioned that we even had to carry them from the van to their kennel.

“That was because they had never seen a collar or leash and had no idea how to walk on it.”

However, the team managed to walk her on a leash thanks to “lots of tasty rewards for her bravery.”

The statement said: “They’ve finally discovered how awesome it is to be outside in their harnesses. It gave them back the freedom they were used to.

“When they calmed down, they had their fur shaved off under anesthetic and we found these handsome boys under the dirt and mats.

“Now we feel it’s time we search together for that very special forever home for her.”

Joe and Zac, both Alaskan Malamutes, need a patient owner willing to introduce them to both the inside and outside world.

They need an adults-only home with no other pets and a large, secure yard to explore at their own pace.

“They will definitely need space and time to adjust to a different new environment,” she adds. “A ‘hands off,’ no home print is going to fit them to the floor.

“An owner with experience of the breed would be desirable, but experience in gently and positively introducing dogs to new experiences is a must

“Although they have previously lived with several dogs we are looking for a dog free home as they only seem to enjoy being curious from afar and observing dogs from afar rather than interacting with them.

“Plus, they will benefit from having their owner’s full attention.

“If you have the space to let these guys do their favorite pastime, which is running free, chasing each other and playing together, we can promise you you won’t tire of watching them.”

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