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Longest stay resident at Battersea finally has a family

After spending two Christmases at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Old Windsor, Fenton a Staffordshire Bull Terrier has been given a new start to life thanks to Veronica and Jim McKnight from Sheerness in Kent.
 
Fenton had spent a staggering 401 days at the world famous animal charity’s Old Windsor centre, and broke the hearts of many staff and volunteers as he struggled to find a home. Like 55 per cent of dogs that come in to Battersea, two year old Fenton was brought in as a stray after wandering the streets. He was at the charity nearly 10 times longer than the average stay for a dog before finding his dream home.
 
As well as a new home, Fenton has a new name: Munro. His new owner Veronica says: “We just love him. We knew we had to get another rescue dog from Battersea; our first ever dog Fergus was from there in 1990. We recently lost our last dog Hamish suddenly, which was awful, and so we’re very happy to have Munro as a new part of the family and he has settled in so well. He loves walks even though sometimes he’d rather stay inside sleeping! He has so much character and is a little bit stubborn, which just adds to it. We’ve taken him to the costal park and he loved it!”
 
To give Fenton a break from kennel life he had spent some time in a foster home, where he soon proved himself worthy as the perfect companion. Veronica adds: “We have kept in touch with his fosterers because he’s clearly special to them as they had him for so long.”
 
Fenton's fosterers Naomi and Gary Wordsworth say: “Fenton has really found a special home with the McKnight’s. When they picked him up from us they’d bought him a coat so he wouldn't get cold and had a bag of cheese for treats. Their previous dogs obviously had a very special place in the family, and Fenton can look forward to holidays around the UK and lots of days in the garden when it warms up.” 
 
Battersea takes in around 6,000 dogs and 3,000 cats every year, and rehomes animals all over the UK. If you can offer a home to a Battersea animal please contact 020 7622 3626 or visit www.battersea.org.uk.

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