Little Staffordshire terrier Lottie hopes it will be third time lucky when she finds her new home.
The 12-month-old pooch was initially surrendered to the Warrnambool RSPCA because her family was moving to a home where they could not have a dog.
She didn’t have to wait long until another family adopted her.
Sadly, that home proved temporary when her new owners also moved somewhere they could not keep her.
It’s been a month since Lottie was surrendered for the second time.
While her wait for a new home could be indefinite, she’s still pretty lucky.
With an affable nature and happy disposition, she is not a candidate for death row.
That was not the case for more than 100 of her canine compatriots impounded by the Moyne, Warrnambool and Corangamite councils in the 2012-2013 financial year.
Between the three council areas, 110 dogs were put down last financial year.
There were 10,445 dogs registered across the councils, with 625 impounded and 700 rehomed or reclaimed. Warrnambool had the highest number of euthanased dogs (58), while 21 were destroyed by each of the Corangamite and Moyne shires.
RSPCA Warrnambool shelter supervisor Tracey Scott said the dogs put down would have been too dangerous to rehome.
“The main reasons dogs get euthanased in the shelter are due to aggression — they’re aggressive enough they can’t be rehabilitated,”she said.
“The other reason is that they are unable to be contained behind a fence.
“The ways of getting around that is don’t get a dog unless you commit to owning one for 10 to 15 years-plus.
“When you’ve got the dog the main important thing is training, puppy school and socialising.
“One of the reasons we get them in is due to dog attacks, so socialising them with other dogs all the time — like puppy play dates and going to off-lead areas where they can socialise with other dogs — that’s very important.”
Ms Scott said Lottie was one of a growing number of dogs surrendered due to owners not taking into account their long-term living arrangements.
“The main reason they get surrendered is people moving,” she said.
“If you’re not settled in housing and you don’t know if you can take your dog to your next house, don’t get a dog in the first place.”
Ms Scott said Lottie was a fun-loving pooch with a big heart.
“She’s a very active, happy social dog,” she said.
“She needs a family with older kids rather than younger ones, because she might be a bit boisterous.”
If Lottie doesn’t find a home locally she may be transferred to another shelter.
“The days of putting animals down because of time up or (lack of) capacity are gone,” Ms Scott said.