Abused dog in rescue centre for almost 200 days has 'never wagged his tail'

Meet Vinnie, a very special dog who’s in need of a loving, patient new family.

He has been waiting nearly 200 days to find the right match, having come into Oakwood Dog Rescue, in Hull, after suffering abuse as a Romanian street dog.

The shy pooch has been so traumatised by his early life that he has never wagged his tail.

He’s on a long journey to trust humans after being abused, and needs your help to learn that not all people are scary.

Vinnie’s on the right track, though – staff at the shelter recently had a breakthrough when the dog accepted a treat from staff’s hands.

The three-year-old mixed breed is described as ‘timid and shy’, having been left terrified not only by his upbringing but also the transport from Romania to the UK.

When he arrived at the shelter, he ‘hid away’ from staff in fear.

‘Vinnie needs a very patient home to take them on,’ reads Vinnie’s adoption page. ‘Vinnie is a dog that will require time and patience to come out of their shell and learn to “be a dog”.

‘They are a project but the rewards from adopting a dog like Vinnie outweigh the struggles they may have at the beginning.

‘Vinnie is a dog that has never wagged their tail at us in the rescue and they have never loved a human before.

‘When taking on a dog like Vinnie you become their whole world, they finally learn to trust humans and learn that not all humans are scary.’

At the moment, Vinnie cannot be touched (he’s too scared to receive even a gentle stroke) and is not lead-trained.

He’s after a home with another dog to help him learn, with no children under the age of 16, and no cats.

His owners will need to be patient and understanding, and treat him gently. They’ll need to accept that it might take a while before they’re able to play with Vinnie or give him a pat – but they can look forward to a magical moment when the dog starts to accept love.

A staff member at Oakwood said: ‘Vinnie is making so much progress and the fact he is now able to eat treats with staff so close just shows how far he has come.

‘We know it’s going to take someone extra special to adopt him but we have rehomed dogs just like him before and they are now thriving in their forever homes and we know Vinnie will too, but until that special home comes along we will keep trying our best to build his trust.’

If you think you could provide that special home for Vinnie, you can get in touch through his profile on the shelter’s website.

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