Animal charity bosses in West Norfolk are appealing for would-be owners to come forward following a sudden surge of lurchers being offered for adoption.
At least six of the breed of dog have been brought to the West Norfolk RSPCA’s re-homing centre in recent weeks, and officials there admit they don’t know why.
Centre manager Penny Skate said: “It’s very unusual to have this number of lurchers available for rehoming.
“Lurchers are gentle, friendly dogs and are extremely popular as pets, so it’s a bit of a puzzle as to why we have so many for adoption at the moment.”
The lurchers are among more than 30 animals which are currently being cared for in the re-homing centre at Eau Brink, near Tilney All Saints.
Another is also expected to arrive there in the next few days.
Mrs Skate said they generally get on well with other breeds and make good family pets.
She added: “They will need a good sized, secure garden to have some off-the- lead fun and two good walks each day, but otherwise tend to be a bit lazy and are happy to spend the rest of the day pottering about or fast asleep.
“All dogs have individual characters and personalities, so there’s definitely a lurcher out there for everyone.”
Anyone interested in adopting one of the lurchers can visit the centre, which is open from 11am to 3pm Monday to Friday, or phone 01553 618889.
Information can also be found online at www.westnorfolkrspca.org.uk, which has a rehoming guide and an online application form.