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Clever RSPCA West Norfolk rescue dog joins the nation to Clap for our Carers

After being taken on by the West Norfolk RSPCA rescue centre, staff have been delighted to see a talented Jack Russell join the nation in clapping key workers and NHS staff.

Smudge, six-years-old, is a rescue dog currently being cared for at the Eau Brink Rehoming Centre in Tilney All Saints- after he came into their care following a sad change in circumstances for his previous owners.

While staff were getting to know him, they discovered his talent of being able to clap, which has come in handy for the Clap for our Carers campaign, taking place every Thursday during the coronavirus outbreak.

Smudge the Jack Russell. Picture: RSPCA (33827977)
Smudge the Jack Russell. Picture: RSPCA (33827977)

Penny Skate, chairman of the Norfolk West RSPCA branch trustees, said: “Smudge is such a clever boy and such a delight to be around.

"Every time he’s asked to clap for the carers it really looks like he is putting his heart and soul into it.

“It’s a lovely sight to see Smudge so happy and enjoying himself. We really want to share his video with the country and hopefully Smudge clapping can help to put a smile on people’s faces during these uncertain times.”

Smudge is still on the lookout for a new family.

A RSPCA spokesperson said: "He is a friendly fella with a non-stop waggy tail. He likes lots of fuss and enjoys a nice walk.

"He is very well behaved, walks nicely on his lead and is generally happy to trot alongside other dogs. Smudge is looking for a home where he will have company throughout the day. He would like two good walks a day with additional playtime."

Smudge the Jack Russell. Picture: RSPCA (33827971)
Smudge the Jack Russell. Picture: RSPCA (33827971)

Like animal charities up and down the country, rehoming had been paused at the RSPCA Norfolk West Branch due to the coronavirus crisis.

However Defra has approved guidelines, put together by the Canine and Feline Sector Group, to allow animal welfare charities in England to rehome safely during the pandemic.

The RSPCA will start finding homes for the animals in its care using a new safe rehoming and fostering process - although animal centres will remain closed to the public.

Smudge the Jack Russell. Picture: RSPCA (33827975)
Smudge the Jack Russell. Picture: RSPCA (33827975)

Anyone interested in rehoming Smudge or any other animals at the centre is urged to read the branches rehoming guidelines and follow the instructions on the website here: https://www.westnorfolkrspca.org.uk/rehoming-guides

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