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Britain’s loneliest dog has been rejected by 18,000 potential owners

We apologise in advance (particularly if you’ve had a good day) because this story will break your heart.

Introducing Freya, a Staffordshire bull terrier and Britain’s loneliest dog

She might have 700 Facebook friends but the six-year-old has spent her entire life in kennels having been rejected by 18,720 visitors in six years.

18,720!

Described as ‘sweet’ and ‘friendly’, Freya was taken in by Freshfields Animal Centre in Liverpool as a six-month-old stray and staff are now worried she may never find a permanent home.

Deputy kennel manager, Kate Jones, 35, said: ‘Freya was brought into the rescue as a young stray but nobody came forward to claim her.

‘She has been here many years now and is constantly overlooked, which breaks our hearts as we adore her. We do not understand why she has been overlooked for so long.

Every year we update her age on the website and it absolutely breaks our hearts to see her getting older and has never had a home. She is a beautiful girl, so loving and friendly. She is our big baby.’

To make matters worse, Freya has just been diagnosed with epilepsy.

Her condition requires medication and blood tests every three months and the centre is hoping it won’t put off potential owners.

‘We would be delighted to see Freya go to her forever home, like every dog deserves,’ Kate said.

Of course there would be tears our end as we have looked after her for six years.

‘But they would be tears of happiness and joy, as Freya has so much love to give and her future home will be very lucky to have such a wonderful companion.’

The centre says Freya is looking for an adult-only home and need a calm and patient owner.

‘Freya has so much potential, she just needs someone to give her that chance’ Kate continued.

‘She may take a few weeks to settle and calm down, but that is understandable after her poor start to life.

‘We are sure that she will make the most wonderful friend if only someone will give her the chance she so desperately needs and deserves.’

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