Addyson has been adopted by the Smyth family after almost 200 days at the Hunter RSPCA shelter

LOVE: Robert, Charlotte, Abbey and Deanne Smyth with their newest family member Addyson. Picture: Jonathan Carroll.
LOVE: Robert, Charlotte, Abbey and Deanne Smyth with their newest family member Addyson. Picture: Jonathan Carroll.

After almost 200 days at the Hunter RSPCA shelter Addyson has finally been granted her wish. 

She is now living with a loving family at Gateshead.

The Smyth family spotted her on the adopt a pet website and fell in love with her personality as soon as they met her.

Now they can’t imagine life without her.

“She’s been wonderful, she is a lovely dog,” Mr Smyth said. “It took her a bit of time to settle into life in a home, she’d been spending most of her time in the shelter with the other dogs so she has to get used to being with people all the time.”

Mr Smyth said his wife Deanne and their children Charlotte, 12, and Abbey, 8, adored her.

“She’s a bit playful with the kids, they love her being around,” he said.

“She’s coming to the end of her puppy stage so she’s a bit more active and noisy.

“She goes for a walk twice a day and then she is happy to lay around during the day.”

FAMILY: Deanne, Robert, Charlotte and Abbey Smyth with their newest family member Addyson. Picture: Jonathan Carroll.

FAMILY: Deanne, Robert, Charlotte and Abbey Smyth with their newest family member Addyson. Picture: Jonathan Carroll.

Mr Smyth couldn’t believe Addyson had been at the shelter for so long when they saw her. 

“We couldn’t believe it, being the age she is and her great personality we thought someone would have snapped her up,” he said. 

“I think she’s been misunderstood when she was previously placed. I think her enthusiasm to play can look a bit aggressive.

“We are very lucky they brought her back.”

The Smyth’s urged anyone looking for a new pet to choose a shelter animal. 

“The RSPCA are fantastic – they have been brilliant with support and I feel confident to ring up and ask questions and ask for help,” Mr Smyth said.

RSPCA NSW regional manager Debbie Jaggers said shelter staff were thrilled Addyson had found a new home.

She said there were other animals who had also been at the shelter for well over 100 days, including Roxy the Staffordshire bull terrier cross cattle dog who has been there for more than 170 days, and Emily the one-year-old black cat.

The shelter has 28 dogs and 9 cats available for adoption, as well as kittens, birds, goats and horses.

ROXY: This four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross Australian Cattle Dog, pictured with Hunter RSPCA shelter manager Jodie Eldridge, has been at the shelter for more than 170 days. Picture: Jonathan Carroll.

ROXY: This four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross Australian Cattle Dog, pictured with Hunter RSPCA shelter manager Jodie Eldridge, has been at the shelter for more than 170 days. Picture: Jonathan Carroll.