A surrey rescue is housing two terminally ill guests

A rescue centre in Surrey is caring for two exceptional animals who are both suffering from tumours which means that they could potentially only have months or years to live.

This is why the RSPCA wants to make these last moments as good as they possibly can and are searching for special homes for black and white cat Dude and Staffordshire Bull Terrier Hope. They are both currently being cared for at RSPCA South Godstone Animal Centre.

Hope was brought into RSPCA Putney Animal Hospital a few months ago as the older staffy has a mass cell tumour between her toes on her left front paw.

The only option would be to have half of her front leg removed and vets felt that this surgery would be too much for Hope to cope with due to her age. Canine carers at the centre believe Hope is aged between 10 and 13 years old. The tumour is slow growing so Hope could have months or even years to live.

Elizabeth Forbes-Dale, a supervisor at RSPCA South Godstone Animal Centre, said: “Once you’ve laid your eyes on Hope and see her spritely character shine, you are sure to fall in love, just like we have here at the centre!”

“Hope has a sweet nature with a bubbly personality, she loves having a fuss made of her and is always seeking attention everywhere she goes.

“She could live with responsible children of primary school age and older as she has such a sweet nature and she could also live with another friendly dog.”

Dude is a special five-year-old black and white cat who sadly came into RSPCA care with a large lump on his face. Although it does not cause him any discomfort, biopsies have shown that the growth is cancerous.

Liz added: “Luckily, the cancer has not spread and Dude has not let the news faze him. We have no doubt that Dude will live his life to the fullest, on your lap and cuddled up to you. He is such an affectionate and loving cat.”

Dude could go to a home with children of primary school age and upwards but, like with Hope, any new owner will need to understand that Dude could only have months but potentially only years left to live.

“We understand that it’s quite a selfless thing to do to rehome a pet who may not have years and years to live but we’d really like to see both Hope and Dude find their forever homes so they can live out their remaining time in a lovely home with caring owners,” Liz explained. “They really do deserve their second chance at happiness.”

To give Dude or Hope a loving home contact RSPCA South Godstone Animal Centre on 0300 123 0741.