A BULLDOG is desperate to find her forever home as she faces her second Christmas in the kennels.

Six-year-old American bulldog cross Naomi has been a resident of the Cheshire Dogs Home in Grappenhall for more than a year.

Staff and volunteers at the centre are desperate to find the ‘loveable rescue dog who nobody wants’ a home.

Warrington Guardian:

Cheshire Dogs Home supervisor Jacqui Tierney, who has worked for the charity for 14 years, is one of Naomi’s main carers.

Jacqui said: "Naomi came to us a stray, and at first she was quite nervous and not very interactive at all.

"It was probably after about two weeks that I started to notice she was coming out of her shell, and it was like she was learning how to be happy again.

"She has such a sweet, affectionate nature which I am sure has always been there, she had just forgotten how to be happy for a little while.

"She makes a fuss of us when we go in in the morning – I feel emotional just talking about how lovely she is.

"She is quite big and can be quite bouncy, so maybe this is what has been a bit off-putting to people – but she really is such a gorgeous dog.

"She would make a wonderful pet for a family with older, sensible children who are used to bouncier dogs, because her size means she might quite easily knock a little one over with her enthusiasm to show her affection.

"I already have three rescue dogs at home, and if it wasn’t for this she would definitely be one I would end up taking home because of her loving personality."

Naomi is the face of a campaign appealing for members of the public to donate to the Willows Veterinary Group’s third Pawsome Pets Christmas Appeal.

Pet lovers are being urged to drop pet food, new toys, blankets, bedding and treats at Willows’ five sites in Warrington – Orford Lane, Beech House, Bridgefoot, Lymm and Birchwood veterinary surgeries.

Warrington Guardian:

David Crane, marketing manager at the Willows Veterinary Group, added: "We work with various great animal charities across the regions where we have surgeries all year round, and we have found the festive period is a great opportunity to give them a much-deserved boost.

"The last couple of years have shown us that we can rely on a very caring response to the collection from our clients.

"We have received trolley loads of food, blankets, bedding and toys donated across our group of surgeries and we have been so grateful for people’s generosity.

"We are urging anyone to help us again this year by bringing in unopened and in-date food, new blankets, animal bedding, toys and treats for all different animals to any of our Willows surgeries, and we will make sure it is delivered to various rescue charities which work so hard to look after the animals in their care like Naomi."

Donations should be made by Wednesday, December 19.