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Age: Born Feb 2021

Breed: Cocker Spaniel
Size: Medium
Gender: Male

​Meet Alfie!

Poor Cocker Spaniel Alfie didn’t have the best start in life. At just two years old, he had already lived in six homes, and ever since, he has been a much-loved, long-term resident at the RATS kennels.

Typical of his breed, Alfie is incredibly lively and excitable, and he becomes frustrated easily due to his intelligence and need to “have a job”. Unfortunately, his behaviour can be unpredictable and as a sad consequence of his troubled past, he has a bite history.


He finds it virtually impossible to settle in a home environment and as such, we imagine that he will be spending the rest of his life in our loving care (which we don’t mind at all!) 

Living at RATS isn’t a hardship for Alfie, as he loves his life at the kennels, and he is great friends with his fellow long termers Andy and Twiggy. He is adored by our volunteers, and he loves nothing more than his daily long, sniffy stroll through the fields with his favourite walker Jenny.


We would love to find Alfie a future as a working dog. Alternatively, we could potentially consider a large garden with an outdoor kennel, but Alfie definitely doesn’t want to be a house pet. 

If you cannot offer Alfie a job as a working dog, you could sponsor him instead and read our detailed information about sponsoring our special RATS dogs with unique needs.

Living with children

I cannot live with children

Living with other dogs

I can live with other dogs

Living with cats


I cannot live with cats and small mammals

Opt to Adopt!
Do you think you might be able to offer a forever home to this beautiful boy?

If so, please complete our Adopter Enquiry Form
(which includes the details of our adoption process and fees):

Alternatively, if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Dog Team by email: 

and will get back to you asap!


Step 1:     

The animal is admitted into our care, and assessed by our team.

Step 2:     

The animal is examined by a vet, who treats any ailments or injuries.

Step 3:     

The appropriate team leader will liaise with the potential adopter to get to know them and assess whether they are a potential purr-fect match.

Step 4:     

The potential new owners meet the animal, and decide if they want to adopt. New owners may be asked to visit the animal several times before the adoption takes place.

Step 5:     

A pre-adoption home visit will then be made to new owners premises to meet the members of the household and to ensure that the environment is safe and right.

Step 6:     

If the visit goes well, you will be asked to collect the animal and to make an adoption donation (amount on request) as well as to sign an agreement to care for the pet with a commitment to return them to us if you can't continue to do so.

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