Seven down – now it's just Sam to go
Dozens of abandoned pets have got a new home for the new year – thanks to Leicester Mercury readers.
We featured eight unwanted animals – including two cats, a ferret and a budgie – who spent Christmas at the RSPCA's Woodside Animal Centre, in Braunstone Frith, Leicester.
In just 10 days, all but one are settled into new homes or have been reserved and are going to a loving family soon.
Santa the rabbit, who was dumped in a sealed box in Bradgate Park, and Sabrina the cat, who was left locked in a house when her owners moved away, are among the featured animals who now have a new family.
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Woodside assistant manager Jade Burton said: "The response was phenomenal really, and we are really thankful that people have responded so well to our plea.
"I think it is because they each had their own tale of how they came to us, and people responded to that. It's lovely."
She said that, as a result of the Mercury appeal, several people had inquired about other pets at the centre.
However, Staffordshire bull terrier-cross Sam, who was one of the eight featured animals, is still without a home.
He was rehomed months ago, but was returned after his owner got another dog and did not have room for both.
Staff at Woodside said Sam gets stressed in kennels, so visitors often get the wrong impression.
"It is such a pity because he is such a lovely, lovely boy," said Jade. "With the right new owner I think his personality would just shine through."
If you could offer Sam, or any other animals a new home, call the centre on 0116 233 6677.