'Smiley Riley' – Jersey's loneliest dog – finally finds a new home

Riley is looking a lot more chilled these days now that he has finally found a home after ten months in the JSPCA kennels

A ‘VERY happy chappie’ who had been with the JSPCA since last autumn has finally been rehomed.

Riley, a nine-year-old German Spitz, was described by the charity’s kennels team as a ‘super-smart dog’ – but who needed daily grooming as well as 1½ to two hours of exercise every day.

Having been on the look-out for a new owner since December – and with the charity for even longer – Riley had one of the JSPCA’s longest searches for a forever home.

Now that he has found one, he is enjoying time on the beach and smiling as usual, the charity has said.

JSPCA communications and fundraising manager Emma Duncan said that it was still ‘early days’ in the rehoming process, as Riley had only been at his new home for a few weeks.

She added: ‘We were thrilled that he’s managed to get a new home. We all loved Riley… he’s a sweetheart.’

A ‘Riley FAQs’ page on the JSPCA’s website said that he was stressed living in a kennel environment, and that his reaction to stimulus was barking. This made it difficult for him to be around other dogs and put potential adopters off too.

The charity also recommended that he should not be placed with children under the age of ten.

The page added: ‘We also want to remind you all that he is a very sweet boy who loves walks and car rides, can be left home alone for four to five hours and be content, is completely toilet trained, loves being groomed and is the best companion doggy.

‘He is finding kennel life difficult and his problems are likely to be much less of an issue once he is settled in his forever home.’

His new owners went through the JSPCA’s adoption process, which involved meeting Riley several times to decide whether they were compatible.

Islanders interested in rehoming an animal can find out more about the process on the JSPCA’s rehoming page.