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'I knew I had to have him': Joy around the country as rescue dog finds new home after three years in kennels

There's joy around the country as one Shropshire rescue dog has found a new home after three years in kennels.

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Staff seeing Buster off to his new home in South Wales

The plight of five-year-old "chunky Staffy" Buster captured the hearts of thousands on social media after his search for a new home went viral.

Buster has called Birch Hill Rescue Centre home for the last three years having arrived fearful and nervous during the coronavirus lockdown.

Staff at the rescue centre near Cleobury Mortimer worked for two years filling him up with love and restoring his confidence, before Shropshire Canine's Cheryl Gibson - who works to raise the profile of dogs in rescue centres - launched an appeal to find him a forever home.

Buster with Cheryl, from Shropshire Canine

In March, the appeal went viral after being shared by Queen of the Jungle Vicky Pattison. In the following weeks, toys and treats flooded into the rescue centre, all with Buster's name on.

And now, after three years of waiting, Buster is finally settling into his new home near the beach after being adopted by married couple, Amanda and John Eddleston.