People Won't Adopt This Dog Because She's 'Too Ugly'
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Morrissa is a 13-year-old hairless Chinese crested dog and is naturally bald on most of her body.
She's also blind and has been at an RSPCA shelter in Braintree, Essex, for weeks as staff have been unable to rehome her.
However, she has become a firm favourite with staff at the Danaher Animal Home.
Craig Horsler, senior supervisor at Danaher, said: "They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder - and we all think Morissa is absolutely gorgeous.
"But she is unusual looking and we're worried that prospective owners consider her ugly and that is what could be putting them off of her.
"As well as being a hairless variety of the Chinese crested - a small, toy breed that was traditionally kept as a companion dog - she's also in her twilight years and does have a few health problems.
"She's partially blind which we believe is due to heavy scarring to her eyes from previous ulcers.
"She's also quite nervous - particularly around men - so we're looking for a calm, quiet home for her where her new owners can slowly work to build her confidence."
Morrissa has tufts of white and grey hair on her head and around her feet and tail, but the rest of her body is bald - as with all hairless Chinese crested dogs - although she's still waiting to find owners.
The pooch knows lots of commands and is happy being left alone for short periods of time.
She may be able to live with another dog and with a friendly cat, and may also be suitable to live in a family home with children.
Craig added: "She's such a sweet, friendly little dog and she really deserves to find a loving home to enjoy her senior years.
"If anyone can offer her a home then we'd love them to get in touch."
If you think you could provide a forever home for Morissa, visit Danaher Animal Home here or call 0300 111 4321