A homeless hound who had spent a total of more than 270 days at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has finally received a new home, thanks to a family in Ipswich, Suffolk, who were more than happy to share their love and house with this loveable pooch.

Shadow's long stint at the famous rehoming centre became headline news in April when the lurcher's stay hit 260 days - seven times longer than the average time an animal spends at Battersea.

As a sweet, housetrained four-year-old dog in perfect health, Shadow quickly became a favourite with staff at the home, who were at a loss last month to explain why he had yet to find a loving family.

It was as a result of the widespread media coverage that he came to the attention of Nigel Andrews and his two daughters Jess and Olivia, who were looking to replaced their beloved greyhound who had just passed away.

When they spotted Shadow on the charity's website, they knew he was the dog for them, but they almost didn't phone as they feared he had already been rehomed due to the attention of the national press.

"Shadow had so much publicity we honestly didn’t think we stood a chance of getting him," new owner Jess Andrews told Battersea Dogs and Cats home.

"He seems to be enjoying his new life in Suffolk, especially his long walks along the River Orwell and trips to the coast," she added. "Getting a rescue dog is so rewarding and I definitely recommend Battersea to anyone who is thinking of getting a dog.”

The beloved pooch will surely be looking forward to tucking into his next bowl of premium dog food courtesy of the Andrews family.

Battersea look after around 9,000 lost and unwanted dogs and cats every year. While most stay for just 35 days before they find a loving home, the charity looks after each and every animal indefinitely unless they have severe behavioural problems.

Written by: Hannah