Laid back Boxer/Mastiff-X Albert has fought so very hard to be ready for his Forever Home and we’ll make sure he gets the very best there is.

Albert was found dejected and starving, living in a rubbish tip in one of the worst areas of Antalya, where drug users, dealers and dog fighters hung out.

Albert was discarded like rubbish.

A lovely local animal rescuer kept him in her home but contacted us when she became frightened for him due to a new Turkish ‘Dangerous Dog Breed’ law, in which dogs considered bull breeds were being indiscriminately rounded up and killed as part of an overall street dog cull. This law saw many dogs being thrown out onto the streets due to a case of mistaken identity and may have been the reason Albert was in the dump initially.

Such scrumptious chops!

From the beginning Albert was like a big cuddly bear. He has such a beautiful nature and a real softy and he absolutely stole our hearts.

As all our dogs do, Albert went straight to our vets where he was estimated to be 2-3 years old. He was vastly underweight and had obviously had a very hard time living on the dump. However an x-ray showed he had some steel from an operation on his Tibia, which had been successful, proved that he had once been cared for. He was put on a regime of supplements for his bones as there is a lot of weight to put through that leg and will need a good joint support supplement in the future.

Albert looks like a different dog!

Sadly, Albert was diagnosed as Leishmania positive affecting skin and ears not organs. Leishmania is a parasite which causes a disease called Leishmaniasis (Leish) which can be a severe disease. The parasite is transmitted to dogs via an insect (sandfly) that is not present in the UK. It is present in many countries in Southern and Eastern Europe and unfortunately we are now starting to see dogs in Turkey be affected. These are usually dogs that have been rescued from other cities.

Unfortunately the disease is not curative and sadly if the Leish is active it is recommended the dog does not travel to the UK. However, most of the dogs we see have inactive Leish which can be controlled with medication. Albert has been on medication since February and all external issues have now cleared and the fantastic news that it is inactive. Most dogs with the disease live normal, happy lives.

AFOT will be responsible for blood tests 4-6 weeks after arrival into the UK and the treatment which is tablet form will be given until this time but should be stopped when results are in (providing all is ok) as resistance to the treatment is possible but rare.

A condition of the adoption contract will be that the adopter fully understands the disease by joining the Leishmanias FB group in the UK and can become fully informed. A relapse can happen but may not happen for months or years.

He loves having a cuddle and a scrutch!

Albert is now 3 years old and weighs about 45-50kg. He is dog friendly and absolutely loves people. He is the most chilled, laid back dog who we believe to be a Boxer/Mastiff-cross and a home with either boxer or mastiff experience would be preferred.

Taking the shade!

He likes to plod around the garden with his hareem of adoring ladies and then lay under the trees in the shade.

Albert is just adorable and you cannot help but fall in love with his scrumptious face. He walks well on the lead and enjoys his food. He is not cat tested.

Albert’s will reward you a hundred-fold!

If you think you can commit to Albert’s needs and would like to be considered to become his forever family then please check out what’s involved in taking on one of our rescue dogs by clicking this link and reading our Dog Adoption Policy guidelines.

A home check is always made and while there is no adoption fee required, we do ask for a voluntary donation to help towards our costs.

If you want to register your interest in Albert or are interested in providing a loving home for one of our rescue dogs in general then please complete and submit our Dog Adoption Registration form.