A Scots puppy riddled with separation anxiety, who used to injure herself in kennels, has finally found her forever home.
Cane corso, Zola, was too much to handle for her previous owner as her excitement at meeting other dogs caused her lunge at them in the street.
The 'destruction' that came along with her separation anxiety resulted in her owner being unable to cope.
In September 2020 'lively' Zola was taken into care at the Scottish SPCA's (SSPCA) Aberdeenshire centre.
Good manners was top the agenda as she underwent intense behavioural training with a team of dedicated animal care staff.
But life at the kennels was difficult for Zola, whose overly excitable nature meant she often injured herself.
Team members went 'above and beyond' to improve the pooch's behaviour and by spring 2021 she'd come on leaps and bounds.
In April this year, Zola's efforts to achieve impeccable manners paid off and she found her forever home.
Adorable snaps shared by the SSPCA show Zola loving the great outdoors with her new owners.
A statement from the SSPC read: "Zola came bounding into the care of our Aberdeenshire centre in September 2020 as lively nine-month-old pup.
"Her previous owner was unable to cope with her severe separation anxiety and the destruction that came along with it.
"Zola needed lots of behavioural training and positive reinforcement from the centre’s dedicated animal care staff to show her how to become a well-mannered dog.
"They needed to take the time to show her how to socialise with other dogs politely, instead of barking and lunging towards them as she was so excited and happy to meet them."
The spokesperson added: "Due to her separation anxiety, poor Zola had a really difficult time adjusting to kennel life and sadly ended up injuring herself multiple times.
"Our amazing animal care assistant Laura went above and beyond for Zola, and fostered her to prevent her causing further harm to herself until she could find the perfect forever home.
"She really thrived being in a home environment and away from kennels, and found a loving permanent home in April."
To mark Scottish Animal Week the SSPCA would love to hear from Scots whose pets had to overcome obstacles before coming home with them, or others whose pets have helped them get through the country's harsh lockdown.
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