Tributes have been paid to Billy the dog who spent the majority of his life looking for a home.

After spending over 1,000s at the Stokenchurch Dog Rescue, Billy, a Lurcher-type dog, made headlines as the centre continually searched to find him a forever home.

However, it has now been revealed by kennel bosses Billy died after being diagnosed with cancer last month.

His kennel carer initially found lumps on Billy's throat with tests showing he developed lymphoma, with it becoming apparent his prognosis was poor.

The centre's volunteers were eager to make Billy's last few weeks his best as he visited the seaside and went on plenty of walks.

Billy first arrived at Stokenchurch Dog Rescue in 2015 as part of a litter of five puppies.

He was initially rehomed but was brought back to the rescue in 2019 after displaying "unwanted behaviours".

He became the rescue centre's longest-staying resident, having seen many of his dog companions coming and going.

A Stokenchurch Dog Rescue spokesperson said: "We are very sad to share with you that last week we said goodbye to dear, sweet Billy.

"Billy came to Stokenchurch Dog Rescue in 2015, part of a litter of 5-week-old puppies.

"He was rehomed but returned in 2019 as he displayed some unwanted behaviours in the home.

"We were unable to find a suitable home for Billy but he loved it here with his carers, regular walkers and volunteers.

"A few weeks ago his carer found some lumps on his throat, tests showed that he had lymphoma (an aggressive form of cancer) and the prognosis for Billy was poor.

"His last few weeks were full of fun – Jess and Kayleigh took him to the seaside, his walkers took him out & about and volunteers spent time with him in his kennel and in our meadows.

"Thank you to all who loved Billy – run free special boy."