Cry your eyes out at the nation's most overlooked dogs finally finding homes

With many of us spending more time at home in lockdown, it makes sense that more people have decided they’d like to (and be able to) take on a pet.

This has been great for us, but also great for some of Dogs Trust’s long-term lodgers at their rescue homes – many of whom now have loving homes despite years in rehoming centres.

Staff at the UK’s largest dog welfare charity are celebrating rehoming 79 of their long-term shelter dogs between March and July. 

While rehoming was paused temporarily at the start of the coronavirus outbreak, rehoming centre staff were able to responsibly find these dogs the right homes through a virtual matching service – using video checks and socially distanced appointments.

Thankfully, not only did plenty of dogs find homes, people seemed less reluctant to take on pups who had been otherwise overlooked.

Together the 79 lucky dogs had spent more than 45,000 days waiting to find their new homes, with the longest wait being for Little Harry, a Jack Russell Terrier who had spent a total of 2,687 days at Dogs Trust Evesham.

Along with the success story of Harry, other happy rehomes include Enzo (1,216 days), a five-year-old Lurcher from Dogs Trust Harefield, and Boycee (653 days), a nine-year-old Boxer from the Shoreham Rehoming Centre. 

Overall there was a 42% increase in rehoming enquiries to the Dogs Trust over lockdown compared to the same time last year, with 1,000 calls alone for a trio of Dachschund puppies.

One of dogs rehomed between March and July was Shadow, who had spent more than a year at Dogs Trust Shrewsbury waiting for his new home. 

He now lives with Joshua Turner and Rebecca Bradshaw from Bournemouth and his doggie sister Skye. 

Shadow’s new owner, Rebecca, said: ‘When we enquired about Shadow and heard how long he’d been waiting for a home, it made it all the more special to be given the chance to adopt him.

‘He came from a multiple dog household with poor welfare conditions and it was clear he’d never lived in a home before so had to be taught everything from scratch.

‘It’s still early days but Shadow has settled in so well. You get so much out of adopting dogs like Shadow and whilst everyone says he has landed on his paws with us, we feel like the lucky ones to be able to give him a forever home.’

Sadly, there are still some dogs in need of that loving family, so Dogs Trust are appealing for potential owners to take a chance on them.

Dogs who still need homes

Sprite, a three-year-old Lurcher at Dogs Trust Glasgow

Sprite has been at Dogs Trust in Glasgow for more than a year through no fault of her own.

She needs to be the only pet in the house, and would like an owner who has experience with the breed and can devote time to giving her plenty of agility exercise.

Dogs Trust say: ‘An active family would be best to keep her mentally and physically busy. Sprite could live with children over the age of 16 and would like a large secure garden, with a 6ft fence, to play around in.’

Ellie, an 11-year-old Terrier at Dogs Trust Newbury

Ellie might be older, but she’s described as ‘bright and sparky’ and she loves playing with her toys.

She’s a little nervous when first meeting people so she’s looking for a quiet home away from cities and towns with limited visitors. Ideally she’ll spend her twilight years in an adult-only home where she’s the only pet.

One she gets to know you, Dogs Trust say: ‘She is a very clever girl who is eager to learn.’

 Joey the Lurcher at Dogs Trust Harefield

Described as a ‘real live wire’, Joey loves to zoom around – but is also partial to a snooze on the couch.

‘He would love a rural or semi-rural home so he can enjoy long walks without having to see too many people. He will need a home with no children under 16yrs and a private garden’ say Dogs Trust.

‘A sofa big enough to lounge on is also a must.’

 Adam Clowes, Dogs Trust’s Operations Director, said: ‘Some of these pooches had been here for a while and, through no fault of their own, had terrible luck and just kept being overlooked which makes it all the sweeter for us to see them go home with their new families. 

‘In some cases, we’re getting hundreds of calls for a single dog, so it’s wonderful to see so many people thinking of welcoming a rescue into their lives…

‘But the work doesn’t stop here – we still have lots of dogs who are looking for their new homes so, if you feel now really is the right time for you to be getting a dog, take a look at your nearest rehoming centre’s website to find out more and help us change the tale for more  of our rescue hounds.’

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