DOGS Trust Merseyside have been celebrating another successful year in 2017, with over 800 dogs heading off to their new lives in forever homes. In fact, last year saw their 11,000th dog head home with her new family in November.
The team never tires of seeing dogs leave with their new families and spend a lot of time with potential owners to make sure that they and the dog are a perfect match in the hope that once they’ve said a fond farewell, if they see their four-legged friend again it will only be for a fleeting visit with his new owners to say hello to his human pals at the Huyton rehoming centre.
Sue and Reg Dugmore were just two of the thousands looking for the love of a dog last year and they were immediately smitten with a long-legged Lurcher named Teddy. He was looking for patient owners who could slowly introduce him to new things and Sue and Reg were perfect. Once home, he was renamed Tazi and quickly found what he needed.
Sue says: “Love and consistency were key with Tazi, and it would have taken him a lot longer to settle in if we hadn’t had a great secure garden for him to run and chase tennis balls, helping him build up his confidence. Now when he’s out on his favourite morning walk, he enjoys the company of other dogs and likes to watch the squirrels.”
Jayne Crothers had adopted a dog, Tilly, from Dogs Trust Merseyside a few years earlier, and the loss of her beloved Tilly in 2016 left a dog shaped hole in her life. Last year she was introduced to a beautiful golden Labrador cross named Rizzo, and it was love at first sight! Rizzo is a friendly girl but she had a tendency to be worried in new situations. Not any more! Thanks to Jayne’s slow approach to helping Rizzo adapt, she soon grew in confidence and has since become the “office dog”!
“Rizzo really is an adorable character, she’s always happy, so happy that she makes it impossible to be miserable around her. She’s the perfect dog for me.” says Jayne.
Akita Katie had only been at the rehoming centre for a few weeks when she was spotted by Julie Moosbally and her family. Julie said: “Our entire experience with Dogs Trust has been fantastic, from seeing Katie’s profile online, to visiting her, and everything in between. We loved that you ensure we and our home were suitable for Katie, she has settled in brilliantly, is really affectionate and sociable and happy around other dogs. We really can’t remember our life before her and certainly would hate to be without her now. “
If you would like to give a dog a second chance, please contact Dogs Trust Merseyside on 0300 303 0292 or visit the centre at Whiston Lane, Huyton, L36 6HP. It is open 12pm-4pm, every day except Wednesday when it is closed. Find out more at www.dogstrust.org.uk