Dogs Trust Newbury is hoping National Grandparents Day on Sunday (3rd October) will prove every dog really does have its day, by finding a forever home for their elderly pooches.
The team is searching for homes for four very special Old Age Pooches (OAPs) who have a combined age of 39. They are all currently enjoying their home comforts with canine carers at the rehoming centre, but are hoping as the nation celebrates National Grandparents Day, they will capture the hearts of new owners.
So far this year, almost 46% of people looking to adopt a dog from Dogs Trust were looking for a four-legged friend under six months, compared to 6% looking for a dog aged 8 and over,* but the Newbury team are confident that this adorable devoted duo will catch the eye of their very own special someone soon.
Jenny Hopkins, Assistant Manager at Dogs Trust Newbury, said: “It’s especially sad when older dogs come to us but our golden oldies really deserve to find their special someone.
“Sometimes older dogs spend more time with us than younger dogs but there are so many advantages to having an older dog. They often need less exercise but are just as much fun, they’re used to living in a home and their personality is already shaped so new owners can really understand and appreciate the dog that they are welcoming into their family.”
One of the oldies looking for a home is 10-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Sapphire – or Saffy for short. This golden girl is looking for a quiet home with someone around for most of the day to keep her company. She’s very affectionate and loves the company of humans, a large, comfy bed and some long-lasting chews to keep her occupied. She’d need to be the only pet in her new home with no neighbouring dogs and walked in areas that are quiet. Saffy is also working very hard on a weightloss programme so her new owners will need to be committed to her diet so she can reach a healthy weight.
The other OAPs looking for homes are: Trigger (12), Lillie (9) and Benson (8).
If you think you could give any of these golden oldies a home in their twilight years, please visit www.dogstrust.org.uk/rehoming to start the adoption process.