Dog abandoned at Penrith Vets with a broken leg now looking for his forever home

Staff at Dogs Trust Cumbria are searching for a home for a young dog who was abandoned with a broken leg at a Penrith Vets.

The Saluki, who has been named Kevin, is thought to have been hit by a car, resulting in a broken leg as well as some head trauma. He was abandoned at Frame and Swift Vets in Penrith and was not claimed by his owners. Dogs Trust covered the costs of the emergency surgery required to repair his leg, and he is now recovering in Dogs Trust foster care.

Amy Redpath, Penrith Transfer Centre Assistant Manager said: “We’re not sure of Kevin’s story as he was abandoned at our local vets with some pretty severe injuries. Thankfully these have been treated and he is on the mend.

“Kevin is a really sweet boy and is doing incredibly well recovering from his operation with his foster carers. Any potential owners will need to support him with the rest of his recovery, but it won’t be long until he is ready to go on some big adventures with a new family”

The team looking after Kevin says he steals the hearts of everyone he meets and is now looking for committed owners who are happy to carry on his rest period to allow his leg to heal. He is getting better with his housetraining and time spent alone, but new owners would need to continue this. He can live with children aged eight years and over and would like a secure garden. To enable his post operation vet appointments to continue, his new home would need to be within one hour of Penrith.

If you think you could offer Kevin, who is thought to be between one and two years old, the home he deserves, please visit www.dogstrust.org.uk

Kevin is currently being cared for by a Dogs Trust foster carer. The charity is looking for more foster carers to open their houses and their hearts to dogs who find themselves without a permanent home. Foster carers will be supported throughout the process with food, bedding and any other practical things required, including the costs of any veterinary treatment, being paid for by the charity.

Annabel Robinson, Home from Home Coordinator for Dogs Trust Cumbria says: “Home from Home fostering is an essential part of our rehoming process. While many dogs are happy to settle in our kennels and enjoy being taken care of by our amazing canine carers, some just can’t adjust and miss their home comforts too much which can be distressing for them.

“Dogs that particularly benefit from being fostered are older dogs who are used to home life, poorly dogs and dogs recovering from surgery, like Kevin, or dogs who may never have lived in a home before who need to get used to the sounds and smells of life in a home.

“We already have a team of amazing foster families, and really appreciate everything they do; they play an integral part in finding their temporary four-legged lodger a new forever home – but we always need more so we can help more dogs.

“Fostering a dog is extremely rewarding and I strongly urge anyone who has a dog-sized hole in their life, but who isn’t able to commit to having a permanent canine companion, to contact us to find out more about the scheme and if it’s right for them.”

Dogs Trust foster carers need to be over the age of 18, preferably have an adult only home and be around for most of the day. As the dogs will need to visit the Penrith Transfer Centre to meet potential new owners, fosters therefore need to have their own car and live within an hour’s journey of the centre.