Rescue dog in need of four-legged friend and ‘fur-ever’ family

As International Friendship Day (30 July) approaches, the team at Dogs Trust Loughborough are hoping it will bring one of their residents the new four-legged best friend – and family – she has been waiting for for more than a year.

Two-year-old Akita, Juno, arrived at the Wymeswold rehoming centre last July, but is still waiting to find her perfect home with a canine companion whose paw-steps she can follow in.

Emma Proctor, Assistant Manager at Dogs Trust Loughborough, says: “The last year or so has proved to us all how important friends and family are, and for Juno that’s definitely the case. She didn’t have the best start in life and missed out on socialisation as a puppy, so it’s vital she now finds the ideal home, and that is a quiet rural home with another dog.

“When she is alongside another dog, she really comes into her own and her lovely personality starts to shine through. If we can find her a home with a four-legged friend who will introduce her to the big wide world and show her it’s not as scary as she thinks, that would make our year!”

During her time at the rehoming centre, the team have seen Juno become more confident and they say she has a lovely silly side to her, but she will need patient owners who along with her doggie friend will let her settle into her new surroundings slowly and be happy to meet her at the rehoming centre several times before heading home with her.

Emma says: “When we first saw Juno get giddy, it was lovely. She particularly enjoys a game of chase! Our dream for her is that after a few months of being in her forever home we find out she’s taking things in her stride, beginning to enjoy new experiences and snuggling up with her new best buddy. We know there is the perfect dog and ideal family out there for her. We just hope they come along soon so Juno can start to live the life she deserves.”

Juno will need a large, very secure garden for her outdoor exercise until she is confident enough to head out on walks with her new family. She can live with young adults aged 15 and over and her ideal canine companion in her forever home would be a dog of a similar size.

If you think you could give Juno the forever home she is looking for, please go to to start the virtual adoption process.

Dogs Trust Loughborough holds Information Days every Sunday. If you would like to take a tour of the centre, meet members of the team and see the dogs spending time with their canine carers, please go to to book a place.