Staff at Dogs Trust Salisbury are calling on local dog lovers to consider opening their homes and hearts to a homeless hound whilst remembering the charity’s iconic slogan, “A Dog is for Life, not just for Christmas”.
The rehoming centre in Newton Tony will be caring for around 60 dogs over the festive period, but as 25th December approaches there are 12 homeless hounds who all have their paws crossed that they will be spending Christmas Day in a loving new home.
Dogs Trust Salisbury Rehoming Centre Manager, Tery Laffin, explains: “Our 12 dogs of Christmas each have differing looks, personalities and needs but each one will make a wonderful addition to a loving new home so we are appealing for anyone who would like to rehome one of these deserving dogs to please get in touch.
“In an age where dogs can be purchased with the click of a button over the internet, we continue to see many unwanted and abandoned dogs coming through our doors over the Christmas period, simply because people haven’t taken into consideration the lifelong commitment of dog ownership. We urge anyone thinking of getting a dog during this busy period to seriously think about the commitment involved before making a decision to bring a four-legged family member into your home. Dog ownership can be challenging but also extremely rewarding, especially if you are giving a rescue dog a second chance at happiness.
"As always, we are reminding everyone that a dog is for life, not just for Christmas, and, if you are thinking about getting a dog in 2018, to consider rehoming a rescue dog."
The 12 Dogs of Christmas
Bailey is an intelligent six-year-old Terrier who loves nothing more than playing with her toys and exploring her environment. She is looking for a patient, adult-only, pet-free home in a quiet area with plenty opportunity for walks. She is a wonderful lady and would be the perfect addition to the right home.
Nine-year-old Crossbreed Cody is an adorable chap who would love nothing more than to find a calm and quiet retirement home where he can puts his paws up. He can take time to get to know new people but if things are kept calm and slow, he enjoys attention. Cody loves his food and enjoys training because of this he's a clever boy loves to learn..
Darla is a sweet three-year-old Lurcher who’s favourite thing is human company. She is an intelligent girl who loves to learn new things - especially for a tasty treat! She could live with children who are eight years and above but would need to be the only pet in the home. She needs owners who are around for most of the day so she can enjoy plenty of fuss and cuddles.
Cheeky chap, Jett, is three years old and full of character. He’s an independent boy who is at his happiest when he’s settled at your feet, or even better, out and about on walks. Jett is looking for an adult-only home with no other pets. He’s an active lad so needs owners who can offer him plenty of exercise and stimulation, as well as being around most of the day.
Two-year-old Crossbreed, Oscar, is a lively but sensitive lad who is looking for a patient adult-only home. He can be shy so needs owners who can take the time in building up his trust and confidence. He loves to be out and about on walks and exploring the countryside, so owners who enjoy the active side of life would be perfect for Oscar.
Handsome Lenny is a nine-year-old Jack Russell who is a real ladies man! He’s looking for a female home with owners who can offer him plenty of interesting walks and new places to see. He is housetrained and happy to be left home alone for a period of time as long as there are things to keep him occupied. He is a typical Terrier so loves both toys and food – if you have both he’ll be your friend for life.
Poppy is an eight-year-old Labrador cross who adores the company of two-legged friends. Her ideal day would be an early morning walk followed by a long snooze in the afternoon. Poppy is a sensitive girl who would need someone to be around for most of the day so she can make the most of plenty of fuss and cuddles
Tommy is a bouncy two-year-old German Shepherd-Rottweiler cross who is full of character! He needs an experienced and committed owner who can offer him plenty of time, patience and routine so he can build a bond and adjust to life in a home gradually. He enjoys quiet walks and plenty of stimulation to keep his busy mind occupied. He can sometimes forget how big he is so needs an adult-home with no other pets.
Two-year-old Husky Wishbone is a sweet boy with tons of potential! He’s super friendly and enjoys a fuss but he’s also a strong lad who needs lots of exercise and mental stimulation to keep his mind busy. He could live with older teenagers but not other pets and needs experienced owners who can offer him plenty of walks and can continue with his training,. He’s definitely one for the Husky fans!
Four-year-old Max is a typical Staffy – friendly and excitable with a love of toys and food! He’s a curious chap who likes to explore new things on walks. He could live with older teenagers and would like to be the only dog in the home but would enjoy walking buddies. He is very affectionate so would need owners who are around most of the day so he can lap up all the attention and take him on lots of walks or play with his toys in the garden.
Sensitive Sam is a 10-year-old Shar Pei cross. Once he gets to know you he is a playful boy who enjoys toys, long walks and a swim! He’s a clever lad and knows lots of basic commands but is looking for calm owners who can take the time getting to know him. He’d need an adult-only home and to be the only pet so he can develop a relationship with his new owners. Sam would also love a nice big garden to roam around in.
Mitch is a typical Lurcher – fun, excitable and friendly! Running around with a toy is a great way to burn off his energy and he travels well in the car so taking him to new and exciting places will keep him entertained. He’d prefer to be the only dog in the home but could live with older teenagers as long as there is someone around most of the day with people who can give him plenty of fuss.
If you can offer any of these dogs a home, please call 0300 303 0292 or pop into the rehoming centre at 45 Amesbury Road, Newton Tony, Salisbury, SP4 0HW.