17 July 2012
Dogs Trust rehoming appeal
How’s your Russian? An unusual question you may think, especially as those asking herald from Snetterton in Norfolk, but the staff at the Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre have a rather unusual rehoming appeal on their hands as Lena and Mishka the German Shepherds only understand Russian.
With the staff struggling to understand why the two weren’t bonding with the other dogs and having difficulty settling in it all become clear with the arrival of a letter from the previous owners. The pair only understood commands in Russian, presenting something of a challenge for the staff! However, salvation was on hand as the husband of one of the receptionists speaks the language fluently and is helping the team with some basic phrases to make the dogs feel at home.
Says Kate Brewster, Supporter Relations Officer at Dogs Trust Snetterton:
“This is one of the more unusual rehoming appeals that we’ve had at the centre and whilst the staff is adept at using sign language to communicate with dogs with hearing difficulties, this is the first time we’ve had to consider learning a new language! As both dogs are still relatively young we’re hoping that with the right, patient family they will be able to grasp English commands and become bilingual!”
Four year-old Lena and her daughter Mishka are both looking for separate active homes with experienced German Shepherd owners who can take the time to not only help them settle in but help them master a new language. In the week since the pair have been at the centre the staff has already mastered the Russian for simple commands such as sit and paw and both have won over all the team.
The pair is currently staying at the centre with over 70 other dogs ranging from Huskies to Terriers. If you think you could offer Lena or Mishka or any of their Dogs Trust friends a home please contact Dogs Trust Snetterton on 01953 498 377 or visit the team at North End Road, Snetterton, Norfolk, NR16 2LD.
- Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity with 18 Rehoming Centres across the UK and one in Dublin. Dogs Trust cares for over 16,000 stray and abandoned dogs every year.
- Journalists, photographers and film crews are welcome to visit Dogs Trust Snetterton to interview the staff and dogs at the Rehoming Centre.
For more information, please contact the Dogs Trust Press Office:
Dogs Trust is working towards the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction. Dogs Trust cares for over 16,000 stray and abandoned dogs each year.