2018: A successful year for dog adoptions as Dogs Trust Darlington reaches 1,000 rehomes
Our rehoming centre in Darlington successfully rehomed more than 1,000 dogs in 2018. The Sadberge-based Rehoming Centre, which is currently undergoing a redevelopment, has maintained successful adoption figures after a year of disruptions to the daily running of the centre due to construction works.
In order to ensure the team could continue to find homes for as many dogs as possible during the disruptions, some residents were put on the Home From Home Fostering program, which allowed them to stay with families temporarily until permanent homes could be found. 144 dogs were placed in foster care in 2018; with 92 of them going on to successfully find their forever homes as a result; which has increased by more than 30% since 2017.
Despite these fantastic milestones, there are still plenty of residents at Dogs Trust Darlington waiting on new owners to give them loving new homes. Two such residents, three-year-old Greyhounds Jasper and Pablo, are hoping to be some of the first dogs of 2019 to find their forever home.
Earlier this year the Rehoming Centre in Sadberge began a two-year rebuilding process which is set to create even more facilities and kennels for canine residents, due for completion in 2020. The new centre will feature 10 additional kennels, increasing capacity to 75 dogs and include a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool where dogs can be aided in recovery if they have undergone surgery or have long-term mobility problems.
Sue Embleton, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Darlington, said:
“2018 was a very successful year and a testament to the hard work of the team, who ensure all the dogs at the centre are cared for and given every opportunity to find new owners. We are also very fortunate to have such a community of dog lovers and us and our dogs are lucky to benefit from funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, whose funding not only help us to continue this work but has contributed significantly to the rebuild of the Rehoming Centre.
“Once the Rehoming Centre is complete we will be able to help even more dogs like Pablo and Jasper, who all deserve their home comforts while waiting for potential new owners.”
Pablo and Jasper may look very similar, however they are both looking for homes to call their own. Jasper is a sensitive soul who prefers the quieter life and can live with children over the age of 14; with Pablo being much more outgoing and full of energy.
Jasper is such a loving dog and could potentially live with another canine companion who will help build his confidence a bit more. Pablo absolutely adores getting attention and could also live with another dog that can match his energy, as well as children over the age of 11.
Over the last five years more than £9.5million has been funded by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery which has helped Dogs Trust continue to go that extra mile for their canine residents. I
If you would like to find out more about any of canine residents currently at Dogs Trust Darlington, please get in touch
with the team on 0300 303 0292