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Rescue dogs out to prove age is just a number

Dogs Trust Darlington is currently home to five OAPs (Old Age Pooches) who are hoping to prove to potential owners they still have what it takes to be the perfect pets. The dogs, aged between eight and 12 years old, might be a little older, however their lust for life has kept them looking and feeling young. 

Dogs Trust Darlington’s golden oldies

Name: Sparky

  • Age: 12
  • Breed: Jack Russell

Named Sparky because he is a fast, independent chap who knows his own mind.

Name: Disco Jack

  • Age: 10
  • Breed: Terrier Cross

As his name would suggest, Disco Jack is happy lad who knows lots of tricks

Name: Chuck

  • Age: 10
  • Breed: Crossbreed

Chuck is well known at the Rehoming Centre for being a very handsome boy, who certainly doesn’t look his age.

Name: Maisie

  • Age: 8
  • Breed: Lurcher

This beautiful lady loves her toys and likes to stay active.

Name: Lexi

  • Age: 9
  • Breed: Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross

Lexi loves human companionship, so would prefer her owners to be around most of the day to play. 

Sue Embleton, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Darlington, said: 

“Our golden oldies have amazing personalities and we would really like to see them find suitable new homes where they can enjoy their retirement years. We really want to remove any perceptions around older dogs because they make fantastic companions. 

“Adopting an older dog comes with lots of advantages. Most older dogs are usually already house trained and easily settle into a new family home; they also tend to come with bags of character which they have built up over the years. Some of our older dogs are currently staying with foster carers on Dogs Trust’s Home From Home programme, so before popping in to visit them, we would recommend giving the team a call so we can arrange for dogs to be at the centre.” 

If you would like to find out any more information about the golden oldies, or are interested in becoming a foster carer, please get in touch with the team on 01325 638143.