Dogs Trust resident keeps all four paws on the ground after almost losing his leg

An 11-month-old Lurcher that was brought to Dogs Trust's transfer centre in Penrith with a broken leg has been given a clean bill of health and is now ready to find his forever home. Ted the Lurcher ended up in need of Dogs Trust's support after his owners could not continue caring for him.  

Ted was taken to a local dog rescue; however, they did not have access to a foster home where he could recover from vital surgery to save his leg. Our transfer centre in Penrith were able to provide this instead through our Home From Home fostering programme.  

After receiving treatment, Ted spent six weeks with a local Dogs Trust foster carer, who took him to vet check-ups and provided him with a safe and loving environment, with plenty of rest during his recovery.   

Amy Redpath, Home From Home Fostering Coordinator, said:  

“We are so grateful to our amazing foster carers who give up their time to help rescue dogs like Ted. We are not sure how his leg was broken but his injuries were severe, and he could have lost the limb. Now that he has made a full recovery, we have been able to place him at one of our rehoming centres where he will get every opportunity to find his forever home.  

“Fostering a dog is a great way of donating your time to a worthy cause and we are looking for more willing foster carers to come forward and help us out. We’d love to hear from people from around Cumbria who have some dog experience and are willing to open up their heart and home temporarily in support dogs who need a little extra TLC while they wait on a potential owner coming forward; or for a kennel space in one of our rehoming centres.  

Our ideal foster carers would live anywhere up to 45 minutes from Penrith, have access to a car and can give a dog a temporary home, with all the comforts that come with it. We equip foster carers with everything they need such as food or bedding, and any veterinary treatment is covered by us.  

Ted’s foster carer, Jeanne, said:  

“Having spent his time with me on kennel restTed loved being outside and flexing his muscles during his recovery. This was when he could be cuddled and fussed over.   

“While staying with me he loved to shower me with slobbery kissed and generally unwind. While I’m sad to see him go, I know that Ted will make someone a treasured pet.”  

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, please get in touch with Amy Redpath via email:  [email protected]

If you are struggling to cope with looking after your dog, for whatever reason, contact Dogs Trust on 0300 303 2188. Alternatively, please give what you can to help Dogs Trust change the tale for dogs like Ted who haven’t yet found their forever home, by visiting www.dogstrust.org.uk/changethetale