Three-legged rescue dog in need of a home after spending more than 1,000 days in kennels

Dogs Trust Darlington are appealing for potential owners to give a rescue Lurcher with three legs the home he deserves, after spending more than three years in their care.  

Rowland was found straying by local authorities in February 2018.Not only had he been left to fend for himself at the age of just six months old, but Rowland also had injuries to his rear left leg. Sadly, this required a full limb amputation which he had at the start of 2020 and has made a great recovery from. Rowland has adapted well to life with three legs, and it certainly didn’t slow him down. 

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

“When he first arrived, we had very little background information on Rowland, however over the last three years he has become a part of the family and has come on so far with his training. 

“Rowland was not very comfortable around other dogs and we have previously only looked for a home for him where there were no other pets. However, our specialist training team have been working to introduce him to other dogs at the centre and he has made lots of other canine friends. 

“Given how well he has done with his training, we would now potentially be able to rehome him with another dog, pending a successful first introduction. This means we can consider a wider pool of potential dog owners so we would encourage them to come forward. 

“From a potential new home, Rowland would benefit from having someone around most of the day to keep him company and he could also live with another dog depending on a successful introduction. Rowland has a weakness for lots of soft, squeaky toys and would also like a secure garden to explore and play in.” 

If you think you could give Rowland the forever home he is looking for, please go to to start the virtual adoption process.   

Dogs Trust Darlington will be holding Information Days every Sunday. If you would like to take a tour of the centre, meet members of the team and see the dogs spending time with their canine carers, please go to to book a place.