Dogs Trust

Homeless hound captures the heart of a nation of dog lovers

A charity television advert highlighting the plight of a homeless hound searching for a new owner has been mirrored in reality as the dreams of one lonely hound, searching for a permanent home for the past five years, have come true. Following the #specialsomeone campaign including an advert, which aired on ITV, the charity saw a significant increase in the number of potential owners coming to Dogs Trust in search of a rescue dog - with the volume of visitors increasing by a third. The week following the advert recorded one of the highest number of visitors in search of a rescue dog on record.

Loveable Buster, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the advert’s star, first arrived at Dogs Trust Darlington in 2011 when he was a puppy. Despite finding a happy home for a couple of years he was soon back searching for a permanent loving home of his own. The five year old pooch came to Dogs Trust - back when the Duchess of Cambridge was still Kate Middleton, the Mubarak regime still governed Egypt and London was yet to host the Olympics. Fortunately following the special someone campaign which captured the heart of the nation - with over six million people viewing the advert on Facebook - a loving new family came forward to give Buster his furry tail ending.

The Proctor family were moved by the charity’s appeal and knew they could offer a loving home to a homeless hound so went along to the Rehoming Centre to meet the four- legged residents.  As soon as they saw him, the couple knew this sweet natured crossbreed was the dog for them and after spending time with him at the centre they soon took him home to be part of their family. Buster is settling into family life and couldn’t be happier in his new home.

Buster’s new owner, Lauren Proctor from Newcastle, explains: “Buster is settling in really well, we already can’t imagine life without him. You would think he had spent every night curled up on our sofa for years rather than in kennels – he is definitely our Special Someone and he seems very happy that we are his.”

Judith Davidson, Dogs Trust Darlington Rehomer explains: “We all adore Buster at the Rehoming Centre, he has been with us so long and is such a character and are delighted  he has found such a wonderful home after searching for so long. The support for our rescue dogs following the search for a # Special Someone campaign has been overwhelming, it just goes to show we really are a nation of animal lovers.”

Watch the Dogs Trust #specialsomeone advert, here!