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New start for pups abandoned at the side of the road

Dogs Trust Darlington provides sanctuary and hope for puppies in need

A litter of puppies that were abandoned on the side of a road in Sedgefield at just over a week old have been receiving round the clock care at Dogs Trust Darlington. The seven puppies, which were found in a box, are now thriving after two months of TLC from the dedicated team at Dogs Trust’s Sadberge Rehoming Centre.

For the first 10 days each puppy had to be fed every two hours and two staff members shared this responsibility, hand rearing the puppies day and night in their own homes to ensure they received all they needed. From three weeks on, their feeds were reduced to every four hours and they started being weaned onto solid food.

Canine carer Jo Alford, who cared for three of the puppies had the honour of naming them too. She gave this honour to her sons Jack and Tom, who decided to call them Daisy, Diva and Kong. Jo also has her own two rescue dogs; Hobo and Noodle, who were willing playmates to the puppies when the time came.

Jo’s colleague Sharon Boult, a training behaviour advisor at the rehoming centre cared for the remainder of the litter and allowed her daughter Ellie to name them after American states: Dakota, Georgia, Texas and Nevada. Sharon, who is no stranger to hand-rearing puppies, also has four rescue dogs of her own and a plethora of other pets, including chickens; who became good friends with the puppies during their stay.

At just over two months old, the puppies recently became old enough to be rehomed and staff are delighted that all of them have now found new owners.

Sharon said:

“The puppies were very lucky to be found and brought to Dogs Trust, as the outcome could have been very different. We would always encourage anyone who is coping with an unwanted litter to get in touch with their local pound or rescue, as the litter will receive all the care they need and get every opportunity to thrive in a new home.

“Working for a charity like Dogs Trust, you do get attached to the dogs in your care, especially when spending so much time with them, like Jo and I did and whilst it’s sad to say goodbye we’re so happy all the puppies have found new homes and everyone at the Rehoming Centre wishes them well as they head off with their new families. I hope they send us updates of how they’re getting on.”

If you are interested in adopting a canine companion and share Dogs Trust’s belief in the slogan ‘a dog is for life’, there are plenty of pooches in need at the Darlington Rehoming Centre. For more information get in touch with the team on 0300 303 0292 or visit