'Furry-tail' ending for long-term lodger
Tails are wagging at Dogs Trust Basildon as we celebrate a long-term lodger being homeward bound, after being cared for by our staff for over 934 days.
A ‘yappy’ ending seemed a long way off for Lurcher Cross, Lily, however, thanks to the hard work of our canine carers who went the extra mile for the pooch, seven-year-old Lily has em‘bark’ed on a new chapter with Mr and Mrs Bishop from Romford.
In a bid to boost Lily’s appeal to potential adopters, whilst making her experience at Dogs Trust more comfortable, we launched a social media appeal in April last year asking local dog lovers to donate an armchair and pouffe to create a home environment for Lily’s kennel. We then doubled her kennel size, creating a home-from-home for Lily.
With some dogs like Lily needing very specific homes, we work tirelessly to make sure that they’re ready to go to loving families. To ensure their time with us was extra special, the dedicated team went above and beyond to give the dogs lots of varied experiences; including offsite walks for a change of scenery, agility sessions in the centre’s extensive exercise areas, and lots of one-on-one time with their favourite canine carers. Hydrotherapy sessions with the on-site hydrotherapist allows dogs to relax and de-stress, whilst doggy massages are even on offer as part of long-termers’ relaxation programmes.
Lily’s adopter, Mrs Bishop, said: “Lily has settled in really well and we absolutely love her. She loves to sleep on my lap and is so at home, we couldn’t imagine our lives without her now.”
When you adopt a dog through Dogs Trust, new owners have advice for life with the charity’s behaviourists. Dogs Trust Basildon rehomed 775 dogs in 2017. If you’d like to welcome a dog into your home, please call the rehoming centre on 0300 303 0292.