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Dogs Trust West London rehomes long-term lodger during lockdown

One of Dogs Trust West London’s most overlooked pooches has finally found their forever home during the coronavirus lockdown – after spending 1,147 days in their care. 

Whilst rehoming was paused temporarily at the start of the coronavirus outbreak, rehoming centre staff were able to responsibly find their dogs the right homes through a virtual matching service - using video-based home checks and socially distanced appointments, either at the rehoming centres, or by taking the dogs out to adopters homes.

As demand for dogs has risen sharply since lockdown began, this has meant many adopters have considered dogs that would usually have been overlooked. One of the long-term lodgers rehomed between March and July, was Alessia who spent three years waiting for her new home.  But she has now landed on her paws with Alan Turquand from Dunstable.

Alessia’s new owner, Alan said:

“When I enquired about Alessia and heard how long she’d been waiting for a home, it made it all the more special to be given the chance to adopt her. It’s still early days but Alessia has settled in so well. You get so much out of adopting dogs like Alessia and whilst everyone says she has landed on her paws with us, we feel like the lucky ones to be able to give her a forever home.

“Alessia is a cheeky whirlwind of a dog and loves attention and belly rubs. But once you start, you will never be allowed to stop! She has settled straight in and claimed the house as her own. She fits in perfectly with my life and routine.”

Since lockdown began Dogs Trust has seen unprecedented demand for its rescue hounds. From March 23rd – end of July, the charity had 43,365 calls enquiring to rehome a dog. This is a 42% increase on the same timeframe last year. In just one day, the charity had over 1,000 emails from people enquiring about three Dachshund puppies. 

However, while lockdown has seen many of our longer-term dogs bidding Dogs Trust farewell and going home with their new families, there are still plenty of others still looking for their forever homes at Dogs Trust West London, including Joey, a five year old Lurcher who would love a rural or semi-rural home so he can enjoy long walks without having to see too many people. He will need a home with no children under 16 and a private garden for zooming around in.

Richard Moore, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust West London, said: 

“Lockdown has been a challenging time for us all, but we are so happy to see Alessia finally finding her forever home during this time. We believe that a dog is for life, not just for lockdown so our team has done a fantastic job in matching dogs to the right families during this pandemic and we have no doubt Alessia will bring lots of joy into her new family’s lives now and for years to come. 

“We are grateful to players of People’s Postcode Lottery, whose support has allowed our specialist teams of Canine Carers to continue to give these dogs the best care and find them their perfect forever homes. 

“But the work doesn’t stop here – we still have lots of dogs who are looking for their new homes so, if you feel now really is the right time for you to be getting a dog, take a look at our website to find out more, and change the tale for more of our rescue hounds.” 

All of the dogs in Dogs Trust’s care are looked after by a dedicated team of Canine Carers and specialist Training and Behaviour Advisors across our network of rehoming centres. Huge thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery whose support helps to fund our dedicated and skilled Canine Carers, allowing them to care for, rehabilitate and rehome around 14,300 dogs each year.

Whilst Dogs Trust rehoming centres are not open for public browsing, since the start of lockdown new processes have been put in place to adopt a dog, which included a virtual matching service and socially distanced appointments to help keep everyone safe.  

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