Dogs Trust

Golden oldies hoping to be pets once more as the nation celebrates National Love Your Pet Day

Dogs Trust Ilfracombe are hoping National Love Your Pet Day on Thursday 20th February will give a pair of old age pooches (OAPs) the chance to be pets once again.

Jack Russell Terrier Merlin and Yorkshire Terrier Louie are both 13 years old and have lived in homes previously but found themselves at Dogs Trust through no fault of their own. They are currently living with loving foster carers through the charity’s Home from Home scheme and whilst they are enjoy all the home comforts as ‘temporary pets’, staff are hoping that as the nation celebrates National Love Your Pet Day, they will capture the hearts of new owners.

Karen Blacker, Dogs Trust Ilfracombe’s Home From Home Co-Ordinator, says:

“It’s especially sad when older dogs come to us but Louie and Marlin really deserve to each find their special someone.

“Sometimes older dogs spend more time with us than younger dogs but there are so many advantages to having an older dog. They often need less exercise but are just as much fun, they’re used to living in a home and their personality is already shaped so new owners can really understand and appreciate the dog that they are welcoming into their family.”

Louie loves snoozing in his bed, knows all his basic training and enjoys a fuss. He is friendly with dogs out and about but would prefer a home where he is the only pet and could live with children aged 11 and above. Merlin is a spritely chap for his age who gets excited for his walks, followed by a nap in front of the TV. He would prefer to be the only pet in the home and could live with older teenagers. Their foster carers describe them as loving dogs who are a pleasure to care for whilst they find their forever homes.

Karen adds:

“We’d really love to find homes for these two golden oldies soon, however, we care for around 50 dogs at any one time and National Love Your Pet Day gives us the chance to put all of our dogs in the spotlight as they are all very much hoping to find their place as pets in the homes of loving new owners.” 

If you could offer Merlin, Louie or any of the dogs at Dogs Trust Ilfracombe a home, please call 01271 446058.