Long term leggy lodger looking for home after more than 100 days 

Dogs Trust Ilfracombe is appealing to dog lovers to consider adopting AJ the Greyhound who has been waiting for a home since January.   

The two-year-old leggy lovely has seen more than 50 of his furry friends trot off to their new homes since he arrived but he is yet to zoom off to his.   

The rehoming centre say there can be misconceptions around Greyhounds which they are keen to dispel in the hope that someone will consider adopting AJ, or one of the many Greyhounds they welcome through their doors each year.   

Elise Watson, Dogs Trust Ilfracombe’s Rehoming Centre Manager, said:   

“Sadly many Greyhounds end up in rescue centres like ours waiting for a loving home to spend the rest of their lives in. Because of how fast they are, people often assume they are dogs that need lots of exercise but that’s not the case. They are definitely strong and fast but they are surprisingly lazy and after an energetic burst they like nothing more than cosying up on a big bed in a warm home.    

“Some of them also need to wear a muzzle when out for walks because they can get overly excited around small animals. However, we often find that once we have a chance to talk this through with potential owners, it can help them keep an open mind about having a Greyhound in their life.”      

AJ is instantly friendly with new people but doesn’t seek out too much interaction from other dogs. He’s happy to have walking friends but would prefer to be the only dog in an adult home so he can develop a strong bond with his new owners.    

He’s a sensitive boy so is looking for understanding adopters with plenty of patience who will help him when he is overwhelmed and give him the time to settle into a new routine of home-life. AJ will need to meet his new family several times before going to his new home.      

Dogs Trust Ilfracombe is currently closed to members of the public for browsing but is still rehoming and taking in dogs, with new processes in place to keep staff and adopters safe.   

If you think you have space in your home and heart for AJ or any of the other dogs at Dogs Trust Ilfracombe, contact the team for more information on 01271 812 709.