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Devon’s oldest rescue dog hopes New Year brings new home

An elderly dog whose owner sadly passed away before Christmas has his paws crossed in the hope that the New Year will soon see him enjoying life at the heart of a new family.

At 16 years old, Angus the Jack Russell Terrier is the oldest resident at Dogs Trust Ilfracombe. Thankfully his owner had signed up to Dog’s Trust's Canine Care Card, a free service that aims to give owners peace of mind, knowing that Dogs Trust will look after their dog if the worst should happen. He is now looking for a second chance at happiness and to spend his twilight years in a loving home.

Elise Watson, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Ilfracombe, said:

"Many dog owners worry what might happen to their dog if they were to pass away first, leaving their beloved four-legged friend without an owner. However, the Canine Care Card scheme offers reassurance to dog owners, and also helps to ease the minds of friends and family during what is already a distressing time. But it means you can rest in the knowledge that your dog will be cared for after you die and just like Angus, will go on to find loving homes that are right for them. 

“It’s always sad when older dogs come to us after their whole world has changed but Angus is slowly starting to come out of his shell and has been placed in a temporary foster home so he can continue to enjoy the home comforts he is used to. We are looking for a calm and quiet home for Angus with owners who’ll give him plenty of time to settle in and allow his true character to shine through. He has built a wonderful bond with his foster carer and enjoys a couple of short walks a day, followed by 40 winks in his bed.

“We know we can’t fill the space left by his beloved owner, only a new caring family can do that. But we hope it won’t be long before a new owner comes forward and gives him the love he deserves very soon.” 

Canine Care Card holders receive a wallet-sized card which acts in a similar way to an organ donor card and notifies people of their wishes for their dogs, should anything happen to them. 

Dogs Trust works hard to match every dog with a responsible, loving home. If for any reason a dog takes a while to be rehomed, owners can rest assured that Dogs Trust never puts a healthy dog to sleep and will care for them for the rest of their lives. 

To find out more about the Canine Care Card scheme, please contact Amy Bingham Supporter Relations Officer at Dogs Trust Ilfracombe on 0330 303 0292.