Dogs Trust

Dogs Trust's oldest dog looking for a home

Dogs Trust is appealing for a home for a very special OAP (old age pooch) who is the human equivalent of 119 years old and is the charity's oldest homeless hound. 

Taking the accolade is Tonks, a 17-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, who found himself under the care of Dogs Trust Kenilworth after being found as a stray. Not only is he the most mature dog at the Honiley-based rehoming centre; he is also the oldest dog across all Dogs Trust rehoming centres looking for his fur-ever home. 

Tonks is well above the age of four - the average age of a Dogs Trust dog - and is well and truly into his retirement years. But staff say he still has a lot of love to give and a spring in his step and they are all hoping he finds a loving retirement home to put his paws up and relax in his twilight years. 

Whilst he is currently enjoying lots of fuss and attention from his carers who adore him, nothing would compare to finding a loving home of his own. 

Emma Healey, Manager at Dogs Trust Kenilworth, says: 

"It's especially sad when older dogs come to us through no fault of their own but Tonks is getting lots of TLC here at the rehoming centre but we're really hoping somebody will open their home and heart to this mature chap really soon. There are so many advantages to owning an older dog and they make great companions. 

"Tonks is looking for a quiet home to keep someone company who is around for most of the day. He doesn't need much exercise but is happy to go for a stroll or potter about in the garden. He could live with children over the age of eight and could live with another dog but tends to prefer human company so would be at his happiest relaxing in a comfy bed with his new family near him.” 

The rehoming centre is also keen to encourage people to consider the advantages of owning an older dog which include: 

  1. They need less exercise but are still just as fun!
  2. They are used to living in a home so come house-trained and are not as destructive as a puppy.
  3. Their personality is already shaped so new owners can really understand and appreciate the dog they are welcoming into their family.

Dogs Trust has lots of information and support available for anyone thinking of adopting an older dog.

If you can offer Tonks the warm, loving home he deserves, please call 01926 569236.