It’s a yappy new year as first rescue dog of the year finds forever home

The new year is off to a waggy start at Dogs Trust Kenilworth as it celebrates rehoming its first dog of 2021.

Six-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, Zeus, headed off to his forever home on New Year’s Day having arrived at the rehoming centre just a few days before Christmas.

Zeus, now called Max, has already settled into his new life with Vicky Butler in Nuneaton, who has previously adopted two other Jack Russells from the rehoming centre.

Vicky says:

"He has definitely made himself at home! He found life in kennels hard, so I was so pleased that I was able to adopt him and give him a lovely start to the new year.

“I adopted my first dog, Wriggle, from Dogs Trust Kenilworth in 2000 who was a puppy when I got him, and he died aged 15. My second was Sammy who had had a tough time and not settled in other homes. He was three when I adopted him but sadly, he died of prostate cancer aged six which was heart breaking.

“That was just over a year ago and it’s lovely to have Max here. He likes to be stroked, enjoys his treats and is great company.”

In 2020, the team at Dogs Trust Kenilworth found forever homes for almost 600 dogs of all shapes, sizes and ages including four puppies born on site. 95 dogs continued to enjoy their home comforts thanks to the centre’s volunteer foster carers who cared for dogs until the time was right for them to find new families too.

Dogs Trust Kenilworth Deputy Manager, Tristan Smith, said:

“Finding Max a forever home was a lovely start to 2021.

“Every day our dogs give us a reason to smile and whatever is happening, it’s always business as usual for them with walks, playtime, training and treats always being the order of the day.

“Nobody could have predicted the challenges faced in 2020, but thanks to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery whose support helps to fund some of our wonderful Canine Carers at the centre, our dogs always have everything they need whilst they are with us, waiting to find their forever home.

“As ever, this year we want to change the tale for hundreds more dogs that find themselves in need of a new home and we know that with the support of the dog-loving public, we will be able to do that, just like we did for Max.”

To find out about all the dogs waiting to find their special someone, please click here

If you are struggling to cope with looking after your dog, for whatever reason, contact Dogs Trust on 0300 303 2188. Alternatively, please give what you can to help Dogs Trust change the tale for dogs like Max, by visiting