Very special rescue dog becomes 12,000th to find forever home by Dogs Trust Merseyside
Dogs Trust Merseyside are celebrating after finding 12,000 dogs their forever home, but there is cause for double celebration as the dog who takes the accolade had found herself without a home for the second time.
It was the summer of 2015 when staff at the Huyton-based rehoming centre spotted a dog running around their grounds. The 18-month-old Rottweiler Cross, later named Athena by the team, had been abandoned at the rehoming centre but was fortunately coaxed to safety by staff. In the coming days, after nobody came forward to claim the bouncy youngster, the team soon found her a new home.
Sadly, after being happily settled in her home for more than three years, her new owner recently passed away and whilst everyone celebrated the New Year, Athena found herself back amongst old friends at Dogs Trust Merseyside.
Georgina Lowery, Dogs Trust Merseyside Rehoming Centre Manager, said:
“Athena made lots of friends when she was first at the rehoming centre nearly four years ago so it was with heavy hearts that we saw her come back to us again in such sad circumstances. She is absolutely beautiful and we were all hoping that it wouldn’t be long before someone fell for her.”
And that is exactly what happened. The Massey family from Winsford had been considering getting a dog for some time after their Lurcher, Mitsy, had passed away in 2016.
Kevin Massey says:
“It felt the right time to get a new dog and we knew there would be lots looking for new homes in the New Year so after Christmas my wife, Andrea, started looking at the Dogs Trust website. She knew I would like a Rottweiler and she spotted Athena. As soon as I read about her we all knew we wanted to meet her.”
Kevin and Andrea along with their son Keelan and daughter, Kendra, headed off in the hope that they would be the right family for Athena, and they were.
“We were told all about her history and it was heart breaking to hear what she had been through. Then we got to meet her and we fell in love with her straight away.
“We spent a few hours with her. We couldn’t drag ourselves away! She is just gorgeous and so gentle. Mitsy had been very lively and we thought Athena was going to be the same but she is incredibly chilled. She loves getting out on great walks but she also thinks she’s a lap dog sometimes and loves a cuddle.
“We have never had a rescue dog before but would definitely recommend it. She is simply a lovely dog and to know that she’s the 12,000th to be rehomed is fantastic.”
“It’s always special when we reach a landmark figure like this and given what Athena has been through, it’s extra special.
“We want to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has supported us since we opened in 1999 and especially to people like the Masseys who have chosen to rescue for the first time and given Athena another chance of happiness.”
To find our more about all the dogs waiting for their forever homes at Dogs Trust Merseyside, please call 0300 303 0292.