Yappy 20th birthday Dogs Trust Merseyside!
Four and two-legged friends at Dogs Trust Merseyside are celebrating a ‘yappy’ 20th birthday – and hoping that one longer term resident will find his forever home before they mark their 21st.
Puppies to Older Age Pooches (OAPs) and breeds of all shapes and sizes have been cared for at the Huyton-based rehoming centre with Crossbreeds, Jack Russells and Border Collies being the most popular breeds and Max and Mollie topping the table when it comes to dog names.
Since opening in August 1999, 12,450 dogs have headed off to forever homes and Assistant Manager Cath Stulberg, who was part of the original team, says 20 years on, seeing them go home with their new families is as special as ever.
“I can’t believe it has been twenty years. Time flies when you’re having fun! The support we have always had from the dog-loving public has been fantastic.
“Every dog that comes to us has had a tough time because they’ve had to leave behind everything they’ve ever known and we never forget that, whether it’s an unwanted litter of puppies or an old dog. Helping them settle in, be happy and then finding them their ideal homes is what we’re here to do and when they go home with their perfect family, it’s brilliant.”
Crossbreed Alfie, who is seven, has spent most of his life at Dogs Trust so he was the special guest at the celebrations and one of the first to have a taste of the doggie birthday cake along with Border Collie Indy.
“Dogs Trust will look after a dog until they find their forever home however long it takes, and Alfie is an example of that. Alfie was found as a stray and is a little star. He even helps newcomers, like Indy, settle in if they are a bit anxious when they arrive.
“Going for a walk alongside Alfie really helps dogs that have just arrived but although he is a great help to us, our birthday wish is that he finds his ideal home before we reach our 21st birthday.”
Dogs find themselves at Dogs Trust Merseyside for a variety of reasons, from relationship break-ups or illness in the family to a change in working hours. At any one time the team look after around 90 dogs all who want different things out of life, from those who like hiking in the hills to others who prefer a long afternoon snooze, some who would thrive in a busy household, and others who prefer peace and quiet.
“Every dog deserves a second chance and we would always encourage people who are ready to welcome a dog into their life, to visit us and consider adopting a rescue dog.
“We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us in the last 20 years and here’s to many more years of making sure dogs find the life-long love they deserve."
To find out about dogs available for adoption please call Dogs Trust Merseyside on 0151 318 1339.