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Older age pooches seek new forever homes – but they’re not ready to put their paws up just yet

Dogs Trust Merseyside is seeking forever homes for a number of older age pooches who have come into their care in recent weeks.

But they aren’t on the lookout for retirement homes for them as they are a lively bunch who are hoping to enjoy lots of new adventures in their new homes.

The Huyton-based rehoming centre has five Older Age Pooches (OAPs) of all different breeds - Shar Pei Bella, Akita Paddy, Collie Cross Marley, Staffordshire Bull Terrier Buster and last but not least, long-legged Lurcher, Rudy.

Georgina Lowery, Dogs Trust Merseyside Manager, says:

"So often dogs that are a little older get overlooked, but there are lots of advantages to having an older dog.

"For example, the fact that they are used to living in a home is a great benefit and they tend to settle in quickly as they are so delighted to be enjoying their home comforts once more. Also, their personality is fully formed so you can often build a bond quickly and really understand what makes them happy. We would also usually say that another possible advantage is that they don’t need as much exercise as younger dogs, but that isn’t necessarily the case with this fabulous five!"  

One of the dogs looking forward to life with a new family is nine-year-old Akita, Paddy. He loves heading out for walks and gets excited when he knows it’s time to spend some time with his two-legged friends, as does eight-year-old Collie Cross, Marley, who is keen to keep his brain busy as well as his body. The team say Marley is a very clever boy and proof that you can teach an older dog new tricks as he has added many to his repertoire since being at the centre.

Shar Pei, Bella (pictured above), also eight, is looking for a home where she will get lots of TLC as she has recently recovered from surgery to improve her vision. Now she has put that behind her she loves nothing more than a cuddle and a nice walk with her two-legged friends, so she would settle happily in a home with children aged 14 and over.

Georgina says:

"Thanks to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, whose support helps to fund  some of our wonderful Canine Carers at the centre who are there to care for all of our dogs – young and old – and make sure they enjoy their time spent with us while they wait for their new family to discover them.

"We will love and look after them all, but we really hope that the age of these dogs doesn’t mean they get overlooked. They are definitely proof that there is a lot of life left in older dogs and we’re hoping it won’t be too long before their special someone spots them and offers them their forever homes."

Dogs Trust Merseyside is currently closed to members of the public for the duration of the lockdown, but the team are still able to rehome some dogs, using their socially distanced ‘handover at home’ process. Anyone interested in a dog that needs to meet their owners a few times before heading home, can still register their interest and start the rehoming process in preparation for meeting up after lockdown.

Dogs Trust estimates that up to 40,000 more dogs could need support because of the Coronavirus pandemic and many dog owners will face the heart-breaking decision to give up their dog. The charity wants to change the tale and be there when dogs and their owners need them most. To see how you can help, please visit www.dogstrust.org.uk/changethetale.

To find out more about any dog currently waiting for a home at Dogs Trust Merseyside, please call 0151 3181339.