Dogs Trust Merseyside thanks dog lovers for their support as it marks its 22nd birthday

Four and two-legged friends at Dogs Trust Merseyside are celebrating a "yappy" 22nd birthday.

Since opening in August 1999, staff at the Huyton-based rehoming centre have found forever homes for more than 13,000 dogs and after experiencing a year-like no other in their history, they want to say thank you to dog-lovers for their continuing support.

Georgina Lowery, Manager at Dogs Trust Merseyside, says:

“It is incredible that we are celebrating 22 years of finding dogs their ideal homes but of course the last year or so has been extraordinary for everyone. Despite that, our supporters have been brilliant and many people who wanted to welcome a dog into their life chose to adopt.

“Throughout the pandemic we made sure our dogs continued to have everything they needed from walks and lots of one-on-one time with staff to training and treats. It wouldn't have been possible without the support of dog lovers across the region and beyond, so we want to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has supported us for 22 years, and particularly over the last 18 months.”

One of the dogs the team are currently caring for is Foxhound Rambler who had the first taste of the doggie celebration cupcakes made by staff member Clare Rooney. Rambler, who is seven, is an easy-going boy with a huge character who the team say brings a smile to their faces every day.

Georgina says: 

“Rambler is a fantastic dog with a character as big as his bark He is really friendly and loves being with people and other dogs, although we have noticed he is more comfortable around the ladies when it comes to his four-legged friends.

“The best birthday present we could have is for Rambler to find his forever home. He is looking for a rural home with very few neighbours as he likes to make himself heard when he's out and about. He will be a fantastic addition to a family and we just hope he's in his new home by the time he's celebrating his next birthday.”

If you think you could give Rambler the forever home he is looking for, please go to to start the virtual adoption process.  

Dogs Trust Merseyside holds Information Days every Sunday. If you would like to take a tour of the centre, meet members of the team and see the dogs spending time with their canine carers, please go to to book a place.