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Oldest ever rescue dog heads off to retirement home

We are celebrating after finding the oldest dog we have ever looked after his forever home.  

Snowy, a 20-year-old West Highland Terrier, arrived at our Merseyside rehoming centre after his owner sadly became ill and could no longer care for the much-loved dog. But now, at the grand old age of 140 in dog years, Snowy has coped with the change in his life and is happily settled in his new home with his owner, Margaret Millar.

Margaret, who lives in Wigan, says:

“He is lovely and is doing really well. He is partially sighted but has soon found his feet and knows his way around. Most of the time he just likes to potter about but he definitely livens up when it’s time for food. His age hasn’t affected his appetite and he’s quick off the mark when the bowls go down which is great!

“Before Snowy arrived my oldest dog was my 16-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, Ben. They get on very well and Snowy has fitted in wonderfully. It is like a retirement home for dogs. We all enjoy a cosy afternoon nap!”

The average age of the 970 dogs currently being looked after at our centres is just four. But more than 150 of the homeless hounds waiting to find their special someone are over the age of eight. We find that Older Age Pooches (OAPs) often get overlooked, but staff are delighted Snowy has firmly landed on his paws.

Georgina Lowery, Dogs Trust Merseyside Rehoming Centre Manager, says:

“Snowy is a lovely boy and we were really eager to find him a new forever home as soon as possible so he could enjoy his home comforts again.

“Luckily Margaret fell in love with him and once we knew he got along with his new doggie pals, off he went. We know he’ll be very, very happy with Margaret who will make sure he has everything he could hope for in his twilight years.”

Meet the dogs currently looking for their forever homes