Dogs Trust Salisbury rehome more dogs than ever in 2018
This year brought us a Royal Wedding, England almost won the World Cup and we had one of the hottest summers ever. But 2018 is even more memorable for Dogs Trust Salisbury as they celebrate a successful year of rehoming more dogs than ever before.
It has been a record-breaking 2018 for the Newton Tony-based centre who have rehomed 471 dogs this year - 63 more dogs than 2017, including long term residents Cody, Chutney, Bailey and Marley who had collectively been at the rehoming centre for eight years.
A variety of breeds trotted off to their new homes during the year including Lurchers, Spaniels, Collies and Crossbreeds. Staffordshire Bull Terriers were the most popular breeds to be rehomed, closely followed by Terriers and Sighthounds, and ages ranged from puppies to senior citizens the oldest of which was 13 years young. Some dogs were rehomed individually, whilst others went as pairs.
The centre also saw a 10% increase in the number of dogs rehomed from its Home From Home foster scheme and 24 members of the dog-loving local public signed up to become foster carers, opening up their homes to dogs in need whilst hey wait to be adopted.
The flagship moment of the year was the launch of the rehoming centre’s specialist training and behaviour facility, Stepping Stones, back in September which offers an alternative to traditional kennel life and helps to equip dogs who need extra TLC and more bespoke behaviour and training sessions with invaluable skills that will enable them to find a home.
Since opening, staff have so far rehomed 13 dogs from the state-of-the-art facility including Marley who had been at the centre for two-and-a-half years.
Jacinta Lye, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Salisbury, said:
“It’s been a cracking year for us and our rehoming success was helped by all the hard work and dedication of our staff and volunteers and their passion to find loving homes for the dogs in our care. We’re really excited to see what 2019 brings – and we’re going to pull out even more stops to rehome even more dogs next year!”
Despite a fantastic year, the team at Dogs Trust Salisbury are keen to remind people that there are still lots of dogs patiently waiting for their special someone and are encouraging dog lovers to adopt-not-shop if they are thinking of adding a four-legged friend to their home in 2019.
“We have around 50 dogs all looking for a new family. Some of them have been with us a little while now so we all have our fingers crossed that 2019 will be the year for them.”
If you’re thinking of rehoming a dog from Dogs Trust Salisbury call 0300 303 0292.