Dogs need love too this National Adoption Week

Dogs Trust West Calder calls for dog lovers to come forward

It’s National Adoption Week (17th-23rd October) and canine carers at Dogs Trust West Calder are seeking potential dog owners and foster carers alike, to come forward and give  homeless dogs the loving homes they deserves.

The team are launching a social media campaign using the hashtag #ADogShone in a bid to find loving homes for dogs that are often overlooked. Supporters will also be encouraged to post pictures of their dogs to highlight the impact a happy home can have on a dog’s life.

#ADogShone will run throughout the week and will feature images of long-term residents Dogs Trust West Calder . Supporters will be asked to share the images far and wide, to help these loving pooches find their special someone and  forever home.

Susan Tonner, Rehoming Centre Manager for Dogs Trust West Calder, said: “We really hope to influence people’s perceptions with #ADogShone because it’s important that every dog gets to experience a loving home, no matter what age they may be , what they look like or any other personal circumstances which may cause them to be overlooked.

“Changing a dog’s life doesn’t just involve adopting them permanently, as our Home from Home foster scheme allows families to rehome dogs temporarily so they can experience what it’s like to be part of a family home. Dogs like Fajita, have made great companions for families while they wait on their forever home.”

Fajita is a nine-year-old Crossbreed who loves attention, so having a foster home has really helped bring out her character. She has been described by her foster carer as always having a smile on her face, loves playing hide and seek with her treats and getting her chest massaged.

Fajita has some unique characteristics which add to her charm; she has lost her hearing and also the sight in one eye due to a cataract, however this has not slowed her down in the slightest.

Dogs Trust’s Home from Home Foster Scheme was developed to give dog lovers who are not in a position to adopt on a permanent basis, the opportunity to experience the rewards of dog ownership on a temporary basis and help homeless hounds experience life in a home environment. Foster care placements range from as little as one week to nine months.

If you are interested in giving Fajita her forever home, becoming a foster carer or would like to find out more about the residents at Dogs Trust West Calder on 0300 303 0292 or visit:


For more information, or to arrange photography, please contact:

David McNaught: Regional Press Officer T: 0141 773 5153 E: [email protected]

Dogs Trust is working towards the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.  Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for nearly 17,000 dogs each year through its network of 20 Rehoming Centres across the UK and one in Dublin.