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Fantastic 'homeless hounds' and where to find them

Dogs Trust hopes to bewitch potential dog owners with magical canine companions

To commemorate the release of the illustrated edition of author JK Rowling’s latest book in the Harry Potter franchise, the team at Dogs Trust’s Rehoming Centre in West Calder have been putting a magical spin on their rehoming efforts, in a bid to find more special canines’ new homes. As a way of honouring the celebrated works of JK Rowling, the Rehoming Centre has temporarily undergone an enchanted “Dogwarts” makeover.

Canine residents were split into one of four houses based on their qualities, using the magical sorting hat; “Sniffendor” for the brave; “Slobberin” for the determined; “Hufflewuff” for the loyal and friendly; and “Ruffenpaw” for the very clever.

Piper, the seven-year-old Pomeranian was the first to be designated a “Dogwarts” house to stay. As she is a very smart character who loves to learn, it was no surprise she became a resident of “Ruffenpaw”.

Two Chihuahuas, Olly and Chyna, aged between two and three, were appointed “Sniffendor” House due to their big hearts and courage. Budding explorer Daisy, the six-year-old Staffordshire Bull terrier with a loyal character and friendly nature was delighted to become a resident of “Hufflewuff”.

Head boy of “Slobberin” went to Freddie the five-year-old Border Collie; a loveable pooch who enjoys cuddles, investigating outside and who is determined to find his special someone. “Dogwarts” even has its own Dawgrids Hut, named after the fictional character of Rubeus Hagrid; with five-year-old Labrador Barley filling in for the character’s faithful and loveable canine companion Fang, who shares these traits with the Rehoming Centre’s gorgeous Barley.

Susan Tonner, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust West Calder, said:

“Many of the team at West Calder are big fans of the Harry Potter franchise and wanted to share this with the dogs in our care. The story of Harry Potter is not unlike the journey our canine residents take, as like Harry Potter, they too want to find their place in the world and somewhere to call home.”

“Dogwarts” West Calder has 50 magical canine residents awaiting potential owners who understand a dog is for life. If you are interested in finding out more about them, get in touch with the team on 0300 303 0292 or