Friday, 25 April 2008

Urgent Rehoming Appeal: Leeds and Newbury

The aftermath to Christmas is still being felt in Rehoming Centres across the country, where the Dogs Trust phrase of 30 years - A Dog Is For Life, Not Just For Christmas - is still not being heeded.

Leeds Rehoming Centre has taken in 25 puppies in the last two weeks alone, and is in desperate need of new homes to send them to. 11 week old crossbreed Ash (pictured) was found in a burnt-out car just days ago, whereas some pups were born at the centre when their mother was found wandering in a garden and brought in to us just days before giving birth.

Amanda Sands Dogs Trust Leeds Rehoming Centre Manager says:

“We’ve got puppies of all shapes and sizes which we’re desperate to find fab new homes for. Anyone interested should come along to the Rehoming Centre and see if we’ve got the perfect puppy for them”.

Due to the increasing numbers of puppies being found, Dogs Trust Leeds now offer puppy presentations to anyone considering taking on a puppy from them. They are hoping to ensure people are realistic about what they’re taking on and also show how rewarding rehoming a puppy can be.

Meanwhile, in Newbury, Casper the nine-month-old white pup is far from ghostly but definitely friendly. He's had a hard start in life, having arrived at the Rehoming Centre with deformed front legs which mean he can't do all the things a puppy should.

Thankfully staff took him to a specialist vet who has carried out corrective surgery and although he will need one further operation, he’s feeling better already.

Dogs Trust Veterinary Director Chris Laurence explains:

“It’s possible that a fall or an inadequate diet caused Casper’s bones to grow abnormally. It’s fortunate he’s so young because the operations will be significantly more effective than if he was older and his bones had stopped growing or he had developed arthritis as a result of the deformity”.

Cheeky Casper hasn’t been trained and likes to have fun chasing things so his new owner will need the patience to work with him. However they needn’t worry about veterinary fees for further operations on his legs as they will be covered under the Dogs Trust’s brilliant Part-foster Scheme. Under the scheme Dogs Trust undertakes to pay for the treatment of specific medical conditions present at the time of adoption with the proviso that the adopter pays the first £7.50 of each relevant veterinary bill.

If you're interested in giving a permanent home to any of the above dogs, you can call the Rehoming Centres directly on the following numbers:

Leeds: 0113 281 4920

Newbury: 01488 658391

Casper, Ash and many more dogs need your help now. Do you have room in your life for a new friend?

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