Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Puppy Love at Dogs Trust Darlington as Hand-reared Pups Triumph Over Adversity

Pictured: Dogs Trust staff L-R. Back row- Sharon Boult, Joanne Alford, Katie Chapel, Front row: honorary helper Ellie Clay (age 7), Andrew Bainbridge and Alasdair Alexander.

Staff at Dogs Trust Darlington have saved the lives of seven unwanted newborn pups by going the extra mile and bottle-feeding them throughout the night for six long weeks.

The Terrier cross puppies, whose names are Karlos, Ko Ko, Heather Feather, Veronica, Sophie, Sonny and Cher, were rejected by their mother who had been found as a stray in the local area.

Graeme Blackburn, Dogs Trust Darlington Assistant Centre Manager, explains:

“When the pups’ mother rejected them we didn’t have to think twice about taking on the challenge to rear them ourselves. The canine carers took the puppies home with them and bottle-fed them every couple of hours throughout the night, so that they’d have the best possible chance of survival.

"Having been raised in a home environment with families and other pets, these puppies are already well socialised and are developing characters of their own. It’s so heart warming to see such commitment from the staff who really did go the extra mile and their unstinting efforts have truly made a difference to these puppies' lives.”

Images of two of the hand-reared pups Sonny and Cher.

We're really happy to report that the puppies already have lovely new homes and were collected by their lucky owners earlier today.

At any one time Dogs Trust Darlington cares for 120 dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes so if you are considering rehoming a rescue dog contact the centre directly on 01325 333 114 or visit Dogs Trust Darlington online to view the current intake online.


Anonymous said...

A truly heartwarming story, You guys at dog trust do an amazing job, and all those beautiful puppies have new homes, thats great news

Well done all involved

Gary Reid from Paisley

Andrea said...

Woofs and Wags,

Unknown said...

well done to all the dedicated staff who gave the pups all their care,attention and love over the last few weeks....I hope the pups settle in really quickly and have a long and happy life with their new families!!! love Pam Sibley (Lindsay's mam)

kittymum said...

Well done to you all. You do an absolutely fantastic job. Where would those puppies be without people who care.

Alex Dodd.

SisterSnogger said...

That's so beautiful. Well done all of you. It's what I would have expected you lovely people at The Dogs Trust to do though. As you say, you never put a healthy dog down. It's why I've sponsored a dog for years and have had my own adopted dog for 3 years. You are wonderful people.

samantha said...

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww they are soooooo cute i want one!!!!!