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FAMILY FUN FOR FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS
Dogs Trust Darlington Summer Fete a big success

Dogs Trust Darlington welcomed the public to yet another enjoyable Summer Fete on Sunday 30th June at South Park (Parkside). The event was a real crowd pleaser with families and their four-legged friends turning out in their thousands to enjoy the variety of games on offer. Firm favourites included the doggy dash and of course, the coconut shy. Dog lovers were also able to enjoy the show which included Waggiest Tail and Best Biscuit catcher. Volunteers, supporters, old faces and new helped raise over £6,000 for rescue hounds whilst enjoying an action packed family day out.

Sue Embleton, Dogs Trust Darlington Centre Manager explained:

“We are delighted that the fun, stalls, activities and dogs encouraged over 1500 people to show up to our Summer Fete this year. We would like to extend a hearty thank you to everyone who attended and supported the event by making it so very special. Every penny raised will go towards the care of our stray and abandoned dogs that come in to the centre on a daily basis, giving the dogs in our care the best possible second chance. We would like to thank everyone who supported us on the day and look forward to seeing them again next year.”

Anyone interested in offering a Rescue dog new home please call Dogs Trust Darlington on 01325 333114 or visit www.dogstrust.org.uk. Dogs Trust Darlington has dogs of all shapes and sizes looking for homes and, when matching dogs with new owners, staff will consider a wide range of homes and circumstances providing that they will fit the requirements of the dog and provide them with a loving lasting home.

 
DOGS TRUST DARLINGTON GIVES STAMP OF APPROVAL FOR ROYAL MAILDOG AWARENESS WEEK
Royal Mail statistics show that there were 19 dog related incidents in the Darlington area*


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Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, is stepping up the real life training its rescue dogs receive in support of Royal Mail’s Dog Awareness Week (15th-19th July)

In recognition of the real problems postal and other community workers face when visiting private properties, Dogs Trust Darlington is installing letterboxes in its training facilities to help its resident dogs to learn to love the postman’s arrival.

Eight of the 18 Dogs Trust rehoming centres in the UK already use letterboxes in their real life training rooms but the charity is keen to see that the majority of the 16,000 dogs that it cares for each year have access to similar acclimatisation facilities. Where appropriate, staff will work with dogs to address the underlying fear that can be a trigger for aggression towards visitors to a home.

Sue Embleton, Manager of Dogs Trust Darlington, says:

“Dogs Trust has long supported the need to keep postal and other community workers safe whilst they are performing their jobs and we are delighted to help this latest Royal Mail initiative. We have always ensured that our dogs are as acclimatised as they can be to real life situations that they will come across when they leave our kennels. Introducing letterboxes to all of the rehoming centres with training facilities is an obvious next step in providing a ‘first class’ service.”

Dogs Trust is also keen to raise public awareness of the wider issues about responsible dog ownership. The charity recently welcomed the extension of dangerous dogs legislation to include all private property under new Government proposals. The Dangerous Dogs (Amendment) Bill under consideration within the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill will introduce penalties for keepers of dogs who allow their dog to harm lawful visitors to their home. Dogs Trust sees this as much needed step in curbing irresponsible dog ownership and encouraging better control of dogs.

Clarissa Baldwin, Dogs Trust CEO continues:

“Owners have to be held accountable for having a dangerously out of control dog in any place – including their home. We hope the extension will result in more people taking responsibility for their dogs’ behaviour; with penalties for those who don’t. Irresponsible dog owners need to be punished rather than the dogs. The time is right for the Government to now look at the preventative measures that are urgently required to stop dog attacks from happening in the first place. Dogs Trust will continue to lobby the Government and engage MPs on this issue until we finally have effective, preventative dangerous dogs legislation to successfully update the draconian Dangerous Dogs Act.”

Michael Shakeshaft, a Royal Mail Director of Safety, from Royal Mail comments;

“For the first time, we are holding a Dog Awareness Week to raise awareness of the problems our postmen and women face daily when they are delivering the mail. We are delighted to be supported by Dogs Trust and the introduction letterboxes to all of their rehoming centres with training facilities is an excellent idea.

“Last year the number of dog attacks on our people fell.  However there were still 19 incidents in the Darlington area. We need to reduce this number further as even one dog attack on our people is one dog attack too many.

“Clearly most dogs are not inherently dangerous, however, even the most placid animal can be prone to attack if it feels its territory is being threatened. Our first priority as an employer is to ensure the welfare and safety of our people who provide a valuable service to our customers. We appeal to owners to keep their pets under control, especially if they know their pets have a territorial nature and use the advice for dog owners that Dogs Trust has provided to try and help reduce the number of attacks further.”

Dogs Trust has worked with Royal Mail to produce advice sheets for postal workers on dealing with problem dogs on their rounds, but there are plenty of things that dog owners can also do to prevent a situation from arising in the first place.

Top Tips for Dog Owners to Help Your Postman Deliver Mail in Safety


RAISING POUNDS FOR HOUNDS!
Dogs Trust Darlington hosts Summer Fête and Fun Dog Show

Local dogs and dog lovers are in for a real treat on Sunday 30th June as Dogs Trust Darlington is once again  welcoming the public to yet another fun-filled Open Day in South Park (Parkside) and is appealing for prizes ahead of the event.

Before the festivites get underway  the Rehoming Centre in Sadberge is calling on dogs lovers in the surrounding area to donate bottled products, from ketchup to shampoo, to wines and spirits for the ‘Spin and Win a Bottle’ stall. Indeed any items that can be used for prizes will be very gratefully received. The event will run from 12pm – 4pm and is free to attend.

Highlights include a Fun Dog Show where prizes are given for classes with the Waggiest Tail, Best Biscuit catcher and Handsomest Dog. Other activities on the day include children’s games, a bouncy castle, tea cup ride, face painting, tombola’s, refreshments and Dogs Trust merchandise stalls. Sue Embleton, Dogs Trust Darlington Centre Manager, says:

“All money raised on the day will go towards caring for the unwanted and abandoned dogs at our centre. We never put a healthy dog to sleep and dogs stay in our care for as long as is necessary to find their forever home.”

Sue adds,

“The Open Day is a great day out for all the family, whether you have two legs or four. It doesn’t matter whether you own a dog or just like trying your luck with raffles! Make sure you don’t miss out and come and join in the fun!”

Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for over 16,000 stray and abandoned dogs each year through its network of 18 Rehoming Centres across the UK.

For more information please call Dogs Trust Darlington on 01325 333114. Please label donations ‘For Fun Day’ and drop them off at the Darlington rehoming centre or charity shop. Any donations will be very much appreciated and will help us to raise pounds for hounds!



LOTTIE BIDDING FOR A BETTER LIFE
Dogs Trust Darlington find happy ending for malnourished puppy sold at auction for under £2

 

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A ten-week old puppy has found her happy ending after being sold at auction along with her siblings for just £1.88 each. The Collie cross pup was rescued by a local dog lover after being sold at a livestock auction in the “last chance section” at just six weeks old. The pup was brought to Dogs Trust Darlington where she was affectionately named Lottie by staff that nursed her back to health and found her the loving home she deserves.

Hazel Richards from Teeside came across the pups, sold as the last lot of the day, at an auction in Somerset and took the litter of four straight to the vets. Sadly the starving pups were far too young to be separated from their mother and one of the pups passed away. Fortunately Hazel was able to find loving homes for two puppies and handed Lottie, the remaining pup, who needed some extra TLC, to Dogs Trust for rehoming.

Hazel Richards explains “I was working in the area and saw the signs for the auction and thought I would see if I could pick up a chest of drawers. I soon discovered it was a livestock auction but was horrified when the last lot was unveiled as a cardboard box containing four filthy, severely malnourished, six- week old puppies. I couldn’t just leave them so immediately bid on them and bought the box for a meager £7.50.”

Hazel adds “When I collected the box after the auction I could see the terrible condition the puppies were in, they had been sold as a box of three but tucked at the bottom of the box was the smallest pup, clearly starving with a deformed jaw. I believe that if I hadn’t bid on the lot, the pups would have been put to sleep or worse - returned to the owner who has neglected them in the first place. Luckily Dogs Trust were able to take her in and find her a home.”

Sue Embleton Dogs Trust Darlington Rehoming Centre Manager explains” We were shocked to hear of the circumstances in which Hazel acquired Lottie, it sounds like something which would occur centuries ago. It just highlights how easily puppies are also sold so flippantly in such circumstances and through pet shops and websites. We advise people to buy a dog from a reputable breeder or get a rescue dog so as not to encourage unscrupulous puppy traders who show little regard for welfare.”

Dogs Trust Darlington cares for around 120 abandoned and unwanted dogs at any one time. If you would like to give a dog a home or are interested in rehoming another rescue dog call the Rehoming Centre directly on 01325 333 114 or visit at Hill House Farm, Sadberge, Co Durham, DL2 1SL.


LEARN TO BAKE DOGGY DELICACIES AT DOGS TRUST DARLINGTON
Rehoming Centre is hosting baking day for kids
                                              
On Friday 5th April, Dogs Trust Darlington will be hosting a special Kids K9 Cookery Class for local children aged between 3- 11 years of age, where they can learn how to make and bake treats at the centre for the centre dogs and their own dogs at home.

The Kids K9 Cookery Class will be packed full of culinary tips for making the best doggy treats and the afternoon will also include refreshments, a tour round the centre to meet its four-legged residents and in celebration of Easter, a ‘paint the boiled egg’ competition; the winner receiving an Easter egg prize.

All those wishing to attend should book a place as soon as possible to ensure they get their dose of egg-stra fun during the holidays.

Says Louise Close, Education Officer at Dogs Trust Darlington:

“We are really excited to host some culinary fun at the centre. We can’t wait to help local children bake a treat for their doggy chum, and the afternoon should be a great opportunity for them to meet some of the lovely four-legged friends currently at our centre and looking for homes.”

Dogs Trust, is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and has a network of 12 Education Officers, like Louise, who work with children and schools around the country teaching them about the important messages of responsible dog ownership and the fun a dog can bring.

The Education Officers run workshops throughout the school year and several holiday classes are also arranged over the seasonal breaks. To find out more information about the work of the Education Officers please visit www.learnwithdogs.co.uk.

Limited spaces are available for the Kids K9 Cookery Class, so to book yours please call Louise on 01325 331 451.  The event is free but of course donations are welcome.

 
LIFE BRIGHTENS UP FOR BLIND HOMELESS HOUND
Dogs Trust Darlington’s Blind Bedlington Terrier finds her furry tail ending

 

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Lindsey Claydon and Bella                                                Bella at home


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Bella on the beach

A blind rescue dog found her furry tail ending when she was adopted by a new owner who immediately fell in love with her. When little Bella arrived at Dogs Trust Darlington in the Summer, staff were concerned that they would have their work cut out finding a home for a six month old, completely blind puppy. However the tenacious little Terrier soon revealed she was a real character who would not let her disability hold her back. Bella quickly won the hearts of the Rehoming Centre staff through her bubbly, bouncy character and incredible zest for life.

Bella is congenitally blind which means she was born completely blind. She was handed into the Rehoming Centre in Sadberge when she was just a puppy by her owners who no longer felt they could care for her as she was frightened of their other dogs. Fortunately she had only been at the Rehoming Centre for a month when she was spotted by dog lover Lindsey Claydon and it wasn’t long before Lindsey was absolutely smitten with mischievous little Bella.

Bella’s owner Lindsey Claydon explains:

I had been to the Rehoming Centre a couple of times in search of the perfect pooch when staff asked me if I would mind taking a look at a very special little dog  As soon as I was introduced to Bella I knew she was the only dog for me. She is such an affectionate, sweet natured girl and she has fitted into my life perfectly. The fact that she is blind has never been an issue because I expected adopting any dog to have certain challenges so I have only ever considered that Bella’s condition makes her extra special and unique”

Bella is no trouble out on walks as she rarely bumps into things as she seems to have developed a sixth sense but I do let her know if I move anything around the house. A typical day in Bella’s life includes sharing a carrot and being nuzzled by her favourite horse that lives nearby, a game of chase with next door’s Collie and running round in circles on the beach. People may see her story and think that she is lucky to have found a home but I know I am the lucky one. She is such an amazing girl and I can’t imagine life without her – she really is a dog in a million”

Ledean Lawson, Dogs Trust Darlington Supporter Relations Officer:

“Some people will overlook any dogs that have any slight health problem and even with her fantastic personality we did worry that it may be difficult to find Bella a home so we are absolutely delighted that she has found the perfect life with Lindsay. Dogs Trust never put a healthy dog down so we were able to find her the loving home she deserved. Bella’s life may have been so different if she hadn’t ended up at Dogs Trust Darlington and its wonderful stories like these, including regular updates about Bella’s antics that really make this job so worthwhile.”

Dogs Trust Darlington cares for around 120 abandoned and unwanted dogs at any one time. If you are interested in rehoming a rescue dog call the Rehoming Centre directly on 01325 333 114 or visit at Hill House Farm, Sadberge, Co Durham, DL2 1SL.

 
CAN YOU RUSSELL UP A HOME FOR PABLO AND FRIEND
Dogs Trust Darlington rehoming appeal


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Pablo and Friend
 

Dogs Trust Darlington is appealing for a home for an usual pair who are looking to find the love they deserve this Valentine’s Day. Pablo, a 12 year old Jack Russell Terrier is looking for a loving new family with a sense of humour who are also willing to adopt his best friend, a stuffed toy dog affectionately known as Friend.

Pablo did not have the best start in life and arrived at the rehoming centre just before Christmas after he was found wandering the streets as a stray. However the mischievous little character who always takes life in his stride quickly became a firm favourite with staff and he often helps out in the main reception, greeting guests and shredding paper. It was here that Pablo first met Friend and they soon formed an inseparable bond with Friend escorting Pablo everywhere he goes, often sitting on Pablo’s back.

Dogs Trust Darlington Supporter Relations Officer Ledean Lawson explains:

“Pablo may be a small dog but he has a huge character so will need an owner who will find his antics funny and allow him to be the wonderful dog he is. Pablo and Friend don’t ask for much – they would like a quiet, adult home where they can rule the roost! He is an extremely affectionate little dog who can be a little vocal at times, especially if Friend doesn’t stay where he left him but Friend promises to keep him in line! “

Ledean adds, “Pablo would prefer a home without any other pets as he would like to keep all your (and Friend’s) attention for himself. He likes to curl up on the settee and have a tummy tickle and Friend will need a regular 40 degree spin in the washing machine to stop him getting too slobbery as Pablo does love him drooly!. He is a born entertainer who loves to play with anything he can get his paws on. He really is an adorable show off who has firmly established his reputation at the centre as the kennel clown and though we will really miss him, we would love to see him and his best friend celebrate Valentine’s Day in a loving new home.”

All dogs adopted during Valentine’s week 11th – 17th February will go home with either a pink collar and lead set or a pink soft toy donated by Anacol. Dogs Trust Darlington cares for around 120 abandoned and unwanted dogs at any one time. If you are interested in rehoming  Pablo and Friend or another rescue dog call the Rehoming Centre directly on 01325 333 114 or visit at Hill House Farm, Sadberge, Co Durham, DL2 1SL.


 
SNOW GLORIOUS SNOW

Dogs Trust Grass allergy dog finally gets to run on snow covered grass


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Snow may be causing havoc across much of the country but one special homeless hound has been desperately waiting for the fist flake of snow to fall all winter. Eight –year-old Labrador cross Buster, a four legged resident at Dogs Trust Darlington was diagnosed with a grass allergy two years ago which means he is unable to set foot on grass but luckily the snow provides a layer of protection for Buster’s paws so he is able to bound around in the snow to his heart’s content. Despite making the most of his time frolicking  in the snowy  winter wilderness, what this playful pooch really wants is to find an adult home near the beach with owners who loves going for long coastal walks as much as he does.

Julie Keenan, Dogs Trust Darlington Assistant Manager, explains:

“Buster is an affectionate, fun loving lad who would make the perfect family pet in the right home. He is a super dog who adores playtime and is always on the move so will need an energetic owner to keep him entertained. This gentle boy would be best suited to an adult home with children over 14 and would need to be the only pet in the home so he can enjoy all the attention. Buster is a polite pooch who is housetrained and happy to be left on his own during the day. He is on part foster which means the cost of treatment for his allergies will be covered by Dogs Trust.”

Dogs Trust Veterinary Director, Paula Boyden comments: "Buster's condition is atopy which can be likened to hayfever in humans; whereas humans with grass allergies sneeze, atopy manifests itself as a skin condition in dogs. This can range from mild irritation to intense itching. The severity of Buster's condition is unusual as he cannot walk on grass without medication but fortunately the snow provides a protective layer. In addition to being on medication, Buster will need careful managing to try and prevent his condition flaring up."

Dogs Trust Darlington cares for around 120 abandoned and unwanted dogs at any one time. If you would like to give Buster a home or are interested in rehoming another rescue dog call the Rehoming Centre directly on 01325 333 114 or visit at Hill House Farm, Sadberge, Co Durham, DL2 1SL.




Dogs Trust Dexter from Darlington Enjoys The Snow


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HOMELESS HOUNDS PINING FOR A CHRISTMAS TREE
Dogs Trust Darlington Christmas Fayre Appeal

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Dogs Trust Darlington is appealing to local dog lovers, shops and garden centres to donate a real Christmas tree for the annual Christmas Fayre which will be held at the rehoming centre in Sadberge on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December between 12am - 4pm. The four legged residents are struggling to get into the Christmas spirit and are keeping their paws crossed that extra ‘barks’ will be donated to help generate some festive cheer!

Dogs Trust Darlington Supporter Relations Officer, Ledean Lawson, says:

“It’s the season to be jolly, so do come along to our Christmas Fayre and join in the festive fun. We are desperately hoping local residents who are dotty about dogs will help make this an extra special Christmas for Dogs Trust Darlington. Please show your support by donating a large Christmas tree so we can turn the rehoming centre into a waggy wonderland!”

The family-friendly festive fayre will be open from 12 noon until 4.00pm and there will be fantastic Christmas gifts, craft stalls, games, a chance for children to visit ‘Santa Paws’ in his grotto, festive refreshments and much more. Admission is free and donations of tinned food, toys and above all a Christmas tree are encouraged.

Visitors will be able to enjoy a fantastic day out for all the family and get the Christmas shopping done while helping to raise pounds for homeless hounds. Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for over 16,000 stray and abandoned dogs each year through its network of 17 Rehoming Centres across then UK. Please visit the Fair or send your donations to Dogs Trust Darlington Hill House Farm, Sadberge, Co Durham, DL2 1SL. For more information please call Dogs Trust Darlington on 01325 333114.


DOGS TRUST DARLINGTON’ S ANNUAL HOWL’OWEEN EVENING A SPOOKTACULAR SUCCESS

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The annual Dogs Trust Darlington Spooks night event was a huge success, raising over £800 for the charity and drawing crowds of dog lovers and their dogs from far and wide. The spooktacular which took place at the Rehoming Centre, based in Sadberge on Tuesday 30th October  consisted of hot-dog bobbing for four-legged family members, plus lots of games and treats for their owners. There was also a very popular spooky ghost walk for dog lovers and their dogs.

Ledean Lawson, Dogs Trust Darlington Supporter Relations Officer, says: “Our Spook Night was yet another great evening with so many of our former canine residents coming back to ‘haunt’ us with their new owners!! There was a lovely family atmosphere with the four legged members getting involved in all the spooky fun.”

Dogs Trust Darlington cares for around 120 abandoned and unwanted dogs at any one time. If you are interested in rehoming a rescue dog please call the Rehoming Centre directly on 01325 333 114 or visit at Hill House Farm, Sadberge, Co Durham, DL2 1SL.



SET YOUR SIGHTS ON RETRIEVING A RESCUE ROVER!
Dogs Trust Darlington seeks homes for Sighthounds and Working Breeds

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Dogs Trust Darlington is hoping that visitors will set their sights on a Sighthound or retrieve a Labrador Retriever in the coming weeks as its kennels are full to the rafters with working breeds!

There are currently plenty of Labradors, Collies, Lurchers, Terriers and Sighthounds at the rehoming centre in Sadberge looking for homes. Some would happily fit into a home environment and make fantastic family pets; however staff are keen to emphasise that many could be trained to carry out the work for which they were originally bred.

Sue Embleton, Dogs Trust Darlington Centre Manager, explains:

“Working breeds such as Labradors and Spaniels are some of the most popular dogs in the UK and often make ideal additions to the family. Due to the natural ability and great working potential of these breeds, many have found homes where they have successfully developed their natural working instincts.  Busy terriers who love to rummage around in the countryside whilst out on a walk are equally happy to be in the hub of the activities of a busy family.”

Sue Embleton, Dogs Trust Darlington Centre Manager, adds:

“Greyhounds, Whippets and Lurchers are actually quite laid back creatures and if they can have a few quick blasts around a field will then be happy for the remainder of the day – it is a misconception that they need more exercise than other breeds! People are often put off by their size but breeds like these are very gentle and appreciative of human affection.”

Some of the dogs currently looking for homes are:

Angrove: Greyhound, 8 years old

Angrove is a typical Greyhound; he loves his food and likes to search out a tasty treat, his new owner will need to Angrove-proof their kitchen! Now his racing days are over, he spends his time enjoying a blast over the field and a good snooze to round up the day.  He could live with children over the age of 11, but no other pets as he likes plenty of attention.

Jackson: Springer Spaniel, 11 years old

Jackson is looking for a quieter adult only home where he can get plenty of hugs and attention. He is an active boy and enjoys plenty of walks.  Jackson would love a well-mannered compatible female dog for company. He is house trained and happy to be left on his own for a few hours. Jackson is partially sighted so is on fulltime foster which means that Dogs Trust will cover the cost of veterinary treatment relating to his condition.

If you are interested in rehoming a rescue dog contact the centre directly on 01325 333 114 or visit Dogs Trust Darlington online to view the current intake. Dogs Trust Darlington cares for around 120 abandoned and unwanted dogs at any one time. Visit us at Hill House Farm, Sadberge, Co Durham, DL2 1SL.



COULD YOU GO THE EXTRA MILE FOR THIS OLD AGE POOCH?
National Grandparents Day at Dogs Trust Darlington


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Dogs Trust Darlington is hoping to celebrate National Grandparents Day this Sunday by finding a loving home for a very special Old Age Pooch. Ten year old Labrador cross, Miles, loves the usual gifts of treats and slippers but is really looking for someone to go the extra mile and give him the gift of a new home where he can put up his paws and enjoy his retirement.

Miles is a real elderly gentlemutt who has beautiful manners, walks well on the lead and absolutely adores human company. This Golden Oldie could happily live with children as young as eight. He enjoys the company of female dogs so would make a wonderful companion for a fellow lady dog retiree.

Dogs Trust Darlington Rehoming Centre Manager, Sue Embleton, comments;

“It is especially sad when an old dog like Miles comes into the centre. In many cases these dogs have had loving homes all of their lives and have suddenly, due perhaps to an owner’s illness or death, found themselves in kennels. Because of their age they are often overlooked and can spend a long time waiting for a new family. Miles hasn’t been at the rehoming centre long but he has made a big impression on the staff who are really fond of him and very keen to see him find the loving home that he deserves”

Sue adds:

“Miles is a polite, house trained and well socialised lad who can be left on his own for a few hours. Miles is such an affectionate boy and would make an extremely rewarding pet in the right home. The Rehoming Centre has dogs of all shapes and sizes including “young” Oldies (7+ years) as well as very elderly ones– so older dogs to suit all activity levels. Come and visit our OAPs”

Dogs Trust Darlington cares for around 120 abandoned and unwanted dogs at any one time. If you would like to give Miles a home or are interested in rehoming another rescue dog call the Rehoming Centre directly on 01325 333 114 or visit at Hill House Farm, Sadberge, Co Durham, DL2 1SL.


DARLINGTON’S WAGGY WALKERS TURN OUT IN FORCE
Dogs Trust sponsored walk a success

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Dogs Trust Darlington were delighted by the support shown by  local dogs lovers who  flocked to Preston Hall Park, Stockton-on-Tees on Sunday 23rd September for Dogs Trust’s sponsored 3km dog walk in conjunction with Stockton Council and The Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Lynne Apedaile.

 Over 50 local dog-lovers completed the walk which raised an impressive £650 vital pounds for hounds with many more taking part in the dog agility course and enjoying the rest of the entertainment including stalls, a tombola and the best dressed dog competition.
 
 Sue Embleton Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Darlington says:
 
“We’re thrilled that so many two-legged and four-legged friends supported us at Preston Hall Park on Sunday. North Eastern dog-lovers really did us proud!

“Events like this are essential to increase awareness of the work of Dogs Trust. They also raise much needed funds to help us continue to care for as many dogs as possible. So we’d like to say a huge thank you to all who came along or sponsored a Waggy Walker and to the Mayor of Stockton for making us her chosen charity.”

Dogs Trust Darlington cares for around 120 abandoned and unwanted dogs at any one time. If you are interested in rehoming a rescue dog call the Rehoming Centre directly on 01325 333 114 or visit at Hill House Farm, Sadberge, Co Durham, DL2 1SL.


OSCAR’S A POSTER POOCH FOR PARALYMPUPS
Dogs Trust Darlington rehoming appeal for three legged Lurcher


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Staff at Dogs Trust Darlington are hoping that the success of Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius will help find a home for one of their own talented Paralympic pooches. Just like his London 2012 hero namesake, two year old Lurcher Oscar has never let missing a leg hold him back and leaves his four legged friends standing when it comes to a race.

 This lively Lurcher has not had the best start in life, he fell down the stairs as a puppy which led to his hind leg being amputated and was later handed into the rehoming centre in Sadberge when his family emigrated. Despite his ordeal, he is a happy, energetic dog who loves nothing better than sprinting after tennis balls and is hoping to find an active home with owners who will enjoy keeping this fitness fanatic entertained with endless games of fetch.

Ledean Lawson, Dogs Trust Darlington Supporter Relations Officer, explains:

“Oscar is such a character and his boundless enthusiasm for life and loving nature has made him a firm favorite with staff and volunteers at the centre. Some people will overlook any dogs that have any slight health problem and even with his lively, affectionate personality Oscar is often passed by when people notice his missing leg. He certainly hasn’t noticed and never lets it slow him down; he may even be the fastest dog at the rehoming centre!”

Ledean adds “This loving Lurcher would be best suited to an adult home with children over 14. He is housetrained but would prefer to be the only pet in the home so he can enjoy all the attention and above all would love a garden to zoom around in and a new best friend to enjoy plenty of play time.”

Dogs Trust Darlington cares for around 120 abandoned and unwanted dogs at any one time. If you would like to give Oscar a home or are interested in rehoming another rescue dog call the Rehoming Centre directly on 01325 333 114 or visit at Hill House Farm, Sadberge, Co Durham, DL2 1SL.


SUMMER FUN FOR KIDS WITH DOGS TRUST

Come and join the team at Dogs Trust Darlington during the summer holidays

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Tyler and Beanie
 
With the summer holidays well under way the education team at Dogs Trust Darlington have arranged a cooking class with a difference, one tailor made for our four-legged friends.

On the afternoon of Tuesday 28th August Education Officer, Louise Close will be offering budding chefs and dog lovers 12 years of age and under the opportunity to help cook a special menu of doggy delights, for their own dogs and those at the centre. Whilst making the goodies, children will learn what dogs can and can’t eat to stay healthy and fit.

Dogs Trust understands just how important it is for children to know how to act around dogs. During the workshop children will learn how to behave safely around dogs and how to try to recognise what a dog may mean by its body language, as well as how to keep your own dog safe and happy.

Says Louise Close, Education Officer at Dogs Trust Darlington:

“Summer holiday activities are often dictated by the weather and many families are looking for fun things to do. With our Dogs Trust workshops hopefully the children will enjoy a different day out. After all, what could be better than spending the day making new furry four-legged friends?!”

Advanced booking is essential for the workshops so to guarantee a space and find out the start time please call Louise Close 01325 331451 or email louise.close@dogstrust.org.uk . Please note all children must be accompanied by an adult and there is a minimum donation of £3 per child.

Dogs Trust, is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and has a network of 12 Education Officers like Louise who work with children and schools around the country teaching them about the important messages of responsible dog ownership and the fun a dog can bring. The Education Officers run workshops throughout the school year and several holiday classes are also arranged over the seasonal breaks. To find out more information about the work of the Education Officers please visit www.learnwithdogs.co.uk.


WAG DIRECTION ARE TOP OF THE PUPS
Abandoned puppies survive against the odds

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Spaniel Puppies at 2 weeks old                                         New owners Pauline Turner, Jackie Mc Faddon, Lisa Glasgow and family friends with Wag Direction   
            
Staff at Dogs Trust  Darlington have saved the lives of five abandoned newborn pups discarded in a disused shed by bottle-feeding them throughout the night.

The five Springer Spaniel puppies were found by a member of the public in an abandoned shed in fields near a housing estate in Sedgefield. They only survived because rehoming centre staff went the extra mile by taking them home and hand-rearing them. The adorable puppies are all boys so staff named them after members of boy band One Direction. The pups; Naill, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis have been dubbed “Wag Direction” by their carers. The band has now broken up as the puppies have all found their furry tail ending in happy news homes of their own.
Graeme Blackburn, Dogs Trust Darlington Assistant Centre Manager, explains:

“The pups were just two weeks old when they were abandoned so staff had a real challenge on their hands keeping them alive. The canine carers took the puppies home with them and bottle-fed them every couple of hours throughout the night for 3 weeks so that they’d have the best possible chance of survival.”

Graeme adds, “Despite having such a difficult start in life the puppies have survived against the odd and are now all heading in one direction - loving homes for life. Fortunately these pups have found their happy ending but we have plenty more dogs of all shapes and sizes hunting for new families of their own.”

If you are interested in rehoming a rescue dog contact the centre directly on 01325 333 114 or visit Dogs Trust Darlington online to view the current intake online. Dogs Trust Darlington cares for around 120 abandoned and unwanted dogs at any one time. If you are interested in rehoming a rescue dog call the Rehoming Centre directly on 01325 333 114 or visit at Hill House Farm, Sadberge, Co Durham, DL2 1SL.


EYE CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW….

Life brightens up for poor sighted homeless hound at Dogs Trust

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A young Dogs Trust homeless hound at Dogs Trust Darlington has been given a new start thanks to a life changing operation which means she is able to see clearly for the first time. Biscuit, an adorable two year old Labrador was given a new leash of life after a specialist diagnosed her with distichiasis and she underwent laser treatment. Since her operation Biscuit has been wearing contact lenses to help manage the condition, which results in her growing extra lashes on her eyelid causing irritation to her eyes.

She was brought into the rehoming centre in Sadberge in January when her owner could no longer care for her and has been hunting for a home ever since. Since her arrival she has had ongoing problems with her eyes which have always been red and sometimes closed. However, life has brightened up for this poorly pooch since her operation and staff hope that her improved eyesight will make her more appealing to potential owners.

This sweet girl is eyeing up a quiet, adult home with a patient, experienced owner who will help her settle in and continue her training. She would prefer to be the only dog in the home.

Sue Embleton, Darlington’s Centre Manager explains; “Biscuit’s operation was a big success and she is so much happier. However her condition may be ongoing, with a possibility of future surgery but Dogs Trust will cover the costs of any treatment related to her condition.

Sue adds, “Some people will overlook any dogs that have a slight health problem and even with her good looks and fun personality Biscuit is often passed by.  All the staff at the centre have grown very fond of Biscuit, but we would all love nothing more than to see her go home with a committed and experienced owner who can help her on the road to recovery. We hope she finds the loving home she deserves as Biscuit is a real cracker.”

Dogs Trust Darlington cares for around 120 abandoned and unwanted dogs at any one time. If you can “take the Biscuit” or are interested in rehoming another rescue dog call the Rehoming Centre directly on 01325 333 114 or visit at Hill House Farm, Sadberge, Co Durham, DL2 1SL.


DOGS TRUST DOG IS GIVEN A CANINE CAMEO IN LOCAL WIZARD OF OZ PRODUCTION
Homeless George gets a taste of the limelight

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A rescue dog being cared for by Dogs Trust Darlington has been given a starring role in a local Wizard of Oz production in a bid to find him a home.

Eight month old George, the St Bernard, who has no prior acting experience, is set to play the role of Toto alongside his co-stars CBeebies star Sarah-Jane Honeywell, Tracy Beaker star Dani Harmer and comedy legend Bobby Davro.

The production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ will take place from Thursday 12th to 13th April 2012 at The Darlington Civic Theatre.

Sue Embleton, Dogs Trust Darlington Rehoming Centre Manager says:

“Gentle Giant George is a very loving boy who is desperate to find his perfect home, so it’s all the more special that he’s been offered this cameo! He’s not long been with us but is a star in the making and he’s desperately missing the comfort of a home environment. He enjoys his food and going for walks. He may not be a typical Toto but we’re hoping that someone will spot his star talent and give him a home. As Dorothy says in the Wizard of Oz ‘there’s no place like home!’”

If you think you could lead George along the yellow brick road into your home please call the Rehoming Centre directly on 01325 333 114 or visit at Hill House Farm, Sadberge, Co Durham, DL2 1SL.

Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and has a network of 17 Rehoming Centres in the UK and one in Dublin. The charity cares for over 16,000 stray, unwanted and abandoned dogs each year. For more information please visit www.dogstrust.org.uk

78 % OF DEVOTED DOGS WILL SEND A MOTHERS DAY CARD THIS YEAR
But what about the Homeless hounds searching for Mutterly love?

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A Mother’s Day Survey by Dogs Trust and greetings card company Charity Greetings revealed that 78% of devoted dogs will send their owner’s a Mother’s Day card this Sunday. Sadly, not all dogs are lucky enough to have a loving human mum to receive their card on Mother’s Day. Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity has over 1400 hopeful hounds across their 17 rehoming centres all looking for permanent addresses to send their cards.

One sweet boy looking for motherly love is Polo, a five-year-old Japanese Spritz who ended up at Dogs Trust Darlington through no fault of his own. Little Polo has his card ready to send and is hoping to find a ‘pawfect’ new human mum very soon.

Dogs Trust Darlington Rehoming Centre Manager, Sue Embleton, explains:

“Polo is a real mummy’s boy and is desperate to become part of a new family. He has already prepared his card in hope that a new owner will fall in love with him and give him a home. It would make the perfect Mother’s Day present to see this adorable ball of fluff find the loving mum he deserves. He is a very easy going boy who loves people, other dogs and even gets on well with cats. The lucky recipient of Polo’s card will find themselves with a fantastic new best friend for life”

Dogs Trust Darlington cares for around 120 abandoned and unwanted dogs at any one time. If you want to  become Polo’s mum or are interested in rehoming another rescue dog call the Rehoming Centre directly on 01325 333 114 or visit at Hill House Farm, Sadberge, Co Durham, DL2 1SL.


SPOT THE DIFFERENCE
Dogs Trust Darlington Rehoming Appeal

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Roger                                                                          Casper

Dogs Trust Darlington is appealing to local dog lovers who are dotty about dogs to help them find a spot in a happy home for two beautiful Dalmatians. Potential owners are welcome to visit the centre in search of their perfect pooch and meet Roger and Casper. In black and white these gorgeous boys are just looking for someone to offer them a loving home.

Clare Hopps, Dogs Trust Darlington Supporter Relations Officer explains:

Roger is an adorable three year old Dalmatian. He has unusual markings as he is black with white spots unlike Casper who has the typical while with black spots Dalmatian markings. Roger is a mischievous character who loves to play ball. He is a quick learner, especially when there are treats on offer. This gorgeous boy will make the perfect pet in the right home.”

Clare adds “Casper is a four year old Dalmatian who has not had the best start in life as he came to the centre as a stray. He is a lively boy who loves to have fun. He is a very loving lad who would like nothing better than cuddling up on the sofa with his new owners. Although both look completely different they are looking for similar homes. They need experienced owners who will be committed with their ongoing training. They also need an adult only home with no other pets so they can enjoy being the centre of attention.

Dalmatians were originally bred to run alongside horse drawn carriages and therefore have vast amounts of stamina and energy. They need lots of exercise and companionship and would suit a home where they will get lots of attention and walks.

Dogs Trust Darlington cares for around 120 abandoned and unwanted dogs at any one time. If you think Roger and Casper knock spots off other dogs and would like to give a home to either one of them  or are interested in rehoming another rescue dog call the Rehoming Centre directly on 01325 333 114 or visit at Hill House Farm, Sadberge, Co Durham, DL2 1SL.



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