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FANTASTIC FAMILY FUN FOR YOUR FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS
Dogs Trust Ballymena hosts Fun Dog Show

Raising pounds for hounds; Dogs Trust Ballymena is welcoming the public to a fun-filled Open Day on Saturday 7th September. This year is a particularly special one as it is the rehoming centre’s 25th anniversary and with thousands raised over the past years events it promises to a memorable one for all members of the family.

From the Fun Dog Show to the Grand Raffle which this year has even more prizes and 25 lucky silver tickets containing extra treats, and of course the ever-popular Doggy Dash there will be something for everyone. With eight classes in the dog show and rosettes given out from 1st – 6th place, the best tricks, most handsome and best senior dog all have a chance of walking away with a prize. Registration is between 12noon – 1pm and judging starts at approximately 1.15pm. For the sweet toothed visitors there will be the chance to enjoy a slice of celebratory anniversary cake and a special doggy friendly version too.

There will also be the opportunity to meet the dogs currently searching for their new homes as the Rehoming Centre will remain open between 12 noon – 4pm. With a plethora of homeless hounds there will no doubt be lots of waggy tails greeting the visitors and potential adopters.

Dogs Trust Ballymena Rehoming Centre Manager, Mary Carney says:

“I can’t believe we’ve reached the milestone that is our 25th Open Day. The support that we’ve received from the local community over the past 24 years has been amazing. From the thousands of families that have adopted dogs to those that have donated much need supplies and food, we are thankful to each and every person that helps make Dogs Trust Ballymena what it is. All of the funds raised on the day are invested back into the centre and help the team continue to care and rehome dogs of all shapes and sizes.”

Mary adds:

“For those who are on the look-out for a new family member, there isn’t a more perfect opportunity to meet some of our residents who are keen to be given a new leash on life.”

Dogs Trust Ballymena will hold the event at the Teeshan based rehoming centre between 12pm and 4pm. Entrance to the Open Day is £1 per adult, whilst a donation of dog food will secure entrance for children, four-legged friends go FREE. Owners are reminded to clean up after their pooch!

For further information call Dogs Trust Ballymena on 028 2565 2977 or visit www.dogstrust.org.uk



Dogs Trust Northern Ireland Says 'Thank You'


Earlier this month Dogs Trust teamed up with Ballymena Council to host the annual ‘Bark in the Park.’ Back for a fifth year the event was a huge success and raised over £1,000 for the dogs in the care of the rehoming centre. We want to take the opportunity to thank each and every person and their four-legged friends that helped make the day such a highlight of the canine calendar.

A huge thank you is also extended to Ballymena Ecos Centre for once again hosting the event and to all the vets that kindly offered their services for free. The day was by the biggest and best yet and we can’t wait to return next year to do it all again.



CAN YOU HELP LASSIE COME HOME?
Dogs Trust homeless hounds looking for a ‘hollywoof’ ending

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Moses                                                                          Lassie

Much to the delight of the world’s dog lovers - Hollywood recently revealed that they are producing a new film about hero dog, Lassie. Dogs trust Ballymena has further good news for the local dog loving community as they launch an appeal for loving homes for homeless wonder dogs who possess all the skills required to portray the World’s most famous dog.

Dogs Trust’s very own nine year-old Lassie is a Shetland Sheepdog who was handed into the rehoming centre from a breeder. The pretty pooch is hoping that her film star looks and affectionate nature will help her find her own Hollywood ending  in the form of a loving new home. The Rehoming Centre is also looking for a new owner for a four year-old rough coated Collie Lassie lookalike called Moses who, like the fictional Lassie, spent time as a stray before ending up at Dogs Trust.

Dogs Trust  Ballymena Rehoming Centre Manger, Mary Carney explains:

“Just like the famous Lassie both our dogs are very affectionate, they adore human company and would make a loyal best friends for a very lucky owner. Just like her namesake Lassie is a gentle girl who can live with children and other dogs. Moses is an energetic fun loving lad looking for an adult only home, a true starlet he would prefer not to share the limelight so would like to be the only pet in the home to lap up all his owner’s attention. We have become very attached to our Lassie lookalikes at the Rehoming Centre, they are fantastic dogs who really deserve to find loving new homes where they can enjoy plenty of adventures.”

To find out more about Rehoming a Lassie from Dogs Trust Ballymena either call us on 028 2565 2977 or visit us at 60Teeshan Road, Ballymena, Co Antrim, BT43 5PN. More information can be found at www.dogstrust.org.uk

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 in the UK and one in Dublin.

For more information about the charity’s work please visit www.dogstrust.org.uk


 
‘BARK IN THE PARK’ COMES TO TOWN ON 10TH AUGUST
You’d be barking mad to miss it!

Dog welfare charity Dogs Trust and Ballymena Council are jointly hosting the annual ‘Bark in the Park’ at the Ballymena Ecos Centre on Saturday 10th August from 12 noon. After four hugely successful years it’s hoped that even more people will join the crowds, and that the sun will continue to shine.

As well as a Fun Dog Show for competitive canines, there will be free health examinations by local vets, free microchipping, a variety of stalls and refreshments, face-painting, a bouncy castle for the youngsters, and dog behaviourists to answer any canine queries. New for this year are a car boot sale and a Dogs Trust Café, selling all manner of refreshments and baked items, and even some canine treats too! Some of the VIPs (very important pooches) from Dogs Trust Ballymena will also be in attendance and staff will be on hand to offer advice on responsible dog ownership.

Ronnie Milsop, Campaigns Manager for Dogs Trust Northern Ireland, says:

“We are all very excited about this year’s show and it promises to be a wonderful celebration of dogs, and a fantastically fun day for those with two legs and four. A big thank you to the Ballymena Ecos Centre for allowing us to host the event at their wonderful site yet again, to all the local vets who have kindly offered their services for free and to all stall holders. We hope to see plenty of fun-seekers on the 10th!”

Louise Petrie, Duty Manager of the Ballymena Ecos Centre says:

"Following the success of previous year’s events we are delighted to welcome Dogs Trust’s ‘Bark in the Park’ event to Ecos for a fifth time. This is a wonderful opportunity for a fun family day out, with loads of competitions and activities for dog owners, their families, and, of course, the dogs themselves to enjoy!”



DOGS TRUST BALLYMENA GIVES STAMP OF APPROVAL FOR ROYAL MAIL DOG AWARENESS WEEK
Royal Mail statistics show that there were 51 dog related incidents in the Ballymena 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 Ballymena 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.

Mary Carney Manager of Dogs Trust Ballymena 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.”

Steve Greaves, Royal Mail Director of Safety for Northern Ireland 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 51 incidents in the Ballymena 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 BALLYMENA OPEN LATER AND LONGER
Rehoming centre open until 7.30pm on Wednesday’s for six months

For the next six months Dogs Trust Ballymena will be keeping its doors open longer than ever before with the introduction of late night openings every Wednesday from April until the end of September. Starting last week (April 3rd) the centre will remain open until 7.30pm in an effort to entice more dog-lovers to come and visit the current residents.

The Northern Ireland based rehoming centre is normally open 12 noon until 4pm all week except Fridays when the centre is closed all day. Staff hope the later opening hours will showcase some of the dogs in a new light.

Trials piloted in two rehoming centres have seen approximately an extra dog a week rehomed over a six month period which means the scheme could see an extra 500 dogs rehomed from Dogs Trust rehoming centres throughout the year.

Says Dogs Trust Ballymena Assistant Manager Mary Carney:

“We have dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes here and they’re all searching for their new homes. We’re hoping that these extended opening hours will mean that more people consider paying us a visit after work and ultimately more dogs will find their happy endings with their new families.”

To find out more about Rehoming a dog from Dogs Trust Ballymena either call us on 028 2565 2977 or pop in and see us at 60 Teeshan Road, Ballymena, Co Antrim, BT43 5PN. More information can be found at www.dogstrust.org.uk



PAUL FREW MLA VISITS DOGS TRUST BALLYMENA

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Dogs Trust NI Head of campaigns Ronnie Milsop and Paul Drew MLA for North Antrim

Last week (October 24th) Paul Frew MLA for North Antrim visited Dogs Trust Ballymena and its VIPs (Very Important Pooches). Whilst at the Co Antrim rehoming centre Mr Frew, who chairs the Assembly’s Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, discussed The Welfare of Animals (Dog Breeding Establishments) Regulations with Dogs Trust Head of NI Campaigns Ronnie Milsop.

Says Ronnie Milsop:

“We were delighted to welcome Mr Frew to Dogs Trust Ballymena – even more so as the Welfare of Animals (Dog Breeding Establishments) Regulations are currently being considered by the Northern Ireland Assembly. Dogs Trust would like to see the emphasis of this legislation placed not on the breeders, but on achieving the best welfare conditions possible for the dogs in these establishments. We agree with a number of the proposals, including the introduction of a £150 breeding license fee, and the neutering of stud dogs or bitches after their use in business. However, Dogs Trust strongly believes that there should be no exemptions to these regulations – all breeders should be required to comply. Dogs Trust is working towards the day when all dogs can live a happy life, with no exceptions.”

Says Paul Frew, MLA for North Antrim:

“I was delighted to visit Dogs Trust Ballymena and made a number of new four-legged friends. There is a lot happening in the animal welfare field at the moment and my visit gave me a great opportunity to see first hand the work of the charity. I am eager to build as broad a picture of the impact that the new breeding establishment regulations may have in Northern Ireland, and this visit will certainly inform my upcoming deliberations with the rest of the Agriculture Committee as we strive to reach consensus.”

Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for over 16,000 abandoned and unwanted dogs a year. Dogs Trust continues to support the microchipping of all dogs in Northern Ireland, and was delighted when it was made compulsory in April of this year. Since the change in legislation the Charity has successfully chipped over 40,000 dogs, adding to the 80,000 helped in the year leading up to the change.

Please contact Dogs Trust Ballymena on 0845 606 3036 to find out how you can get your free microchip. For more information about Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, visit www.dogstrust.org.uk .



IAN PAISLEY JR VISITS DOGS TRUST BALLYMENA


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Ian Paisley Jr
 

Yesterday (October 9th) MP for North Antrim Ian Paisley JR visited the Teeshan Road-based Dogs Trust rehoming centre and was greeted by a number of VIPs (very important pooches). Having previously visited the centre in 2005 Mr Paisley was this time greeted by a number of new residents at the centre and it was clear for all to see that there was a connection with little Sheriff a Collie cross puppy.

Says Ronnie Milsop, Dogs Trust Campaigns Manager for Northern Ireland:

“We were delighted to welcome Ian Paisley JR to Dogs Trust Ballymena, the dogs were all on their best behaviour and had extra waggy tails to make him feel welcome!

We’re now six months into the change in legislation in Northern Ireland making it compulsory for all dogs to be microchipped. Since its introduction Dogs Trust has continued to hand out free microchips and has seen a steady demand. This free offer will continue until the end of the year and it is hoped that soon each and every dog in Northern Ireland will be microchipped.”

Says Ian Paisley Jr, MP North Antrim:

“I was delighted to revisit Dogs Trust Ballymena and whilst the centre is always full of dogs in need the work of the Charity is second to none and during my visit I saw several dogs head off to their new homes to start their new lives. Ronnie and his team have been working tirelessly to offer free microchips to dog owners across Northern Ireland and I would advise those in North Antrim to take advantage of the offer before it finishes at the end of the year.”

Earlier this year it became compulsory for each and every dog to be microchipped and this change in the law represented a significant step forward for dog welfare and responsible dog ownership. To show its support for change in legislation Dogs Trust is continuing to offer free microchips to every Local Authority in Northern Ireland until the end of the year. Please contact Dogs Trust Ballymena on 0845 606 3036 to find out how you can get your free microchip.

Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for over 16,000 abandoned and unwanted dogs a year. For more information about Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, visit www.dogstrust.org.uk.



FANTASTIC FAMILY FUN FOR YOUR FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS

Dogs Trust Ballymena hosts Fun Dog Show

Raising pounds for hounds; Dogs Trust Ballymena is welcoming the public to a fun-filled Open Day on Saturday 1st September. The event promises to be a memorable one with four-legged family members also welcome, however they must be kept on the lead at all times.

There will be something for everyone, including a chance to enter your dog into the Fun Dog Show. Rosettes will be awarded up to sixth place for canine contenders with the Waggiest Tail. Other categories include; Best Rescue Dog and Dog Most Like Its Owner. A trophy will be awarded for the Best Senior Dog.

Highlights include:

A Doggy Dash
Raffle & Tombola
Various Stalls including Dogs Trust promotional goods
Refreshments including a chip van and ice cream van for your little terrors
 
The Rehoming Centre is also keen to show off some of their residents available for rehoming, and invite everyone for a viewing.

Dogs Trust Ballymena Rehoming Centre Manager, Mary Carney says:

“The Open Day is packed with interesting stalls and fun-filled activities for all the family to enjoy. There is an opportunity to bag some of Dogs Trusts fantastic goodies, as well as bric-a-brac, plants, toys and books. All funds raised on the day will go to the care and upkeep of stray, abandoned and unwanted dogs that regularly come into our Rehoming Centre.”

Mary adds: “For those who are on the look-out for a new family member, there isn’t a more perfect opportunity to meet some of our residents who are keen to be given a new lease of life.”

Dogs Trust Ballymena will hold the event at the Teeshan based rehoming centre between 12pm and 4pm. Dog show classes will begin registration at 12pm, and judging starts at approximately 1.15pm- costing just £1 per entry to each class.
 
Entrance to the Fun Dog Show is £1 per adult, whilst children and four legged family members go FREE. Owners are urged to clean up after their pooch!

For further information call Dogs Trust Ballymena on 028 2565 2977 or visit www.dogstrust.org.uk


 


LITTER OF NINE PUPPIES ABANDONED IN CO ANTRIM

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All nine puppies are in good health, despite their poor start to life; and are undergoing their veterinary assessments at the centre before being eligible for rehoming within the next week. With never-ending long legs the litter has been named after equally tall things. So Snowdon, Ben (Nevis), Everest, Gherkin, Redwood, Empire, Chrysler, Fuji and Kilimanjaro are hoping that their luck will change. 

Says Oonagh Phillips, Dogs Trust Ballymena Assistant Manager:

“As the cover of darkness fell so did these little pups. I was working in the centre and saw little blobs of white at the bottom of the hill and could also hear faint noises too – not surprising when you work in a rehoming centre you might think. But when I stepped outside, the noise was getting louder and armed with my torch I was so surprised to see the pups. Having been abandoned in a small cat carrier the active and leggy pups had easily escaped their confines and were running across the road, which luckily due to the time of night was relatively quiet. It is horrible to think that someone could abandon any dog especially ones as young as these, but we’re hopeful that they won’t have any troubles finding new homes.”

Abandoned just days before was Agatha an elderly Jack Russell who was found tied to a gate just yards from the rehoming centre. After being alerted to her by a member of the public the staff took her in and are continuing to care for her. The staff has guessed at her age at a graceful but grey 16 and are hoping that she can find a new retirement home soon.

If you can offer any of the pups or Agatha a fresh start then please either call the centre staff on 028 2565 2977 or visit them at 60 Teeshan Road, Ballymena, Co Antrim, BT43 5PN.
                                                                                             
Dogs Trust cares for over 16,000 abandoned and unwanted dogs a year through its network of 18 rehoming centres in the UK and one in Dublin.


TV STAR EAMONN HOLMES VISITS DOGS TRUST BALLYMENA
And donates £5,000 to the charity

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Eamonn Holmes at Dogs Trust Ballymena

Belfast born Eamonn Holmes heading home and this time he paid the VIPs (very important pooches) at Dogs Trust Ballymena a visit. On Saturday 28th July the undisputed King of breakfast TV visited the Teeshan Road based rehoming centre.

Eamonn’s extremely generous donation of £5,000 has been raised by TRIC (The Television and Radio Industries Club) and will be vital for all areas of care for Dogs Trust canine residents, including microchipping. Dogs Trust has long championed the introduction of compulsory microchipping and earlier this year that vision came true in Northern Ireland. To help prevent as many people, and their dogs, falling victim to the change in legislation Dogs Trust toured the country from May 2011 until the end of March 2012 offering free microchips. Over 67,000 dog owners took advantage of the offer during the period and a further 28,000 have benefited since April 2012.

One of the network of 18 rehoming centres in the UK and one in Dublin, Dogs Trust Ballymena cares for up to 40 dogs of all shapes and sizes at any one time. Eamonn and his son Jack will be taken on a tour of the centre and meet the dogs currently being helped by the Charity including Aphrodite, a six month old Crossbreed. Aphrodite came in with her mum Hera and nine brothers and sisters and has developed quite a fan base amongst the staff. Another of the canine residents at the rehoming centre is Bex, a nine year-old Labrador cross. Approaching his retirement years Bex is on the look-out for a home that can indulge his love of play time and offer him a comfy bed to curl up in.

Says Eamonn:

“Last year Dogs Trust introduced my family and I to Maggie a little black Terrier cross and it was love at first sight! Since then she has become such a companion to all of us and I couldn’t imagine our lives without her. I would urge anyone thinking of getting a dog to think about a rescue one. If the rest of the dogs looked after by Dogs Trust are anything like Maggie I can see us rehoming many more!”
Says Ronnie Milsop, Dogs Trust Campaigns Manager for Northern Ireland:

“We were delighted to welcome Eamonn to Dogs Trust Ballymena and are so grateful for the ongoing support he has provided for Dogs Trust. He and his son Jack even got a hands on introduction to microchipping when they joined us at the roadshow at Towercentre. Both are avid dog lovers and hopefully many will follow the Holmes’ family lead and demonstrate how they too are responsible dog owners by ensuring they microchip their dog. We are extremely grateful to Eamonn for his recent donation.”

To find out how you can chip your dog for free contact your local council. In addition, we recommend that you contact your local vet or Jollyes store as members of staff are trained to microchip dogs.
www.jollyes.co.uk .

Dogs Trust cares for over 16,000 abandoned and unwanted dogs a year. To find out more about Dogs Trust, or if you are considering rehoming a dog, visit
www.dogstrust.org.uk or contact Ronnie Milsop at Dogs Trust Ballymena on 028 256 32820 or email ronnie.milsop@dogstrust.org.uk


LORD MAYOR VISITS DOGS TRUST MICROCHIPPING ROADSHOW

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In the wake of the change in legislation requiring all dog owners in Northern Ireland to microchip their pets, Dogs Trust, invited the Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile, to visit one of the roadshows in the Westwood Centre in Belfast.

To encourage dog owners to microchip their four-legged friends Dogs Trust has been offering free microchips to dogs of all shapes and sizes. Since the scheme started in May 2011 over 65,000 have been microchipped.

Says Ronnie Milsop, Dogs Trust Campaign Manager for Northern Ireland:

“The change in legislation represents a significant step forward for dog welfare and responsible dog ownership and we are delighted with the progression of this ruling and look forward to the day when microchipping for all dogs is essential. Until that day though, we want to help as many dog owners and will continue to offer free microchips until the end of the year.”

Says the Lord Mayor of Belfast:

“Dogs Trust has displayed an amazing commitment to helping as many dog owners as possible to have access to a free microchip for their pet. The combination of the roadshows alongside the work with vets and Jollyes stores means that public awareness around this issue has been maximized and I’m delighted to support this.”

 To find out which vets in your area are providing free microchips contact your local council. Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for over 16,000 abandoned and unwanted dogs a year. To find out more about Dogs Trust, or if you are considering rehoming a dog, visit www.dogstrust.org.uk or contact Dogs Trust Ballymena on 028 2565 2977.



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DOGS TRUST BALLYMENA OPEN LATER AND LONGER
Rehoming centre open until 7.30pm on Wednesday’s for six months


For the next six months Dogs Trust Ballymena will be keeping its doors open longer than ever before with the introduction of late night openings every Wednesday from April until the end of September. Starting on April 4th the centre will remain open until 7.30pm in an effort to entice more dog-lovers to come and visit the current residents.

The Northern Ireland based rehoming centre is normally open 12 noon until 4pm all week except Fridays when the centre is closed all day. Staff hope the later opening hours will showcase some of the dogs in a new light.

Trials piloted in two rehoming centres have seen approximately an extra dog a week rehomed over a six month period which means the scheme could see an extra 500 dogs rehomed from Dogs Trust rehoming centres throughout the year.

Says Dogs Trust Ballymena Assistant Manager Mary Carney:

“We have dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes here and they’re all searching for their new homes. We’re hoping that these extended opening hours will mean that more people consider paying us a visit after work and ultimately more dogs will find their happy endings with their new families.”

To find out more about Rehoming a dog from Dogs Trust Ballymena either call us on 028 2565 2977 or pop in and see us at Fairview, 60 Teeshan Road, Ballymena, Co Antrim, BT43 5PN. More information can be found at www.dogstrust.org.uk

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 nationwide.

For more information about the charity’s work please visit www.dogstrust.org.uk



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