Why these homeless dogs are overlooked by potential new owners
A LOCAL animal charity is making a heartfelt plea to anyone considering adding a new four legged friend to their family.
Brenda Jackson, volunteer re-homing officer for the Cheadle and District Animal Welfare Society (CAW), is asking dog lovers whether they could offer a home to one of the many unwanted dogs which have been under the care of the charity long-term.
Larger dogs and breeds such as Staffordshire Bull Terriers seem to be particularly difficult to rehome but volunteers from the society find the trend difficult to understand.
Speaking to the Times and Echo this week, Brenda Jackson commented: “It seems such a shame that certain ones are always overlooked whenever a smaller, maybe more attractive looking dog arrives who will catch someone’s eye first.
“We have had some really smashing little Staffordshire Bull Terriers arrive into our care in the last few months who have been absolute sweethearts and of course won over everyone who met them, whether kennel staff, their regular walkers or potential owners who quickly became their new owners.
“We are all so happy when that happens but then feel quite sad for the others who are still waiting patiently and who are equally deserving of lovely homes.”
Some of the dogs have, in spite of being in kennel accommodation for lengthy periods, happily and quickly settled into new homes.
One or two dogs currently waiting for new homes may need experienced dog owners who are used to a particular breed or size of dog but in most instances all the dogs currently looking for homes just want loving, patient owners to give them a chance.
Brenda added: “The society will provide as much support as we can to help our new owners in the early ownership stages and we are lucky to have the voluntary service of Rachel Peake, a Canine behaviourist, on hand to offer advice and tips (if any are actually needed) in understanding how best to approach things with their new family member.
“Occasionally a rescue dog may need that little bit more support to help it regain confidence and trust as a result of what caused it to end up in care in the first place but the rewards you will gain will more than make up for the time and love you devote to doing that.”
If you feel you could offer the right home to any of the dogs in the care of Cheadle & District Animal Welfare Society please look at the dog rehoming section of their website www.cheadleanimalwelfare.org.uk for details and contact the Society on 07531 232 542 or email them on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of the dogs who have been waiting patiently for quite a while include Mabel, Tilly, Roger, Melody, Paige, Scarlet, Cherry, Tommy and Zara who are pictured below. A permanent home is the goal for all of the dogs but if not local foster homes would be nice too.
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