Meet Vinnie - Northern Ireland's loneliest dog

Six months have passed since Dogs Trust Ballymena launched an appeal to find seven-year-old Vinnie a home, but the Labrador cross, described as a “gentle giant”, still hasn't found a new home. He arrived at the centre severely underweight after being abandoned, and has been without an owner for more than a year. Vinnie has an ongoing medical condition linked to his kidneys, but he copes very well with it and the team at Ballymena have offered to advise any new owners on this.

Dogs Trust Ballymena Rehoming Centre Manager, Oonagh Phillips, describes Vinnie as a loveable dog and cannot understand how come he hasn't been adopted yet.

“Since Vinnie came to Dogs Trust he has made leaps and bounds, having doubled in weight and become much healthier. Despite the love and care we provide, what he really needs is a family who will give him the loving home he deserves.”

Vinnie can live with older children aged 12 and over and would benefit from a home where he is the only dog, so that he can be showered with attention. He has a lot of energy, and would suit active owners would Vinnie.

"Some of his favourite things include being outside, exploring and snuggling up for an afternoon snooze on a comfy bed," Dogs Trust Ballymena said in a statement.

If you’re interested in rehoming Vinnie, contact you can contact Dogs Trust Ballymena on 0300 303 0292.