OADs (Old Age Dogs) looking for retirement homes

Dogs Trust Ilfracombe has launched an appeal to find homes for three elderly dogs with the combined human equivalent age of 175.

The homeless pooches are eight-year-old crossbreed, Zane; nine-year-old Labrador cross, Saxo; and eight-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Lara (main photo). Staff at the rehoming centre are worried potential adopters overlook the dogs because of their age, but say the dogs are all still young at heart.

The average stay of a Dogs Trust resident is 39 days, but sadly, these canines have spent a combined total of almost 300 days in kennels.

Saxo, pictured with Maddie Harding. Credit: Dogs Trust

Rogan Quinn, Dogs Trust Ilfracombe Rehoming Centre Assistant Manager, said, "As much as we love the company of these lovable elderly residents, we would love to see Zane, Saxo and Lara find a retirement home of their dreams so they can really put their paws up.

"It's sad when older dogs come to us and get overlooked, especially when they have such wonderful personalities with a lot of love to give. There really is a dog to suit every family. Dogs Trust never puts a healthy dog to sleep so we will care for them for as long as it takes to find their perfect home. There are so many advantages of having an older dog and we’re really hoping that Zane, Saxo and Lara each find a home of their own to spend their twilight years."

Zane, pictured with Lizzie Shaw. Credit: Dogs Trust

If you would like to find out more or consider adopting another golden oldie, contact the Rehoming Centre on 0300 303 0292 or visit the centre at Hazeldene, West Down, Ilfracombe, EX34 8NU.