Many of us will have spent the festive period at home with our families, but for many unwanted pets, that is still just a dream.

It was business as usual for staff at Dogs Trust Darlington Rehoming Centre as staff spent the festive season caring for a litter of seven puppies handed over on Christmas Eve.

The eight-week-old Lurcher puppies, named Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid and Blitzen, were thought to be an accidental litter, born on bonfire night, and were handed over the centre as their owners were sadly unable to keep them over Christmas.

The pups spent Christmas enjoying lots of fun and games at the centre, and are now preparing to become loving pets in their new family homes.

Rudolph is hoping to find a new home in the new year
Rudolph is hoping to find a new home in the new year

Sue Embleton, Dogs Trust Darlington Rehoming Centre Manager, comments, “Christmas is always a really busy time for us, but luckily we had staff on hand to take in these puppies and care for them over the festive period. In this case, the owners acted responsibly by bringing the puppies to us to find homes, but we see so many unwanted puppies simply abandoned because they were born as a result of the parents not being neutered. Neutering is hugely important to avoid situations like this occurring, and saves the heartbreak of giving up an unwanted litter when owners realise they are unable to care for them.”

“Like any puppies, this super seven are extremely playful and are always up for joining in any reindeer games! The adorable bunch will need lots of socialisation with other dogs in their early years and plenty of fuss and attention to help them settle in to their new homes. Having a dog is a lifetime commitment so it’s important that owners understand the responsibility that comes with dog ownership before making the decision to bring a four-legged friend into their homes.”

If you think you could fawn over one of these puppies a forever home, please call Dogs Trust on 0300 303 0292 or visit

Credit: Dogs Trust


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