Staff at Dogs Trust Manchester are hoping Friendship Day on Monday 7 August sees one of its longer term residents find their perfect pal.

Four-year-old Samson arrived at the rehoming centre in January and has watched hundreds of his canine companions leave the centre with their forever friends. But nobody has yet offered Samson the hand of friendship and so now the team would like him to be looked after by a foster carer until he finds his special someone.

Tracey Hill, Co-ordinator of the Home from Home fostering scheme at Dogs Trust Manchester, says, “We have lots of wonderful foster carers who become our dogs’ best friends, making sure they have all the home comforts they will eventually enjoy in their forever homes whilst they wait for their very own friend for life to come along.

“But we are looking for a special foster home for Samson. He is a big, loving and loveable American Bulldog and as he has been with us a few months, he would really benefit from the friendship that comes with being at the heart of a home so he can build his confidence and enjoy life to the full until his forever family comes along.”

 Samson would prefer a home with a garden where he is the only dog. He can potentially live with children aged over 11 and needs patient committed owners.

Tracey says, “Samson will be the most loving, loyal companion who will be able to be relied on to be there to greet his foster carers and future owners with a wagging tail, will listen to all their stories and will never fail to bring a smile to their face. Who could ask for more from a friendship? We really hope Samson finds his perfect lifelong pal soon but in the meantime as the joy of friendship is celebrated across the world, we would love him to be shaking paws with his new foster carer.”

If you think you could be Samson’s ideal foster carer, or his forever family, please call 0300 303 0292 or find out more about him at


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