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For years Staffordshire Bull Terriers have been the victims of an unfair reputation. The common misconceptions surrounding the breed mean they’re often overlooked and as a result, you are sure to find homeless Staffies waiting in rescue kennels up and down the country.

Despite their efforts, charities and supporters of the breed are still facing the same problem today and one rehoming centre has seen an influx in recent weeks.

To try to counter the issue, Dogs Trust Leeds is holding a myth-busting Staffie Awareness Week in the hopes of finding forever homes for ten super Staffies in their care.

The dogs each have different temperaments and personalities, from Staffordshire Bull Terrier Cross Eric [main photo], two, to golden oldie Lenny, 10, but they all have one thing in common: they will all make perfect companions in the right home. 

Lovely Lenny is still lively at 10. Credit: Dogs Trust Leeds

Dogs Trust Leeds Assistant Manager, Emma Cooper, explains, “It is a long, long time since we had so many Staffies and Staffie Crosses waiting for their forever homes so we want visitors to be able to find out as much as possible about the breed, and each of the dogs, when they come along.

“Staffies are a very bouncy and enthusiastic breed who are always eager to please. They are intelligent and thrive on reward-based training and learning new things and they are loving and loyal pets, totally devoted to their families.”

Lenny arrived at the rehoming centre three months ago due to a change in family circumstances and youngster Banjo was sadly found as a stray a few weeks ago.

Beautiful Banjo is pictured with Canine Carer Catherine Oakland. Credit: Dogs Trust Leeds

Amanda Sands, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Leeds, says, “We believe a dog is for life but sadly sometimes that can’t be the case and all of these lovely Staffies deserve a second chance. We hope when people come along and have the chance to find out more about the breed it will result in all of them finding their forever homes.”

 The Staffie Awareness Week will take place at the York Road rehoming centre from Friday 17 November to Friday 24 November. Dog-loving visitors will be able to find out all they need to know about the breed with special myth-busting information available along with details of each of the Staffies looking for homes.

One year old Esme found herself without a home after a change in family circumstances. Credit: Dogs Trust Leeds

If you think you can make room for a super Staffie in your home, call the centre on 0300 303 0292 or visit or visit them at Woodlands Farm, York Road, Leeds, LS15 4NL. The Rehoming Centre is open Friday-Monday 12pm-4pm and 12pm-7.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is closed on Wednesdays. 

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