Manager Dawn Bishop and the team are delighted that Riley has finally found his special someone.

It’s a double celebration for Dogs Trust Manchester as the centre turns four and has successfully found a home for their longest term resident, Riley.

The two-year-old Greyhound has waited almost 18 months for a new home but has finally found his special someone. Since opening in October 2014, Dogs trust Manchester has rehomed more than 3,500 dogs.

Some of the dogs rehomed by Dogs Trust Manchester have headed off to unusual homes including a convent. (Credit-Wendy-Lovatt)

Dawn Bishop, who has been the Manager at the Denton-based rehoming centre since it opened in October 2014, said, “Thanks to local dog lovers, and some who have travelled from as far away as Scotland, we have found homes for 3,578 dogs.

Most dogs stay with us for just under a month, but the lovely Riley has been with us since June last year so we are delighted that we will be waving a very fond farewell to him very soon.”

And some have gone on to have very special careers including Cassie, who is a Support Dog for a soldier with PTSD

The centre has rehomed dogs of all shapes and sizes, from Shih Tzus to Saint Bernard, but the team say the joy of seeing them leave the centre with their new families never fades.  

Dawn says, “It is always wonderful to see our dogs leave with their new owners, whether they have been with us a matter of days, months or longer like Riley. Now our birthday wish is for us to find a home for lovely Bobby who we have been looking after since April after a change in his owner’s circumstances.

“Bobby, who is four, hadn’t had too much interaction with people when he came to us so he was quite nervous at first, but he has come on in leaps and bounds. He is a really loving and affectionate boy and he just needs a family who will let him settle at his own pace and give him the reassurance he needs at first.”

Former resident Ruby now works with the police

Bobby is looking for a calm but active family who love to get out and about and would enjoy doing training with this clever boy. He can live with children over the age of 16 but would like to be the only four-legged friend in the home, and he would love a secure garden to play in.  

Dawn says, “We really hope Bobby finds a home soon and we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has adopted a dog from us in the last four amazing years. We also want to thank everyone who has come to one of our events or generously donated something, from bedding and bowls to toys and treats.

“We couldn’t give the dogs everything they need without the support of the dog-loving public, so thank you!”

To find out more about any of the dogs at Dogs Trust Manchester currently waiting for their special someone, please visit the centre on Parkway, Denton, Manchester, M34 3SG. It’s open 12pm-7.30pm weekdays (closed Wednesdays) and 10am-4pm at weekends. Or find out more at


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