King waiting for his special someone to come along.

Every year Dogs Trust finds forever homes for around 15,000 dogs, and are always thrilled to find out how they are getting on in the homes they deserve. To encourage more potential owners to adopt not shop, Dogs Trust have launched a series of mini-films celebrating second chances.

Over the course of a year new owners who have chosen to give a rescue dog a forever home were asked by the rehoming centre team to catch their favourite moments on camera to show the lifelong bond they now share – with joyful results.

Dasher with his forever family

One film shows Staffordshire Bull Terrier Dasher, who headed home at the grand old age of 13 with Steve and Gillian Adlam after being found as a stray just before Christmas in 2017. Sadly, Dasher passed away a year after being adopted but the last months of his life were filled with the love and good times he deserved, as the mini-film shows.

Crossbreed King was born at Dogs Trust Leeds just before Christmas 2017 after his heavily pregnant mum had been found as a stray just a few days earlier. Having spent the festive season being looked after at the rehoming centre, Mark Riddell and Colette Cox from Leeds fell in love with him and gave him his forever home.

King was born at Dogs Trust Leeds just before Christmas 2017 after his mum was found wandering the streets just a few days earlier.

Colette says, “He is the best thing that has ever happened to us. He has got a great cheeky side to him and is a real softie too. He loves getting out and about and having adventures, particularly exploring the woods but when he’s home he loves a cuddle. We think he’s a Great Dane Cross, so he is big but that doesn’t stop him sitting on your knee! He is fantastic and we’d encourage anyone to rescue.”

Amanda Sands, Dogs Trust Leeds Manager, says, “We want to say a huge thank you to everyone that has adopted a Dogs Trust dog, and as we approach the busy summer months we also want to encourage people who would like a dog to be part of their family, to do lots of research in advance. That will help give owners the best chance of being able to share many happy years together with their four-legged friend.

Adoption day! Colette Cox and Mark Riddell say King is the best thing that has ever happened to them.

“Our dogs will always be part of the Dogs Trust family so it’s wonderful to see them in their forever homes, living the lives they deserve to live, with owners who adore them. We always do our best to make sure families find a dog that will suit their daily lives, so if you have a Buckley, Dasher or King shaped hole in your life, we hope you choose to give a rescue dog a second chance at happiness.”

Watch more of the heartwarming mini-films here: Dogs Trust is encouraging dog lovers and owners to use the hashtag #MyDogIsForLife to share their rescue dog stories, tagging @dogstrust  To find out more about all of the dogs waiting for their forever homes at Dogs Trust, visit our rehoming pages.


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