Dogs Trust Manchester is hoping National Grandparents Day this Sunday (4 October) will prove every dog really does have its day, by finding a forever home for one of its older residents.
Chicota is a nine-year-old Alaskan Malamute who had lived in the same loving home since being nine weeks old, but she has found herself looking for a new home where she can spend her twilight years.
Claire Lavin, Assistant Manager at Dogs Trust Manchester, says, “Chicota was a much-loved dog but due to a change in family circumstances her owner can no longer look after her, so we really want to find her a home. She is due to celebrate her tenth birthday later this month so the best birthday present ever would be to find her her forever family.
“Chicota isn’t a typical Older Age Pooch (OAP)! She is still very active and strong and loves having a run off lead so she is certainly not looking for a retirement home. She wants to get out and about and enjoy life to the full!”
This golden girl is looking for a home with a secure garden where she can play with her new family and entertain herself, which she particularly likes doing with squeaky toys. Although she loves going on walks, she isn’t fond of car travel so ideally lovely walks from her front door would help her build her confidence whilst she settles in.
She needs to be the only pet in the home, but could live with children aged 16 and over. However, she can be nervous around new people so a new home with few visitors and no young visiting children would be ideal.
Claire says, “She really is a gorgeous girl so if someone is looking to welcome an older dog into their lives, then she could be the one. Unfortunately our older dogs sometimes wait that little bit longer to find their forever home but we’re really hoping that isn’t the case for Chicota.”
If you think Chicota could be the perfect match for you, please call the centre on 0161 470 1042 to arrange to meet her. To find out more go to www.dogstrust.org.uk
Our rehoming centres are not open for public browsing but you can still make an appointment to adopt or bring a dog to us. We’ve set up new processes which include social distancing measures to help keep staff and our visitors safe.
Dogs Trust estimates that up to 40,000 more dogs could be at risk of abandonment in the fallout of the coronavirus crisis. If you would like to help change the course of events and help us continue to be there for more dogs and their owners when they need us, please give what you can by visiting www.dogstrust.org.uk/changethetale.
This is a guest post by Julia Youd.