They might be older, but 11-year-old collie cross Esther and 12-year-old Jack Russell Maddie are still very much young at heart and are looking for a forever home after their owner could sadly no longer care for them.

Dogs Trust Shrewsbury is hoping National Grandparents Day on Sunday (3 October) will prove every dog really does have its day, by finding a forever home for this pair of gorgeous golden oldies who are still young at heart.

Collie Esther (below left), and her elder playmate, Jack Russell Maddie (below right), who is twelve, have found themselves in the care of the team at the rehoming centre after their owner could sadly no longer take care of them.

Older collie cross with blue eyes running

Louise Campbell,  Dogs Trust Shrewsbury manager, says: “Esther and Maddie are the best of friends and have come from a very loving home. They are never, if ever, far from each other’s side – they walk, sleep, play and eat together.

“They will be a gorgeous addition to a family and although they have settled in really well at the centre and made lots of new two and four-legged friends, we want to find them a home as soon as possible so they can continue to enjoy all the home comforts and undivided attention that they are used to.”

So far this year, almost 46% of people looking to adopt a dog from Dogs Trust were looking for a four-legged friend under six months, compared to 6% looking for a dog aged 8 and over, but the Shrewsbury team are confident that this adorable devoted duo will catch the eye of their very own special someone soon.

The Older Age Pooches (OAPs) can live with older children and although they would like a quieter home, they still love heading out on an adventure.

Louise adds, “Esther and Maddie are full of life and really sprightly for their ages, so they are certainly not looking for a retirement home where they can rest their paws.

“So many families have welcomed a puppy into their homes over the last year, but we really hope that this Grandparents Day we have the chance to celebrate finding the ideal home for Esther and Maddie where they can happily spend the rest of their lives together at the heart of a family.”

To find out more about Esther and Maddie and any of the dogs at Dogs Trust Shrewsbury, please go to to start the virtual adoption process.


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