Two elderly rescue dogs at Dogs Trust Salisbury are looking for a second chance at happiness in their twilight years.
Chihuahua Thorn,10, lived in his previous home since he was a puppy, and 16-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier Bramble (pictured above) lived with her previous owners for six years. Sadly, they have both found themselves at Dogs Trust Salisbury through no fault of their own, after a change in owners’ circumstances.
They are used to their home comforts so are enjoying plenty of affection in temporary foster homes through the charity’s ‘Home from Home’ scheme, but the team is hoping dog lovers will see past their ages and greying muzzles and give them a retirement home for the rest of their days.
Emma Sainsbury, ‘Home From Home’ co-ordinator at Dogs Trust Salisbury, said: “It is always sad when older dogs come to us, as they are so used to their home comforts. Both Bramble and Thorn are used to having a loving family around so have had to adapt to a whole new way of life, but they are coping very well.”
Dogs Trust Salisbury can recruit dedicated foster carers and place dogs in temporary foster care, thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery who help to fund staff like Emma. They run the scheme at each of the re-homing centres so that the dogs are well-cared-for in an environment they are used to until they find new homes.
Emma added: “Some dogs just aren’t cut out for kennel life. This might be because they are young puppies, recovering from surgery, or in the case of Bramble and Thorn, elderly and are used to living in a home. Thanks to the support we get from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we’re able to have a fantastic network of foster carers who give dogs the care they deserve until they find a forever family.
“We believe a dog is for life and our fantastic fosterers really do show our dogs the meaning behind this statement, giving them a safe and loving environment to enjoy while they wait for their new families. “Bramble and Thorn are enjoying their time in their foster homes but it would be wonderful to hear that they have found loving new families really soon.”
Bramble is a sweet elderly lady who loves nothing more than peace and quiet. A perfect day for her would be a nice short walk, followed by a quick potter and sniff around the garden, then onto to a nice cosy bed for a nap. She would need to be the only pet in an adult-only home and is happy to be left alone for a few hours once she has settled. She will need access to a good-size, secure garden, where she can explore safely off-lead. Due to her age, Bramble won’t be able to live in flats or upstairs apartments.
Thorn has a great little personality and loves to explore, play with toys and get tasty treats. He enjoys doggie company: however, being a more mature gentleman he prefers older, calmer dogs. Thorn is looking for an adult-only home and could live with another dog providing it was the right match.
Thorn is still active but his little legs struggle with stairs so is looking for a bungalow where he wouldn’t have to contend with stairs. He’s not keen on car travel so a home that does not require regular visits out in a vehicle would be ideal.
Email HFHsalisbury@dogstrust.org.uk or call 01980 880891.Salisbury: 01980 629634