SINCE lockdown began, demand for puppies has soared and families have welcomed the pitter patter of tiny paws into their homes.
But Dogs Trust Evesham is urging dog lovers who are thinking of welcoming a four-legged friend into their life to consider giving a golden oldie their perfect retirement home.
Google searches for buying a puppy increased by a huge 213 per cent after lockdown began in March last year compared to the previous 12 months. Now Dogs Trust is asking people to remember that when it comes to giving a rescue dog a second chance, older dogs need new homes too – and have lots to offer.
Two such dogs are mother and daughter Staffy duo, 12-year-old Cass and eight-year-old Mia. They arrived at Dogs Trust Evesham due to a change in owner’s circumstances and they could no longer care for them. They were both happily adopted by Linda Judge and her husband, who live near Evesham, in January 2021.
Chris Slight, Manager at Dogs Trust Evesham, said: “In the last year so many people have wanted to welcome a puppy into their family, but just like Cass and Mia have proven, older dogs make fantastic companions too.
“Helping an older dog enjoy their autumnal years and giving them the chance to live their best life is incredibly rewarding.
Visit www.dogstrust.org.uk/olddogs for more.