A Northumberland dog rescue charity has seen an influx of homeless pooches looking for a permanent place to live.
Many of the latest arrivals at the Northumberland Dog Rescue (NDR) site near Alnwick are victims of the drive to find lockdown companions during the pandemic, with some owners unable to look after the pets now life has returned to normal.
While they are very well looked after at NDR in comfortable kennels, with plenty of exercise on a large paddock or on walks with staff and volunteers, the charity is still keen to find them permanent homes.
The four-legged friends are placed on food enrichment programmes and given toys to play with – they even have relaxing classic music piped into the kennels. Many of the dogs arrive with behavioural issues that staff will work on before the dogs are deemed suitable for adoption.
Here is a selection of some of the dogs hoping to find good homes, with general observations from NDR staff.
A couple of them are not yet up for adoption until they are fully assessed.
If you are interested in adopting a pet pooch, email [email protected] with as much information about yourself as possible. A home check will always apply. For more information on the dogs and to follow the progress of those receiving extra care and attention, visit the Northumberland Dog Rescue Facebook page.
Sammy came to Northumberland Dog Rescue after living in horrible conditions, he feels safe with us and is a goofy and giddy pup. We are working on his basic obedience training, he can be a little stubborn but will do almost anything for a treat. Photo: Lois Horton
This dog has bags of energy - he's a collie in a lurcher's body. He loves his ball and running full pelt around our paddock. He's so clever that staff at Northumberland Dog Rescue have to work extra hard to tire him out. We scatter his food for him to forage and we give him plenty of treat puzzles. Ralph loves doggy peanut butter in a Kong toy. Photo: Lois Horton
Wil absolutely adores his toys and his food, he's a proper Labrador and is always carrying something. He hadn't had much socialisation so this is something we are working on. Wil does suffer from separation anxiety so we are looking for a home where someone is around most of the time and can work on this. He is an affectionate boy and loves to play. He is quite strong on the lead. Wil is four years old he is neutered and fully vaccinated. Wil is out on trial for adoption (fingers crossed). Photo: Lois Horton
Lexi's scared of men but boy does she love her toys. She struggles to switch off, so Northumberland Dog Rescue staff and helpers give her calming enrichment activities like Kongs and licky mats and scatter her feed to get her nose working which tires her out. Photo: Lois Horton