Our long-stay dogs find new homes, in the same week

By Nicola, Fundraiser

The old saying goes, you wait a long time for a bus and then they two come along at once. Well this is similar to what happened when the two ideal families came along to rehome our wonderful dogs Honey and Storm in the same week!

Honey rehomed
Honey and her new family

Honey had been with us for just under two years and despite being visited by many families interested in adopting her, none have been quite right. With a mixture of issues ranging from skin allergies to fence-guarding behaviours we had to make sure she had the right home and right people to give her the special time, care and training she needs to live a happy and healthy life.

Sarah, one of our animal care staff had been fostering Honey for a while to help lessen her time and the stress experienced from living in kennels. Sarah said:

“Honey is such a lovely dog and she always got on so well with the staff and volunteers here at the rescue. We tried all we could to rehome Honey, even appearing on radio Key 103 to appeal for a home, thanks to presenter and SAA supporter Chelsea Norris. We kept up the hope but were anxious to still have her with us after almost two years.

Storm came to the SAA over 4 years ago when we successfully rehomed him but sadly his new owner developed an allergy to his fur and despite trying her hardest to make it work, had to regretfully give him back to us this year. He was rehomed to a family back in June which sadly did not last so when he was returned to the kennels, he was finding it more difficult and was very stressed. Sarah explained:

“We couldn’t believe it when both families came to see the dogs and both wanted to adopt them, literally a day apart. When they both passed the home check, which we carry out to make sure the new home has enough space and a secure garden, we were even more surprised. To know they are now both doing extremely well in their new homes warms our hearts and reminds us why we do what we do here.”

Storm rehomed
Storm and his new family

Both of the new families have sent in lots of photos of the dogs in their new homes and Storm has even been back to the rescue to visit the staff and volunteers. One of our dog volunteers , Heather, was particulary fond of Storm as she had spent a lot of time with him. Heather said:

“I am really happy that Storm has found his new home and even more happy that we will get to see him in future when he comes to visit us!”

It is indeed stories like these that make us remember why we do what we do for animals in need. These two dogs are just some of the hundreds of animals we help to find forever homes every year. It also reminds us how grateful we are to the people who support us by donating money or time through volunteering, fundraising, sponsoring an animal pen, or leaving a gift to the animals in their Will. Thank you to all of you.

You can help us to rehome more animals in need, by sponsoring one of our animals pens.