By Ann Evans

Leo the rugby’-loving pooch hoping to win his perfect match

Dogs Trust, founded in 1891 is the largest dogs welfare charity in the UK. In 2016 alone they cared for around 15,300 dogs across their 21 centres. They rely on the generosity of the public to continue their great work, and during these summer months, many of their centres will be holding their annual Fun Days.


These special days are perfect for all the family – and the dog. There will be fun dog shows, demonstrations, a rehoming parade, BBQ, cakes, kids activities, raffles, tombola and lots more fun.


My local Dogs Trust at Kenilworth hold their annual fun day on Sunday 11th June from 11am-4pm and I can’t wait. It takes place at Hatton Country World – a great place for a day out at any time. Check out the Dogs Trust website to find out when your local Fun Day takes place.


In the mean time, here’s a trio of gorgeous pooches currently in the care of Dogs Trust, Kenilworth.

Why not discover who’s in need of a forever home near where you live. But if you can’t adopt a dog, the charity are grateful for sponsorship, help with fund raising, fostering and of course you could always volunteer as a dog walker.

Captain Jack



To coincide with the release of the latest Pirates of the Caribbean film, staff at Dogs Trust Kenilworth are on the ‘look out’ for the treasure of a forever home for their very own Captain Jack.


The twelve-year-old Crossbreed found himself under the care of the Honiley-based rehoming centre back in September last year through no fault of his own. He is hopeful that he’ll be soon saying ‘ahoy matey’ to a loving new owner and setting sail to a ship (forever home) where he can put his paws up in his older age.


Emma Healey, Rehoming Centre Deputy Manager at Dogs Trust Kenilworth, said: “Jack is a lovely little dog but can be shy around new people, so his ideal home would be a quiet, adult only one with no other pets and very few visitors.


“He is an older chap but he loves his daily walks and once he knows you he is very friendly! He is fully housetrained and can be left alone for a couple of hours at a time.


“Jack has been marooned with us too long and we’re hoping that a first-mate will come forward and offer him the ultimate treasure of a retirement home soon.”


Jet loves his foster home but longs for a home of his own


Four-year-old Greyhound, Jet, arrived at the rehoming centre in July 2015 and is now one of the centre’s long-term residents. He is hoping that he will soon be on his way to a loving forever home, before his fifth birthday in July.


Jet is incredibly affectionate and adores the company of people, so he is enjoying living in a temporary foster home through the charity’s Home From Home scheme where he enjoys playing and learning new things for a tasty treat. But canine carers say that nothing will compare to seeing Jet find a loving home of his own.


Sabrina Holder, Home From Home Co-ordinator at Dogs Trust Kenilworth, said: “Jet is a lovely, playful Greyhound who loves being around people. He is housetrained, could live with another dog and older children, so he’d make a great family pet in the right home and we’re all baffled as to why he’s still waiting to be adopted.


“He is looking for a home where someone is around for most of the day to give him lots of fuss and with someone who is happy to give him the exercise he needs, as well as a nice comfy sofa for him to stretch out on and put his paws up.


“Jet is a friendly and loving chap and we really hope that he can find a home before his birthday in July.”


Jet does have epilepsy which is being managed with medication. Dogs Trust will help support the family with medical costs associated with this condition.





As the British and Irish Lions rugby tour kicks off, staff at Dogs Trust Kenilworth are appealing for a home for their very own rugby-loving aptly-named pooch, Leo.


The three-year-old Crossbreed has been in kennels almost two years and has been overlooked by thousands of potential new owners. But the playful pooch can’t resist bounding after a rugby ball<> and he is pulling out all the stops to try and win himself the perfect match with a loving new owner.


Sandra Foulds, Dogs Trust Kenilworth Rehoming Centre Manger says: “Leo is a fun-loving, playful boy who is trying to score his perfect home. This lively lad is best suited to an active home with a secure garden where he can bound after a rugby ball to his heart’s content before snuggling up on the sofa to cheer on his favourite team.




If you think you could offer a loving home to Leo, Jack, Jet or any of the dogs needing homes, please call Dogs Trust Kenilworth on 0300 303 0292. Or call Dogs trust headquarters on 0207 837 0006 or visit: