Bow WOW! Leeds Dogs Trust rehomes 10,000th pooch

The Allan family with one-year-old Roxy, the 10,000th Dogs Trust Leeds pooch to find her forever home. Picture: KJ Photography, Leeds
The Allan family with one-year-old Roxy, the 10,000th Dogs Trust Leeds pooch to find her forever home. Picture: KJ Photography, Leeds
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They’ve been leading homeless hounds to a better life for nearly a decade.

Now staff at Leeds Dogs Trust are celebrating a major milestone after finding their 10,000th pooch her perfect pad.

One-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier cross Roxy, who arrived at the centre as a stray, was taken in by Rachel and Dave Allan and their children, Sophie, five, and four-year-old James.

The family, from Moortown, were looking for a replacement for another Staffordshire bull terrier cross they got from the centre who died last year.

“When the time was right, off we headed to Dogs Trust Leeds again,” Mrs Allan said.

“We always feel a dog chooses you rather than the other way around and that was certainly the case with Roxy. She is absolutely gorgeous and definitely part of the family.

“She has settled in really well and loves playing in the garden with the children. We can’t remember life without her. We would encourage anyone who wants to get a dog to adopt. Nothing beats giving a dog a second chance.”

Since opening at its York Road site in 2006, the centre has rehomed dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds.

Memorable cases include the eight Labrador cross puppies abandoned in banana boxes and three-year-old Lhasa Apso, Womble, who had almost a kilogram of matted fur covering his eyes and mouth when he arrived at the centre.

Rehoming Centre Manager, Amanda Sands, said: “Poor Womble was the worst case of matted fur we’d ever seen.

“His eyes and mouth were completely covered and to shave him we had to sedate him. It took two hours and we found a chocolate sweet and Velcro stuck in it. He was a lovely dog and he quickly found a new home.

“Another gorgeous dog was Tigger, a Rottweiler who was found in a field with horrendous lacerations to his neck and head which sadly meant his ear had to be removed. They were the worst injuries we’d ever seen but despite what he’d been through he was a loving, affectionate boy and he also found his forever home.”

Since opening in 2006 the most popular breeds have been Labradors, border collies, Staffordshire bull terriers, Yorkshire terriers, lurchers and Jack Russell terriers.

Max and Molly top the poll of favourite names.

Almost 400 puppies have been born at the centre.

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