The Underdogs

Please Consider Adopting a Long Term Dog

All of the staff here at Dogs Trust truly love and care for every dog at the centre but would love for them to go to their forever homes. The team are desperately trying to find homes for these beautiful characters and know that there is a special someone waiting out there for each and every one of them!

We have launched #TheUnderDogs Campaign to highlight some of our beautiful dogs that have been continuously overlooked thousands of times, through no fault of their own, since being rescued.

All of "The Underdogs" highlighted in the campaign have been with us for at least six months and unfortunately, some have been here longer.

There are a number of reasons that some dogs might get overlooked. Sometimes, if a dog has had a tough start in life, he might become a little nervous or frightened and need some extra care and attention in order to adjust to home life. Other times, a dog might be unfairly judged by his breed but may be the softest soul underneath his appearance. Believe it or not, sometimes black dogs can be overlooked because they do not stand out as much as a lighter coloured dog. See our FAQ below for more details about why some dogs might be overlooked.

 

Oscar

Oscar

Oscar has lived here for a long time now and really needs and deserves a home to call his own! He adores his carers and loves to play fetch. Despite his size, Oscar is a shy boy who likes to take his time to get to know and trust new people.

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Maggie

Maggie

Maggie needs help to build her confidence up as she's suffered a few knock backs in her time. Once you get to know her, she'll lavish you with affection and love. Maggie finds a lot about the world very frightening and needs a home in a quiet location with a loving family to slowly show her that she doesn't need to be scared anymore.

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Molly

Molly

Molly loves to play tennis ball and would happily do this for hours! She loves her walks too, so will need a home that will enjoy an active dog. Her carers love to make her kennel warm and cosy as she loves a snooze in a big comfy bed, but nothing quite beats the comfort of being in the heart of a loving home!

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Buddy

Buddy

Buddy is a long term resident here at Dogs Trust and a firm favourite amongst his carers! Buddy is similar to a cat, in that he doesn’t cope well with changes in his routine. He is quite nervous of new people so he would love to meet a family who are willing to commit to getting to know him over a period of time here at the centre.

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Max

Max

All Max needs is love and time! If you can afford to give him the time, love and care he so deserves, then Max will give it all back a thousand times over. This independent boy is not really into cuddles but he loves interacting with people so for him games and training are his favourite things; he especially loves tennis balls and the squeakier the better!

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Camelot

Camelot

Camelot is a very sweet boy who loves people and craves one on one time with his carers. He is an extremely affectionate dog who wants to be with people full time; unfortunately this is not possible in kennels, which is why it would be so amazing for Camelot to find his forever home.

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Pluto

Pluto

Pluto is basically a big puppy, so if you like your pooches big and bouncy, then Pluto could be the guy for you! He is a very clever and strikingly handsome boy – make sure to watch him showing off all the tricks he can do in the video on his rehoming profile!

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Guy

Guy

We think that when Guy gets to know and trust his new family, he will be a very affectionate boy! Lots of things worry Guy, so he will need patient adopters who are happy to help him build up his confidence levels. Agile and active, he'll also need a super secure garden and lots of exercise. Guy is looking for an adult only home with no other pets, so he can get all the attention, love and snuggles for himself.

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Tyson

Tyson

Tyson is a handsome, clever boy who just loves brain training games! When Tyson arrived at Dogs Trust, he was very nervous and under confident but thanks to his dedicated carers, he is more self-assured and loves to spend time sniffing around contentedly on his walks.

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Maisie

Maisie

Maisie is a beautiful and intelligent lady. She is an active girl who loves her daily walks and activities. Maisie is very good at doggy brain games such as scent games, agility and obedience training. She is a typical collie; full of beans and energy. Maisie likes to make new friends on her walks out and about but can be a little worried by loud noises or when unfamiliar people or dogs come too close.

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Bruno

Bruno

Bruno is an awesome little man who has been through quite a lot. He lost his family some time ago under very sad circumstances, he really did love them but had to say goodbye. Bruno was quite confused and frightened when he arrived at Dogs Trust but we know there is a special someone out there for him somewhere. Could that person be you?

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Kyia

Kyia

For dear Kyia to be successfully adopted she will need an extra special and understanding owner with a lot of experience, who can work on Kyia’s anxieties with the training team here, and arrange to walk her at quiet times, away from other dogs while her training is underway.

Rex

Rex

Rex is a handsome big chap with a heart of gold. He adores his carers here at Dogs Trust and will be a loving and loyal companion dog in his new home. He will strongly attach to his new owners once he gets to know them, and will love a quiet home where he can devote himself to his humans. Rex has a history of being nervous meeting new people so his family will receive help and support from the Training and Behaviour Team at Dogs Trust to help build his confidence in these situations.

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Amber

Amber

Amber is all about people so would need to be the only pet in the home and would love to live with children but she is quite bouncy and doesn’t know her own strength – (she may believe she is Chihuahua sized) so any little ones in the home would need to be able for her extremely affectionate nature!

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George

George

Gorgeous George is as bright as he is handsome. Not just a pretty face, this guy has brains to burn and needs an active family with a keen interest in doggie sports such as agility! He's a physical boy and would love a super outdoorsy family to take him on plenty of outdoor adventures.

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Bella

Bella

Little Bella can be worried by unfamiliar people and doesn't enjoy fuss, she would much rather you took your time with her and let her come around to you in her own time. However, Bella loves the people she has grown to trust and is ready to find a home to call her own! Bella has brains to burn and training will really help build a bond and improve her confidence levels.

Porkie

Porkie

Porkie is a smashing young dog who will make a fantastic addition to an experienced home. Porkie was born here and raised with his siblings by his mum and carers. From a young age Porkie has been boisterous and playful and can become overexcited easily. For that reason, it is very important, as he will grow into a large strong boy, that he finds the right home.

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Bran

Bran

Bran is a real foodie who adores his grub so getting to know him shouldn't take too long. He seeks affection and attention but prefers a hands off approach. He'd be happiest snuggling at your side rather than being petted and fussed.

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Buzz

Buzz

While Buzz can be a worried young man once he gets to know you he can be quite giddy, once he gets to know you he will actively seek fuss and attention. His favourite past time is playing with his teddies, some don't make it! He is also a hot dog lover and will do anything for a tasty treat, this will make training him fun and it will also help to settle him in to his new home.

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Marley

Marley

Poor Marley has been given up on so many times by people in the past and it has really taken its toll on the poor girl. Marley is super sweet and affectionate but as people have abandoned her in the past, she has lost her ability trust any new people that she meets.

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FAQs

  • Why Are Some Dogs Overlooked?

    With over 180 dogs and puppies in our Rehoming Centre, some of the dogs in our care get overlooked. This may be due to the following reasons:

    Size:

    Smaller dogs are often rehomed more quickly than larger dogs.

    Breed:

    There are lots of misconceptions about certain breeds, especially Bull Breeds such as Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Pit Bull Terriers.

    Personality:

    Shyer dogs can actively avoid interacting with visitors to our rehoming corridor and some may even bark at certain people, so visitors don’t see their true personality.

    Colour:

    It is a common and unfortunate trend affecting black dogs in rescue, with many tending to be overlooked for other colours of dog. It is unclear exactly why this occurs. Some say it’s down to superstition (many people associate black with evil or bad luck, like black cats) or the old wives' tale that black dogs are mean. Or even the fact that black dogs don’t tend to photograph as well as lighter coloured dogs. But whatever the reason, we know that the black dogs are just as lovely and handsome as dogs of any other colour!

    Will YOU champion our overlooked #TheUnderDogs to find them the homes they so deserve?

  • How Long does it Take for a Dog to Settle in a New Home?

    We cannot say definitively how quickly your new family member will adjust or settle into your home or how well they will cope being left but we can offer advice to help them feel safe and secure in what we all hope will be their forever home.

  • Do Staffordshire Bull Terriers Make Good Pets?

    Staffordshire Bull Terriers or Staffies as they are more commonly known, make lovely, affectionate pets. Unfortunately we often see a lot of them in Dogs Trust due to overbreeding or those that arrive from dog pounds having been surrendered by people who may not have realised how much care and attention a dog really needs.

    Staffies are generally friendly, enthusiastic, snuggle-bugs who are truly committed to their human companions but, like all dogs, they do need to be well socialised from a young age with dogs, humans and other animals. They are very eager to please, so given the right home and some good training and handling, Staffies can prove to be a loving and loyal family pet. Please don’t overlook them when you are thinking about getting a dog.

    What you should know about owning a Staffie:

    • The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is distinctive in its good looks, and they can be easily identified by their solid, barrel-chested shape. They have earned the nickname ‘keg on legs’ thanks to their compact yet muscular appearance.
    • They have an amazing and distinctive vocal range and can emit all kinds of wonderful Staffie sounds such as little pig-like grunts when they are happy.
    • Staffies are totally devoted to their families - anyone who shows a Staffie love and attention will get the same back, and more to spare!
    • They are intelligent, fun loving and live life full throttle, so need owners who have plenty of time to play with them, and lots of toys to keep them busy.
    • Staffies are full of energy, and owners of these power-house dogs soon notice how fit they get from all the exercise they have to do with them.
    • Being muscular and strong they need owners that are able to manage them on the lead.
    • If left without anything to do for a long time, Staffies can get very bored and may become destructive. They need tough, hard and non-destructive toys.

    Choosing to get a dog is a big decision, so please think very carefully about whether you have the time and energy to take one on as, despite the rewards, and like any dog, Staffies do require a huge commitment from their owners in order to lead happy lives.

  • Pit Bull Terriers as Pets

    Pit Bulls are not one specific breed but more a description of the appearance of certain types of Bull Breeds; usually those with square shaped heads, muscular bodies and generally taller than the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

    At one stage they were known as ‘Nanny Dogs’ for their amazing patience and gentleness towards children but sadly due to the many misconceptions surrounding Pit Bulls’ temperament, they have now been banned in some countries.

    There are many myths surrounding Pit Bulls that we would like to address:

    Myth:

    Pit Bulls are aggressive, vicious dogs!

    Fact:

    In temperament tests carried out by the American Temperament Testing Society Pit Bulls consistently achieved the same or better rating than most dog breeds.

    Myth:

    Pit Bulls have locking jaws!

    Fact:

    It’s simply not true, research by Dr. I. Lehr Brisbin, Ph.D., Senior Scientist of University of Georgia concluded, “There is absolutely no evidence for the existence of any kind of ‘locking mechanism’ unique to the structure of the jaw and/or teeth of the American Pit Bull Terrier”.

    Fun Fact:

    Helen Keller and Theodore Roosevelt both owned Pit Bulls!

    It’s important to note that dogs, like people are individuals and shouldn’t be judged by their appearance.

  • What is Black Dog Syndrome?

    We all have favourite breeds and “types” of dogs and different dogs that catch our eye more so than others. Unfortunately, dogs with Black coats are often overlooked, so much so, this phenomenon has been given the title Black Dog Syndrome or Black Dog Bias.

     

    Rehoming centres across the globe struggle to find forever homes for black dogs as they are simply overlooked by passers-by, they just don’t stand out as much against the background of their kennels as some of the other dogs. Nor do they tend to photograph as well so we tend to skip past them when looking through books of dogs in need of a home or browsing rehoming websites.

     

    Some people blame the association between black dogs and some TV shows and horror movies that portrayed large black dogs as evil. People can also think they’re scarier looking and make the negative assumption that they’re aggressive.

     

    It’s been said that the chromosome (part of their DNA make up) responsible for Black fur is exclusive to domesticated dogs only and that all black wolves are in fact hybrids. So you could say that black dogs are like the “ultimate” domestic pet dog.

     

    Other people say that they’re overlooked as they’re too plain and boring looking. Plain and boring? We think not! We have some of the most incredible and beautiful black dogs who would make excellent life- long companions.