Dogs Trust

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!

"The Underdogs" highlighted on this page are all looking for special adopters - you don't necessarily have to be experienced but it may be a case that you would be prepared to get to know the dog over a period of time.

Sometimes, if a dog has had a tough start in life, he might be nervous or frightened of unfamiliar people and places and may 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.

 

Murley

Murley

Murley is a wonderful boy, looking for a home to call his own. He loves attention and will make a wonderful new addition to a family who can match his energy levels and provide him with a fun and varied lifestyle.

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Meadow

Meadow

Meadow is a fun loving young dog with barrels of energy and enthusiasm. She is an extremely clever dog who loves brain games and playing ball. She greets everyone she sees with huge excitement and gorgeous smile.

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Max-Mali

Max-Mali

Max is a very intelligent boy. He enjoys pets and cuddles as well as a game of fetch and chase! Max will make an amazing companion and become a very loyal friend to his new family.

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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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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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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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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.

Butch

Butch

Butch struggled with his confidence when he initially came to the Centre, but he has been working hard and he continues to win hearts of all carers who work with him. Butch is a softie and a real cuddle monster who loves his rubs and cuddles and if you try to stop petting him, he will nudge you for more. His favourite toys are kongs and wobblers filled with his grub.

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Kenneth

Kenneth

Kenneth is a very clever, playful boy who forms a strong bond with understanding and patient people. Kenneth struggles in kennels and gets very bouncy and jumpy when carers enter his kennel. He likes going on parallel walks with other dogs.

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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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Charlie Terrier

Charlie Terrier

Charlie is a cute looking boy who is waiting patiently for his forever home with a loving family he can call his own. Charlie is a shy natured chap and it takes him a bit of time to build up bond with people. He is very worried by strangers therefore the introduction to new family will need to be done in a gradual manner.

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Dylan

Dylan

Dylan is a gentle, sensitive boy, who finds sudden movements and loud noises frightening. He loves his walks and is super on lead! When he feels a bit comfortable he will try to play with his teddies, but again is easily startled and stops.

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Phileas Fogg

Phileas Fogg

Phileas Fogg is a friendly boy who is very energetic and excitable and wants to say "hello" to everyone he meets. He is quite reactive to other dogs so this will need to be managed on his walks.

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Bonita

Bonita

Bonita is an independent little girl who will take some time to get to know and trust new people. She will seek interaction on her own terms but will need to build a strong bond before she is comfortable being rubbed or cuddled, she will need to build that bond here in the centre.

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Oscar Husky

Oscar Husky

Oscar is a fantastic boy who won the hearts of all carers looking after him. He is a typical husky, very clever, independent, playful and of course extremely handsome too. He loves his toys and could play all day long, as he has so much energy and brains to burn.

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Shep

Shep

Shep is a beautiful and energetic boy who will need an active owner willing to do on-going training with him. He has plenty of personality and will insist on cuddles and attention once he gets to know you. Like most collies, he has a super brain and loves different games and doggy puzzles. He will make a great agility dog as he is very active and likes challenges.

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Koda

Koda

Meet the stunning Koda. Don't let her size fool you, this lady is a true gentle giant. Koda loves people and has so much love to give. Koda struggles in kennels and would do much better in a nice rural area with lots of space for her to run around.

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Simpson

Simpson

Simpson is one of the brightest dogs in the centre! He loves his training sessions with his carers and will do anything for food! When Simpson isn't learning new tricks, he is an independent boy who prefers to do his own thing.

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Maraley

Maraley

Maraley is a big softie, he love's cuddles and lots of company, he love's playing with teddies and pulling them apart he also loves to chase a ball and will do anything for a tasty treat.

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Dionne

Dionne

Dionne is a shy but sweet little girl who loves her doggy pals but is very worried around new people. A slow, soft and gentle approach is needed for her but once she gets to know you, her beautiful nature will reveal itself.

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Matthew

Matthew

Matthew is a sensitive chap who has insecurities about the world around him, so he is hoping to find an understanding owners who could support him through his journey. He will need a lot of help with confidence building, walking on lead and handling in general, he has so much potential, he just needs that someone to give him time and space to flourish.

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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.