Older dogs are often difficult to rehome, and the staff at Dogs Trust Merseyside is celebrating an unusual achievement: they have rehomed their oldest rescue dog ever.   

Snowy, a 20-year-old West Highland Terrier, had spent his entire life as a beloved pet when he was brought to the rehoming centre, after his owner became too ill to look after him. Older dogs can take a long time to rehome, as they are usually overlooked in favour of younger rescues, and Snowy was the oldest dog to have ever walked in a Dogs Trust rehoming centre. However, the elderly Westie got lucky: he was soon spotted by Margaret Millar, from Wigan.

Margaret says, “He is lovely and is doing really well. He is partially sighted but has soon found his feet and knows his way around. Most of the time he just likes to potter about but he definitely livens up when it’s time for food. His age hasn’t affected his appetite and he’s quick off the mark when the bowls go down which is great!

“Before Snowy arrived my oldest dog was my 16-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, Ben. They get on very well and Snowy has fitted in wonderfully. It is like a retirement home for dogs. We all enjoy a cosy afternoon nap!”

Georgina Lowery, Dogs Trust Merseyside Rehoming Centre Manager, was very pleased with the ideal outcome.

“Snowy is a lovely boy and we were really eager to find him a new forever home as soon as possible so he could enjoy his home comforts again,” she says. “Luckily Margaret fell in love with him and once we knew he got along with his new doggie pals, off he went. We know he’ll be very, very happy with Margaret who will make sure he has everything he could hope for in his twilight years.”

Images by Dogs Trust.

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