Terrier Yoko climbs Pen Y Fan to raise money for his rescue centre


Five-year-old terrier Yoko climbed the highest peak in South Wales to raise money for the rescue centre that’s been taking care of him for the last three years.

Yoko was taken in by the RSPCA in February 2021 and has been waiting for a new home ever since. As well as raising money for the charity, the climb also marks Yoko’s  third year in kennels.

Animal care assistant Natasha Williams said, “Yoko is so adventurous and loves getting out and about to explore new places so we knew he’d love the challenge. It was so lovely to give him a break from the kennel environment and we hoped that we’d be able to raise his profile too; and hopefully find him a new home.”

Natasha, Yoko, and animal operations lead Ebony Poole took on the climb with Natasha’s dog, Buddy. It took them 2 hours and 40 minutes to climb the snowy 886m (2,906ft) peak on 4 March and return to the starting point.

Natasha added, “Yoko really enjoyed the climb, he was full of energy! He enjoyed all the new smells, and was very excited when we hit the snow and he started sniffing down lots of holes. Both Yoko and Buddy got the zoomies and were chasing around after each other. When we got to the top, Yoko’s ears were flapping all over the place where it was so windy, he was sniffing the air and taking it all in, it was lovely to see him out and enjoying nature.”

Yoko wore his ‘adopt me’ lead for the climb, but no one they met showed any interest, and Yoko – who is described as “a sweet and cheeky little dog with a big personality” – is still waiting for his perfect match.

“He loves to be outside and can be found either digging holes or sticking his head down them,” the RSPCA says. “He has a strong chase instinct so adopters will need to ensure he, and other animals, are kept safe. He is very clever so would thrive doing agility in his new home. He is also very energetic so will need owners who can keep him physically and mentally entertained.

“Yoko is looking for an adult-only home without other pets he could chase; but he enjoys walking and playing with other dogs when out on walks.”

The fundraising challenge has raised over £2,000 so far, with the team still collecting donations.

Find out more about Yoko from his online profile or contact Cotswolds Dogs & Cats Home on info@cdch.org.uk.


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