Tuesday, January 8, 2013
North Devon Gazette readers respond to lonely dog appeal.
A little dog seeking a home for Christmas has seen his wish granted thanks to an immediate response from big-hearted North Devon Gazette readers.
The plight of Patches touched hearts when we reported how staff at the K9 Focus charity feared the small nervous dog could die in kennels if he didn’t find a home quickly.
The charity was bombarded with calls and Patches is now happily settled in Ilfracombe with Sharon Mason and her daughters Arian, 16 and Alyssia, 18.
“The response was amazing, with 37 applications to take this little lad - some of whom are now looking at our other dogs,” said Lynne Hall at the charity.
“It was quite hectic getting home checks and references done, but thanks to volunteer Clare White, Patches was settled into his new home the day before Christmas Eve after volunteer Kayleigh Langdon braved floods to get him there.”
Despite being terrified and stressed while in kennels, after arriving at his new home it was as if Patches had lived there all his life.
“When I saw his face in the paper I thought he was cute and when I read the story I just knew we had to give him a home over Christmas,” said Sharon.
The family initially took the four year-old Jack Russell chi cross on as a foster dog, but have now formally adopted him.
K9 Focus had thought he might need a person living on their own, with endless hours and patience to spare, but it seemed all Patches wanted was a family.
“He has fitted in so perfectly and he is such a lovely little dog. Arian has wanted a dog for a long time and I kept saying we could have one when the right one came along,” added Sharon.
“We have had no problems at all. He loves all of us and has been a real pleasure. Within 10 minutes of coming through the door he seemed to know he was wanted and I think he just wanted security.”
Anyone else who would like to rehome a dog can contact K9 Focus on call K9 Focus on 01769 560928 or visit www.k9focus.co.uk.