Dogs Trust Ilfracombe rehomes first dog of 2021

Diego's carers Katie Scoble and Joe Reed wave him a fond farewell from Dogs Trust Ilfracombe after finding his forever home

Diego's carers Katie Scoble and Joe Reed wave him a fond farewell from Dogs Trust Ilfracombe after finding his forever home - Credit: Dogs Trust Ilfracombe

Dogs Trust Ilfracombe is celebrating finding a new home for its first dog of 2021. 

Diego headed off to his forever home just three days into the new year and two days after celebrating his 12th birthday, having arrived at the rehoming centre in February 2020.  

He was originally rescued from the streets of Spain and lived happily in a home for 10 years until his owner could no longer care for him. 

He has already settled into his new life with Sally Taylor, who lives near Exeter. 

Picture of Diego the dog sleeping peacefully by an indoors window

Diego is already well settled into his new home - Credit: Dogs Trust Ilfracombe

Dogs Trust Ilfracombe manager, Elise Watson, said: “Finding Diego a forever home was a lovely start to 2021. Although we see so many dogs head off to enjoy their new lives each year, it’s always great to see longer term dogs head off to their new homes. 

“Nobody could have predicted the challenges faced in 2020, but thanks to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery whose support helps to fund some of our wonderful Canine Carers at the centre, our dogs always have everything they need whilst they are with us, waiting to find their forever home.” 

In 2020, the Ilfracombe team found forever homes for more than 200 dogs of all shapes, sizes and ages, including eight puppies born on site. And 72 dogs continued to enjoy their home comforts thanks to the centre’s volunteer foster carers who cared for dogs until the time was right for them to find new families too. 

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Elise added: “Every day our dogs give us a reason to smile. Their tails never stop wagging and their enthusiasm for life never wanes. 

“Despite the pandemic it’s always business as usual as far as our dogs are concerned with walks, playtime, training and treats the order of the day. 

“As ever, this year we want to change the tale for all of the dogs that find themselves in need of a new home and we know that with the support of the dog-loving public, we will be able to do that, just like we did for Diego.” 

To find out about all the dogs waiting to find their special someone, please go to

If you are struggling to cope with looking after your dog, for whatever reason, contact Dogs Trust on 0300 303 2188. Alternatively, please give what you can to help Dogs Trust change the tale for dogs like Diego, by visiting  

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