Dog finds home – after wait of 10 years
STAFF at an animal rescue centre are celebrating that one of their dogs finally found a home – after waiting for a new family for ten years.
Freshfields Animal Rescue, in Ince Blundell, said it is thrilled to be waving farewell to Floyd, its longest-staying resident at the kennels.
A ten-year-old German Shepherd, Floyd came to the sanctuary from a home where he was living in a yard, and tormented by children who used to throw stones at him.
Sadly for Floyd this traumatic start to his life meant that he found interacting with people very stressful.
It took years of gentle handling and patience for him to trust the volunteers at Freshfields.
They said they always knew that if Floyd were ever to find a home, it would need to be with a very special person with bags of patience and experience.
Step forward Louis, Floyd’s loyal and devoted dog walker. Louis always wanted to adopt Floyd, but because of his other pets he was never in a position to do so.
Another hurdle for Freshfields was that Floyd would not get into a vehicle.
Persuading a 30kg dog into a car would never be an easy task!
Amy Hornsby, one of the many devoted kennel workers who have cared for Floyd all his life, said: “Over the past couple of months, we had had been concerned that Floyd’s health was starting to deteriorate.
“A date was set for him to go into the veterinary hospital for further tests.
“Although Floyd’s tests all came back clear, we could not rule out the possibility something else was going on. After the passing of Louis’ beloved cat, the idea of him ‘going home’ became a possibility.
“We wondered if Floyd would adjust to living in a home after spending so many years at the rescue centre. We felt that, if anyone could make it work, it was Louis.
“Moving day dawned, and we managed to get Floyd in the van, with all his favourite toys and blanket, and two members of staff took him to Louis’ home.
“We introduced Floyd to the garden at first. As soon as he saw Louis, he was instantly at ease and trotted straight into the house! We are delighted at how well Floyd has settled in!
“He is safe and happy in his new home, and has evicted Louis from his favourite armchair!”
Freshfields manager Helen Stanbury, said: “At Freshfields we never give up on any dog. Giving love, care and affection to dogs like Floyd is our privilege. We could not give our rescued animals the hope they need without the support of our local community.
“Please help us to restore their faith in human nature by supporting us if you can, with the funds to help us do the right thing for the animals. Thank you on their behalf!”
Find out more about how you can change lives like Floyd’s at www.freshfields.org.uk
Staff at Freshfields Animal Rescue centre are delighted that Floyd the German Shepherd, left and above, has moved on after living with them for 10 years – now he has moved in with his familiar dog walker, Louis