Dogs Trust Manchester is celebrating its seventh birthday – and wants to say a huge thank you to everyone that has supported the centre since opening in 2014.
Thanks to the dog-loving public, 5,481 dogs have found their forever homes and more than 400 have benefitted from being cared for by volunteer foster carers until they were ready to find their new families.
Siberian Husky, Troy, joined the party and was given first bite of the doggie birthday cake.
Staff are now hoping that as he was in the spotlight on the special day, he will soon find his special someone and be heading home to enjoy celebrations of his own with his new family.
“Troy was very pleased to be able to have first taste of the cake, but all the dogs joined in the fun, so it was a lovely day,” said Dawn Bishop, Dogs Trust Manchester manager.
“We opened on 23rd October 2014 and from our very first day, the support we have received has been amazing.
“We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us whether that’s adopting one, or more, of our beautiful dogs, volunteering, donating or buying our dogs toys and tasty treats throughout the year, it’s incredible.
“When the time comes for our dogs to head off to their forever homes, we know we have been able to get them ready for their new adventures with their families, thanks to our supporters helping us make sure they have everything they need whilst they are with us.”
Max and Bella have topped the poll of names of dogs coming into the centre, with Crossbreeds, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Jack Russell Terriers most frequently finding themselves searching for new families.
A rarer breed to find at Dogs Trust Manchester is the Siberian Husky ,and Troy is currently the only one at the centre hoping to sniff out a new home soon.
Troy loves people, can live with children aged 14 and over and has in the past had a feline friend so could potentially live with a cat, but the team would like him to be the only dog in the home.
“Troy is a beautiful boy who loves cuddles and particularly enjoys a belly tickle!” says Dawn.
“He would benefit from a secure garden to relax in and although he’s an older dog, he is quite spritely, so he loves to potter around and is always up for a little adventure.
“We really hope that by the time he is ready to celebrate his tenth birthday he will be the centre of attention once again, but this time at the heart of his new family.”
If you think you could give Troy the forever home he deserves, go to dogstrust.org.uk/rehoming to start the virtual adoption process. The team believe Troy has suffered some neurological spinal cord damage in the past which they will discuss with potential adopters.