Dog left in shelter for nine years finally gets a home in time for Christmas
An adorable pooch who was facing her TENTH festive season in a dog shelter has finally found a home – just in time for Christmas.
Sophie, the corgi-collie cross, has been unable to find a home for almost a decade, but after her fate hit the headlines last week the shelter was overwhelmed with calls.
And in her very own Christmas miracle she is now settled with a new family with a cosy place in front of the fire.
The 11-year-old pooch had been at Hilbrae Kennels, Shropshire, since she was just two-years-old and was regularly passed over for more fashionable breeds and younger dogs.
But when dog-lovers Irene and Ken Duffy saw her smiling face and read her heart-wrenching story they knew they had to meet her.
Retired Irene, 70, said: “We knew as soon as we saw her that we wanted to bring her home with us.
“We’ve had our little Jack Russell Toby for seven years, and my husband did say ‘No more dogs’. But when we both saw her little face we said ‘Oh we will have her’.”
The couple made the two hour journey from their home in Oldham, Manchester, on Saturday to the kennels to see if Sophie was the dog for them where they took her for a walk and got to know her.
When they returned on Sunday a senior dog handler assessed the couple and decided they were the perfect fit.
Irene said: “After we heard that she had been in the shelter for nine years I called them straight away to see if we could meet her.
“It just snowballed from there.
“We went to the shelter in Shropshire on both days over the weekend to see if she liked us but we would have gone back again and again if that’s what it took.
“We used to have a Lurcher, who was also called Sophie, but she died about five months ago so I’m glad that Toby has got a new friend.
“My husband Ken, 65, and I were both in the RAF for 22 years and it wasn’t fair to have a dog who would need to be quarantined every time we moved abroad so now it’s lovely to have a pet at home.
“Sophie is quiet but a real charmer and her and Toby seem to be getting on well.
“She has already find a little place she likes to sit under the stairs and is getting used to cosying up in front of the fire place.
“We feel very lucky to have welcomed her into our family – she’s a little Christmas miracle.”
Although Sophie has gone to a good home, the team are still looking for homes for more than 70 dogs.
Kennel supervisor Claudia Churchill said: “We were all sad to say goodbye to Sophie after so many years – I was in tears – but it’s the best thing for her.
“The morning she was in the paper the phone never stopped ringing – people were desperate to come and meet her.
“But her new owners are a perfect fit and all being well, she’ll have a loving family for the rest of her life.
“I can’t believe she’s got a home in time for Christmas – it’s the best present.”