Give a Dog a Home success story

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STAR readers are riding to the rescue of the city’s abandoned dogs - but pounds in Sheffield are still struggling to cope.

At the RSPCA Animal Centre in Attercliffe the phone is ringing off the hook with potential new owners wanting to meet the dogs which have featured in the Star’s Give a Dog a Home campaign.

Manager Stella White said in the past week, nine dogs had been reserved by potential owners.

Once checks have been completed those dogs will join Daisy, Jacko, Xena, Crystal, Archie, Baloo, Mowgli, Moon, Zeus and Tilly, who have moved into new homes after being featured in our campaign.

Stella said: “We have had to change the way we manage our phone system as it has been ringing off the hook since the appeal was launched.”

Star readers have been calling the centre and pledging donations to help tiny Woody, whose legs were shattered when he was trapped under a door.

The centre needs to raise £1,200 to pay for operations to rebuild his tiny bones.

Said Stella: “I could cry tears of joy at the response we have had. Donations and pledges have been coming in thick and fast and we have around £400 so far. I am overwhelmed by the kindness and support from the people of Sheffield.”

But as fast as the centre and other pounds are finding homes, more dogs are being abandoned.

Serena, a steady, intelligent eight-year-old Staffy who has been at the RSPCA centre for a year is desperate for a loving home.

Animal care manager Tony Benham said: “She is one of the dogs who has been with us the longest and she really deserves a new home. We are puzzled why she hasn’t been adopted. Serena is a loving, gentle and calm dog who needs a home without other animals.”

n Contact the RSPCA centre on 0114 2898050.