Pooch's six-year wait for a home finally over in Balsall Common - The Solihull Observer

Pooch's six-year wait for a home finally over in Balsall Common

Solihull Editorial 16th Dec, 2020   0

AN OVERLOOKED dog who has spent the last six years in kennels is looking forward to spending his first Christmas in his fur-ever home.

Monty an eight-year-old Patterdale Terrier was one of the Dogs Trust Kenilworth longest term residents until Paul Bennett and Dianne Malsbury welcomed him into their life.

Following the death of their cat the Balsall Common couple decided to adopt Monty.

Paul, of Balsall Common, said: “We had volunteered at Dogs Trust Kenilworth, so we knew about Monty and that a couple of homes hadn’t worked out for him.




“He is a sensitive soul and we understood the type of home he needed, so Dianne suggested we had a chat to the team about whether we could potentially be the ones to give him his forever home.

“That was just before the first lockdown so we had to wait until restrictions were eased before we could meet him several times at the centre and do lots of different things with him to prepare him for coming home.


“He had a few overnight stays with us too, until finally he was ready. Now he’s here we have become such good pals. He melts your heart.”

Monty is one of around 600 lucky dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes at the Dogs Trust Kenilworth who have found loving homes this year.

Emma-Jane Thomas, manager at Dogs Trust Kenilworth, says: “It’s fantastic that we were able to change the tale for Monty. He was an anxious dog; fearful of strangers and many dogs and he is also very noise sensitive, so he needed a very special home.

“Our specialist behaviour team had done a lot of work with him and he had become really affectionate with people he knew and quite playful, so when Paul and Dianne expressed an interest in giving him the chance to finally find his forever home, we were so pleased.”

Dogs Trust wants to change the tale for thousands of dogs who otherwise would have nowhere to turn and want to remind people that they are there to help wherever possible, so if anyone is struggling and needs to give up their dog, to contact Dogs Trust on 0300 303 2188.

Alternatively, please give what you can to help Dogs Trust change the tale for dogs like Monty, by visiting www.dogstrust.org.uk/changethetale

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