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Dog Vinnie is a lonely soul seeking loving new home for Valentine’s

By Laura Abernethy

Published 10/02/2016

Gemma McAllister from Dogs Trust with Vinnie
Gemma McAllister from Dogs Trust with Vinnie
Vinnie the dog

Vinnie the dog is looking for someone to love him this Valentine's Day.

The seven-year-old Labrador-cross has been overlooked for more than six months at Dogs Trust Ballymena, and staff think he could be Northern Ireland's loneliest dog.

Volunteers at the Co Antrim sanctuary are hopeful that he could finally find a loving home in time for Valentine's Day next week.

Vinnie is described by staff as a "wonderful dog" with tonnes of love to give, but he has had to watch as his many of his canine friends have found homes while he has been left behind.

Workers are concerned he is becoming lonelier by the day, despite being showered with affection by his carers.

They also cannot understand why he has not been adopted because they think that he would make an excellent pet.

His carers describe him as a "gentle giant" and say his ideal day is exploring the great outdoors and having a good old sniff around before snuggling up for an afternoon snooze on a comfy bed. He also loves treats and lots of cuddles.

Oonagh Phillips, Dogs Trust Ballymena rehoming centre manager, said: "All of us at the rehoming centre adore Vinnie as he is such a special boy.

"Vinnie arrived back in August last year. He was extremely underweight and was poorly with a kidney condition."

Despite his rough start, he has come on leaps and bounds in the last six months.

Oonagh explained: "He has doubled in weight and is now happy and healthy.

"However, we are concerned that he is very lonely as nobody is interested in him.

"He's a super handsome boy with a fantastic personality, so we just can't work out why nobody wants him. All of us at Dogs Trust Ballymena are hoping that somebody out there realises Vinnie is their paw-fect match."

Vinnie would be best suited to a loving family home with children aged 12 and over. Ideally, he would be the only dog in the house. The Labrador-cross has an ongoing kidney condition so requires a special diet, but staff can advise on this.

To help Vinnie or any of the other dogs at Dogs Trust find a home, call 028 2565 2977.

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