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Rusty finds his 'forever home' after a year with Dogs Trust Ballymena

By Claire Williamson

He was a long term resident at the Dogs Trust Ballymena - but now Rusty has found his 'forever home' in Banbridge.

Seven-year-old terrier cross Rusty had been at the re-homing centre for more than a year.

Described as a loveable little chap, he has a slightly narrower jaw than the average Jack Russell which gave him a cheeky looking smile.

He was an instant hit with married couple Mal and Sarene, who have made room for him in their home in Banbridge.

And such was the popularity of Rusty at the dogs' home that staff turned out to wish him well with his new family.

Sarene said: “Our previous pet passed on some time ago and it took us a while to really feel ready to get another dog.

"We agreed that adopting a dog would be the best route for us as a couple. Giving an older dog that perhaps didn’t have the best start in life, another chance at their forever home, felt like the right thing to do.

“After visiting the rehoming centre in Ballymena, it wasn’t long before we realised Rusty was the one for us. He has so much energy and charm but he had his challenges which we are not unused to, having previously re-homed a three-year-old terrier from another dog rescue charity."

And after just a few days, Rusty was already feeling right at home.

Sarene added: “After the first couple of days he seemed really content and had even learnt some new tricks, including giving a paw for treats.

“Having Rusty in our lives has been a really rewarding experience and we would definitely recommend adopting an older dog to anyone looking for a family pet.

"Older dogs have so much to give and their maturity usually means they can adjust to their surroundings quickly. Rusty now has a bed in every room in our house and absolutely loves snuggling in for lots of cuddles.”

Rehoming centre manager at Dogs Trust Ballymena, Oonagh Phillips said: "We are thrilled Rusty has settled in to his new home so quickly and it is clear his personality has really shined through as part of a family again.

“It’s always a little bittersweet to see our dogs leave us but it is also the most rewarding part of our job.  Knowing they will get to live a rich and full life is everything we could hope for.”

If you are interested in adopting a dog contact Dogs Trust Ballymena on 0300 303 0292 or visit here

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