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Forever homes for rescue dogs aim of charity's new video appeal

Gladys the pug with owner Aimee’s other dog, Beatrice the bulldog
Gladys the pug with owner Aimee’s other dog, Beatrice the bulldog
Gladys the pug
Ralph Hewitt

By Ralph Hewitt

Dogs Trust Ballymena has launched a series of mini-films celebrating rescue dogs and their owners to encourage people to adopt a furry friend.

Over the course of a year, new owners who have chosen to give a rescue dog a second chance were asked by the rehoming centre team to catch their favourite moments on camera to show the lifelong bond they now share.

Gladys the pug became a resident at Dogs Trust Ballymena after being abandoned and she immediately went into its Home From Home fostering programme.

Her foster carer Aimee loved her so much that she set about to adopt Gladys permanently.

Since living with her new owner, Gladys has become good friends with Aimee's other dog, a bulldog named Beatrice.

"My Gladys has fit in so well at home and she has so much character," Aimee said.

"I can't imagine my life without her and, I think it is also safe to say, neither can Beatrice, as they do everything together.

"It has been brilliant capturing her life with us on camera over the last year, and it's lovely to look back on everything we have done together. We would ask everyone to rescue; it is so rewarding to give a dog a second chance."

Oonagh Philips, Dogs Trust Ballymena manager, added: "We want to say a huge thank you to everyone that has adopted a Dogs Trust dog, and as we approach the busy summer months we also want to encourage people who would like a dog to be part of their family to do lots of research in advance. That will help give owners the best chance of being able to share many happy years together with their four-legged friend.

"Our dogs will always be part of the Dogs Trust family so it's wonderful to see them in their forever homes, living the lives they deserve to live with owners who adore them.

"We always do our best to make sure families find a dog that will suit their daily lives, so if you have a doggy-shaped hole in your life, we hope you choose to give a rescue dog a second chance at happiness."

To watch highlights from Gladys' first year in her forever home visit

Dogs Trust Ballymena is also encouraging dog lovers and owners to use the hashtag #MyDogIsForLife to share their rescue dog stories, tagging @dogstrust.

To find out more about all of the dogs waiting for their forever homes, visit

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