Belfast Telegraph

Wanted: one active owner to take home the loneliest of Labradors

By Laura Abernethy

Northern Ireland's loneliest dog, Vinnie, has been looking for love since Valentine's Day, as he waits for the perfect owner to pick him up.

Dogs Trust Ballymena launched an appeal on February 14 to find a home for Vinnie - but sadly no one wants him.

The seven-year-old Labrador cross arrived in the re-homing centre in August 2015 with a kidney condition and was severely underweight.

Since then he has doubled in weight and is much healthier. He has an ongoing medical condition linked to his kidneys - but it doesn't slow him down in the slightest and the team at Ballymena can advise on this.

Vinnie is described by staff as a "wonderful dog" with loads 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.

He loves 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.

Dogs Trust Ballymena rehoming centre manager Oonagh Phillips said: "Vinnie is such a loveable dog and we can't understand why no budding owners have come forward yet.

"Since Vinnie came to Dogs Trust he has made leaps and bounds, having doubled in weight and become much healthier. Despite the love and care we provide, what he really needs is a family who will give him the loving home he deserves."

Despite being showered with affection by canine carers at the rehoming centre, staff are worried that Vinnie will never find the loving home he deserves, as he has been without an owner now for more than a year.

Dogs Trust in Ballymena described Vinnie as a "wonderful dog" who just needs that special someone to help him become part of a family again.

Vinnie can live with older children aged 12 and over and would benefit from a home where he is the only dog, so that he can be showered with attention. He has a lot of energy, so active owners would suit Vinnie. To help Vinnie, call 028 2565 2977.

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