Leeds Dogs Trust toasts a decade of rehoming pooches

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Picture shows Womble the dog who was bought into the Dogs Trust in Leeds with so much hair he was almost unrecognisable as a dog, the centre have shaved of more than 2lbs of fur and he is now running.
Andrew McCaren/Ross Parry Picture shows Womble the dog who was bought into the Dogs Trust in Leeds with so much hair he was almost unrecognisable as a dog, the centre have shaved of more than 2lbs of fur and he is now running.

Dogs Trust Leeds is celebrating its tenth anniversary of rehoming dogs in the city.

The Rehoming Centre opened on York Road on September 27, 2006 and has since gone on to find almost 12,000 dogs their ideal homes.

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Collect picture shows Womble the dog who was bought into the Dogs Trust in Leeds with so much hair he was almost unrecognisable as a dog, the centre have shaved of more than 2lbs of fur and he is now running around waiting for a new home.�

Ross Parry/syndication Collect picture shows Womble the dog who was bought into the Dogs Trust in Leeds with so much hair he was almost unrecognisable as a dog, the centre have shaved of more than 2lbs of fur and he is now running around waiting for a new home.�

Dogs Trust’s presence in Leeds began in the early 1980s and was ran privately before being given permission to build 32 kennels and for Dogs Trust to run the centre.

“The support we have had has been incredible,” Rehoming centre manager Amanda Sands said.

“Dogs so often find themselves homeless through no fault of their own, perhaps a relationship break up or sadly the death of an owner.

“Whatever the reason, they all deserve a second chance and even now after all this time and the thousands we have seen leave the centre with their new owners, tails wagging, it still tugs at the heart strings.”

The centre was made possible thanks to the generosity of the trust’s supporters.

It is specially-built with 58 kennels each containing glass fronts, which reduces noise and stress, underfloor heating and indoor accommodation as well as an outdoor run area.

When the dogs aren’t relaxing in their kennels, they are out and about on-site which has securely enclosed paddocks with agility equipment where the pooches can burn off some of their energy and play with their canine carers.

Amanda said: “It’s always wonderful to find that special someone for any dog but when they have had a really tough time, it is even more special.

“Without the support of the dog-loving public, our volunteers and everyone who supports our events, none of it would be possible.

“So we’d like to just say a huge thank you to everyone.”