Dogs Trust’s longest term resident hopes to find love as lockdown lifts

Date published: 17 April 2021

Dogs Trust Manchester is making a special appeal for their longest-term canine resident, Charlie, who has been waiting for a home for over 500 days. 

The five-year-old Labrador Collie Cross originally found himself in the care of Dogs Trust in October, 2019. 

Since then he has been adopted twice, but sadly it was not meant to be and the team are now hoping that it will be third time lucky for the lively youngster. 

Dawn Bishop, Dogs Trust Manchester Manager, said: “Charlie is an adorable but anxious boy so we are looking for a very patient and loving home for him.

"He is truly part of the Dogs Trust family, but what we really want is for him to have a home and family of his own. 

“We provide lifelong behavioural support for all of our adopted dogs over the phone  or in 1-2-1 sessions to help make sure they can live their best life together with their family. 

"Thanks to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery whose support helps to fund our post-adoption work, we will always be here to help if Charlie or his family need support.” 

Since arriving at Dogs Trust Manchester, Charlie has seen more than 1,000 of his canine companions head off to their forever homes.

As lockdown eases the staff hope that they will soon be waving a fond farewell to ‘cheeky Charlie’ as he has become known. 

Charlie would like to be the only pet in the home and will benefit from having a secure garden where he isn’t troubled by noise from traffic or people so he can relax and enjoy his own space.  

Dawn said: “Charlie loves fetching a tennis ball and he is really clever so picks up new things quickly in return for a tasty treat.

"He thoroughly enjoys travelling in the car so will be an ideal companion for owners who like to get away from it all to the quiet of the  countryside for lovely long walks.  

“He will take time to build a bond with new owners, but once you have that trust he is very affectionate and loves to cuddle up, which is adorable.  

“Charlie has come on in leaps and bounds since coming to us and we cannot wait to  see what the future holds for him in his forever home.

"He truly is one of a kind and  has bags of potential. 

"He will make a loving and rewarding pet for owners who are willing to take the time to work with him, and we will be by their side every step of the way.” 

Charlie will need a home in a quiet, rural area with a predictable routine and few visitors.  

If you think you could give Charlie what he is looking for, or would like to help Dogs Trust change the tale for any of the dogs waiting for their forever homes, you can find out more at:, or call the rehoming centre on 0161 470 1042. 

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