If you are considering hosting a dog in your home, why not consider giving one of these adorable puppies a second chance?
Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter assists thousands of unwanted, neglected and abandoned pets each year, helping to find new homes for a variety of animals. pets including dogs, cats, horses and small animals. While these rescues may require a little more dedication and patience from their new owners, they are sure to offer endless amounts of love in return.
The shelter currently has 11 dogs in their care who are ready for new homes. From the tiny puppy to the young-at-heart senior dog, here are the dogs that could be your next four-legged best friend.
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Six-year-old Spirit is an Akita mix and has been at the shelter since April. A dog full of personality, Spirit is a lively and intelligent boy who enjoys the company of people.
“Spirit is a lovable, gorgeous boy with a huge personality who is sure to keep his family on their toes with his cheeky antics and boundless energy,” the shelter explains. “We know he will fill his new home with fun and laughter as he takes on the world in his new life!”
Spirit is looking for an active home with owners who can provide lots of stimulation and can live with children 16+. He can also live with other dogs, but not cats or small animals.
Lurcher Sandy is about six years old and arrived at the shelter in July. A sweet girl, she will always come to greet you with a wagging tail and her sweet smile.
“Sandy will be a wonderful companion to enjoy lovely walks in the countryside, and cuddles on the sofa with,” says the shelter. “As she got to know everyone, she’s well and truly come out of her shell and now enjoys spending time with her human friends.”
Sandy can live with children 12+ and other dogs, but no cats or small animals. Sandy was quite nervous when she first arrived as a stray, and although she has since come out of her shell, she would still be best suited to a quiet home with a patient owner who is happy to put in the time. to help him gain confidence.
Arriving at the shelter in September 2021, Shadow the Staffy has been in the care of the Newcastle team for the longest of any dog currently looking for a home. One-year-old Shadow hasn’t had the best start in life and is looking for a loving owner who can work with him to help him live life to the fullest.
The shelter explains that Shadow was initially very nervous and suffered from separation anxiety, but a year after arriving at the shelter, he is now much more confident. “Once he gets to know someone, he’s very affectionate and loves nothing more than giving you kisses and snuggling up on the couch next to you,” they say.
Shadow is looking for a quiet, adult-only, pet-free home with owners who have the time and energy to continue her training. Shadow has been trained to wear a muzzle in busy areas as he can be reactive to other dogs, but is improving after training classes and sessions with behaviorists.
Due to his responsiveness, Shadow will need to be walked at quiet times in quiet areas while he continues to learn. The shelter adds, “Owning Shadow is a big commitment, but it has shown everyone that it can make massive progress in a short time and will continue to do so in the right home and environment.”
Lurcher Sunny is about three and a half years old and arrived at the shelter in August. This handsome boy likes to be the center of attention and is always eager to get out, so he is looking for owners with an active lifestyle.
“Sunny is just a big whirlwind of energy!” said the shelter. “He’s a sweet, sweet boy who just wants to be with his humans all the time.”
Sunny can go in a family with children six years and older, and he can also live with other dogs, but not small animals. He is looking for a home where he can get plenty of physical and mental exercise and have the opportunity to experience many exciting adventures.
Buster, 11, is another staff member in need of a loving home and arrived at the shelter in July. Even as an older dog, Buster is still full of energy and fun and is looking for a family that can help keep him active.
“Buster is a wonderful older boy who brings his smile and a wagging tail wherever he goes,” the shelter says. “His smile speaks for itself – he’s a fun, energetic boy who will light up any room he walks into!”
Buster can be rehomed with children ages 12 and up, but must be the only pet in the household. He would like a family where he can spend a lot of time with people, and shelter staff say they have no doubt he will bring fun and laughter to his lucky new owners every day.
Jive is a Belgian Shepherd Cross who is only one year old and arrived at the shelter in August. After starting his journey as a nervous but gentle pup, he has become more confident and now hopes to find owners who can continue his training.
“As his confidence grew and he got to know his human friends at the shelter, he became a true lover just waiting to be loved!” say the staff. “He’s just a big dumb bundle of joy that you can’t help but love, his biggest dream in life is to have a family that loves him as much as he no doubt will love them.”
Jive must be the only pet in the household, but can be housed with children 15 and older. The shelter suspects Jive hasn’t had the easiest start in life and missed out on vital training as a puppy, so they are looking for dedicated new owners who can help him continue to grow.
Two-year-old Luna is a squint who arrived at the shelter in July. An anxious but “super sweet” girl, Luna is looking for a family with lots of time and patience – and is sure to shower them with affection in return.
“His two favorite things in the world are food and spending time with his humans!” said the shelter. “Luna has so much love to give and wants nothing more than a home that can return that love (and those treats) in equal measure.”
Luna is looking for owners who can spend a lot of time with her and who can help her overcome her separation anxiety. She had skin issues at the shelter, so potential adopters should be aware that she may need medication later in life.
Rosie, another girl in need of a family, has been at the shelter since August, when she arrived due to extreme underweight. This gorgeous girl is now looking for an active household that can keep up with her boundless energy.
“Rosie is just an absolute joy to be around. She’s so fun and full of energy and loves hanging out with her human friends! says the shelter.
“Give her toys, treats and love and she will be the happiest dog in the world. She frequently zooms around our yard as fast as she can – just loving life!”
Rosie is to be the only animal in her new home, but she can live with children ages 14 and up. She would be perfect for an active family, with owners who are dedicated to continuing her socialization with other dogs – but the shelter promises this pup is “guaranteed to put a smile on your face as soon as you meet her”.
Staffy Patch, 10, has been part of the Newcastle squad since August. After coming to the shelter as a stray, he immediately won the hearts of all the staff with his puppy-like playfulness.
“Patch loves people and food, those are the two most important things in his life,” they say. “He’s a cheerful, comical character who will no doubt brighten up any room he walks into in his new home.”
Patch can live with children ages 15 and up, but not other animals. He has a few minor health issues which the staff would be happy to discuss with any potential adopters.
One-year-old Rupert is a cross who also arrived at the shelter in August. A lively young boy, Rupert has received no training and will have to start from scratch with his new owners.
“He’s just a young boy who hasn’t had the best start in life,” the shelter says of Rupert. “He desperately wants a home of his own that can shower him with love and provide him with plenty of time, patience and comfort to help him grow into a well-rounded dog.”
Rupert must be in an adult-only home with no other pets. He is looking for an active family who can match his energy level and spend time giving him the training he needs.
At just two months old, little Gina is the youngest puppy looking for a home. Gina is a mixed-race woman who came to the shelter last month as a wanderer, and the staff promise she will give one lucky family “endless amounts of happiness”.
“Gina is your typical little pup, full of fun and mischief!” they say. “She is looking for a loving forever family to give her a wonderful life full of adventure and enrichment!”
Since Gina is so young, she can live with children of all ages and other animals. The staff are unsure of Gina’s breed, so potential owners should have an open mind about how tall she might grow in the next year!
If you are interested in one of these dogs you can complete an application form through the Newcastle Dog & Cat Shelter website. Due to limited resources, staff may take two to three weeks to contact successful candidates.