Can you help by giving a dog a home?

Can you help by giving a dog a home?

Hannah Taylor with two of the pups

Jessie Bascombe with one of the dogs the group has helped in the past

First published in News Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

A VOLUNTEER group set up to help save dogs in Swindon from death row is looking to re-home five dogs.

The problem of abandoned dogs has reached desperate levels in the town over the past year with Swindon Council’s pound inundated with bull terrier-type breeds in particular.

Under regulations, the animals can be looked after at the pound for seven days to allow owners a chance to reclaim them.

But after that they become council property and unless pounds can find a place for an unwanted dog at a re-homing centre, it faces being put down.

In a bid to prevent innocent animals losing their lives, a group called Swindon’s Needy Dogs has a team of volunteers who help to re-home the dogs, and take them for walks at the pound.

One of the volunteers, Jessie Bascombe, of Penhill, is trying to find homes for five dogs before Christmas.

They are Burt, a Staffordshire Terrier cross, George a Staffordshire Terrier, and Sophie, a dachshound which has two spaniel-cross puppies.

Jessie, the dog planner co-ordinator, said: “We don’t have much time between the dog being put in the pound and finding them a home. It is only 10 days, or they could be put down.

“I go to the pound a few times a week to get a feel for the dogs and make sure they go to the right home.

“At this time of year it is difficult to find spaces for the dogs because of Christmas coming and then in the new year you find a lot of dogs are dumped and the rescue homes are full.

“It is important to get these dogs re-homed as soon as possible and they are really good dogs.

“We are also in need of more volunteers who can help with walking dogs.

“We make sure the dogs are walked for an hour a day at the pound which is important.”

Anyone interested in re-homing a dog or becoming a volunteer should email swindonsneedydogs@gmail.

com or search for Swindon’s Needy Dogs on Facebook.

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8:23pm Tue 4 Dec 12

tucker81 says...

They look delicious
They look delicious tucker81
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11:04am Wed 5 Dec 12

gina948 says...

Yes they do dont they. We've already got a dog and two cats so we cant have them unfortunately! Heart breaking to know the consequences of them not being re-homed :(
Yes they do dont they. We've already got a dog and two cats so we cant have them unfortunately! Heart breaking to know the consequences of them not being re-homed :( gina948
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12:54pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Always Grumpy says...

tucker81 wrote:
They look delicious
And you were running down McDonalds. Says a lot about your eating habits!
[quote][p][bold]tucker81[/bold] wrote: They look delicious[/p][/quote]And you were running down McDonalds. Says a lot about your eating habits! Always Grumpy
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1:19pm Wed 5 Dec 12

jmostfc says...

Dont forget that a dog is always a great christmas present!
Dont forget that a dog is always a great christmas present! jmostfc
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4:47pm Wed 5 Dec 12

twasadawf says...

Hard fiscal times let the tories sort the problem out they will have the correct measures
Hard fiscal times let the tories sort the problem out they will have the correct measures twasadawf
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