A COLLIE left homeless in the New Year has found her forever home.

Star, an elderly 12-year-old, was one of seven border collies rescued in January by charity SN Dogs after their owner died suddenly.

Last month the Adver reported that six of the dogs had already been rehomed – with poor Star the only pup left.

The “typical collie”, whose favourite game is stalking toys, was staying in a foster home. But bosses at charity SN Dogs were still holding out for Star’s “forever home”.

Jessie Bascome, SN Dogs founder, said: “She’s set in her ways. She’s not a cuddly dog, but she just needs a chance to settle in and someone who doesn’t expect too much from her.”

Luckily for Star the dream of a new home has come true.

Last weekend, Star’s foster-carer formally adopted the collie.

Jessie said: “Nigel, the fosterer, had recently lost a collie and had experience with more difficult dogs – which Star was.

“He’d had Star for a little while and gone through the ups and downs of people being showing interest then losing interest.”

Fosterer Nigel expressed interest in taking on another dog. But, when quizzed by Jessie, said: “If I adopted another dog it would be Star.”

“I said, ‘Why don’t you,’” Jessie said. “Star is really happy and settled there. He has another two dogs, a collie and a cross breed. Star gets on really well with his family. It’s the best thing for her.”

But while Star has found her long-term home, there are still plenty of struggling dogs waiting for their dream family.

One recent arrival at SN Dogs, two-year-old Kerry, had to be rushed into surgery.

The tiny Chihuahua-Dachshund cross was heavily pregnant when she was given to SN Dogs after previous owners could not afford the vet bills.

Kerry was given an emergency caesarean section, revealing three stillborn puppies. “One of them was half the size of her,” said Jessie.

The excruciating pain of the labour and the invasive surgery left the tiny dog seriously sick. Kerry had to wear nappies for several days and take drugs for calcium deficiency.

But the tiny dog is on the mend – and settling in well in her new foster home.

Jessie said that after Kerry’s nappies came off “she came out of her shell”.

“She runs around like a little rocket,” said Jessie. “The foster family made her a little jumper out of a welly sock.”

Now, SN Dogs are hoping to raise £500 to help cover the costs of Kerry’s veterinary care – which overall have been reckoned at £700.

“She’s worth every penny,” said Jessie.

Kerry is currently being fostered – but no decision has yet been made about finding her a permanent home. Jessie said: “We’ll have to see how she recovers.”

To find out more about Kerry and SN Dogs, visit: www.facebook.com/SNDogs-233396620011131.