DEMAND for pets has surged since the start of the coronavirus pandemic with Dogs Trust reporting 66-per-cent more calls in 2020 than 2019. 

As we all bunker down for the foreseeable, many of us have noticed a gaping hole in our lives that can only be filled with a four-legged friend. 

With many of us spending a lot more time inside as we now work from home or only going outside for part of our daily exercise - which is more frequently a gentle walk around the block than a 5k run like we all promised ourselves. 

The prospect of adopting a needy animal into our hearts and homes has become more realistic than ever. 

Dogs Trust chief executive Owen Sharp said:  “It's no surprise that during the pandemic there has been a huge demand for dogs, as more people have been at home with time to care for a new family member, of the canine kind. 

“We saw a 66% increase in calls from members of the public looking to rehome from us in 2020 compared to 2019.

“Owning a dog is an absolutely wonderful thing, but it's also a big responsibility. Before embarking on the exciting journey of welcoming a four-legged friend into your life, it's really important to think about what life is like now and what it will be like in the future.”

Here are some Wiltshire-based animals in need of their forever home: 


Swindon Advertiser:

This gorgeous Labrador cross Mastiff is described as "the epitome of the term gentle giant". 

With a heart of gold and lots of love to give this affectionate lad is looking for an adult only home with few unannounced visitors - he will need his own dedicated "safe space" in his new home, should there be unannounced visitors. 

Mike would need to be the only dog in the home, but he's happy to have walking buddies. He's comfortable wearing a muzzle and will need owners who can continue doing this when he is out and about. 

Mike loves his toys and loves playing outside, so a good-size, secure garden will be required for him to explore and play safely off lead.

For more informaton visit Dogs Trust.


Swindon Advertiser:

This lovable Lurcher is in need of a quiet forever family that she can call her own.

She will need to be the only dog in the home but is confident being walking buddies with other pooches. 

She can get a little worried by loud, unexpected noises and requires calm walking areas. 

At 10-years-old she's looking for a quiet life and loves nothing more than the company of humans, sharing playtime and a few cuddles. 

Find out more on Dogs Trust.


Swindon Advertiser:

Lady has sadly been taken into the care of the Cats Protection as a result of her elderly owner sadly passing away. 

At 14-years-old Lady can be taken in as a long-term foster cat rather than adopted, this is also beneficial due to her thyroid problem. 

She is a lovable girl looking for an older family to while away her days. 


Swindon Advertiser:

Sweet girl Daisy is in need of a quiet forever home, preferably with a couple or a single person. 

She's an ideal companion and although she enjoys her own space she will happily sit beside you and come when called she also enjoys a good stroke.

Happiest when playing with her toys around the house there's lots of life left in this old girl. 

Find out more on Cats Protection.


Swindon Advertiser:

Just 30 minutes outside of Swindon is this big girl who's in need of a loving stable. 

Derry is a two-year-old thoroughbread who is suitable for riding and companionship.

Described as a 'project horse' she needs a few more years to mature before she is ridden and is looking for an experienced rider to bring her on.

She loves attention and is happy being groomed.

For more information visit the Blue Cross.