Would you have space in your heart and home for one of these dogs?

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Hunter was taken to a local kennel and the Dogs Trust Ballymena team took him under their wing. Hunter loves the company of people, one of his favorites is to cuddle on the sofa.

Oreo is a cute 11 month old Shih Tzu cross who is a bit of a sensitive soul but has found it to help him have a little confident dog friend.

Oreo can be troubled by too much handling, so a quiet home with children aged 16 and over would be ideal.

He is very eager to learn and loves his food. He loves having adventures in the car.

It would take Oreo a few meetings with the adoptive parents at the center to gain confidence before he can go home.

Oreo is a cute 11 month old Shih Tzu cross who is a bit of a sensitive soul but has found it to help him have a little confident dog friend.

Breed: Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Hunter was taken to a local kennel and the Dogs Trust Ballymena team took him under their wing.

Although he was not in the best shape when he arrived at the center, with lots of love and some special baths, he is now back in full health and ready to meet the family of his dreams.

Hunter loves the company of people, one of his favorites is cuddling on the sofa. We don’t know much about Hunter’s history, but he can be very careful when dogs come into his room.

Hunter would like to be the only pet in his new home. For adventures in quiet areas, he likes to jump in the car so that he is not frightened by approaching dogs, he would be happy to have someone in the house for much of the day because he loves the attention.

Hunter is very friendly and could live in a home with children 14 and over.

He is completely house trained and loves to play with toys.

Conor O’Kane, manager of the Dogs Trust Ballymena Rehoming Center, explains the changes at the center when restrictions ease.

He says: “Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Dogs Trust Ballymena has continued to take in, care for and take back dogs thanks to our great team and local supporters.

“During this time we established a virtual rehoming process that was a great success and paved the way for many dogs that were previously overlooked by potential new families.

“In the midst of the upheavals of the past year, we are incredibly proud of the way our team has mastered the challenges that have arisen to do the best for our dogs.

“The pandemic has made it possible for us to try new things and take valuable insights with us to inform new processes.

“With the restrictions lifted, we will continue our successful virtual rehoming process to match dogs with their new owners.

“However, we love to be part of the local community and want to welcome people back to the center while the wellbeing of our dogs and staff continues to come first.

Members of the local dog-friendly audience can book an appointment to visit on one of our information days, which take place every Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors can meet our friendly staff, see the best of Dogs Trust Ballymena including our state-of-the-art kennels, and most importantly, see some of our beautiful dogs spending time with their handlers.

“Information days will not have an emphasis on placement, and anyone interested in housing one of our dogs will be directed to the virtual placement process to begin their placement journey.

“We believe these more intimate Visitor Information Days will help our dogs feel comfortable again in public, while also helping us keep staff and visitors safe.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the local dog lovers for their continued support and to help us do the best for the dogs in our care.

“To book an information day slot, visit www.dogstrust.org.uk/ourcentres,” said Conor.

* If you are interested in housing any of the dogs currently in the Ballymena Center

Visit the website at www.dogstrust.org.uk/rehoming