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After more than 500 days in kennels, Rudi found a home for Christmas

After more than 500 days in kennels, rescue dog Rudi is about to spend Christmas in a loving home.

A seven-year-old rescue dog is looking forward to Christmas in his new home after waiting more than 18 months for someone to fall in love with him.

This time last year, Staffordshire bull terrier Rudi was spending his second Christmas at Dogs Trust Ilfracombe after originally arriving in November 2020. He had been adopted earlier but it wasn’t meant to be and spent a total of 543 days in kennels. his special someone to take him home. But Rudi’s luck turned when Jo-Ann Glover, from Barnstaple, wandered into reception at the rehoming centre, based in West Down, looking to adopt a dog.

Jo said: “I can’t imagine life without Rudi! He is simply amazing! I spent about a month getting to know him, which allowed us both to see if we were a good fit. I walked him around the rehoming center and once he trusted me I took him out too. He even came to my house to see if he liked it and it definitely paid off. I fell in love with him the first time we met and it’s safe to say he’s here to stay – and he can run around our garden as he pleases!

“He’s been with me for a few weeks now and he’s come on leaps and bounds. He is such a lovely and friendly boy and has relaxed so much since he has been here. I’m so happy that Rudi is home for Christmas – the first of many Christmases we’ll spend together!”

Rudi with his new owner Jo-Ann Glover – Credit: Dogs Trust

Rudi is one of 170 lucky dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes at Dogs Trust Ilfracombe to find loving homes this year.

Elise Watson, manager of Dogs Trust Ilfracombe, said: “Rudi has been with us for such a long time but we are so happy to have been able to help him find his happy ending. It was fantastic to finally wave goodbye to him, albeit a little teary!

“Rudi was a big favorite with the staff, but because he was so sensitive to noise, he was in a quieter part of the center so he wasn’t exposed to the public and could therefore be overlooked. He needed a very special home, but with the support of his wonderful carers who prepared him for life in a new home, he finally landed on his paws with Jo.

“We are delighted that he will spend his first Christmas with Jo and get all the love and affection he deserves. When we see our dogs go to their new homes, we do the work we do and we are all absolutely delighted with Rudi.”

If you would like to find out more about Dogs Trust Ilfracombe dogs looking for a home, please visit

Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity. Over recent months the charity has received a record number of calls from people needing to rehome their dogs as the cost of living continues to affect pet owners. The charity is looking for foster parents to come forward and offer some of the dogs in its care a temporary home until they find their forever families.

By becoming a foster, you help free up a kennel ready for another dog who has nowhere else to go, while allowing the staff to free up some really valuable time to provide expert care to dogs who need a little extra help.

Ideally, foster carers must have experience of owning a dog and should live within driving distance of a Dogs Trust rehoming centre. All Dogs Trust fosters are supported by the charity and all costs are covered.

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