ANIMAL-LOVING Leythers are being encouraged to help find homes for these two adorable puppies - and hundreds of others like them.
Cross-breed pups Belle and Susie, who are around 13 weeks old, are currently settling into life with foster carers Christina and Ralph Savage at their home in Low Common.
Now charity Black Retriever X, which brings unwanted animals across from Ireland where dog pounds and rescue charities are facing a crisis due to the numbers of animals who cannot be found homes, are urgently calling for more people to help foster and take on rescued dogs.
The charity estimates a large number of dogs who would make perfect family pets have to be put to sleep in Ireland each year.
Belle and Susie arrived in the UK on the ferry from Ireland, and were picked up from Chester services in the middle of the night by their foster carers.
Christina, 30, said: “I got to Chester at about 2am to pick them up, because it’s the first stop before the charity’s drivers go on to Birmingham and right down to London.
“The dogs are initially quite unsettled because it’s an ordeal for them. It’s a long journey and the transporter is absolutely packed because the charity try to save as many as they can.
“We’ve been fostering animals for a while but nothing prepared us for seeing that van full of beautiful animals just sat there with the saddest little faces you can imagine.
“You have to remember too that they’re the lucky ones who will get a home.”
Christina is now encouraging fellow animal lovers in Leigh to help Black Retriever X find homes for Belle and Susie and countless others like them, and to become foster owners to help turn scared, unwanted animals into pets ready for re-homing.
She said: “The charity lose a lot of foster carers because they fall in love with the animals and keep them, so they desperately need more volunteers.
“They are a very professional charity and know exactly what they are doing, so are looking for experienced foster homes where owners will spend time with the dogs and find out about their personalities to make re-homing them easier.
“Black retrievers and cross-breeds are very active and playful dogs, and they’re also absolutely adorable. They would probably benefit from a home with an adult dog which would help them socialise and mature.”
To adopt Belle and Susie, email Christina at email@example.com. To find out more about the charity or apply to become a foster carer, visit www.blackretrieverx.co.uk