St Francis Animal Welfare rescue dogs from various sources - from owners whom are no longer able to care for them for a variety of reasons - to strays from the local councils pounds.

All dogs are health checked by a vet shortly after their arrival and are subsequently fully vaccinated, neutered/spayed, micro-chipped and assessed before being ready to be re-homed. 

Our dogs are regularly walked and played with by our staff and volunteers during their stay at St Francis Animal Welfare to ensure that they stay happy and healthy.

*** We always need volunteer dog walkers ***

If you have an hour or two to spare a week and would like to brighten up a rescue dog's day, then please contact the shelter manager on 02380 693282 - Please note that dog walkers MUST be over 18 years old (with no accompanying children under 14 years old) and must have some dog experience. 

 The animals available for adoption are always changing so it is advisable to contact the shelter to see if an animal on our website has been found a home, or if there are any new animals available for adoption. Please call 02380 693282 before 5pm.

Not all of our animals appear on our website.

Name: Cherry

Breed: GSD cross (possibly some setter)

Colour: Black and red/tan, some white on his chest

Sex: Male

Neutered: Yes

Age: 3 years

Vaccinated: Yes

Microchipped: Yes

Good with children? Could live with teenagers

Good with cats? Not great.

Good with other dogs? Yes after a very careful intro

Additional information:

Cherry is currently in foster.

A bit about his background: Cherry was an unwanted gift and the person who received him put him on a chain in their garden for two and a half years. We suspect he was beaten by her boyfriend as he can be wary of unfamiliar men and gets quite scared if someone is holding a long object (like a tennis ball thrower) near him. Due to his lack of socialisation, he can also get spooked by new experiences. However, he is very curious and if allowed to retreat to a comfortable distance, he will usually come back to investigate. He is now a lot better and is happy and settled in a household environment. He still finds things like stationary vehicles with the engines on, heavy machinery, and loud bangs to be quite scary, but he rarely gets distressed about typical household events.
As he was not fed very much during this time, he is a huge scrounge and gets very anxious when it’s nearly dinner time. He is very motivated by food and very easy to train.
Walking on a lead: Not great, but has significantly improved over time. However, if he sees a dog or a squirrel, he will start lunging and barking at them, and it’s very difficult to break his focus. He will also pull to sniff groups of strangers, although single passers-by are usually ignored. He is also very strong, and will pull a lot when he is stressed.
Travelling in the car: Dramatically improving. Cherry initially refused to go anywhere near a car, and it took a long time and a lot of treats for him to feel comfortable even standing next to one. The first time he went on a 5 minute car journey, he thrashed about so much that he broke his crate. Now he will jump into a car willingly with no treats, and will lie down for a lot of the journey. He will dribble a bit but overall travels reasonably well, although he is very stressed when he gets out.
Energy levels: High! He is walked for at least a couple of hours per day, and gets off lead time whenever we run into owners who are happy to let Cherry have a play. He also often does a bit of training in the evening and plays games, like tug of war and fetch. He always seems to have energy left over.
Leaving at home alone: Has been left alone for up to 3 hours in the past after exercise and has been fine for this length of time. Cherry can get a bit restless and destructive if he hasn’t been exercised and has been left unattended, so he would probably need to be walked before leaving him at home.

We all think it would be very important for him to meet any potential owners as much as possible before they adopted him. He would probably be an ongoing project so it would be nice if a new owner had a good amount of experience, a trainer lined up, and could see what was already being done with him.


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