Olympic cyclist Katy Marchant took a ride to Dogs Trust Leeds to help an abandoned pup get on track to her new home. After hearing about the plight of the stray puppy the dog lover from Leeds quickly ‘got on her bike’ to see what she could do to help.

As Katy celebrated her bronze medal win in the women’s sprint cycling, the five-month-old pup was found wandering the streets of Wibsey in Bradford. She arrived  at the York Road Rehoming Centre as Team GB were preparing to head home from Rio so staff decided to name the Labrador Cross pup Katy in the hope that she will sprint into a new home.

“It’s great to be back in Leeds and I was so excited to hear I’d had a pup named after me! She is absolutely stunning. My dream has come true and I hope her dream of a forever family comes true very soon,” said Olympian Katy.

Leeds Olympian gets pup on track to new home

Katy is hoping her four-legged namesake has as much success finding her forever home as she had in Rio. Photo: KJ Photography, Leeds

As she is a young dog, Katy will need a family who are able to give her the time and attention she needs to become the best she can be.

Amanda Sands, manager at the Dogs Trust Leeds rehoming centre, said, “It was so exciting to welcome Katy to the centre so soon after the Olympics and she loved playing with her puppy namesake.

Leeds Olympian gets pup on track to new home

Katy getting to know her four-legged friend. Photo: KJ Photography, Leeds

“As any athlete will tell you, training is key to success and that’s certainly the case for our four-legged Katy. She will need all her training with being so young but she will be a lovely addition to any active family.” 

If you would like to offer a loving home to Katy or any of the wonderful dogs cared for at Dogs Trust Leeds, please call the rehoming centre on 0300 303 0292 or visit www.dogstrust.org.uk.

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