A series of mini-films celebrating rescue dog ownership has been launched by Dogs Trust to encourage people wanting to welcome a dog into their life to adopt not shop.

The use of the hashtag #MyDogIsForLife is being encouraged to spread this message and join the conversation.

The summer months are often one of the busiest times of the year for the charity with almost 33,000 calls being received in July and August over the last two years, from people wanting to give a dog its forever home.

Last year the charity marked 40 years of its slogan ‘A Dog is For Life, Not Just for Christmas’. Over the course of the year they asked owners who have chosen to give a rescue dog a second chance to catch their favourite moments on camera to show the lifelong bond they now share – with joyful results.

From Dachshund puppy Tiny Tim who had a tough start in life after being illegally imported into the country, to American Bulldog Debo, who was found as a stray but is now enjoying lots of adventures at sea with his owners – each video captures a very special bond.

Richard Littledale, Baptist Minister at Newbury Baptist church, gave Ginny, a two-year-old Lurcher, a home in January 2018 after his wife of 30 years, Fiona, died. “When Fiona died, I plunged into a grief I had never known,” Richard says. “When I found Ginny at Dogs Trust in a way it felt like we were both on a journey together. I was helping her to trust me and enjoy new experiences and she was helping me to embrace life again. It’s been a wonderful hobby to take photos of all the simple ways we spend time together through the seasons. I think in many ways she has rescued me!”

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Nisha Kotecha is the Founder of Good News Shared. Having worked and volunteered for charities in the UK for over 10 years, Nisha is on a mission to highlight how amazing charities are.

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