As the leaves fall to the ground once more and the nights draw in, a homeless hound at Dogs Trust Leeds is facing her fifth year in kennels after being ignored by thousands of dog-lovers.
Autumn, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier Cross, arrived at the York Road Rehoming Centre in October 2012 having been found wandering the streets on a wet and windy day. To the shock of the team she was heavily pregnant and just a few days later gave birth to two healthy puppies.
Despite the traumatic experience she’d been through she was a great mum, taking care of her pups until the time came for her to say goodbye when they bounded off to their forever homes in time to welcome in 2013 with their new families.
Sadly, 1,400 days later, poor Autumn is still waiting for her special someone to take her home – and the team say it is rare that anyone even asks about adopting her.
Amanda Sands, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Leeds, says:
“It is so sad. On average about one person a year has asked about adopting her, which is incredible and we really don’t understand why.
“She may not be the cutest, fluffiest dog we’ve ever looked after but she’s is definitely one of the most loving and it’s heart-breaking that she doesn’t have her own family to shower with love.”
Autumn, who is now seven-years-old, is looking for an adult only home where she is the only pet – but those aren’t unusual requirements and many dogs with the same needs of Autumn have been happily rehomed whilst she has whiled away over 35,000 hours dreaming of a home.
Amanda says:
“She is genuinely a great dog. Once she knows you she adores you and is really affectionate, she is toy mad and has a great sense of fun, she loves rolling around in the grass, does lots of tricks and enjoys her walks. What more could anyone want from a dog?
“There’s really no reason why she won’t make a wonderful companion for someone and when that day comes it will be the happiest of goodbyes. We are so used to her being here we will really miss her and no doubt walk past her kennel expecting to see her for many months after she has gone.”
Autumn would suit a home in a quieter area and as she’s been in kennels for so long she will need to have someone around a lot of the time until she settles into her new home.
If you think you could offer Autumn the perfect home she has been waiting for for so long, please call the centre on 0300 303 0292 or visit them at Woodlands Farm, York Road, Leeds, LS15 4NL. You can also find out more at www.dogstrust.org.uk

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