Give a dog a home: Animal rescue appeal

Bruce is an 18-month-old red and white Staffordshire bull terrier cross. He is very friendly and so far, he's been fine with other dogs. He travels well in a car. He is micro-chipped and needs neutering.

Bruce is an 18-month-old red and white Staffordshire bull terrier cross. He is very friendly and so far, he's been fine with other dogs. He travels well in a car. He is micro-chipped and needs neutering.

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A MEXBOROUGH animal rescue centre is appealing for homes for these adorable little dogs.

It’s summer time again, and for most dogs this means looking forward to walkies in the park and enjoying a game of fetch in the warm sunshine – but not all dogs are so lucky.

Charlie was picked up from the pound. He is a lovely, lively Labrador cross who needs an active family. He likes to chase birds and is very strong on a lead. Exercise and some training would be recommended but Charlie is a bright boy who picks up commands easily.

Charlie was picked up from the pound. He is a lovely, lively Labrador cross who needs an active family. He likes to chase birds and is very strong on a lead. Exercise and some training would be recommended but Charlie is a bright boy who picks up commands easily.

Every year the number of animals abandoned by their owners increases, meaning that some kennels are having to take in twice as many dogs as they have room for.

In the worst cases, kennels are so overcrowded that they can only take in the dogs that they feel they have the best chance of saving.

Luckily there are people out there like Julie Drabble and Sarah Laycock, who in June 2010, founded Willow Dog Rescue in Mexborough.

Their aim is to save as many dogs as possible from council pounds in Yorkshire, giving them a second chance of a happy life but even they don’t have enough room for every homeless dog, which is why they need your help.

Mia is the classic example of a rescue dog, and was found starved, fragile and in very poor condition. She is a small terrier cross between three and six years old. She likes to stick close to someone and aims to please. She is all right with cats, but isn't very good with other dogs. Mia would ideally suit a quiet home with an elderly person who simply wants a companion.

Mia is the classic example of a rescue dog, and was found starved, fragile and in very poor condition. She is a small terrier cross between three and six years old. She likes to stick close to someone and aims to please. She is all right with cats, but isn't very good with other dogs. Mia would ideally suit a quiet home with an elderly person who simply wants a companion.

Willow volunteer Karlie Wilson said: “Just over a week ago we were called to one of the local pounds as their kennels were overflowing and they literally couldn’t take another dog.

“In these cases we have to carefully decide which dogs we think we can re-home and take those, as we can’t afford to sit with full kennels for months with dogs we can’t find homes for.”

So if you’re looking for a lovable new addition to your home, a cuddly friend for the kids or a loyal companion and you have the commitment to give them the love they need, then take a look at these adorable pooches.