In an effort to twist the public’s arm, the dogs have ‘written’ love letters to potential owners.
One of the animals writing a letter is Neo, who is between 10 and 11 years old.The Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross was viciously attacked with an axe at the hands of his owner and has been in care since 2018. Alongside Neo, 11 other lonely dogs named Friday, Olive, Tara, Micky, Cooper, Shania, Zac, Raffa, Trevor, Bella and Nina have all written loving letters asking dog lovers to ‘pick me, choose me, love me.’ The cute move comes after new research from dogsblog.com and Direct Line Pet Insurance found that over half (53%) of animal rescue centres experienced a rise in dogs coming into care over the last 12 months.
68% of dogs were abandoned with no owner present, while 39% of dog owners had to give up their pets due to losing their homes.
But their research also provided some hope as there was a 173% increase in interest in a mixed-breed dog.
Good news, all the ones who’ve written a letter are all mixed breeds.Ryan O’Meara, co-founder of dogsblog.com is urging people to look into adopting a rescue dog.
He said: ‘Dogs are loyal and full of love every single day of the year. So hopefully one of these really amazing dogs will be able to find someone to give their everlasting love to this Valentine’s Day.’
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Here are their special Valentine’s Day letters:
Neo‘My name is Neo and I’m on the search to find someone to help heal my broken heart. Some very bad things happened to me before I came to Freshfields but I am now ready to put the past behind me and finally have some fun.
‘I have a big heart with lots of love to give. I love walkies, playing ball and snoozing in my bed. I am looking for a friend who will share those things with me.
‘Paws crossed, love from Neo.’
‘I have watched you from afar and longed to be cuddled up next to you. Feel your arms around me keeping me safe and secure. You’re the only one I need! I long to hear your voice call me and praise me for my good doings and love me for me.
‘I promise to stand by you and be as loyal to you as you are to me. Endless love is what I crave and a home to call my own. To feel love and appreciation, knowing I will be yours forever is all I ask. We will share so many fond memories and make our own adventures together paw in hand.
‘I hope this reaches you and we will finally be as one.‘Yours forever and always, Bella xxx’
‘I am a small dog who is seeking big love. My name is Friday – bit of a daft name I know, but it is unusual. Will you be my new owner? I am looking for my soulmate who will take care of me forever.‘I am small sized with a long body – I look like a Labrador but with short legs! Sounds funny, but I know I am rather beautiful. I am 7 years young, and although it’s rude to mention weight I am 9kg.’
‘Just over a year ago I was found wandering alone and was taken to the kennels where stray dogs go and I waited patiently for my owner to come and take me home.
‘I don’t know what I had done that was so wrong but they didn’t come to collect me and I have resigned myself to being nobody’s forever dog ever since.‘Luckily I was offered a rescue space with Friends of Akitas Trust (UK) and I arrived at their kennels. I had terrible skin sores, I haven’t told my rescuers what has happened and how my skin came to be in such a mess as I don’t want to upset them. The good news is my skin has healed up now and although I have some scars to show it is no longer hurting me.
‘I am a compact Akita and I won’t take up much room. I am told I am very handsome and distinguished and also that I have a kind heart. I just need someone to share my love with.’
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‘Could you be my Valentine?’
‘I really would like a mummy and daddy for just myself, I think they need to be experienced with doggies like me that have had a bit of a hard time and know sometimes I need space. I am very very loving though once I trust you, which doesn’t take long at all.
‘I get too excited when I see a cat and so I don’t want to live with them and I will always need to be on a lead as I find it hard to totally trust everyone and have a strong chase drive and get distracted and run off.
‘Anyway, if you take me on I promise to give you lots of love, if you can learn to live with my little quirks and I will make you laugh and promise to make your life a happy one as you will mine.‘Please think about me, I am not perfect and will need a little time to get to know but once I love you, boy do I love you. Big kisses, lots of Love, Olive’
Raffa‘Hello, My name is Raffa, or Raffaello if you want to use my full title. I’m a big friendly two-year-old boy from Romania.
‘My rescuers saved me from a kill shelter and brought me to the UK. I’ve grown so much and learned a lot since I’ve been here! I still need to build my confidence a bit. Do you think you could help me?
‘My foster says I’m a clever and loving boy. I’m loyal and love my humans. I can be a little bit cheeky and nip your bum to get you to play.
‘I can even teach you how to trampoline! I’m still a little scared of the world outside my secure garden, but dear valentine, we could work on this together. All I want is a home of my own.’
‘Dear Valentine,‘My name is Cooper. I’m a young boy who’s eager to please. I have been in rescue for a year now and while I enjoy spending time with the people here, I’d much rather be with you, taking long walks and snuggling up on the sofa.
‘I have lots of energy and lots of love to give, but I would prefer to be in a home with adults or older children.
‘Please will you be my Valentine? Lots of love, Cooper.’
Micky‘My name’s Micky, well, they call me that and “sweetheart” in rescue. They tell me that’s exactly what I am.
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‘In late November I came over to the UK and I am such a cool dude awaiting my new home but nothing is showing up for me yet, why not I have no idea.
‘I’m a handsome dude just coming out of puppyhood. I didn’t grow up with my parents so so I’m just catching up learning manners. But I’m a very good boy and I’m a fast learner. I just want to please.
‘My foster family say you would love me so much because I have a fabulous character despite being an orphan. They say I’m a blank canvass and a sponge because I soak up all the new experiences. I’m a classy looker and lover. I have the longest lick you can imagine and I reserve it for the people that are kind and lovely to me.
‘I’m in a lovely foster home with really nice people and it’s just what I want! I wish I could stay here with them but I can’t. I need to find my own family and forever home.
‘I’m learning all sorts of things fast now and I don’t pull on the lead now and I’ve stopped pinching things but I do still get the urges to pinch stuff and hide it for later so I can munch on it – whatever it is!
‘I am a very healthy eater, I like sleeping in the crate, actually, it’s ok, and they took my jewels off me so I think I’m a proper fantastic scoop for some lucky family! So get in line ladies and come up and see me some time. All my love Micky!’
Nina‘Dearest love of my life, ‘I’m Nina, I’m two years old and I’m a pawfect girl, so my foster mummy says, I just have a few issues which hopefully over time will get better. I have improved being left on my own but I do love having another doggy friend around to keep me company so I don’t bark as much, I only do that because I miss you so much and I can’t be without you for too long. Even though I’m a big girl, I’m still occasionally scared and I need you to let me know it’s going to be ok. Sometimes if I meet someone new or I’m unsure of I can’t be a little bit scared.
‘I’m a good girl at night time and I sleep downstairs. I have two meals a day so I don’t think I’m going to be hungry and don’t get reminded of my old days when I never had food in my tummy regularly. This way I know I’m always full. I’m a good girl out on walks I can be let off the lead and I have great recall. I’m never too far away from my foster mummy because I like to stay near where I know she is as I love going back home for a big long comfy sleep. I don’t like being woken up from my sleep in a startle as I think you’re going to hurt me, so please rouse me nicely if you need me to awaken
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‘You need to meet me to realise what a beautiful girl I am and see my great qualities. Even though I’ve had a hard time being on the streets previously, I love being in a home now looking after you. That’s what I’ve always wanted. Someone home most of the day who likes lots of exercise with another dog for company and understanding of my past would be amazing.
‘Please can I be your forever Valentine’s love?’
‘Dear Valentine,‘My name is Shania and I am looking for a family where I will be loved forever. I had a bit of a rough start in life but I am making up for it now!
‘I promise you that life with me will be fun! I love food, chewy toys, long walks, play, learning new things and watching TV. I am spontaneous – I love leaping up and giving the people I love cuddles and sloppy kisses. Chilling out on the sofa is nice too. I get bored quickly but am happy if I have toys to play with.
‘I like dogs and cats but I’ve been told that I am a little too enthusiastic at times and some of them do not like it. Oh well. I am actually very happy as the only pet at home because I would love nothing more than spending some quality time with the people I love.‘I can be shy and nervous too. Noises, crowded places and new people frighten me. I am getting better, but I will still need your help.
‘Do you think you could love me? Xx’
‘I have been waiting almost two years for my Valentine and I’d love for you to be my sweetheart or sweethearts. If you say yes to being mine, I promise you that you’ll have the best time ever!
‘I need someone with lots of time to take me for walks, which I love, and to teach me to keep my feet on the ground when I meet new people and stop kissing everyone I meet and to keep my kisses just for you.
‘I enjoy meeting other dogs on my walks but much prefer to keep you, my Valentine, to myself at home for cuddles on the sofa. I have not lived in a home so I will need training on how to conduct myself but I am very intelligent and learn quickly. Treats help a lot.
‘I have been to parkour training which is kind of like obstacle training. I have also done a bit of canicross and scent work which was great fun we could spend a lot of time together doing any of these.
‘I need a lovely secure garden otherwise I forget myself and dash off chasing little furry things. We can cuddle up in the car after all these events or sit outside a cafe having bacon butties.
‘My pawprints will be all over your bed and heart. So, will you be my FURR EVER Valentine? Lots of love Tara.’
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‘To my future family,
‘I want to meet you so much. I know you love me I just don’t know where you are, I hope you see this.
‘I had a home before, it was nice, but I lost it. I was put to a rescue where the people weren’t very good. They used to starve us and were cruel. Those days are behind me. I am loved in a caring place now but I still dream of my home
‘I see a garden to do zoomies in, long walks on summer nights, a sofa to cuddle up on cold winter ones. Toys to play with and share, things to learn I know you’ll teach me.
‘I’m being selfish but I would like you all to myself, if I was your only pet that would be best. Maybe older children, I like them but they need to be calm as I can still be a little nervous.
‘I hope you see this and dream of me and love me while you lie in bed. I know I dream of you every night when the kennel lights go out.‘All my hopes and love, Trevor.’ You can find out about Trevor and all the other potential pets on the Dog’s Blog website.