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Rescue dog finds forever home after 200 days in care

Dogs Trust bid a fond farewell to the terrier cross after six months at their shelter

Leila Marshall

Posted 2 months ago ago

Nanook, an 11-year-old terrier cross, must have thought he’d never find a new home after he spent more than 200 days at Dogs Trust Ilfracombe. 

But the team at the North Devon centre are pleased he’s finally got his happy ending after six months in their care, and they’ve bid him a fond farewell.  

Nanook originally arrived at the centre before the pandemic hit, in February 2020. He thought he had found his forever home but was sadly returned to the trust in November 2020. 

Nanook struggled being left on his own and Dogs Trust had searched long and hard for an owner who could offer him lots of company and security. They also wanted to teach him how to cope with being left for periods at a time when his owner had places to be. With the ongoing hard work and support of the charity, he has found a forever home with owner Sharon Maxwell from Dawlish. 

Sharon said: “I was looking for another dog, having lost my much-loved Jack Russell to old age last year. I was looking for another terrier as I am a big fan of this breed, I love their spirit, playfulness, and intelligence. When I saw Nanook's photos on Dogs Trust’s website I could tell he had all those qualities in abundance, and his description confirmed that he was quite a character!” 

The pup will be living with Sharon and her retired mum Aileen, meaning he will never be on his own. Nanook is lucky enough to be living with doggy friend Rex who enjoys walking in the countryside on the South West Coast Path, beach trips and forest hikes. 

Sharon said: “Once I met him, I was certain that I wanted to adopt him. I got lots of advice and support from Dogs Trust before taking him home, and when he arrived, he was so pleased to be back in a home once again. He has settled in so well, it’s like he’s always been here! He attempts to make friends with every dog he meets, and he has helped my other dog, Rex, a young Jack Russell who had a very sheltered start to life, gain confidence when out and about on joint adventures.” 

Sophie Slade, Assistant Manager at Dogs Trust Ilfracombe, said: “Nanook is an adorable boy but did have some worries especially around being left alone – he likes the sound of his own voice too so used to make a lot of noise when he wasn’t happy which often put people off adopting him. 

“We are so happy we have been able to find Nanook his happy ending and we know he has finally landed on his paws with Sharon and her mum, getting all the love and affection he deserves. Seeing our dogs go to their new homes is why we do the job we do, and we are all absolutely delighted for Nanook. 

“We have been able to continue to safely rehome dogs throughout the pandemic via virtual rehoming. We still have around 30 dogs in our care looking for a second chance. So, if you have a dog-shaped hole in your life, please do get in touch.” 

If you think you could give a dog a forever home, please go to to start the virtual adoption process. 

Dogs Trust Ilfracombe holds Information Days every Sunday. If you would like to take a tour of the centre, meet members of the team, and see the dogs spending time with their canine carers, please go to to book a place. 





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