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Dogs Trust Leeds is looking for homes for two lively Old Age Pooches, hoping to prove every dog really does have its day, as we approach National Grandparents Day on Sunday (6 October).

13-year-old Border Collie, Jasper, and ten-years-young Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Sasha, aren’t showing signs of slowing down any time soon and are more than ready to speed off to their new homes.

Amanda Sands, Manager at Dogs Trust Leeds, says:

“It is especially sad when older dogs come into the centre. Because of their age our older dogs are often overlooked and can spend a long time waiting for a new family, but there are so many advantages to having an older dog. They are often calmer and more relaxing to be around, they’re house trained and when you rehome an older dog, what you see is what you get – their personalities have already been shaped so there should be no surprises. Last but not least, although these two are particularly lively, older dogs do tend to need less exercise than younger ones.”

Jasper is a typical Collie – sensitive, energetic and clever. He can be anxious and so may take some time to settle into his new home and he would love to have his own space where he can relax. He could potentially live with another dog whereas toy-loving Sasha definitely wants to be the only dog so she can lap up all the love in her new home.


Amanda adds:

“They have very different personalities. Sasha is super-friendly but happiest when she is with people she knows, whereas Jasper can be quite an independent chap and needs owners who understand exactly what Collies need out of life.

“In dog years, together they are 161 years old but they aren’t looking for retirement homes where they can rest their paws. They are all ready to slot into family life and we’re just hoping that as grandparents are celebrated, we’ll have something to celebrate having found them their ideal homes.”


If Sasha or Jasper could be the dog for you, please call 0113 532 4335. Or visit the centre at York Road, LS15 4NL. It is open 12pm-4pm Friday-Monday, 12pm-7.30pm Tuesday and Thursday, closed Wednesday. Or go to

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