If you've had a rescued dog from us and want to share your new joy with others - please send us some photos and anecdotes of your adventures. We'll be very pleased to include you in this Happy Endings section - it gives great pleasure and satisfaction to all who were involved with your dog's recovery and care . It also may inspire others to see that a dog can land on all four paws - and put its former life behind it.


Jack is a Spaniel/Labrador cross and an ex-gundog. He was about 13 when we adopted him in August 2016. We had very big holes in our hearts as our terrier had died 6 weeks prior to his arrival and we didn’t intend to have a largish ”elderly” male dog but it was love at first sight and we haven’t looked back.

He wasn’t house-trained, was a terrible food thief and would eat his meals so quickly that he regurgitated his food. He was also very submissive and still hates men who smoke. However, after a couple of months or so he was dry in the house, had stopped stealing food, ate less quickly and had got used to long walks and meeting new people. He loves his daily Dentistix and fruit and veg!

He is good with our cats and hens - although as far as they are concerned he is very much at the bottom of the pecking order - and has 2 special “girlfriends” who have sleepovers with him.

He has just started to play with cuddly toys and it is a joy to see him play, he loves a bath and zooms around the garden or on the beach (his most favorite place to visit!) like a puppy.

He comes everywhere with us and has a passport, travelling through the Tunnel to France with us in our 1967 Mini Countryman.

We love him dearly and cannot imagine life without him.

(Melanie & Lesley - very proud owners of Jack)


Hello, thought you would like to see a birthday photo of Nell. Quite a character she has been a joy. Quite easy to train, helped we think by having Lizzie to copy. Not so easy to stop the barking! However we now only have barking when people dare to come down our drive the only trouble is Lizzie joins in!! - They just LOVE that liver-cake !!

Nell is also obsessed with tennis balls and, is she fast!


We're delighted to include Ned into the Happy Endings camp ...... thoroughly enjoying his new family and friends who so obviously love him to bits and spoil him rotten. From sleeping in a barn to beach holidays and living the life he should.

"Thank you Dog Samaritans for once again giving us an amazing dog who is the light of our lives."

You just can't say fairer than that - and it's what makes our part in it all that bit more special.

Bobby & Buster

Talk about landing on all four paws - these lucky fellas have landed on all EIGHT !!!
Some wonderful people have taken these two on and done wonders for their  confidence and wellbeing and given them the life they so richly deserve. You may remember them......two Collies that are inseparable – so they needed re-homing together. They support and rely on one another as they both have well advanced eye problems with Buster being partially sighted and Bobby only having one eye and is almost blind in his remaining eye. So, despite their sight issues, they are a delightful pair of dogs that have not had a great former life. Now they are top-dogs and are full of beans - still inseparable and getting and giving so much pleasure.


Honey was brought into fostering by an elderly lady and her companion who, themselves, had rescued Honey from a rather sordid past. Honey is a lively and strong Staffie cross and they found her progressively difficult to manage as they deteriorated in health.

She had all too obviously been seriously abused in the original home; she had several scars, marking a very traumatic period from which she developed a serious aversion to men.

Honey was significantly reconditioned while in foster-care but she still has some way to go with her behaviour towards new men encounters.

Her new home in Herefordshire is with a fabulous family who love her to bits; she is getting well adjusted to the men there and has settled in to a comfortable routine with lots of love, attention and good food.

She's a great one for tummy tickling and is very affectionate. She has good lead behaviour and loves her long walks. Especially the relaxing bit !

..... and just recently:

Cordy is 3 today. She is a different girl again. Loads of confidence. Thank you so much for trusting me to love her x

A great success for a great dog - you don't get happier endings than that.


We came and collected Loui in October 2015. Ron had his previous dog Jasper (Rocky) from Carol at dog Samaritans years ago – so of course it was the right place to have another.

Loui is a loving and lovely gentle giant Alsatian x, very well behaved, has formed a strong and special bond with Ron and follows him everywhere. Ron has a large garden and spends his time there with Loui while pottering about. He’s about 10 years old now and enjoying his life with us; we know he originally came from Italy as we have his passport. We were told his owner bought him in to the kennels several times then had him back, which unsettled the dog making him very bewildered, he his such a lovely and good-natured dog, extremely well behaved and has settled into our home and will be here till the end of his days, just like old Rocky.


Daisy was brought to us in a very sorry state from a domestic environment that was dismal beyond measure. She was constantly tied to a banister with little room for physical relief – resulting in her back-end being severely affected by ammonia burns, with dermatitis and fleas.

Needless to say, she was very sorry for herself and her immediate placement in a foster home resulted in a vet' visit for treatment. Within a few days her skin started re-colouring and even hair started growing back. Shortly after that, her condition improved and she was taken in by some fabulous people who saw her potential as a family dog.

Daisy is a great success – a great dog and now in a great home with a great family. Taking full advantage of lots of room and a new best mate ! 

Another great success for a great dog.


Feral puppies, (truly feral) Todd and Ceri have been inseparable since they were recovered from Powys in the early part of 2017. The mother was shot when the pups were about 3-4 months old, so were fending for themselves in a wooded copse, before they were brought into fostering.

They were both about 4-5 months old when they were caught and the process of domestication started in the recovery home; this was actually initiated by the family dogs there; they reluctantly took to the harness and collar, but were still understandably very timid and easily spooked. They both showed steady improvement and good progress with patient care in socializing with other dogs – it soon became apparent that they were destined to stay as a pair.

A delightful family from mid-Shropshire was the perfect match for Todd and Ceri; they have shown wonderful patience in continuing the domestication process with the love and attention only a dedicated family could provide.

Here they are now (May 2018) - beautiful dogs; playful, attentive and thoroughly family oriented dogs now – the family can be proud of their own achievements with them. It is difficult to believe that these are the same feral pups that were struggling for survival at the beginning of 2017.


A right pair of brotherly rascals who are inseparable and adorable and have found a perfect family home in north Shropshire. They are two of a litter of three and the new family couldn’t decide between them – so they had both !! 

We’re getting regular updates and photos of their new life and it’s full of play and restful comfort. Lucky pooches !!!!


"From the moment we saw his photo on the website we were smitten. He is a happy, playful, intelligent little pup who is loved by everyone who meets him. I am so looking forward to being able to take him out to explore the local park and common land.

Thank you to everyone at Dog Samaritans especially Dave and Mellie for allowing us to meet Dexter."

Karen & Colin

….. and just recently:

"I thought you'd like to know that Dexter has taken over our affections and our home. He's made friends with family and friends and the neighbourhood dogs. He loves everyone and expects fuss from everyone we pass in the street. He's quick to learn but is cheeky and playful. A total joy to be around. Thank you to everyone at Dog Samaritans"

Top notch, eh ?


Hattie is a little treasure and has brought a great deal of pleasure to her new owner. She shares her affection with an ageing Jack-Russell and both are getting along just fine and dandy. Her medical issues have now been brought under control and is proving a fabulous companion. We know this for sure as we live close by and help out where required - she's a credit to the new lady owner and is a joy to see. Another top result.


This is Peg - we had her three years ago when she was 10 she will soon be 14. She came to us with quite a lot of problems,but with lots of love and patience she is now a lovely old girl and loves our other dog Millie who is a mad Australian shepherd.If anyone is thinking of taking on an older dog

"I can only say I have trained many dogs over the years but I have had more satisfaction out of what I have done for this dear soul than anything."


Ted is a great success story - now in a wonderful home along with a cat and a few chickens. Ted has really blossomed since he was re-homed; he still loves chasing flying birds (delusions of grandeur ?) but is so at home with his owners and dog-walking buddies; he thoroughly loves car trips to the beach and is having a truly great time. He's such a gentle soul and simply enjoys his new life. 

More to follow soon !!

We get occasional and regular updates from our placements - it's a thrill for us to see the unbounded pleasure that the new owners have made to the dog and vice versa.

If you've had a dog from us - please send us an update of your adventures and experiences. Our volunteers and staff get the greatest of pleasure in knowing their hard work has paid off.