Adorable and playful dogs desperately needing homes in Essex

There are 24 beautiful, playful and adorable dogs in need of a home in Essex right now – and they could be yours.

The charity DogsTrust currently has more than 20 lovely dogs who need rehoming at their centre in Basildon.

Over the last year especially, the charity has been up against a lot to continue caring for thousands of stray and abandoned dogs who are looking for a loving home.

Each and every one of them has something which makes them special and deserving of some much-deserved love and attention once again.

Here are the 24 dogs in need of a home in Essex:

Ace

Ace the American Bulldog
(Image: DogsTrust)

American Bulldog

Age: 8 and over

Sex: Male

“Brilliant and beautiful” seven-year-old Ace is ready to find his forever home with a new family.

Ace loves spending time with people and can become easily distressed when he is left alone so he needs someone by him so it is important that he has an adult-only home and somewhere he can be the only pet.

Ace has struggled with kennel life which is why he will need some owners who are patient and give him time to settle in.

While Ace may be seven, he is still very active and loves a walk. Ideally, you have owned a bulldog previously before owning Ace.

The DogsTrust canine carer Bill said Ace is “a big silly lad who forgets his size.”

He added: “He loves to play but prefers swap games with his toys. He will have a little cuddle but on his own terms, toys are more important to him!”

Barley

Barley the Greyhound
(Image: DogsTrust)

Greyhound

Age: 5 to 7 Years

Sex: Female

DogsTrust described Barley as a “sweet but shy” girl who is looking for a quiet, adult-only forever home to call her own.

She often finds new people and new places overwhelming so will need a family who can be understanding and help her build her confidence.

A private, secure garden would be perfect for Barley to enjoy the outdoors and sniff about for treats – but she hasn’t learnt how to play with toys yet.

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Barley will need a hand with housetraining but has been quite clean around the kennel. She is also braver with other dogs which means she would be comfortable living with another medium to large dog.

Bailey finds children intimidating so an adult home really is key – but she loves walking and meeting other doggy friends.

While DogsTrust doesn’t have huge amounts of information about Barley, they know she has had a home before and they hope she will become a cuddly pup with some new, kind owners.

Bella

Bella the German Shephard
(Image: DogsTrust)

German Shepherd Dog (GSD / Alsatian)

Age: 5 to 7 Years

Sex: Female

Six-year-old Bella is very shy when she first meets new people and it takes a lot of time for her to trust people.

Once she gets to know you, however, DogsTrust said she has the most “beautiful and goofy” personality and loves rolling in the grass and zooming around the garden.

Bella is guaranteed to make you laugh once she is at ease and having fun.

Bella is more comfortable around women so ideally needs to be in a female-only home with no visiting children and owners who have experience with rescue dogs. She also doesn’t get on well with other dogs when she goes for walks.

DogsTrust added: “Being the clever girl she is muzzle trained and must wear her muzzle out and about on walks (still looking beautiful).

“She needs to be the only pet in the home and would like to meet her new family multiple times at the centre before she will be ready to go to her new home.”

Bud

Bud the Labrador
(Image: DogsTrust)

Labrador

Age: 5 to 7 Years

Sex: Male

Bud may look like your typical Labrador but he is looking for a very specific home with two-people maximum adult-only home – with no visiting children or other pets.

Seven-year-old Bud has shown aggression around resource guarding so it’s important an owner has experience with this.

His home will need to be fairly rural, so not in a flat or terrace house due to his sensitivity around noise.

Ideally, a secure and private garden will be perfect so Bud can have a good move around and explore.

Bud is currently on medication to help with his anxiety and arthritis, so owners will need to be aware of ongoing costs.

DogsTrust trainer Megan said Bud often struggles to cope with change and a lack of routine. He is great with training and is strongly food motivated but does need careful management due to his guarding tendencies.

Caleb

Caleb the Lab cross
(Image: DogsTrust)

Lab Cross

Age: 1 to 2 Years

Sex: Male

Caleb is only one-years-old and is looking for a new home with experience of owning rescue dogs.

He is a sensitive pooch who will need a little extra help. He needs a rural home with few visitors where he can go on lots of walks without bumping into unknown people or other dogs.

He is very active and loves to play with tennis balls all day long – his new owners would need to find lots of fun activities for him every day.

DogsTrust added: “Our behavioural team are on hand to explain his positive reinforcement training to help him flourish into his best self!”

Caleb will need an adult-only home with no more than two people and no visiting children. He still finds the world very scary and needs an understanding owner.

When he goes for walks, he should be kept on a lead and muzzled in public where he is nervous around strangers and other dogs. A private garden would also let him have relaxing off-lead time in a secure garden to explore.

He doesn’t like to be left alone so he will need someone at home with him all the time.

Captain

Captain, a cross-breed
(Image: DogsTrust)

A Crossbreed

Age: 5 to 7 Years

Sex: Male

Captain is a beautiful dog in need of a loving home that can care for his multiple needs.

He is profoundly deaf so he finds many situations very challenging and can be reactive to dogs out and about and unsure around strangers.

He needs a home where this can be managed and has begun to learn sign language with a number of hand signals that are helping him train.

DogsTrust added: “This training will need to be continued in the home, however, Captain is a super smart boy and loves to work for treats so this will really help him along with his training!

“Captain is a sweet lad who deserves a chance to find his forever home.”

Ideally, Captain needs an adult-only home with no visiting children and owners who have had deaf dogs before – or a family who really want to spend time working with Captain to help him.

A secure garden will be perfect to let Captain off as he currently has no recall and can’t live with any other pets.

Charlie

Charlie the Lurcher
(Image: DogsTrust)

Lurcher

Age: 2 to 5 Years

Sex: Male

Charlie is a cheeky and funny two-year-old who loves to work for food and learn new things that keep him busy.

He loves running around in a large secure garden but can find handling and unfamiliar environments overwhelming, so people will need to be patient.

He needs an adult-only home with experienced owners and no visiting children or other pets as he is uncomfortable around other dogs.

Ideally, a rural and area with few dogs would be ideal – but Charlie will need to stay on the lead and be muzzled to be comfortable.

DogsTrust said: “To get to know you best he is asking for multiple meets here at the centre before he comes home.

“Once he knows you silly Charlie often forgets his size and loves to climb on his carer’s laps for a snug!

“As he can find it tricky meeting new people at first he can’t live with anymore than two people.”

Dakota

Dakota, a Siberian Husky
(Image: DogsTrust)

Siberian Husky

Age: 5 to 7 Years

Sex: Male

Dakota is on the lookout for a forever home with a family who are around most of the time.

Dakota loves to spend time with people and can live with children aged 11 that are comfortable with big dogs.

He isn’t able to live with other pets and needs to have a good-sized garden to mooch about.

He enjoys exploring on walks but needs to stay on a lead as he has no recall.

DogsTrust said: “Dakota is a bit indifferent to dogs. He can walk alongside similar sized dogs but as he is not a fan of cats and sheep, would not recommend he makes pals with small fluffy dogs.

“He has lived in a home before and we think would suit a variety of homes but knowledge of the breed would be useful. A really lovely lad that deserves a home to match.”

Farah

Farah, a lurcher
(Image: DogsTrust)

Lurcher

Age: 1 to 2 Years

Sex: Female

DogsTrust said Farah is a sweet girl with a big personality.

Farah is only ten months old so can easily get over-excited but is learning how to be calmer.

She is looking for a family who have experience with high energy dogs or her breed and be able to provide mental and physical stimulation for her.

She has previously been destruction at another home so does need someone to be around at all times. She needs an adult-only home and should be the only pet, with a large, secure and private garden.

DogsTrust added: “Farah is sure to be a rewarding project for the right family who are happy to put in the time she craves to help her become the best dog she can be.”

Forest

Forest a Siberian Husky
(Image: DogsTrust)

Siberian Husky

Age: 1 to 2 Years

Sex: Male

One-year-old Forest is full of character and will undoubtedly make you laugh.

He hasn’t had the best start in life so far so will need owners who will work alongside him to train him and settle in – DogsTrust said he has shown a lot of promise at the centre.

Forest will need an adult, female-only home with very few visitors as he can be nervous around new people. He needs to be the only pet and have a secure garden to roam.

He is still learning to walk calmer on his lead too and requires lots of physical and mental stimulation.

He needs someone to spend time with him most of the time until he can slowly get more used to being left alone.

Greg

Greg, a lurcher
(Image: DogsTrust)

Lurcher

Age: 5 to 7 Years

Sex: Male

Greg is a “sensitive sausage” when meeting new people and being around dogs.

He can’t live with more than two people and loves to have a snuggly crate to sleep in when he needs peace and quiet – but DogsTrust reckons he will soon be bounding to join you on the sofa too.

Ideally, Greg needs a rural adult-only home where he can have long countryside walks and owners who will give him time, care and commitment. He will also need a private and secure garden to have off-lead time.

DogsTrust added: “With the history we have on Greg he will unable to have visiting children and doesn’t want lots of visitors as he finds new people very scary.

“Check out our Instagram page to find Greg pupdates to get to know him. P.S Greg loves tennis balls, and cuddles with his favourite canine carer Chloe who he has gotten to know super well!”

Harvey

Harvey, Lhasa Apso
(Image: DogsTrust)

Lhasa Apso

Age: 5 to 7 Years

Sex: Male

Eight-year-old Harvey is a “sweet boy” but has shown aggression over handling and resources in previous homes.

It means Harvey needs owners who have experience managing these behaviours in a house with no more than two people and without men – he also strictly cannot live with children.

At the DogsTrust centre he has been a good boy meeting other dogs and will enjoy having walking buddies but does need to be kept on the lead. A secure garden would be perfect for this.

He does also have some medical needs so there will be additional costs for owners in the future.

Jack

Jack, Collie cross
(Image: DogsTrust)

Collie Cross (Border)

Age: 2 to 5 Years

Sex: Male

Jack is still young at around three years old but unfortunately didn’t have the support he needed growing up.

To help him be the best boy he can be, he needs a quiet home away from traffic with a private and secure garden.

Jack is full of energy and would love a family who will mentally stimulate him – but he can’t live with more than two people and is scared of men.

Owners who have experience of rescue collies will be ideal, especially as Jack is nervous around new people.

DogsTrust added: “As he can be a little worried meeting new people he will need a few visits here at the centre before going home. He is far too clever to be left on his own so needs a family who can give him the time he needs.

“Jack is after an adult only, pet free home with no visiting children but this smart cookie is sure to make an amazing lad with patience, guidance and support.”

Koko

Koko, Terrier-cross
(Image: DogsTrust)

Terrier Cross

Age: 2 to 5 Years

Sex: Male

Koko is four-years-old and is a “lovely and sweet boy”.

He needs a female-only home with no children as he gets very worried around men. He also needs you to be home with him all the time as he is scared of being left alone and likes lots of cuddles and play time.

He does need management around food and toys however as he has resource guarding behaviours.

Koko is also unsure how to mix with other dogs so a very slow and gradual introduction to socialising with dogs would be ideal.

A secure and private garden will help with Koko’s housetraining as he is not currently housetrained.

Maisy

Maisy is a Jack Russell Terrier
(Image: DogsTrust)

Jack Russell Terrier (JRT)

Age: 5 to 7 Years

Sex: Female

Maisy is a super lively five-year-old who needs a loving owner with experience of rescue dogs in a single-person household.

Maisy hasn’t had much luck in her past and needs to be in a home as a single pet with an owner who is home all day as she is very distressed when she’s not with someone she knows.

She loves to run around in a private secure garden away from strangers with dog-free neighbours.

When she is out for walks she does need to be muzzled – but is a smart cookie and has responded well to training.

She is also good in the car and loves to roll around in the grass with toys.

DogsTrust added: “Little wiggly bottom doesn’t like to make doggie friends so needs low populated walking routes where she needs to be muzzled and on lead.”

Mr Blue Sky

Mr Blue Sky, the lurcher
(Image: DogsTrust)

Lurcher

Age: 2 to 5 Years

Sex: Male

Mr Blue Sky’s name lives up to his sweet and affectionate nature.

The three-year-old needs a quiet and understanding home as Blue can be timid around new people – but once he knows you, he loves a cuddle.

He needs to be kept on a lead and muzzled while out as he has a high chase drive which is why a secure garden would be perfect.

Blue also needs an adult-only home with no visiting children or other vets and owners who are around most of the time, before he can build up leaving time slowly.

Paulo (Pauly Pops)

Pauly Pops, Lab-cross
(Image: DogsTrust)

Lab Cross

Age: 5 to 7 Years

Sex: Male

Paulo is a quirky, goofy and loveable pup who loves to chill in the paddling pool.

He needs a new home with two people who can commit to a number of visits before taking him on as he can be nervous to trust strangers.

He would love to build a one-on-one bond with someone and become a loyal companion.

He needs a private and secure garden to run around, while on walks he will need a muzzle as he can get nervous.

He should be the only pet in the home and not live with or have visiting children.

Puzzle

Puzzle, Akita
(Image: DogsTrust)

Akita

Age: 2 to 5 Years

Sex: Male

Four-year-old Puzzle has been described as “goofy and full of character” and a classic Akita, so it would help for owners to have experience of the breed.

Puzzle needs a home with ideally no visitors, no children and facilities to manage his quirks.

It will take him some time to get comfortable with you but once he does he enjoys a good fuss.

He also needs a rural location for stress-free walks to avoid bumping into people that could provoke him to be aggressive.

DogsTrust added: “Puzzle cannot live with any other animals at home and will need you to be home most of the time with him. In the right environment and with working alongside our training team Puzzle will make a lovely companion.”

Roma

Roma, Trailhound
(Image: DogsTrust)

Trailhound

Age: 5 to 7 Years

Sex: Female

Roma is five and is a very active pooch looking for a nice secure garden to run around in.

She needs owners with hound experience and will put time and patience into her settling in.

Roma struggles to be alone so she needs a quiet adult home with few visitors. She should be the only pet in her home but will enjoy socialising with other dogs when out and about – just be warned she is strong on the lead.

Scout

Scout, Rottweiler
(Image: DogsTrust)

Rottweiler

Age: 1 to 2 Years

Sex: Male

Two-year-old Scout needs his forever family to have experience of large, boisterous breeds and dogs that are not socialised.

Scout needs to be kept on the lead when out and about. He loves a calm cuddle but can easily be overwhelmed and suddenly escalate into mouthing behaviours.

He is not suitable for first-time owners and needs a secure and private garden at home where he lives in an adult-only home without visiting children.

He is motivated with tasty snacks to help positive reinforcement.

Tia

Tia, a crossbread
(Image: DogsTrust)

A Crossbreed

Age: 5 to 7 Years

Sex: Female

Tia is seven-years-old and is a very sweet and sensitive pup in need of a rural home where her owners can help build her confidence.

She needs an adult-only home with little or no visitors or children as she struggles with new people.

She likes a walk but needs a quiet home spot where she can have nice and peaceful walks – she also struggles with the car.

Ideally, Tia needs a home with a maximum of two people where she can feel safe and not worry.

Outside she needs to be muzzled but will need lots of positive reinforcement training at home.

She needs the family to focus on just her so no other pets – and ideally owners will be experienced.

Trucker

Trucker, Greyhound
(Image: DogsTrust)

Greyhound

Age: 2 to 5 Years

Sex: Male

Trucker is three years old and has been well behaved for his carers at dogs trust.

He likes to sniff around and would need a secure, private garden to run around.

He likes meeting other people and is comfortable around other greyhounds but isn’t confident around other breeds and sizes.

Trucker should also be the only pet at home but can live with teens over 11.

Trucker also loves toys like tennis balls and soft fluffy toys as well as a good ear rub and neck scratch.

DogsTrust added: “He really enjoys food, he can be a little snatchy but he can’t help the treats being so tasty right!? Trucker has come to us with no history, we aren’t sure how he will travel in a car and he may need some help learning how amazing home life is (including housetraining).”

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