Ahead of Grandparents Day this Sunday, October 1, Dogs Trust Cumbria is championing its Old Age Pooches (OAPs) in a bid to help them find loving homes.

As of June, nearly 40 per cent of those seeking to adopt a dog from the Trust wanted a pup under six months old, with 10 per cent seeking a pooch aged eight and up.

Lisa Spence, Manager at Dogs Trust Penrith Transfer Centre, said: “There are lots of benefits of rehoming an Old Age Pooch. Often older dogs don’t need quite as much exercise and although they can be a little less energetic, senior canines can be just as fun and playful.    

“They can also make the perfect napping partner and enjoy a good snooze and a snuggle.” 

One such 'golden oldie' looking for a home is Patch, a 13-year-old Jack Russell adopted last year who has unfortunately found himself back at the centre due to his owner’s declining health.

This loving terrier is an ideal houseguest who enjoys a comfortable home life and moderate, sniff-laden walks.

Lisa said: "We're hoping this weekend sees Patch's special someone fall in love with him and realise he is their forever four-legged friend."

Visit the Dogs Trust website to find out more.