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SIX homeless hounds now have a family to call their own after the Echo’s annual 12 Dogs of Christmas appeal.

But half a dozen are still desperate for love.

West Hall Kennels at Cleadon, 12 days of Christmas. Find a dog a home. Izzy

West Hall Kennels at Cleadon, 12 days of Christmas. Find a dog a home. Izzy

Staff at Cleadon Kennels were inundated with calls after we appealed to readers who are looking for a pet to consider taking in a stray.

All of the dogs featured in Tuesday’s story were abandoned by their owners and taken to the kennels in West Hall by dog wardens.

There, they are cared for by dedicated staff – but all they want is a home of their own.

Sarah Wilkinson, kennel manager, said: “We had a great response to the article.

“Beth was really popular as was Bertie who has been re-homed in York. It’s great to see so many Staffies re-homed as they are a misunderstood breed, but we still have a lot of lurchers left.”

She added: “The public are so generous at this time of year, especially in this financial climate.

“We want to say a huge thank-you to everyone who has donated bones and treats.

“It sounds daft, but it makes such a difference being able to give them a treat on Christmas Day.

“In particular we want to thank the Hylton Road Charity Shop and Recycling Centre for all the tins of food and treats they have donated.”

The six remaining Dogs of Christmas are:

RODNEY: Found stranded and emaciated on Hendon Beach, Rodney was taken by wardens to the kennels to get him back on his feet.

Speaking about the saluki greyhound, Sarah said: “He’s very laid-back and sweet.”

RORY: Rottweiler Rory is a whopper, but he’s hoping someone will realise he’s a gentle giant. Crossed with a German shepherd, Rory is around three to four years old and was found wandering in Sandhill View. Sarah said: “He is huge, but is lovely.

“He needs someone who has experience with big dogs. He doesn’t love some men but he loves most people.”

IZZY: She is hoping her distinctive markings will help her to stand out from the other Staffies. “She’s been with us about a week and a half,” said Sarah. “She can be funny with other dogs so it would be best if she was the only dog in the family.”

BELLE: Pint-sized pooch Belle is perfect for those looking to pick up a smaller dog. She’s a brindle Staffie and is small for her breed. Sarah said: “I think she’s been used as a breed bitch as she was very small when she came to us. She’d be great for someone who doesn’t want a chunky dog.”

WILLIAM: Over-fed and under-exercised William the weimaraner is hoping to put his abusive past behind him.

Sarah said: “People think abuse is about not feeding a dog, but over-feeding a dog is abuse too.

He couldn’t even stand up on his back legs when he came in. He’s only young, about two or three, and with the right family he will make a fantastic pet.”

SAM: may seem a little sullen but secretly he loves cuddles. The lurcher, a deerhound- greyhound cross, is around five years old.

“He’s a rough-coat breed,” says Sarah “He was picked up in Newbottle and is a typical lurcher. He keeps himself to himself but he really loves cuddles.”

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POTENTIAL pets can be taken home on a month’s trial for a £40 donation, which is refunded if the dog is not suited to its new owner.

Dogs to be taken home are given a free health check, micro-chip and are neutered.

Cleadon Kennels is open for viewing on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 2pm to 4pm.

Anyone wishing to contact staff by telephone can do so on 529 2369.

The last day for viewing before Christmas is tomorrow.

The kennels will re-open to the public on January 2.