Vixen found a loving forever home for Christmas after being rescued from the Manchester Dogs’ Home fire horror, with Dukinfield couple Claire Lavis and her partner Chad Brierley. The friendly cross-breed was one of 150 dogs rescued to safety after the blaze.
Vixen, aged around 10, was being kept at sister site Cheshire Dogs’ Home and Claire adopted her after taking supplies to the sanctuary in the aftermath of the fire. She’s now happy and healthy and loving life with Claire and Chad in Dukinfield, with two cats, a rabbit and a guinea pig!
Claire, 34, said: “On the night of the fire I was so upset. I stayed up all night. The following day we got in loads of dog food and supplies to take them down and help out. We did not go out with the intention to adopt a dog. We went with a load of donations and came back with a beautiful dog!
“We saw quite a lot of the dogs and a lot of people were there but I knew when I saw Vixen. I just thought she was beautiful and that was that.”
Claire said Vixen had been left traumatised by the fire but was now bubbly and bouncy.
“She got lots of doggy toys and treats for Christmas, and even a new bed.She was a stray before she went into the home but now has us. She was spoilt over Christmas but it is only what she deserves.”
Bosses at the Harpurhey sanctuary are appealing for foster owners over the Christmas period
The fostering and adoption schemes at both Manchester and Cheshire Dogs’ Homes are still running. For details log onto www.dogshome.net