But it’s not just Buster and Harvey’s lives that have been turned around, Beverley and Graham’s have too.
“They’ve brought so much fun, love and laughter with them. They just make us smile every day and everyone thinks they’re adorable. And Buster, despite not being able to see, has such a good quality of life. He doesn’t stop wagging his tail,” Beverley added. “We love them both, they get lots of hugs and they give a lot of love back too.”
Meanwhile, Rebecca finds comfort in regular updates on Buster and Harvey’s progress, and feels that her parents would have been “proud” of the decision she made for them.
“They are fantastic dogs and I really do miss them – I’ve had some heartbroken weeks,” she said.
“I so desperately wanted to stay in touch. So when I get the updates it brings a tear to my eye but also reassures me that I did the right thing. It means I can also help with any medical history questions. And my son Elliott, who was inseparable from Buster, giggles when he sees the videos of them."
“Although they’re not my dogs anymore, I still feel like they’re part of my life,” Rebecca added.
Rachel Gudgeon, Home Direct Coordinator at Thirsk, added: “It was an extremely difficult and brave decision for Rebecca to rehome Buster and Harvey and we stood by her throughout this process. We had some highs and lows when finding them both a home but when Beverley and Graham showed interest we were over the moon.
"The day they went to their new home was very emotional for everyone; Buster and Harvey's story will never be forgotten by all of those involved.”
Our Home Direct scheme
Home Direct saves the pet the stress of staying in kennels as they’ll go straight from one loving home to another. The pet – whether it’s a cat, dog, horse or small animal – will stay with its current owner until we can find a new home for them, rather than bringing them to one of our centres.
When we’ve found a potential new owner we’ll arrange for them to visit the pet at home or for the pet to come to one of our centres for the introduction. We’ll be there to make sure everything goes smoothly. If it’s a good match, the pet will then be rehomed.
The scheme also frees up more spaces at our centres and with our pet fosterers so we can take in more pets that have been found as strays, abandoned or suffering from neglect.
Find out more about our Home Direct scheme here.