tess dog
tess dog

While athletes from all over the world are preparing for the biggest competition of their lives with the start of the Paralympic Games on Wednesday, staff at Dogs Trust Leeds rehoming centre are also witnessing some remarkable examples of those who are defying the odds through their displays of athleticism and determination.

Ten week old Tess was born with a bent leg with just three toes and despite the obstacles nothing stops her.

She is a fast runner, sometimes out-running the dogs at the centre who have all four legs.

Due to her condition, her leg will have to be removed when she is about 5 months old to benefit her in the long run, but the staff at Dogs Trust Leeds are confident that this will not deter her continuing progress.

Amanda Sands, Manager at Dogs Trust Leeds, said: “Tess is a gorgeous puppy. It seems she is drawing inspiration from the amazing athletes that will be participating in the Paralympics this week as she has displayed dogged determination against the odds and such commitment to her running.

“She loves the outdoors and playing with the other dogs at the centre- especially when there are races involved. She is really good with people, friendly and intelligent and would make a wonderful addition to anyone’s home.”

If you think you can offer Tess a happy home and a new start to life, then do visit Dogs Trust Leeds Rehoming Centre, Woodlands Farm, York Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS15 4NL or call 0113 281 4920

Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for over 16,000 stray and abandoned dogs each year through its network of 18 Rehoming Centres across the UK and one in Dublin.

For more information about the charity’s work please visit