Buster becomes the first dog to complete his treatment at the Wirral Residential Service

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16 March 2016

Staff and residents at the Wirral Residential Service celebrated the completion of their first canine resident this week. Buster was the first dog to move into our on-site kennels with his owner in September last year.


Since September Buster has settled in well and has been enjoying his time with the rest of the community and with his kennel-mate, Maurice.


On a Monday afternoon the community gathered together with Buster and his owner to celebrate their time at Phoenix Futures by sharing memories of their time together and encouragements for the future. His owner was given a certificate to commemorate his time in the service, and Buster was given a balloon and lots of juicy bones to enjoy!


Buster’s owner said:


“I couldn’t have made it through my time here without Buster. The treatment Buster has received here has been second to none, both from the staff and the community and he will really miss Maurice and the other residents.”


We decided to open the kennels to help people who own pets access treatment without giving up their animals. Buster’s owner explained when he entered treatment why the kennels were key to his recovery:


“I wouldn’t have come into residential rehabilitation without my dog Buster. He is my best mate and I would be lost without him…he is my companion…to be without him would be like losing my right arm.”


Although Buster will be missed by the community, everyone at the Wirral is looking forward to meeting the next dog to fill his kennel.


If you would like to refer someone with a pet to the Wirral Residential Service email wirral.residential@phoenix-futures.org.uk or call 0151 652 2667

Phoenix Futures is a registered charity in England and Wales (No 284880) and in Scotland (No SCO39008); Company Limited by Guarantee Number 1626869; Registered Provider of Social Housing with Homes England (H3795).