Olympic athlete Alex Bell runs into some four-legged friends

Pudsey and Bramley athlete Alex Bell with Freya at Dogs Trust

There were plenty of waggy tails at Dogs Trust Leeds  recently after canine residents received a sporting visit from Olympic and Commonwealth Games athlete, Alex Bell.  

Alex, who competes for Pudsey & Bramley Athletics Club, recently ran her fourth fastest time in the 800m at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. She took time out of her busy schedule to show her support for Dogs Trust Leeds.

During the visit, Alex got to find out all about the canine residents currently looking for homes and found herself having a training session of a canine kind with five-year-old Staffy cross, Mila, who got to show off all her fun tricks in exchange for tasty treats. 

Four-year-old Siberian Husky Freya also impressed Alex after demonstrating her loose lead walking, and Alex also spent time with Jive, a two-year-old Lurcher who arrived recently as a stray with a bad wound to her leg. 

Mila, Freya and Jive are all looking for homes and are hoping a loving new family goes for gold and offers them a spot on their very own podium – a comfy sofa! 

Alex said: “As a massive dog lover, it has been fantastic to visit Dogs Trust Leeds and meet the dogs being cared for there – all of them stole my heart! It was my first visit to the rehoming centre and it was so lovely to see all the dogs looking so content, relaxed and loved and I’m sure they’ll all find their forever homes soon. 

“There are so many different dogs, all looking for different things from a new home, so I’d encourage local people who are considering getting a dog to think about getting in touch with Dogs Trust to see if they have your perfect pooch.”  

Amanda Sands, rehoming centre manager at Dogs Trust Leeds, said: “Alex was greeted with lots of waggy tails at the rehoming centre on her visit – it’s always wonderful to meet people who are as mad about dogs as we all are! She was a huge hit with all the dogs and we were so glad she could come in and find out more about the work we do as well as lend a helping hand. All the dogs she met will hopefully be sprinting off to a forever home soon!”  

If you’d like to find out more about Mila, Jive and Freya, or any of the other dogs looking for homes at Dogs Trust Leeds, visit www.dogstrust.org.uk/rehoming

Pudsey & Bramley Athletic Club is a fell, cross country and athletics club, which is over 100 years old. More details can be found here.


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