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Could a four-legged friend help beat the winter blues?

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The Dogs Trust in Salisbury has launched a scheme to help people beat the winter blues. It's encouraging the public to consider fostering a dog on a temporary basis with a Home from Home scheme starting nationwide today. It comes as a new survey reveals that 53% of people in the South West admitted to feeling lonely at some point during the course of 2016, but 95 per cent of dog owners said their pet made them happier and 88% said their four legged friend made them less lonely.

Emma Sainsbury, Home From Home Co-ordinator at Dogs Trust Salisbury, said: "Spending time with a dog could certainly make you happier so we hope people will consider fostering a dog as a positive resolution for the new year. We have thousands of dogs of all shapes and sizes across our 20 rehoming centres in the UK looking for temporary carers varying from older dogs who need some extra TLC, litters of puppies, dogs recovering from illness and those who simply cope better in a home environment. Dogs Trust cover all fees and foster carers can go on to adopt their foster dog permanently should they wish. The average stay for a dog in a foster home is three to four weeks, although some dogs can be fostered up to eight months and some for just a weekend."