Dogs Trust have just blown our minds by holding their very own take on the Rio Olympics – named, amazingly, the Olympups.

It’s all a creative way to help keep their beloved homeless hounds entertained at their 20 Rehoming Centres across the UK whilst they await loving homes of their own.

The charity hopes to pass on the baton of ownership to loving new families but in the meantime the Olympups are keeping the playful pooches occupied and in tip top condition before they cross the finish line into new homes.

Dogs Trust focuses on keeping their dogs active and feeling loved before their forever home

As you can see from the spectacular images below, the dogs have been putting their athletic prowess to good use as they enjoy a whole range of sports including the hurdles, the sprint, the high beam, tennis, discus, synchronized diving, long jump and the doggy paddle.

Dogs Trust Harefield Manager Richard Moore explains: “We definitely have a touch of Olympic fever here and a doggy Olympics seemed like the perfect fun way to channel the dogs’ energy and keep them mentally and physically stimulated whilst interacting with their doggy friends. The dogs all thoroughly enjoyed it and some of them actually turned out to be pretty talented.”


Richard adds “Like most athletes our dogs are extremely energetic and will need time to continue their training in a new home. They will make wonderful additions to sport-mad families who can spend time playing lots of games with them.

“If you need a personal trainer to get you ready for the next Olympics in Tokyo or just a new best friend to chase around the garden we hope you will consider one of our Olympup stars.”

Here’s 13 reasons rescue dogs should have their own Olympics!

1.They will jump hurdles for days without a fur out of place


2.They sprint for cuddles


3.They keep their eye on the ball at all times..


4.Even Michael Phelps couldn’t touch them when it comes to a perfect doggy paddle stroke


5.Synchronised sitting is a pure art form


6.The long jump is a serious sport – especially when there’s a buried bone at stake!


7.They’re not shy of a bit of training to get the win!


8.They love getting their carers involved in the action too


9.Catching is infinitely more difficult when you don’t have hands!


10. They will effortlessly reach a PB with the athleticism and showmanship to rival Usain Bolt


11. They are so distractingly cute you don’t even notice the Olympic rings are the wrong colour (or the diving pool is green)


12. They will take on each challenge with a big smile – even if the sandpit looks as big as the Sahara through their puppy eyes


13. Rescue dogs all deserve to win gold and rio-lise their dreams of a new home


If you would like to offer a loving home to any of the wonderful dogs cared for at Dogs Trust please call the rehoming centre on 0300 303 0292 or visit

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