Real-life versions of Wes Anderson's canine creations


Movie creator’s short film featuring Isle of Dogs characters show why our rescue dogs looking for their happy ever after are so special.

Despite being known as Man’s Best Friend, thousands of dogs find themselves in rescue centres up and down the country every year.

Last year alone we rehomed in excess of 8,500 dogs and now Fox Searchlight Pictures are supporting us in our quest to find homes for more rescue dogs in our care.

Wes Anderson’s latest creation, Isle of Dogs, highlights the special bond with Man’s Best Friend and how every dog needs a home. Now the stop-motion animation movie creators have released a short film showing why, like the characters in the film, our rescues are just looking for a family to love them.

Each of our rescue dogs have their own personality and character

Our dog welfare expert, Lisa Hens, said:

Sadly the storyline in the Isle of Dogs that dogs are dumped and left to fend for themselves reflects the reality for the dogs that are coming in to our centres. We have hundreds of dogs that are looking for new homes and someone to love them.

Just like Duke, King, Chief, Rex and Boss each RSPCA rescue dog has his or her own personality and character. Rescue dogs are resourceful, brave, individual and most of all, great companions!

Isle of Dogs tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies to Trash Island in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a group of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.

Here we take a look at some of our doggy doppelgangers to the cult film’s lead characters and why they're looking for that special someone to love them.

Chief / Pippin

Chief © 2018 Fox / Pippin © RSPCA

Much like the ring-leader of the group Chief, three-year-old Terrier cross Pippin has had a rough start in life and is now looking for his happy ever after.

This fun-loving boy is on the lookout for an active home where he can have lots of varied walks and someone who can carry on with fun positive training with him. Pippin is a busy boy and really enjoys using his nose for scent work – especially ‘find it’ games! To learn more about Pippin, please call our Little Valley Animal Shelter on 07748 629202.

Boss / Diesel

Boss © 2018 Fox / Diesel © RSPCA

Much like Boss – eight-month-old collie lurcher cross Diesel loves a game! Once he gets over his shyness he's full of energy and his inner puppy emerges. He loves ball games and stretching his long legs.

Diesel will need an active family home, with children over the age of eight. A securely fenced garden will be a must, and he shouldn't be left alone for longer than 4-5 hours in total a day. Anyone who would like to offer bouncy boy Diesel can email

Rex / Billy

Rex © 2018 Fox / Billy © RSPCA

Rex and Billy both had a hard start in life, and just like Rex – real-life terrier Billy has a lot of love to give. He's always on the go and loves a game of ball but can prefer the company of dogs to humans – until he trusts them. When he does he'll be your constant companion.

If you would like to offer beautiful Billy a home please contact our Bath Cats and Dogs Home on 01225 787321

Nutmeg / Coco

Nutmeg © 2018 Fox / Coco © RSPCA

The glamour pooch of the group Nutmeg resembles our rescue Pomeranian pup Coco. Sweet little Coco is a girl that likes company – and preening too. Her coat is thick and needs regular grooming to keep it in tip tip condition!

This bright one-year-old girl has a mind of her own and picks up skills and tricks quick as a flash. She's had an unsettling first year of her life and would love nothing more than to settle down in a new home. To offer lovely Coco a home please contact our Cheshire branch on 01612 862503.

We also have thousands of other dogs all looking for a home, so take a look on our find a pet page.

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