DOG lovers are being urged to set their sights on a sighthound for spring.

Dogs Trust Salisbury is currently home to eight lurchers who are looking to find their perfect partner.

The centre, at Newton Tony, had 47 lurchers in 2013 and 17 have already been handed in so far this year.

Jacinta Browne, Dogs Trust Salisbury rehoming centre manager, said: “We have seen an influx of lurchers to the centre at the moment and are desperate to find them all a home. They make such incredible companions, with a lovely nature. The eight we have in the centre are all adored by their canine carers and would make excellent pets.”

Newton is a ten-year-old lurcher who is looking for the perfect retirement home where he can relax and go on a few walks a day. He is very gentle and loves playtime. He would prefer to be the only dog in the house.

Whiskey is a seven-year-old lurcher who loves running and playing with other dogs, but he would prefer a quiet home as he is a bit nervous of sudden loud noises.

He can live with teenagers and other dogs, but would be equally happy being the only dog in the house. Seven-year-old Alfie loves going for walks and has a penchant for treats. He loves attention so would have to be the only pet in the home.

Gypsy is three years old lurcher who takes his time to build up his confidence and then he loves everyone. He adores his canine friends, so would need to live with another dog.

Also available at the centre are four-year-old Jack, three-year-olds Buzz and Layla, and two-year-old greyhound Charlotte.

To find out more, call 01980 629634 or visit the rehoming centre in Amesbury Road, Newton Tony.