Paws and hands were waving at the weekend as a charity bid a fond goodbye to the 3,000th dog it has rehomed since it opened two years ago.
Dogs Trust Harefield (West London), in Harvil Road, Harefield, handed over the lead of Pearl, a two-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier cross to her new owners on Saturday.
The grateful recipients are Philip and Helen Mullins, of Camberley, Surrey, who made an impromptu visit to the centre in search of a family pet and ended up making a milestone.
Pearl is now being promised a life of country walks and fresh air and her new owners have promised to keep her active and happy.
Richard Moore, Harefield rehoming centre manager, said: "This weekend is a real milestone for us with Pearl [becoming our] 3,000th dog to be rehomed.
"This is a remarkable achievement in such a short space of time, and highlights just how important it is to match the right home with the right dog."
Mrs Mullins said: "There are too many unwanted dogs out there and we didn't want to take on a puppy or a pretty young ball of fluff.
"The minute we saw Pearl looking forlornly in her kennel we knew she was the dog for us."
The centre opened to the public in 2006 and houses up to around 100 dogs and puppies at any time.
* Call 01895 453 930 or visit www.dogstrust.org.uk for details.