A dog found at the side of a busy road in Fife has been rehomed with the person who found him.
Buttons, a two-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, was discovered coming out of a field beside a road in Cupar by passing motorist Jamie Howie and was taken into the care of the Dogs Trust in Glasgow.
Jamie said: “I stayed in touch with the pound so I could check in on Buttons’ progress.
“They informed me that if he wasn’t reclaimed by his owner, he would be transferred to Dogs Trust’s Rehoming Centre in Glasgow in order to find a new home.
“The moment Buttons found his way to Dogs Trust, I travelled an hour-and-a-half to visit him and expressed my interest in giving him a home.
“I had to come back a couple of times and, once the team had done a home visit to make sure my house was suitable, it wasn’t long before he was heading back to Cupar with me.”
Jamie recalled how he been driving home from work when he noticed something moving in the long grass, so he pulled over to investigate.
“When I got closer and realised it was a dog, my first instinct was to protect it because if he ran on to the road then he could have died or caused an accident.
“I had to be patient because he would only come so near to me and then run off again but gradually, he got closer and 45 minutes later he was confident enough and jumped straight into the seat of my car.”
Jamie took Buttons checked with nearby properties and got a vet to examine Buttons.
Sandra Lawton, rehoming centre manager at Dogs Trust Glasgow, said: “It isn’t far fetched to say Jamie potentially saved Buttons’ life, and going forward he has also committed to giving him a new life too which makes this adoption even more special.
“Buttons hadn’t been microchipped when he was found, which would have made it very difficult for local authorities to reunite him with his owner.
“Microchipping our pets is a legal requirement and means that if they go missing, they can be returned quickly if found by a member of the public, giving dog owners peace of mind.
“We want to remind anyone who no longer feels that they can care for their dog to contact their local rescue organisation for support.
“When a dog is abandoned on the road side, it not only puts them in danger, but also drivers.
“We are so thankful that Buttons was found when he was.”