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Urgent Appeal:Billy

 

 

Billy male border collieBilly is a border collie who was born in January 2011, making him just over 6 years old at the time of this urgent appeal. He was abandoned at the SPA as his owners were moving house and did not want to keep Billy in a less spacious environment than before. Ironic that he is now housed in a tiny pen!

Billy is fine with cats and children, but is not keen on other dogs. He is a great companion, he walks well on the lead and is very attentive to whoever is walking him. He sits happily by your side if you take a break, and loves affection. Several families with small children walk him regularly, and although they are not in a position to adopt him, they are very fond of him.

Why the urgent appeal? Not only because Billy deserves a new home (he is a very good and easy dog), but also at the SPA his bright white fur is starting to discolour. This is only a question of aesthetics, but it is always sad to see a dog become less attractive as a result of live at the SPA.

Please help find a home for Billy. He is fully vaccinated, castrated and microchipped. His adoption fee is €170.

 

 

Urgent Appeal:Dart

 

 

Dart is a beautiful dalmatian, who like so many of the SPA dogs has arrived due to a change in his owner’s circumstances. Life for his homeless owner improved when he was able to move into a flat, however the hours of being locked up alone did not suit Dart, who was used to much more time outside and with company.

Dart was born in September 2008, which means he will be nine this year. However he is in great shape. And what a gentleman! He is wonderful on the lead, very affectionate and he is good with female dogs, cats and children. There is no reason at all why this dog should be hard to home!

Who has a space in their heart for this stunning lad? The only requirement is lots of love and presence. Surely that is not too much to ask?

Please get in touch if you can offer a home to Dart. His adoption fee is just €170, including identification, vaccination and castration.


 

 

Urgent Appeal:Mami

 

 

MamiIn this appeal we are looking for a very special family, one that is prepared to take on a dog who has ongoing medical issues. Mami arrived at the SPA at the end of October and she was in a terrible state. Bald and painfully thin, she just wanted to curl up and be left alone. As you know, this recuperation of poorly dogs is something the SPA and their vets are extremely good at, and so investigations and treatment began. Mami has leichmaniasis, which is an illness transmitted by the sand fly. You can read all about it here http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/infectious-parasitic/c_dg_leishmaniasis and there are plenty of other source materials, plus plenty of groups of people who have dogs with this disease, and they are best placed to tell you not to panic. It took us some time to stabilise Mami’s condition, but now all is well, she is fat as butter and has a great coat, and takes just one tablet a day to keep her in this fabulous condition. However she will need to wear a scalibor collar or be treated with a spot-on to prevent her from being being bitten by the sand fly again and potentially passing the illness on.

So no, other animals are not at risk. Nor are people.

Mami is tiny, she weighs about 8kg and is simply adorable. She loves everyone and everything, and has been living in the cat house with other dogs and cats. She was born in January 2005, so is not the youngest dog at the SPA, but providing she keeps on her meds, she could be around for years! Don’t let her end her life at the SPA, please.

Her ideal family would be close to Carcassonne if they wish the SPA can continue to pay for veterinary treatment. This however is not costly, so homes further afield would be considered.

Many thanks.

 

 

Balou and Rex

Milena, the sponsor of Balou and Rex has been busy..

My name is Balou and I am 10 years old!

I don’t care what car you drive.

I don’t care who you know.

I don’t care what you wear or where you live.

I only care that you are there for me

As I shall always be there for you….

So what do you think?

 A big beautiful boy waiting for his forever home. Senior tariff, 50%  paid by his sponsor.

My name is Rex and I am 10 years old!

 

I know I’m old, a little nervous and shy.

You might just want to walk on by.

But please look again.

Talk to me and just maybe you’ll see the boy I’d like to be.

 A beautiful boy waiting for his forever home. Must be cat -free. Senior tariff, 50%  paid by his sponsor.

 

 

Urgent Appeal: Bullet

BulletOur urgent appeal this week is for Bullet. This 10 year old pedigree German Shepherd has found himself at the SPA following the sad death of his owner. It is always tragic when this happens, but perhaps more so in this case where the owner was relatively young and should have easily outlived his beloved dog.

Bullet was born in November 2006 and is in fabulous condition for his age.He has been loved and well cared for throughout his entire life and has never changed homes. Until now, that is, when he finds himself alone and bewildered in a concrete kennel.

At the moment Bullet is in fabulous health and loves his walks. However people who know this breed know all too well that hip problems can come about with age. For this reason we would like Bullet’s new home to have easy access to outside, and not too many steps inside. The home has to be cat free, too. Regarding other dogs, Bullet ignores them on walks, but would rather not share his home.

Please help us find this poor dog a new home. We have his pedigree papers at the SPA and although he will leave us castrated, we know that lovers of this breed with appreciate this dog’s magnificent physique.

Urgent Appeal: Suma

Suma female griffon khortalIt is very rare that we feature a dog who has only just arrived, but this girl has just stolen our hearts. Suma is a griffon khortal who is so scared that she can hardly walk. Of course at the SPA dogs have to go to the vets and so for now Suma is being carried. She lies completely still, like a dead weight. No attempt to wriggle or get away. This is obviously not normal, and we can only hazard a guess at where Suma has been and what she has suffered before she arrived at the refuge.

Suma was born in February 2013, according to the vet’s best guess. She has probably had several litters, so has maybe been used as a puppy producer for hunters. We will never know. If this is the case, however, it is more than possible that Suma will need to be house trained.

Suma needs a loving and patient family, another dog may help with her socialisation, but only a gentle and understanding dog, please, we want Suma to never feel overwhelmed. The fact that despite her level of fear, it does not even occur to Suma to show her teeth or snap. She is such a gorgeous, gentle girl.

Please get in touch if you would like to offer a home to Suma. Her adoption fee is €170, for which she will be vaccinated, microchipped and sterilised.

Urgent Appeal: Nougaro

NougaroNougaro has been at the SPA since April 2015 and we would really like to find him a home. When he arrived he was quite a nervous lad, who had obviously suffered some mistreatment. He hated having a lead put on, and this is something we have worked on a lot. He has also gained a lot of confidence thanks to sharing his kennel with another dog, in this case Pinto.

Nougaro was born in July 2013 and is in many ways a typical SPA dog. He is a black and brown shepherd cross, however he has unusually expressive eyes. After having been scared of people he now seeks out human company, and adores his walks. He does not like cats, but adores canine company.

He would like a patient home, as he can still be nervous of new things, but this lad will be so rewarding.

Nougaro is all ready to leave, fully vaccinated, castrated and identified. The only thing he is missing is a family.

Urgent Appeal: Nadja

Nadja shepherd crossNadja has now been at the SPA for some 15 months, and we would love her to find a home. I remember when she arrived, she had been found as a stray, and was petrified. She spent several weeks just cowering in he kennel and although she never showed any aggression, she made it more than clear that she would prefer to be left alone. Her gentle eyes prompted us to name her Nadja, which means “Hope”. Little by little she gained in confidence, and although there is still quite a bit of work to be done, Nadja needs a home where she can continue to progress.

Nadja is a shepherd cross, so is fairly big, but is fine boned. She shares her kennel with another dog, and tends to follow him on walks, but that reliance on another dog is getting less and less, and when she is walked alone she does really well, if encouraged with a few gentle words.

She was born in October 2012, and bearing in mind how thin she was when she arrived, there is no doubt that she is far happier at the SPA than she was beforehand. However she would love a home of her own. Her ideal home would preferably be one with another dog, no small children (not because she is in any way aggressive, but she needs a calm environment), and lots and lots of love.

If you think you can offer a home to beautiful Nadja, please get in touch.

Urgent Appeal: Indy

Indy - Urgent AppealWe are delighted at the adoption of our last urgent appeal, Ezio, and are hoping that our next boy might have the same luck. As the year draws to a close, we often reflect on the dogs who have been with us the longest, and wonder if this year will bring them the happiness they deserve.

Indy has been at the SPA for almost 2 years, having arrived in February 2015. He is a very handsome boy, and it is surprising that no one has chosen him. Officially he is a labrador/border collie cross, but in reality he is just a medium sized white dog with thick fur, and a joyful personality. Taking him out for a walk always brings smiles. Indy loves to skip along, overjoyed at being out of his kennel and is just full of fun.

Indy was born in September 2012, so is still a relatively young dog, but without the craziness of some of our real youngsters. As for the reason he was brought to the SPA? Apparently Indy had attacked some chickens. Having seen how thin he was when he arrived, I am not surprised! We know that Indy chases cats, and although he would prefer to be an only dog, he can walk with other dogs quite happily.

Who can offer a home to this lovely boy?

Urgent Appeal: Ezio

Ezio male german shepherdThis week’s urgent appeal is for Ezio. He is shortly to celebrate his second birthday, although celebrate is hardly the right word, as this boy has already been in the SPA for over a year. He is such a great dog, too. Why does no one give him a chance? He is a big fine boned german shepherd cross who was born in January 2015. Not surprisingly he hates being behind bars, and is quite often seen standing up in his cage scrabbling at the door with his front paws. He wants to be out,hardly surprisingly.

Ezio adores human company, and loves his walks. Unfortunately he pulls quite a lot, because he has so much energy. The staff have recently started letting him run loose in the SPA grounds when the refuge is shut, and he is proving to be far more obedient than anyone suspected. Likewise once the initial excitement has worn off, he is a great walking companion. I have to confess that on one occasion I let the lead go, but Ezio followed behind me showing no desire at all to run away. He is going to be a wonderful companion for some lucky person.

He has shared his kennel with other dogs, usually female, but he is quite clumsy and often accidentally biffs dogs (and sometimes people) on the head. Just a big, overgrown puppy, really. We often say that he just need to get a bit older and calmer, after which he will be far easier to control. But no, why should he have to wait for another year or two before finding a home?

Ezio is a great natured dog, there is no malice in him at all. Please help find him a home!