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Urgent Appeal – Luna

Today DRC would like to put the spotlight on Luna, a Parsons Jack Russell terrier who really needs a home. We are putting her as an urgent appeal, rather than a hidden gem, as unlike our other hidden gems, we know that Luna is not the perfect dog for everyone.  However for the right person she most definitely is!

Luna is small and pretty

Luna was born in January 2015 and arrived at the refuge already identified to a breeder, where she had presumably served several years and made him lots of money before being discarded. As she is still very young, she does not have any of the signs of having been a breeding dog, and is in great shape.

This was in July 2019 and Luna spent four months at the refuge before her first adoption. Very sadly for both her and her family, Luna was brought back as she was unable to live with the couple’s other dog. The ScPA already suspected as much, and had warned the owners that this might be the case, but they were keen to try and it was fair to give Luna her chance. However her return emphasised the fact that Luna has to be an only dog. Nor can she live with cats. However she can walk with other dogs, so is not as antisocial as some dogs who have managed to find homes!

Despite being a bit feisty outside, Luna loves her home comforts

Luna’s next family had young children and this proved to be no problem. The issue here was Luna’s major “failing”. She is a runner! The husband took her to work with him, but he is a construction worker and Luna would leave the site. She always returned, but the risk to her was too great, so he decided to leave Luna at home with his wife. Luna was not taken out enough, and began to be dirty in the house. So back she came.

Her latest adoption lasted even less time, and Luna is back at the ScPA. Surely there must be someone out there for this lovely little dog?

Luna loves long walks

It is worth checking out breed information for Jack Russells. They are small dogs (Luna is TINY), but have big personalities. The word “Feisty” could have been invented to describe them. Luna is no exception. However she is also hugely affectionate. She can be a lovely lap dog, but needs plenty of exercise. Luckily she is great on the lead, although at the refuge she is walked with a double lead, as she does try to escape.

She is very unhappy at the refuge and cries and yips in her kennel. However she is very quiet at home, and her first family say that she was adorable in the house.

Luna is adorable. And not just when she is asleep!

All Luna needs is the right person. With regular walks she would be fine with a small well-enclosed garden or even no garden at all. She loves people and travels well in a car. I myself scooped her up once when I found on on the lam from the building site, and she sat calmly in the passenger seat while I drove her to the refuge to await her owner.

If anyone likes their dogs small and feisty, but with lots of love to give, then please consider offering a home to little Luna. We can contact her first family and put you in touch with them if you would like to discuss her in more detail. They are Anglophones and had they not had another dog, Luna would still be living with them for sure. They loved her and she loved them.

Luna wants to be happy again.

Please help us find a home for Luna. If you cannot help by adopting her, please share for her and let’s find her the forever family she deserves.

Gribouille has found a wonderful foster family!

Lucky Mabrouka has been adopted so we have another urgent appeal for you. This time it is for one of the many elderly dogs who are at the refuge and who really would like a home now the weather has got colder.

Gribouille was adopted from the ScPA when he was a very young lad and he has been a wonderful dog all this time. Up until his family brought him back for rehoming at the beginning of September. Gribouille was then eleven and a half years old.

The reason they gave for bringing him back after all these years was that he had attacked and injured a cat who came into his garden. And now the owners were convinced that he would attack their grandchildren. This despite the fact that up till this point he had never shown any aggression at all to humans.

As we so often say, there is no point convincing people to keep a dog they do not want, even when their motivations for rehoming him or her are dodgy to say the least. So the ScPA is looking for a new home for Gribouille, and DRC is trying to help. We do this by publicising Gribouille’s plight, and also agreeing to pay his adoption fee should the adopter come via DRC.

Gribouille is a lovely lad, as anyone who has walked him can confirm. He is in great shape for his age and adores his walks. He does not pull on the lead at all and is a real gentleman. He gets on with some dogs and can walk along side other dogs, but he is not fond of cats (as you will have probably guessed).

Gribouille’s was born in March 2008. He is a rough haired cross breed who weighs about 30kg. He is house trained (it is rare that he does anything in his kennel, and only when he has not been taken out for a walk). He is very friendly and affectionate towards people and still has hope that his life will end somewhere other than a cold kennel.

Please share for Gribouille, we would love him to find a new home. And don’t forget, if the adoption takes place via DRC we will pay the adoption fee!

 

 

Urgent Appeal: Mabrouka

Lovely Mabrouka was brought in for rehoming by her owners in mid September with a young malinois called Canelle. Apparently the dogs barked and this annoyed the neighbours. When they only had Mabrouka, there was no barking, so we can guess who the culprit was, but both dogs were brought in and Canelle has been adopted first. Go figure.

Mabrouka needs a home too. And of the two dogs there is no doubt that she is the one I would have chosen. She is a fabulous girl, a medium sized black and tan dog with medium long fur. She is no youngster, having been born in September 2009. She is in great health, and is fully vaccinated, sterilised and identified by microchip.

Mabrouka is fabulous on the lead, no pulling at all. She is great with other dogs, too, both male and female, and is affectionate and has wonderful manners. I honestly cannot understand why she has not been adopted before now.

She might have been overlooked due to her age, and it is true that she is no youngster. But many of us know the joy an older dog can bring. And don’t forget, senior dogs leave for a special fee of just €80. But as Mabrouka is the DRC urgent appeal, we will pay her adoption fee!

Please come and meet Mabrouka. Now that she is no longer sharing with Canelle (who bullied her all the time) she has a chance to show what a lovely girl she is and how deserving she is of a new home, just like her friend!

Please help us find a home for lovely Mabrouka, even if you are unable to adopt her yourself.

 

 

Urgent Appeal: Meline

Meline arrived at the ScPA way back in December 2018. At this time she was extremely thin and malnourished, she had clearly recently had pups and was struggling to get her strength back. At the time we wrote that she was baggy of breast, but that this would soon sort itself out. And guess what, it did. Meline now looks fabulous!

At the time of arrival Meline was extremely nervous of people. Well that has changed too. The staff and volunteers have done a wonderful job with her. Walking her has changed a lot too. Those of you who have visited the refuge will probably know that there is a railway bridge just down the hill. On her first walks Meline was too scared to set foot on this bridge (even though it is effectively just part of the road). Now however she doesn’t even notice it, skipping across without a care in the world.

Meline shares her kennel with a male dog, and although she can be a bit bossy (she wants to be up front, where the visitors can see her easily), she is fine. She cannot tolerate cats, however, so a feline-free home is required for this lovely girl.

Meline was born in January 2014, meaning that at the time of this appeal she is not quite 6 years old. This is just early middle age, and hopefully Meline will have many happy and healthy years head of her. I am sure that after the life she had before reaching the ScPA, Meline thinks that the refuge is the best place in the world. But we all know how wonderful things are outside the ScPA. Who wants to help Meline discover the world?

Meline is vaccinated, sterilised and microchipped and her adoption fee is €170. However as she is the urgent appeal, if you wish to adopt Meline, then DRC will pay half the adoption fee.

Please get in touch if you would like to adopt this lovely girl.

 

 

Urgent Appeal: Jax

Ben has been adopted already, so we have another urgent appeal for you. This time it is for another of the many dogs who have no business at all being at the ScPA.

Jax is what we at DRC call a hidden gem. He is one of the dogs who no one notices. He is a fairly big boy, but so well behaved that you hardly know he is there. And this is perhaps why no one notices him. It is really important to walk any dog that you are thinking of adopting, as you see far more of a dog’s character when he is out of the refuge. But of course there has to be something to prompt you to walk a dog in the first place. So far Jax’s only walks have been thanks to volunteers. Let’s see if we can change that!

Jax is a beauceron cross who was brought in for rehoming by his family way back in July 2018. He was still under two years old at the time, and it is shocking that he has been behind bars for over a year already; more than a third of his life. For a dog this well-behaved, too!

Jax is fine with other dogs and shares his kennel happily. He is very well trained, doesn’t pull on the lead and is attentive and affectionate. Our behaviour expert, Vincent, cannot sing Jax’s praises enough; he too is baffled as to why no one has offered this dog a home.

Jax is fully vaccinated, identified and castrated. Anyone adopting him will surely be delighted, and Jax will surely reward this love a thousand fold.

Please share for beautiful Jax. A dog this perfect should be in a home, not behind bars.

 

 

 

Urgent Appeal: Ben

Ben was one of two dogs who were brought in together with two female dogs this summer. All of them were fabulous; well socialised, good on the lead, fine with other dogs and very affectionate towards people of all ages. The girls found new homes very quickly, as was predicted, and then it was the turn of Jerry. Less than a week later, Ben too was adopted, but sadly he was brought back a day later as the family cat was unhappy.

Of course this does not mean that Ben cannot live with cats. He passed the cat test at the refuge just fine, but it must be remembered that a home environment is different and not all cats will accept a dog into their territory. The refuge cats are well used to being invaded from time to time.

So although Ben is no “sad case”, it is just the fact that he is such a good, easy dog that makes him our urgent appeal.

Ben was born in January 2017. He is a spaniel cross, medium sized, that is, with a lovely speckly tricoloured coat. He is fine on the lead and can share his home with other dogs without any problem, but would also be happy as an only dog. He is young and active, so will enjoy long walks.

Ben is vaccinated, castrated and identified and is all ready for his new home. Let’s make him as happy as his brothers and sisters surely now are! He deserves this happiness too.

 

 

Can you help?

Sunday the 22nd is our annual barbecue and bric a brac sale.  If you have been having a clear-out we are in the need of bric a brac.  

We also plan to have a Tombola, which is always popular and any tombola prizes would be very much appreciated!

This year we will also have live music. so do come along…we will have sausage, burgers, ice cream, books, clothes, bric a brac and tombola.

It’s a great chance to say hello, sit in the sun and have a chat and a browse through our item for sale!

See you all there!

Come along and support DRC!

Urgent Appeal: Molly

This time our urgent appeal is for Molly, who is one of many dogs who has no business at all being at the refuge. Due to her lively behaviour in her kennel, she is having trouble attracting a family, so we are hoping that this post might encourage someone to take her out on a walk and see the true Molly.

Molly is a Dutch shepherd cross, weighing some 25 kg. Or at least that is what she should weigh, were she not so hyper in her kennel. Molly is so frustrated at being locked up that she jumps round and is full of nervous energy. On a walk she is a completely different dog, however.

Molly is very well trained. She walks to heel with no pulling and knows lots of commands. I am sure that she would be off lead very soon. What’s more she gets on fine with other dogs and children. Plus she is fine with cats! Yes, the perfect triple!

Molly is a very engaging dog; her sole purpose in life seems to be to please whomever she is with. However she is very intelligent and will need lots of stimulation for her mind as well as her body.

Please get in touch if you can offer a home to Molly. Like all our dogs, Molly will be far happier out of the refuge. But in Molly’s case being locked up is having a very negative effect on her spirits, and as she should be so easy to rehome, we are relying on you to help, either by sharing her story, or better still, by adopting her yourself!

Please share for Molly!

 

 

Urgent Appeal: Victoire

Although Victoire is a recent arrival at the ScPA, she has been known to us for many years. Twice a year for several years this lovely tricoloured shepherd has been responsible for a litter of pups that has been brought to the refuge by residents of the local village, or have been captured by ScPA employees, sometimes only after several pups had died. Victoire, however, remained untouchable, “protected” by the villagers. Her life has been misery.

Now Victoire needs a new home. Finally the cycle is broken. She is sterilised and her days of wandering and begging for food are over.

Victoire was born in June 2015, but has everything to learn. She is unused to human contact, although you can tell from her eyes and her expression that she is interested and would love to learn. Having spent her whole life avoiding humans, it is natural that she should be suspicious.

Victoire will need a patient family. She has never lived indoors, so an enclosed garden is essential. Her new family should have another dog, preferably a mature and well socialised one, so that Victoire can learn all about being a domesticated animal.

If you think you would like to offer Victoire a home, please get in touch. It will be very much a case of taking everything slowly; we would probably recommend several visits to meet her so that she can gain in confidence before leaving the ScPA, which is the first “home” she has ever known.

Urgent Appeal: Nino – UPDATE

UPDATE: NINO WILL BE COMING BACK TO THE REFUGE ON 15TH JUNE. HE REMAINS OUR URGENT APPEAL AND THIS WAY MOIRA AND I WILL GET TO KNOW HIM FAR BETTER THAN WE DID DURING HIS FIRST STAY. WE WILL CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR THE PERFECT  HOME FOR NINO.

Both the previous two urgent appeals have left in double quick time, and we are hoping the same is true for this boy, who needs a new home desperately. And for the first time our home to home appeal is for a dog who is not at the refuge.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Nino. He is a fabulous setter who is five years old and is currently living with his owner. She adopted him from the ScPA but is unable to cope with a young dog and loves him too much to bring him back for rehoming. So DRC has promised to help.

Nino is a great boy. He is fine with other dogs, fabulous with children, and although he will chase cats on the move, he has never shown any aggression to them. He is affectionate, housetrained and lively. And therein lies the problem; his current owner is unable to walk him, and although he has access to a large garden, he needs walks and a lot more fun with other dogs than he has at present.

Nino is living close to Carcassonne but can travel to his new home. Obviously there are no adoption fees, and Nino is vaccinated, identified by microchip and castrated.

Who has a place in their home and heart for a beautiful setter?