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Urgent Appeal: Kiki

Kiki was brought to the ScPA in early February when his owner was taken to hospital, and there was every expectation that he would leave us. However it was not to be. His owner is no longer with us, and Kiki needs a new home.

He is living in the reception area, and although there was some interest in him when he first arrived, since he has become available for adoption, no one has asked about him. Either they assume he is still waiting for his owner, or they assume he belongs to one of the employees. Kiki was born in June 2009.

He is fine with everyone and everything. Cats, children, dogs….He doesn’t like being left alone for too long, so he needs a home with a stay at home owner. Although he has company during the day, he is left alone from the time the ScPA closes until the next morning, which must be really hard on him.

Kiki is house trained and in great health, apart from a tiny heart murmur. For this he takes half a Benakor 5 tablet per day.

Kiki is a papillon cross who is starting to go a bit grey, but who still has many years ahead of him. He has been adored his whole life and would love to find another loving home. He is a senior dog, so his adoption fee is just €80 for which he is castrated, identified and vaccinated.

Please get in touch if you would like to offer Kiki a home. He is a really sweet little chap who deserves to be in a loving home.

 

Urgent Appeal: Griff

We at DRC simply cannot understand why Griff has not been adopted. He has been at the refuge since October 2017, which is just incomprehensible, both to us and to the staff and volunteers.

He and his two brothers were kept in garage until the age of two, when their owner finally agreed to bring them to the refuge and let them have a normal life. Initially he was very timid, but 18 months of love and walks and company have made a huge difference to this lad. Griff has been sharing his kennel the entire time, although he has seen a lot of his kennel-mates leave.

He is a stunning boy, who was born in October 2015. He is fine on the lead, fine with other dogs, he has wiry fur, like a terrier but obviously he is bigger. Griff really deserves a home and will return a thousand-fold the love of whoever is lucky enough to adopt him.

Urgent Appeal: Paco

Some of you may have seen Paco’s departure and almost immediate return at the very beginning of the year. Well this quick about turn, so soon after having already been abandoned, did not do poor Paco any good at all and all he does now is cry.

I don’t blame him, I would probably feel the same way.

Adopted some 5 years ago, Paco was brought in for rehoming when his family divorced. He had just settled down to refuge life again (after quite a rough beginning) when he was adopted again, but this time his new home lasted just three days. The woman had been badly advised and took a dog who was far from suitable. It really is better to wait for the right dog than to take any dog because you want a dog NOW! Unless you don’t care anything for an animal’s feelings, that is. And if this is the case, then it is best to not have an animal at all!

So Paco is now an urgent appeal. He would love to have a new home again. A real home, that is. Paco looks like a sharpei with a dachshund’s legs. Although low to the ground, he is a chunky boy, and although he is now coming up to seven years old (he was born in May 2012), he pulls a bit.

He is perfectly housetrained and is fine with other dogs and people of all ages. I am almost certain that he is fine with cats too, and I will find out for sure if you like.

Please help us find Paco a home.

Urgent Appeal:

I remember well the day of Pica’s arrival. This tall, leggy shepherd cross was terrified of everyone and everything, and is yet another dog who for whom the refuge has been the best thing to happen. Seven months on, and Pica, who is now some two and a half years old, is a happy and confident dog, who is a joy to be with.

She is fine with other dogs, fine with cats (yes!) and affectionate with people of all ages. What’s more she is good on the lead.

Pica is officially a shepherd cross. Sounds a bit boring, doesn’t it? Well how about if I say that she is a lurcher cross? Although in this part of the world that should maybe say “Galgo”. Pica is tall and rangey, definitely built for speed not comfort, and she loves racing round the parks when it is playtime.

Pica is a dog who will brighten your day. She is sociable and engaged with whomever she is with, and she will make a lovely companion for just about anyone.

 

Urgent Appeal: Karadoc

Our urgent appeal this time is for Karadoc. We have chosen him for no other reason than that no one seems to notice him, yet the person who does will be very lucky indeed. There is no reason at all why a dog like this should be at the ScPA. Karadoc is an absolute gem.

He is mid size, mid brown, and looks just average. Is that why no one has chosen him? Big mistake. This boy is anything but average. Karadoc was born in August 2014 and is a dark sand coloured crossbreed. He is fabulous on the lead, you hardly know he is there. He responds to his name (and bear in mind he arrived unidentified, he has only had this name for a couple of months). He is affectionate, he is fine with other dogs, he is playful and young. The list goes on.

In fact, perhaps we should rename this section “hidden gems”. Because that is what Karadoc is, a hidden gem. Don’t make him waste all his life at the refuge; he has already been there for four months, which is four months during which someone could have been showering him with all the love he deserves and which he is so eager to return.

Please share for lovely Karadoc.

 

Urgent Appeal: Loubi

Many of you will probably think that Loubi has been rehomed, because that was the title of one of last week’s blogs. However it did not work out and 24 hours later Loubi was back at the refuge. I did not mention this in the blog because it was absolutely nothing to do with the dog, and the reasons for his return are extremely painful for the family involved. There is no need to add to their woes. They were even more upset because Loubi was absolutely perfect during the brief time he spent with them. He appeared to be housetrained, and despite our warnings about his interaction with their cats, apparently he was absolutely fine with their two felines.

So Loubi is looking for a new home. And as he waited so long to find his first home, we really want this to be soon.

Loubi was born in May 2018, so he is really still a puppy. He is fine with other dogs, and cats (we now know) and children. He is a lab/griffon cross who has everything going for him, apart from his colouring…yes, you guessed it, Loubi is black. But lots of us like black dogs, of course, so let’s get Loubi out of the refuge and into a home.

Loubi is all ready to go, castrated, identified and fully vaccinated. He is waiting for his family at the SPA Carcassonne. He is a pup still, and although he is sharing his kennel with another young dog, he would love a home of his own.

 

Urgent Appeal: Nesquick

Nesquick is one of the ScPA dogs for whom the phrase “Always the bridesmaid, never the bride” was invented. We have lost count of the number of dogs he has shared his kennel with; each time they are adopted he shares with the next dog, never complaining, always welcoming.

Our last urgent appeal, Trudy is still at the refuge, and although she is still a bit timid, she is far less so since she has been sharing with Nesquick. In fact she has trouble walking without him; he is her safety net. As long as he is close, she is fine. But the fact he is such a good box mate, does not mean that he doesn’t deserve a home of his own, so let’s try and find him a home.

Nesquick is a spaniel cross who was born in September 2013. He was found in a nearby village, where, we are told, he was bullied by children. For this reason he would prefer a home without young children, although he can walk with them happily. Nesquick was born in September 2013 and has now been at the refuge for over 2 years, which is a very long time!

He pulls on the lead, but this is partly due to getting out so infrequently. Which is due to the fact that he pulls on the lead. He would love an enclosed garden where he can run around to his heart’s content!

Nesquick is a good steady dog if you have a nervous dog; he seems to immediately understand them and put them at ease. If you think you could offer this lovely boy a home, please get in touch

 

Urgent Appeal: Trudy

Those of you who follow us on Facebook might have seen the albums of several dogs who were left behind in a garden when the owner moved house. Six of them have been brought to the ScPA so far, but more are due to arrive. They are in various states of trauma, starting with Mattie, who was rehomed this week and who was one of the best socialised dogs I have ever met, to Billy, who is catatonic with fear still, a month after arriving to safety. Presumably the dogs who have still not been caught are in an even worse state.

Somewhere in the middle is Trudy. She has really touched my heart, as she so desperately wants to trust. She tried to follow the example of Mattie while they shared a kennel, and was just starting to come for treats when Mattie was adopted. Her new kennel mate, Nesquick, is also working his magic, and Trudy is turning into a fabulous girl.

She knows her name, she comes for cuddles, but still cringes whenever there is brisk movement or when a hand is raised, even if it is to pat her or give a treat.

Out of the refuge, though, she is a different dog. She is attentive on the lead, does not pull and although she is nervous of other dogs, that will pass when she gets more confidence. I know that if we could find her a home, Trudy would progress even faster.

Would you be able to offer a slightly nervous dog a home? I have to add that Trudy shows no sign of wanting to bite, even when she is terrified. Instead it is as if she wants to just disappear. It is heartbreaking to see. I am certain that with minimal work but lots of love, Trudy will very quickly turn into a well socialised and (even more) adorable dog.

Trudy is a shepherd cross who was born in September 2017, her adoption fee is €170, for which she is identified, microchipped and sterilised.

Urgent Appeal: Look

This is not the first time Look has been our urgent appeal. Last time it was just because we liked him, but this time it is a bit more urgent. Look is one of those dogs who is just not being noticed at the SCPA, all he needs is a chance to show people what a good dog he is.

Look arrived at the refuge in April 2017. We suspect that he had been deliberately left to wander, as when we contacted his owner, she informed us that she would not be collecting her dog, as in any case she had no time for him, and he spent his life tied up at the bottom of the garden. Despite the walks at the refuge, the life we have offered him has not been much better so far.

Look might look like an elderly dog, but in fact he was born in April 2013. He is only years old! He is very calm, good with other dogs and wonderful on the lead. He does not destroy and can be left alone, although after so long alone, he would love to have company, naturally.

Look has been at the SPA for well over a year and has seen many of his kennel mates leave for new lives. He is always left behind. And as he is so easily mixable with other dogs, he is always seeing new dogs. We would love his chance to come; he is showing all the signs of doggy depression, and we want this lovely German shepherd cross to smile again.

Please help us find a home for Look. He deserves happiness after so many years of sadness. He is really affectionate and trusting, he holds no malice towards humans, despite the fact that so far he has been let down by us very badly.

 

Urgent Appeal: Puppies

Oh, gosh. Where on earth do they all come from? Well, we all know the answer to that one, don’t we…Irresponsible people not sterilising their dogs and expecting the SPA to pick up the slack. More than 20 puppies arrived in the space of a couple of weeks, and as the SCPA already had pups growing up behind bars and who were hoping to find homes soon, it is a disaster for them, too.

So who are the pups? As none of them were born at the refuge, we can only really guess at their parentage. Some arrived alone, most arrived with litter mates. Some were brought in by people who had “found them”, others were found at the refuge gates, giving the staff a nice surprise when they arrived in the mornings.

The one thing that all the pups have in common is that they all need good homes. We have written on numerous occasions about the responsibilities that come with puppy ownership. Basically you have a blank canvas, and there is no point taking on a puppy if you are not prepared to put in some effort. However many people prefer it this way; you have no history to overcome, and your dog will grow up knowing nothing but love.

Here are some of the puppies. We have several spaniels, both male and female, who were born in April, we have border collies who were born at the end of May, we have some pups of indeterminate breed who were born in mid May, and we have a couple of others. Not forgetting of course the not-quite pups, that is the pups who are over 6 months old and who are still waiting for homes.

If you are thinking of adding a puppy to your family, please consider adopting from the SCPA.

Just four of the many puppies who are at the SCPA