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Urgent Appeal: Roxy

Some of you may have read the joyous blog when we announced the adoption of Roxy after two years. He left with someone who had walked him at the SPA and spent a whole month planning to adopt him. Less than 24 hours later he contacted the SPA on Facebook to tell us that he could not keep Roxy in his apartment, which was just too small. Since the adoption took place the apartment had shrunk considerably (he told us it was much larger when he came to adopt), and also a live in partner had appeared as if by magic.

What a huge disappointment for us all, but mostly of course for Roxy. This dog (no dog) did not deserve to be treated in such a cavalier manner.

Usually a failed adoption teaches us a lot more about the dog. Not in this case; we learned a lot more about the owner, who of course is now blacklisted. So we will stick with our original description of Roxy.

A big black griffon cross with a brown moustache, Roxy was born in January 2013. He was given as a puppy to an elderly couple who were unable to look after him, and they brought him to the SPA in April 2016. Yes, Roxy has been with us for two years.

He pulls a bit on the lead, but that is easily sorted out with a no-pull harness, which he is very used to wearing. He is fine with other dogs although can be a bit reactive to other males he sees on walks. He is a real gentle giant. When he thought he had a new home he went round giving huge kisses to all the staff and volunteers. He never jumps up at people and is a mature, well mannered dog.

Roxy has spent long enough at the SPA now. Please help us find him a forever home.


Urgent Appeal: Murray and Clyde

After the huge and immediate success of our last urgent appeal (Pit was adopted a few days after the appeal went live) we thought we might try another pull at the heartstrings.

This week we are looking for a 3-month long foster home for Murray and Clyde. They are both 15 years old, and this is not their first stint at the SPA. Last year their British owner spent a long time in hospital, and we were not sure if he would ever reclaim his dogs. Well he did, but sadly this was short lived, as he has had to return to hospital. When he comes out in 3 months, he plans to return to the UK with his dogs.

Murray and Clyde are not to blame for any of this, and on the basis that their owner was British, we feel a certain involvement, and would love to help them.

Does anyone have a small place in their home for these two old boys until their owner is ready to take them back? They are both beagle-sized crosses and they don’t ask much from life. They like to potter a bit, and a short walk is great. We have managed to squeeze them into the indoor infirmary, but it would be lovely for them to have more space. And of course as foster dogs they will be officially part of the SPA structure and all food and vets bills will be paid.

If you think you can help, please get in touch.



Urgent Appeal: Pit

Poor Pit is one of those dogs who just hasn’t had much luck. He arrived at the SPA when he was already 8 years old, and it took him two years to find a home. Everyone expected him to see out his days with his owner, a kind, elderly gentleman. But sadly the stars were not aligned. Very sadly, Pit’s owner passed away in February, leaving Pit, now over 13 years old, homeless once again. This is a tragic turn of events, and we really would like to find a home for Pit. The SPA employees have managed to find him a space inside, but it is not as big as he would like, and although volunteers try to give him a daily walk, it is a huge change from the lovely life he has known for the past 4 years.

Pit is a calm older dog who is still in great health. He loves a walk and is happy to trot alongside you. He can walk with other dogs no problem and can probably live with them. He wants a quiet life, that is all.

Can you open up your home for this handsome beauceron cross? Of course finding an adopter would be ideal, but we would welcome a long term foster close to Carcassonne, so that the SPA can continue to pay for veterinary care for this old boy, although as I say, for now he has no ongoing treatment.

Please help us find a home for Pit. We really don’t want him to spend the rest of his life at the SPA.
 



Urgent Appeal: Roxy

This week’s urgent appeal is for Roxy. This lovely griffon cross has been at the SPA for way too long, since April 2016, in fact. The reason for his arrival at the refuge are the same as for many dogs the world over. Roxy was given as a gift to an elderly couple by their well-meaning children. As Roxy turned out to be far bigger than expected, the couple were unable to walk him, and he was dumped at the SPA when he was almost three years old.

Yes, Roxy is strong on the lead. However an education harness is all that is needed to stop this from being a problem. And apart from his dislike of cats, it is hard to find fault with this lovely griffon cross.

Roxy has good basic training, he is fine with other dogs, both male and female, and he is hugely loyal and affectionate. He looks black, but has brown highlights in his moustache, and is famous for his range of facial expressions.

We love griffons. We love their hairiness, we love their loyalty, we love their gentleness. Roxy deserves a home where someone can appreciate all he has to offer.

Roxy was born in January 2013, and has been at the SPA for just short of two years. He is castrated, microchipped and fully vaccinated. He would be happy to travel to a new home, and we can organise this for you, using a licensed transporter and following obligatory European rules.

Please get in touch if you would like to offer a home to Roxy.

 



Urgent Appeal: Tex

Tex was homed by DRC as a home to home, and everything appeared to be going fabulously. He appeared in our Life after the Refuge section, along with the couple’s two other dogs, Gino and Hachi (ex Paddington), both adopted from the SPA. So what went wrong? Why is Tex at the SPA, bearing in mind the home to home was intended to avoid just such an eventuality.

Well, let’s just say that there were problems with the neighbours, and Tex, along with Gino and Hachi, were accused of having killed some of the village cats. Threats followed and guns were shown. In a panic they brought all three dogs to the SPA. Sadly Tex is not doing well at all. He is used to a loving home; he has never been behind bars and has stopped eating.

Please can you offer him a home? He is fine with other dogs, used to be fine with cats (he used to live with a cat!) and is really affectionate. And without the other dogs to lead him astray, he didn’t ever wander, despite the fact that huskies are famous for this. Must be the German shepherd in him that balances out this instinct to roam.

Tex was born in March 2014, he is vaccinated, castrated and identified. Please help us find him a home quickly!!

 



Urgent Appeal: Mila

Mila is a very tall border collie cross, she looks like a tradtional border, classic black and white, but she is more the size of a Belgian shepherd. She even has the pointed ears!

Mila arrived at the SPA in mid-November, abandoned by her owner who was pregnant and not sure about being able to cope with a border collie and a baby at the same time.

This may sound crazy, but we know from a recent failed adoption that Mila does suffer from jealousy. At the SPA she shares her kennel, and although she has no trouble walking or even sharing play areas with other dogs, inside a home she does not tolerate female dogs. She searches for affection all the time and it is this that causes issues with other dogs.

Like many of our dogs she is wary of strangers, particularly men, but will become almost instantly devoted to her family. She is wonderfully affectionate and well-mannered both on or off the lead. She can be left alone without showing any destructive tendencies or separation anxiety; all she wants is a home of her own.

Mila was born in November 2014. She is fully vaccinated, sterilised and microchipped and her adoption fee is €170.



Urgent Appeal: A Foster Home for Pato

Yet again our urgent appeal is for Pato. This dog has been at the SPA for almost three years and is the oldest dog at the refuge, having been born in May 2004. For a dog of his size, this is quite old, and we really do not want Pato to spend his last days at the SPA, especially as winter is upon us.

So what we are looking for is someone to offer a warm home to Pato. He is in good health for now, but clearly at his age it is just a matter of time till he needs vet care, and any bills will be paid by the SPA. If whoever offers him a home is not close to our vet, then we will try to arrange association prices with your vet, which we will pay.

Pato is quite slow on his feet but would love a 20 minute walk once or twice a day. Access to a small garden would be great. To complicate matters, Pato is not good with dogs or cats, or cars, which he will lunge towards if they pass him on a walk. This is totally manageable, though, and just requires a light hand on his collar to restrain him.

Pato does not ask for much. His three years at the SPA have taught him to be pretty independent. He will be no trouble, he would just like a space inside and out of the wind. Is anyone currently animal free and willing to offer Pato a home for the time that remains?


Urgent Appeal: Diesel

Diesel is one of those dogs who seems to be in the process of being left behind, and we have no idea why. This young lad (he was born in November 2016) has been at the SPA for five months already. Initially he received a lot of attention, a picture of him won the summer photographic competition, and there were high hopes that an adoption would follow. But nothing.

Recently brother and sister June and Len arrived and were adopted, and it appears that no one else wants a dark coloured shepherd cross. However Diesel needs a home too!

He is a wonderful dog, good on the lead, good with other dogs, very affectionate with people. He shares his kennel with another male dog with no problems. Diesel would be fine as a only dog, or would be a great playmate for another dog.

Let’s try and find him a home before refuge life becomes the norm for this lovely boy.

As with all dogs at the SPA, Diesel is castrated, vaccinated, treated against Kennel Cough and microchipped and his adoption fee is just €170.


Urgent Appeal: Cliona

Many of you will have read about Cliona and in fact many of you probably donated to her veterinary care. Cliona was spotted straying in a nearby village and was in such a state that many people were scared and threw rocks at her. Luckily some compassionate people gradually gained her confidence and managed to catch her and bring her to the SPA. Initially we were not sure that she could be saved, but two operations later and she is looking far better. The tumours have been removed and the skin has returned to its proper form. Cliona is now a stunning dog.

She looks like a small black labrador, but in fact Cliona is chocolate brown. She is about ten years old, we think, although the longer she stays with us, the younger she looks!

Cliona is living in the cat house and is fine with dogs too. She is wonderful on a lead and is affectionate with humans, especially ones she knows.

If the idea of rescuing a dog who was effectively left for dead appeals to you, then please get in touch with Cliona. She represents much of what the SPA Carcassonne stands for; stepping in to help out lost causes. She could spend the rest of her life as the refuge mascot, but we think she deserves better than that!


Urgent Appeal: Roxy

Griffon cross Roxy has been at the SPA since April 2016, which is a real surprise when you consider what a fabulous dog he is. And not just fabulous looking, either.

Roxy was abandoned by his elderly owners as they found him too strong on the lead. He had been given to them by a well-meaning family member, hoping that having a dog would brighten their lives. Nice idea, except it is important to make sure that the recipients actually want a dog, and that the dog is suitable in terms of age and size. Roxy is the victim here.

He arrived at the age of three years old, making him four and a half years old now; the prime of life. And the SPA is not the right place to spend the best years of your life. Since being with us, Roxy has learned to walk well on the lead, initially with the help of a no-pull harness, but now without. And he shares his kennel well with other males.

Roxy does not like cats, but he is fine with children and already has good basic training. He is active and playful, not at all nervous of people and would make a great family pet.

Please help us find a home for Roxy.