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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?

 

Urgent Appeal: Kaiser

After the huge success in rehoming Dyson, we have an urgent appeal for another young lad. This time we are looking for a home for Kaiser. He is just nine months old and has been at the refuge since the beginning of April. And although it is perhaps not the first thing you notice about him, he is missing an eye.

We know how this happened. The refuge is Kaiser’s third home, and the loss of his eye was a deliberate act of mistreatment by his first owner. His second owner rescued him and paid for the eye to be removed correctly at the vets, but was unable to keep Kaiser long term. Hence the ScPA.

Despite the cruelty and upheaval, Kaiser is a completely carefree lad. He is full of fun and has fabulous body language. He is not much more than a wriggly pup inside quite a tough looking body. Luckily for him, Kaiser is not a categorised breed, meaning that no special permits are required for his owner.

Kaiser is fine with other dogs, although his relationship with cats is a bit ambiguous, to put it mildly. He is quite a chunky boy and is brusque without meaning to be so. He loves children but could easily knock a child over unintentionally. Yes, you are right, he could do with a bit of guidance. But so could all dogs of this age; remember he is still very much a youngster.

If you like the staffie types but are not keen on jumping through France’s bureaucratic hoops, or if you just want to offer a home to a lovely dog in need, then please think about offering a home to Kaiser.

Urgent Appeal: Dyson

Our urgent appeal this time is for Dyson, who is a young healthy dog who has no particular urgency about him, apart from the fact that no dog like this should be behind bars. This dog is a perfect family dog, ready for any home.

Dyson was brought in for rehoming when his family lost their home. Had he been smaller, perhaps he could have gone with them, but had he been smaller he would doubtless have been adopted already.

Dyson was born in November 2014. He is a magnificent stripey colour, and is a Cursinu cross. If you look this up on the internet, you will see that the breeds characteristics make it a perfect companion. And that is what Dyson has always been and would like to be again.

Dyson is fine with other dogs, fine with cats and fine with children. He walks on a slack lead and several of the volunteers let him run free on walks. He loves to swim. He is house trained and does not destroy. He really is a remarkable dog. Our dog behaviourist, Vincent, is constantly singing his praises; he agrees, Dyson is perfect.

However since his arrival at the refuge in March, not a single person has asked about adopting him. Despite his handsome looks, Dyson has become one of the refuge’s invisibles.

Please come and meet him. You will not be disappointed.

Urgent Appeal: Hermione

Our last urgent appeal was for a small old male dog, so this time we have a small young female who we hope will have the same luck at finding a home as did Kiki.

Hermione is a small jack russell cross who is not enjoying refuge life at all, and we really would like to find her a home soon. She arrived in mid February and at the time appeared to be quite calm, cowering in people’s arms. Since then, however, the reality of refuge life has hit her hard. For young, lively dogs, it is no place to be. Walks are too infrequent, and even when sharing a kennel, life behind bars can be boring.

Hermione is so desperate for entertainment that she flings herself at the hose when staff are cleaning out the kennels, and she scrabbles madly at the bars. Her feet are almost always wet, and she is giving herself blisters. She is quite a pitiful sight, and there is not much that can be done to help her. Changing the kennel won’t help, and keeping her inside would just make her frustration worse. She is miserable and is losing weight so what this little girl needs is a home!

She is fine with other dogs, not so much with cats. She loves children and despite being extremely active (she is a jack russell!), she is also extremely affectionate and not at all snappy.

Hermione is looking for a family with lots of energy, as despite her small size, she enjoys her walks, and a small trot around the block will not do it. An enclosed garden would be great, where she can run and play and lounge around in the sun. Once she has regular exercise this lovely little girl will be able to relax at last.

If you think you might be able to offer a home to Hermione, please get in touch.

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.