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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.

Urgent Appeal: Pador

At the other end of the size and age range to last week’s urgent appeal, we present Pador. No one has any idea why this dog has not been adopted before now. He has been at the SPA since the end of May, and usually dogs of this size and who are this sociable are snapped up!

Pador is a jagd terrier cross who was born in June 2016. That’s right, he is just a baby. And although he has a lively side (what dog of this age doesn’t?), he can be calm too. He is great with dogs, great with cats and great with children. He is very affectionate and will sit on your lap, but he is no lap dog. He is a feisty (in a good way) bundle of fun, who will accompany his owner on long walks or lounge with him in the sun.

Weighing in at less than 10kg, Pador is easy to pick up, and being so affectionate, a cuddle is always welcome. He pulls a bit on the lead but just until he has worked out your pace. And of course with more exercise, he will be even better behaved.

Pador is a little gem of a dog. Incredible that he has not been adopted quicker. Come and meet him, you won’t be disappointed!

Urgent Appeal: Balou

We are trying once again to find a home for Balou. He has now been at the SPA since March 2015, and I don’t think a single person has looked at him with a view to an adoption in all this time. We just cannot see why!

When Balou arrived it was as a stray. We have since found out that he was abandoned as the result of a divorce, with neither partner wanting him as they started their new lives. Apparently he used to live with children, and was a loved member of the family. Not loved enough, obviously, but not a “problem dog” in any way.

Balou was born in June 2006. That means he is now eleven years old! We need to find him a home soon. Although for many years we thought he was not good with male dogs, he has lived happily with females. Many different females; they are all adopted one by one, leaving Balou behind. Recently our dog behaviourist, Vincent, has mixed Balou with males quite happily in the park; he shows no aggression at all. And the same is true when he meets males on walks; he just trots by wagging his tail. Likewise he can walk alongside other males. So it is more than possible that he can live with a male dog.

Balou does pull a bit at the beginning of a walk, but he soon settles down, and with more regular exercise will probably not pull at all.

And he is really loving and affectionate. He deserves a new home. His adoption fee is just €80, and even this is negotiable, as there are plenty of people who would pay this just to help this boy on his way.

Please please don’t leave this lovely lad at the SPA to end his days behind bars..

Urgent Appeal: Jack

This week’s urgent appeal is for Jack

Jack is a little dog who is just being overlooked at the SPA. Is it because of his age? He has just turned nine years old. Is it because of his colour? Yes, Jack is black. It cannnot be due to his personality, as Jack is a great little dog. He is wonderful on the lead and is fine with other dogs, whether on a walk or sharing his kennel with them or playing off lead in the park.

With nothing else in the photo to show his size, you would think that Jack is a labrador. But he is a very mini one, weighing about 15 kg or so. He has a docked tail which he wags almost constantly. He arrived in February this year, already identified, but the owner’s address had changed, and assuming he was the one who dropped Jack at the SPA, he doesn’t want the dog in any case. Far better for Jack to find a new home.

As a senior dog, Jack’s adoption fee is just €80, for which you will have a castrated, vaccinated and identified dog. And being on the small side, Jack’s best years are still to come. It would be a shame for him to spend them at the SPA.

Jack would make an ideal dog for just about anyone. A steadying influence on a more nervous dog, perhaps? Or just a great walking companion for someone who wants an easy dog.
 


Urgent Appeal: Mina

Well, from one golden girl to another. The last urgent appeal was for golden oldie, Amy, who is now reserved and will be leaving us soon, and our new urgent appeal, although not an oldie, is pure gold!

Mina, a “not quite boxer” was found in the hills outside a local village and as she was in great condition and microchipped, we felt sure that her family would come for her. When phoned, however, they said that they were fed up with Mina’s running off and that they would not come to collect her. But first they would need to comfort the children, who would be upset. Good parenting 101!

Mina was born in January 2016, she has a docked tail and is very boxer-like, although smaller than a real boxer would be. She is extremely well behaved and very affectionate, happy to spend hours being patted, or equally happy to trot alongside you on a walk. She is fine with other dogs and we know she is fine with children. I cannot imagine her being aggressive with cats, but we have to check that.

Mina has never been mistreated, she has none of the “issues” that some rescue dogs can suffer from, she is a perfectly adjusted and beautiful family pet. An enclosed garden is required, but the same is true for most dogs. This is why Mina is our urgent appeal. You could go a long way to find a dog this wonderful.
Let’s find her a home, people!


Urgent Appeal: Amy

 
This time our urgent appeal is for a dog who as just arrived. Amy arrived this week due to the death of her owner. In fact this poor dog was not discovered for some three days since her owner passed away. As she is nine years old, it must be quite a shock for Amy to find herself at the SPA after spending her whole life with one person. She seems very calm and placid, and does not pull at all on the lead.

Amy was born in May 2008, and this is the reason we have chosen her as our urgent appeal. Dogs of this age find it far harder to find homes than their younger pals. However the SPA understand this, and dogs over 8 years of age leave for a special senior price of €80, for which your dog is sterilised, vaccinated and microchipped.

Amy is officially a labrador cross, however she is fine boned and has a long nose, so we think there is quite a bit of greyhound in there. She is a gorgeous chocolate brown colour, although she is quite grey around the muzzle.

We want Amy to have a wonderful home. She has been through a traumatic experience and we want her to be in a loving home where she can put this behind her. We have yet to test her with dogs and cats, but please contact us if you would like to offer Amy a home.

Urgent Appeal:Whisky

 

WhiskyWhiskey looks like a very small black labrador, he weighs about 17kg, about half of what a “real” labrador would weigh. He was adopted from the SPA when he was a puppy and brought back in mid April. The reason? His owners moved to a new house with no enclosed garden, and as they insisted on letting Whiskey “free range” all day, the new neighbours objected. And rather than make any effort to keep the dog safe, bringing him back to the SPA (in the boot of the car, by the way) was the chosen solution.

His owners assured us that Whisky is fine with other dogs. At the SPA this does not appear to be the case. By a strange coincidence, two relatively new SPA volunteers used to look after Whiskey while his owners were away. They, too, tell us that he lived with their dogs in total harmony, so his former owners were telling the truth.

I guess the answer is that Whisky is very stressed at the SPA, and this is why he is our urgent appeal.

Whisky was born in October 2010, so perhaps he has good reason to be stressed. Can you imagine living with a family for six and a half years and then being dumped in a cage?

Whisky is wonderful on the lead. He is a very affectionate dog who deserves a new home and we would love to help him on his way. He is vaccinated, castrated and identified and his adoption fee is €170.