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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


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.