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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.


Urgent Appeal:Look

Look male shepherd crossSometimes an urgent appeal really is urgent, a dog who is old, or needs a home urgently for welfare reasons. However sometimes a dog is our urgent appeal just because we like him or her very much and want him or her to be happy. Such is the case this week, as we present to you Look.

This fabulous German shepherd cross was found at the SPA gates one morning along with a note from his owner to tell us that she no longer wanted him. As Look was identified, we were able to phone her (which seemed to take her by surprise!). We were thus able to find out a bit more about this boy.

Turns out that Look had spent his whole life either in the house tied up a the bottom of his owner’s garden. He was never walked and has had no contact with other animals. Look is busy trying to make up for lost time on the walking front, and calls pitifully if there is a chance of going out. He is a little bit strong at first, but is learning very quickly and stops immediately you call his name. Understandably, though, he is keen to explore. He likes to stop for a cuddle, though, and is really affectionate.

Look is gradually being introduced to other dogs and shows no aggression at all, and he is fine with children.

Look was born in April 2013, so is in the prime of life. I really like him and would love him to find a new, loving home as soon as possible.


Urgent Appeal:Tis

 

 

Tis old male shepherd crossSomeone here must be able to offer a home to Tis. He is such a lovely dog, and is incredibly undemanding. He is a grey and black brittany spaniel who was born in May 2005, making him one of the oldest dogs at the refuge. He was abandoned by his family as his owner is ill, they say, and none of them are prepared to look after Tis. He just lies in his kennel looking out at the world, hoping perhaps for a walk or some affection. And he adores both!

On walks he trots along quite happily. He is a bit overweight, so is perhaps not built for long distances (at least not at speed), but he doesn’t pull in the slightest. And if you stop for a rest, he sits down by your side and waits patiently. An extremely well-mannered dog!

We are told that Tis is fabulous with children and other dogs, but that he does not like cats. Tis could carry on living outside, which is the life he was used to with his previous family, but ideally we would like all our old dogs to spend their twilight years indoors, with lots of home comforts.

Tis is twelve years old and as such comes under our “adopt a senior” programme. His adoption fee is just €80, for which he is vaccinated, castrated and identified.

Please help us find a home for lovely Tis.

 

 

Urgent Appeal:Billy

 

 

Billy male border collieBilly is a border collie who was born in January 2011, making him just over 6 years old at the time of this urgent appeal. He was abandoned at the SPA as his owners were moving house and did not want to keep Billy in a less spacious environment than before. Ironic that he is now housed in a tiny pen!

Billy is fine with cats and children, but is not keen on other dogs. He is a great companion, he walks well on the lead and is very attentive to whoever is walking him. He sits happily by your side if you take a break, and loves affection. Several families with small children walk him regularly, and although they are not in a position to adopt him, they are very fond of him.

Why the urgent appeal? Not only because Billy deserves a new home (he is a very good and easy dog), but also at the SPA his bright white fur is starting to discolour. This is only a question of aesthetics, but it is always sad to see a dog become less attractive as a result of live at the SPA.

Please help find a home for Billy. He is fully vaccinated, castrated and microchipped. His adoption fee is €170.

 

 

Urgent Appeal:Dart

 

 

Dart is a beautiful dalmatian, who like so many of the SPA dogs has arrived due to a change in his owner’s circumstances. Life for his homeless owner improved when he was able to move into a flat, however the hours of being locked up alone did not suit Dart, who was used to much more time outside and with company.

Dart was born in September 2008, which means he will be nine this year. However he is in great shape. And what a gentleman! He is wonderful on the lead, very affectionate and he is good with female dogs, cats and children. There is no reason at all why this dog should be hard to home!

Who has a space in their heart for this stunning lad? The only requirement is lots of love and presence. Surely that is not too much to ask?

Please get in touch if you can offer a home to Dart. His adoption fee is just €170, including identification, vaccination and castration.


 

 

Urgent Appeal:Mami

 

 

MamiIn this appeal we are looking for a very special family, one that is prepared to take on a dog who has ongoing medical issues. Mami arrived at the SPA at the end of October and she was in a terrible state. Bald and painfully thin, she just wanted to curl up and be left alone. As you know, this recuperation of poorly dogs is something the SPA and their vets are extremely good at, and so investigations and treatment began. Mami has leichmaniasis, which is an illness transmitted by the sand fly. You can read all about it here http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/infectious-parasitic/c_dg_leishmaniasis and there are plenty of other source materials, plus plenty of groups of people who have dogs with this disease, and they are best placed to tell you not to panic. It took us some time to stabilise Mami’s condition, but now all is well, she is fat as butter and has a great coat, and takes just one tablet a day to keep her in this fabulous condition. However she will need to wear a scalibor collar or be treated with a spot-on to prevent her from being being bitten by the sand fly again and potentially passing the illness on.

So no, other animals are not at risk. Nor are people.

Mami is tiny, she weighs about 8kg and is simply adorable. She loves everyone and everything, and has been living in the cat house with other dogs and cats. She was born in January 2005, so is not the youngest dog at the SPA, but providing she keeps on her meds, she could be around for years! Don’t let her end her life at the SPA, please.

Her ideal family would be close to Carcassonne if they wish the SPA can continue to pay for veterinary treatment. This however is not costly, so homes further afield would be considered.

Many thanks.

 

 

Balou and Rex

Milena, the sponsor of Balou and Rex has been busy..

My name is Balou and I am 10 years old!

I don’t care what car you drive.

I don’t care who you know.

I don’t care what you wear or where you live.

I only care that you are there for me

As I shall always be there for you….

So what do you think?

 A big beautiful boy waiting for his forever home. Senior tariff, 50%  paid by his sponsor.

My name is Rex and I am 10 years old!

 

I know I’m old, a little nervous and shy.

You might just want to walk on by.

But please look again.

Talk to me and just maybe you’ll see the boy I’d like to be.

 A beautiful boy waiting for his forever home. Must be cat -free. Senior tariff, 50%  paid by his sponsor.

 

 

Urgent Appeal: Bullet

BulletOur urgent appeal this week is for Bullet. This 10 year old pedigree German Shepherd has found himself at the SPA following the sad death of his owner. It is always tragic when this happens, but perhaps more so in this case where the owner was relatively young and should have easily outlived his beloved dog.

Bullet was born in November 2006 and is in fabulous condition for his age.He has been loved and well cared for throughout his entire life and has never changed homes. Until now, that is, when he finds himself alone and bewildered in a concrete kennel.

At the moment Bullet is in fabulous health and loves his walks. However people who know this breed know all too well that hip problems can come about with age. For this reason we would like Bullet’s new home to have easy access to outside, and not too many steps inside. The home has to be cat free, too. Regarding other dogs, Bullet ignores them on walks, but would rather not share his home.

Please help us find this poor dog a new home. We have his pedigree papers at the SPA and although he will leave us castrated, we know that lovers of this breed with appreciate this dog’s magnificent physique.

Urgent Appeal: Suma

Suma female griffon khortalIt is very rare that we feature a dog who has only just arrived, but this girl has just stolen our hearts. Suma is a griffon khortal who is so scared that she can hardly walk. Of course at the SPA dogs have to go to the vets and so for now Suma is being carried. She lies completely still, like a dead weight. No attempt to wriggle or get away. This is obviously not normal, and we can only hazard a guess at where Suma has been and what she has suffered before she arrived at the refuge.

Suma was born in February 2013, according to the vet’s best guess. She has probably had several litters, so has maybe been used as a puppy producer for hunters. We will never know. If this is the case, however, it is more than possible that Suma will need to be house trained.

Suma needs a loving and patient family, another dog may help with her socialisation, but only a gentle and understanding dog, please, we want Suma to never feel overwhelmed. The fact that despite her level of fear, it does not even occur to Suma to show her teeth or snap. She is such a gorgeous, gentle girl.

Please get in touch if you would like to offer a home to Suma. Her adoption fee is €170, for which she will be vaccinated, microchipped and sterilised.

Urgent Appeal: Nougaro

NougaroNougaro has been at the SPA since April 2015 and we would really like to find him a home. When he arrived he was quite a nervous lad, who had obviously suffered some mistreatment. He hated having a lead put on, and this is something we have worked on a lot. He has also gained a lot of confidence thanks to sharing his kennel with another dog, in this case Pinto.

Nougaro was born in July 2013 and is in many ways a typical SPA dog. He is a black and brown shepherd cross, however he has unusually expressive eyes. After having been scared of people he now seeks out human company, and adores his walks. He does not like cats, but adores canine company.

He would like a patient home, as he can still be nervous of new things, but this lad will be so rewarding.

Nougaro is all ready to leave, fully vaccinated, castrated and identified. The only thing he is missing is a family.