No fewer than 8 dogs left the SPA today. three were adopted but five of them were reclaimed by their owners, which is good news, especially as only one of them was identified before they arrived at the SPA!
The Pyrenean mountain dog and his foxy friend who arrived on Saturday are now identified. As is Lea, who arrived nine days ago. Templeton and Looping had been with us almost as long, with Looping being the only dog who was identified, even if we were unable to contact his family by phone. All five of them are now back at home, so should they go missing again, they can be reunited with their owners in a more timely manner.
Please, if you know your dog is at the SPA, collect him or her as soon as possible. We know that sometimes logisitics get in the way, but just think how your dog must feel. Alone, confused and above all HOT. The SPA has a legal obligation to vaccinate all animals for their protection, as well as feed them and clean their kennel. This has financial implications, of course. But most of all for your dog’s well-being, we want them out and home with as little delay as possible. And if you know your dog is at the SPA but have no intentions of collecting him, then at least come in to let us know. It makes the rehoming process much easier if we know the dog’s history, plus we can mix him with other dogs (if appropriate) or put him up for adoption immediately, without his spending ten days in the pound. There are at least two dogs at the SPA in this position. It is not fair on anyone!
Okay, rant over, onto the adoptions!
The first one is no surprise. Ondine now officially belongs to Angelique. She has been in foster for 2 months since being found after her “great escape”, but the paperwork was only finalised today. This is a match made in heaven and it is wonderful being able to follow Ondine’s progress. She is doing remarkably well, thanks to love and patience, which always go a long way to making a happy dog.
Second to leave was Iktus. His story is quite a sad one, as his owner has gone for long term medical treatment and had no option other than to bring his beloved dog to the SPA. Iktus is a big powerful lad, the sort of dog that can spend a lot longer than three months in a refuge. We are delighted that he has a new home and many thanks to the few strong volunteers who have been walking him. I was not one of them, I must point out, although I have been happy to cuddle him.
We also said goodbye to six year old Moby. When he arrived at the SPA in mid May following his owner’s house move, Moby had never been to a vet his whole life. He was in quite a poor state, unsurprisingly, so the SPA might have been the best thing that happened to him. Okay, he has had six weeks or so at the refuge, but his life has just taken a turn for the better!
So there is a bit more space at the SPA than there was this time yesterday, and eight happy and / or relieved dogs. What else will the week bring?