By the time I arrived at the refuge at 14H05 we were already booking in dog number three. I felt like turning round and going home again!
Despite that bad start, Dog Rescue Carcassonne carried out another “home to home” adoption today, and we are very proud! This is when the SPA gets told of a dog whose owner needs to rehome, but who has the ideal qualities to go straight to a family, and where the current owners want to avoid their animal entering the refuge at all costs.
Doing a home to home involves a lot of work, good will and cooperation. Firstly we need photos and as much information about the dog as possible. We then post the dog on as many websites as we can, with as much character description as we can give. And people have to be honest. You can’t pretend that the dog is perfect if it is a snappy snarly creature, because obviously at some stage the prospective new family are going to see the dog!
Carole contacted DRC about Derek, an Irish setter cross who no longer had a happy home life due to losing his garden and long walks following his owners’ divorce and increased working hours. Derek had grown up with a child and appeared to be the perfect dog, whose owners just wanted him to be happy. They did not want to risk giving him away free on the internet, or even letting him spend time at the SPA, if it could be avoided.
A couple of weeks after first contact, DRC received an email from a family in Toulouse who had lost their 14 year old dog before leaving the UK and who wanted a new companion to share their new life in France. Moira got in touch and Carole helped arrange a meeting. Today the two families met and introductions were made. Derek seemed happy, and his new family were thrilled with this handsome gentle lad. His former owners were very emotional when they said goodbye, but knew that Derek now has the right home for him.
Home to home adoptions are a great way to avoid the trauma of a stay in the SPA. Of course it is not possible in every case, but when it works it is wonderful. Dogs must be vaccinated and identified and DRC ensures that they are castrated, as avoiding reproduction is one of our key goals, as you have probably realised!
We also have one bit of long-distance news. Canaille has been adopted from Animal Trust. So all six dogs who left here less than a month ago have been adopted! A lot of us thought Canaille would be the first to leave, but sadly he tore a ligament and had to undergo an operation. He is still recuperating, but Eline of Animal Trust tells me that he will recover much quicker out of the refuge than in, as he is not allowed to go for walks, and gets very upset and excited when he sees the other dogs going out. In his new home he can recuperate properly; but don’t worry, they are well way that he is an active dog.
We at the SPA are delighted for all the dogs who have now got new homes thanks to Animal Trust. And we are happy to say that in two weeks, five more lucky dogs will be leaving; all of them have been at the SPA for way too long. Let’s hope they are adopted as quickly as the recent “batch”.
New arrival Two
New arrival Three – Bambi!
Derek – today’s Home to Home
And Canaille is adopted via Animal Trust. 6/6!