Most of my (and not just my) morning was spent answering messages and phone queries about the dog, now (re)named Phoenix who had been rescued from his violent owner in the centre of Carcassonne on Sunday. The same was true at the SPA this afternoon. It is wonderful that there is so much interest in him. Numerous people have come forward to offer him a home, so inevitably there will be disappointment for all but one of them. For the moment can I just make it clear that no decision will be taken as to Phoenix’s future until he has made a full recovery and been properly assessed.
Phoenix may have been psychologically scarred by his mistreatment, and it would be irresponsible for us to decide on his future before we know more about him.
I would also like to point out that we have several other dogs at the SPA who have been just as badly mistreated. We have dogs who will limp for the rest of their lives and others who have other “handicaps”. They did not have the “good fortune” to have made the news, so they are not as interesting. Braquou has been with us for over two years, for instance. So maybe one good thing to emerge from this whole sad story will be to attract people to the refuge; people willing to adopt dogs who have been hurt by their previous owners. Plus we have over 100 fully fit dogs looking for homes!
Or maybe the effect will be a rise in donations!
Today was no fun at all; we had four new arrivals, three of whom were brought in from my favourite place (NOT) Limoux, and the fourth is a bizarre story that I won’t go into in too much detail, but the dog (as yet nameless) is castrated, so must have had an owner.
If you recognise any of these dogs, please tell their owners that they are at the SPA. Perhaps they are just lost…..We can but hope.
The only good news of the day is that we have a UK rescue association that wants to take Woody; so that is four dogs needing lifts now!
Phoenix with his leg all in plaster
Limoux dog number one- a young female
Limoux dog number two- female
Limoux dog number 3- male
And entry number four – castrated male