This is the first Sunday for three weeks that the volunteers have not been busy at the refuge, or at Christmas markets various, so there is nothing new to report from the SPA. The very young puppies were bottle fed this morning and again this afternoon (thanks to Patricia and Anne-Marie) and the good news is that all three are eating the starter food that is essential if they are to survive. Thanks to those of you who have donated to help them. We really appreciate your support.
But on to other matters.
This is not the first time that I have written about this topic, but for reasons that will become obvious I am tackling it again.
There are two separate SPA organisations. There is the Paris group and there is the Lyon group. Each has a separate website and they are different in many ways. The SPA Carcassonne belongs to the Lyon group, which is a federation of independent SPAs, established in 1926. We have no connection at all with the Paris group, apart from sharing the same initials.
The French equivalent of Private Eye, Le Canard Enchaîné, recently did an exposure about the Paris SPA group, the number of euthanasias they carry out and the amount of money that is not accounted for. The Lyon group put out a stark defence, explaining that our hands are clean, and we at Carcassonne agree 100% with their position. We would like to state the following:
“The SPA of Carcassonne is not part of the Paris group of SPAs.
Thanks to its high media profile, the Paris SPA group is able to flood France with publicity and appeals for donations. Many people want to help their local SPA and so they respond to these requests. There are numerous key-rings and other nick-nacks on sale in shops and pharmacies in Carcassonne and signs say that the money raised will go to the SPA. In fact all the money will be sent to Paris”.
And after that who knows where it goes, but any organisation that pays high salaries to people doing jobs that are done by volunteers in other refuges needs to have a good look at itself and what it is trying to achieve and for whose benefit.
Here is the link to the Lyon Group, where you can see recent articles and news.
On the subject of euthanasia, someone contacted me yesterday following my blog about Karting/ Spike to say what a good thing it is that we are a “no kill” shelter. I have got so used to this state of affairs, that it hadn’t even occurred to me that in many other refuges, Karting may well have been put to sleep. After all, he was an elderly dog who had little chance of being adopted. My main thought when he was collected was not “Thank heavens we hadn’t put him to sleep” but rather “Thank heavens we hadn’t castrated him”. Not that I am anti-castration, far from it (as many of you, including my dogs, know), but it is interesting that I was worried about his owners being upset about Karting’s family jewels, whereas in fact far, far worse could have happened!
Please get your dog micro-chipped if he/she isn’t already, and keep your details up to date on the central registry. That way you can be contacted if your dog arrives at a SPA (be it part of the Paris or Lyon group) Fewer unidentified dogs means far fewer dogs to rehome! Karting’s lost seven months could easily have been avoided.