Today being a Sunday, there has not been much going on at the SPA. However our volunteers are always busy, be it inside or outside the refuge. Today it has been mostly work on the internet, with updates going on to this and the French version, and answering questions on Facebook (one of them has almost certainly resulted in an adoption, so big news expected on Friday)
Other Sundays see us busy in other, more active ways. Last Sunday being a good example:
Several months ago a couple of a certain age, as they say in France, arrived at the refuge to adopt a dog as a playmate for their own dog. I chatted to them briefly and told asked them to do the tour of the refuge to see who they liked the look of before making any introductions. They returned shortly afterwards to ask about a little old Yorkie who was cowering in his box, having recently arrived at the refuge. Fred and Margaret have a soft spot for Yorkies, having had them before. They left the refuge with heavy hearts, as adopting an old dog was not at all what they had planned. However the next day, unable to get Alfie (or Flamenco as he then was) off their minds, they came to the refuge to take him home to foster. This means that Alfie (who would have been extremely difficult to home, due to his age and the inevitable vets bills) has a loving home, and Fred and Margaret are to all intents and purposes his owners.
This was the start of Fred and Margaret’s devotion to the SPA. Fred is often to be seen at Vide Greniers, including the one at Esperaza last week, getting up at truly unearthly hours to catch the punters, and all their “earnings” are sent to us at the refuge. We get regular updates and photos, and Alfie gets treatment from the SPA vet. Fred’s donations easily cover Alfie’s bills, and everyone is happy, especially, I suspect, a certain Yorkie!
Now we do not expect this from all our foster families. Some of them act as short term homes for puppies or dogs who have behavioural problems. However it is a fabulous arrangement, and I salute Fred and Margaret for their commitment to Alfie and the SPA.
If you spot him at any vide greniers, go and say hi. And if you have anything you would like to donate to be “car-booted”, you know where to bring it!