Sometimes people re-home their dogs due to a change in personal circumstances. Not all of these changes of ownership go well, clearly, and sometimes the dog arrives at the refuge without the knowledge of the original owner. Such was the case with Bali, who arrived on May 24th. Luckily the change of ownership was never registered at the Centre in Paris, as after the handover was made, the new owner failed to send off the paperwork. So when Bali arrived, we phoned the old owner. She was surprised to hear that Bali was with us, but actually she was quite pleased. She had given Bali away two years ago when her circumstances had changed, but had always regretted it. So today she came to reclaim her dog. Sometimes these things are just meant to be….
On a far less positive note, we have a new arrival. A rather unpleasantly aggressive man arrived to abandon his dog, stating that she barks too much. We politely asked if he could wait a while (abandoned dogs, as opposed to those that are found straying, are the only thing that we have control over, and to avoid over-crowding, we have a waiting list). He stated that if we didn’t take the dog immediately, he would shoot it. It didn’t look like he was bluffing, so we agreed to take his dog, a little female crossbreed of 7 years. We asked if he would possibly make a donation, as the dog is not vaccinated or identified, and the SPA is a charity which survives on donations and adoption fees. He replied that a shotgun cartridge costs one euro, so that is all he would give us. Nice, eh? Let’s hope she has better luck with her next owners!