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Five dog Saturday!

There are still a couple of days before the year ends, but today we had five adoptions, so even if we have no more before the start of 2019, the year is finishing on a positive note.

First to leave was puppy Joba. She arrived a couple of weeks ago and almost immediately fell very ill with the dreaded parvovirus. She was spotted by a family who wished to adopt her, and they have been phoning every day to hear of her progress. Not all pups make it through, parvo is a horrible illness and should it spread, the consequences for the dogs at the ScPA can be devastating. Fortunately the wonderful staff take all the necessary precautions, and the illness remained contained. Joba left today looking a bit thinner than when she arrived, but she is a very lucky girl and will be soon back to full strength.


Today, we said goodbye to two dogs who only met once they had been “chosen”. In early December a couple came along to adopt a dog, and they were immediately attracted to Callie. This chunky young lass had brought  in for rehoming in April this year, but so far had had no luck in finding a new home. She is a great dog, really good on the lead and already with good basic education, and she was reserved immediately. Then they saw Amstaff Lucky, and wondered if he and Cally would get on. Enter Vincent, who helped introduce the dogs and before too long they were sharing a kennel while Lucky’s papers were organised. Yes, this lovely boy is officially “dangerous”. Hahaha! Luckily his new owners already had the permits (they were the owners of beautiful Beyrouth, whom some of you may remember and who sadly passed away earlier this year), so the whole process did not take very long at all.

Today Lucky and Callie left for their new home, already the best of friends and with a fabulous future in store.

Lucky and Callie – ADOPTED TOGETHER!!

Another of today’s leavers is Lila. She arrived exactly ten days ago with a nasty abscess on her leg. As she was identified the ScPA contacted her owner, but he had given the dog away some time ago and could not remember who to. This, too, is more common than you might think and is largely due to websites such as leboncoin etc, although in this case it was probably just from one hunter to another. Lila needed a new start, so we were not exactly unhappy when she remained unclaimed.

Then things got even better for Lila. Candy and her husband saw Lila’s picture and got in touch to arrange to meet her. They wanted to make sure she was as gentle as she looks in her photos, and also be sure that Lila would not fight with their cat. This was more important than usual, perhaps, as the family live on a boat, so the possibilities of keeping animals separate are even more limited than usual! Lila left today looking like she had been in a war zone. Her abscess was operated on this morning and she was wrapped up like a sausage. Her new owners were not at all phased and we know that Lila is in great hands.



Last but not least we said goodbye to Leliana. She is another long-eared type dog, a fauve de Bretagne cross, who arrived a couple of weeks ago. At the time she was very nervous, but she is making great progress, and even more so now that she has a home. A Dutch couple came along and saw Leliana in one of the parks. She ticked all the boxes on their wish list, and by the time they had returned from a walk with her, they were smitten.

Leliana – ADOPTED


The refuge is open both tomorrow and on Monday, so there is time for yet more good news, but today was just what the doctor ordered!

Adoptions of Betty and Vanille

Well, as we said, 2018 is not over yet, and to prove it, today we had two adoptions!

First to leave was puppy Betty. She, like her “sister” Tess, who was adopted last week, has been in foster with employee Vincent, so has not spent any time at all at the refuge. Apart from today, that is when she was brought along to see how she would get on with the family’s other dog, a tiny chihuahua. This little lad didn’t seem too happy, but was it due to fear of being at the refuge, or fear at meeting Betty, who is a very lively lass and, at two months, is already bigger than him!

Betty’s new owner, who knows her dog better than we do, of course, is sure that the two will settle down, and as long as Betty learns to curb her enthusiasm, all should be well.

Many thanks to Vincent for fostering this little lass till she found her new home. We do have inside space at the refuge, but of course it is at a premium, especially now the nights are cold, so we really do appreciate our foster families.

black and tan puppy

Puppy Betty – ADOPTED

Second to leave was “beaglette” Vanille. She actually arrived identified, in great condition and not at all nervous. How could anyone leave a dog like this at a refuge? Those of us (most of us, I hope) who love dogs and get attached to them very quickly, have trouble understanding this each time it happens. But happen it does, and seemingly more and more frequently.

Luckily Vanille did not have long to wait. She was spotted on line by none other than the adopters of Breton spaniel Perceval. They too, are huge beagle fans, and came along to make sure that the two dogs got on (which they did, obviously), then they just had to wait until the pound time was over and Vanille could leave. Today was the day, and we are sure that Vanille has a wonderful life ahead of her.

small beagle

Vanille – ADOPTED

We had several visitors and a couple of dogs look like they could be lucky before the year comes to a close, so watch this space!

And the last leaver before Christmas is….

Most of you probably know that December 24th is a big night in France. Most people meet with family for the evening and often this goes well into the early hours. So perhaps today is not the ideal day to adopt a dog.

In fact many refuges do not allow adoptions to take place in the weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year. It is true that these periods can be quite hectic, and perhaps with all the comings and goings, it is not an ideal atmosphere in which to settle down a new dog or cat. Equally, animals should never be bought as Christmas presents, unless the recipient has been involved in the choice of animal and is committed to being a pet owner. However a refuge like the ScPA that has no control over the number of arrivals cannot possibly halt all adoptions for a 2 week period; the place would be overflowing. Instead, as ever, we try to be vigilant as to who adopts. The local pet stores will let animals leave with anyone who has the money and we do not want any of our animals to miss out on a good home, because of course many people who wish to adopt at this time of year are doing so after proper reflection.

Besides which, knowing that dogs are in loving homes for Christmas puts a huge smile on everyone’s face.

So did we have any last minute adoptions? Well yesterday we said goodbye to Ziggy, a fabulously affectionate little Pinscher who had been at the ScPA for about five weeks. Quite a long time for a dog this small and adorable. On Saturday there were a couple of families interested in him, and as is so often the case it seemed to be just his turn, because it was a third family who adopted him yesterday. Ziggy will put a smile on anyone’s face, he is as happy on a lap as he is racing round and he will be bags of fun.

small brown pinscher


And today we said goodbye to Grisou. He was one of two dogs who were brought in in June this year by someone who had trouble looking after their dogs. The ScPA stepped in and took Grisou and Annick. Annick left for a new life in the UK at the end of August, leaving Grisou behind. But finally, after 6 months, his turn has come too.

His new family visited the ScPA to meet a couple of other possible candidates, but it was Grisou who stole their hearts. So he is our last pre-Christmas adoptee. But hopefully not the last one of the year!

small speckly dog

Grisou – ADOPTED

We won’t be around tomorrow, (and the ScPA is shut, in any case, although of course the staff will be there to look after the animals in the morning). So can we take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and see you on Boxing Day, assuming there are any adoptions, that is. The year is not yet over!

Two Saturday Adoptions

Everyone was delighted when puppy Mae left for her new home on Thursday. Or rather almost  everyone. Maggie, who arrived with Mae and had shared her kennel at the refuge, was distinctly unimpressed. She was unhappy on her walk and kept looking back to try and find her “sister”. I am sure the last couple of days have been hard for her, but all that was forgotten today, when she left for her new home.

It is often hard to separate dogs who arrive together, but it is very rare for two dogs to be adopted as a pair. And quite often it is not the best thing for the dogs either. However in an ideal world, the dog who is left behind does not have long to wait before finding a new home. Such was the case with Maggie and we are delighted for her. It looks like she has a wonderful life ahead of her. Many thanks to her new family for offering this lovely girl a home.

Maggie – ADOPTED

That was not the day’s only adoption, either. A young woman arrived looking for a new friend for her 7 month old malinois, Oslo. Her eyes fell on Lagagne, and off they went for a walk. That was without her own dog, so as usual the next step was to come back and introduce the two dogs. We expected this to happen tomorrow, or early next week perhaps, but no, about an hour later she was back with beautiful Oslo. She didn’t want Lagagne to spend a moment more in the refuge if possible. And lo and behold, the two dogs got on like a house on fire.

Lagagne was brought in for rehoming in early October due to a divorce, but it looks like it was the best thing that could have happened to him. He is a fabulous little dog who is only just a year old and now has the life he deserves! Once again many thanks to his new owner.

Lagagne avec un malinois

Lagagne with his new pal, Oslo

We are hoping for some more good news tomorrow, when the refuge will be open as usual from 14H00-18H00. There is still time to make a dog (or cat) happy this Christmas, either by offering him or her a new home, or maybe buying a Christmas bauble full of treats to share…..

At last, three adoptions!

Well, this week has taken a long time to get going in terms of adoptions. We have had plenty of dogs arriving, sadly, far more than usual. So obviously some people are getting ready for Christmas in the worst possible way.

Still at last we have our first adoptions of the week. Three of them, in fact.

First off we said goodbye to Mae. She arrived earlier this month, supposedly having been found and taken in after the floods. The unlikelihood of this does not alter the fact that Mae needed a new home, and although it has taken a bit longer than we expected, today she finally left for a new life. It can be difficult homing pups when we have no idea of their breed. Either Mae was starved when she was young and will now grow, or she will remain petite. It was important to find an owner who was happy with either scenario, and it looks like Mae has hit the jackpot.

russet coloured fluffy pup


Next we said farewell to another pup, Tess. She was brought in last week and was lucky enough to be taken home by employee Vincent. Today was time for him to say goodbye, as Tess left for a new life, but he still has her sister Betty to look  after until she, too, finds a home. She is a bit bigger than Tess and is also a ball of energy, but is just as adorable, so if you are interested in a pup, Vincent is your man! Many thanks to him for looking after little Tess so well.

black and tan puppy


We are also over the moon to say that Kalia has a new home. She was adopted last month and brought back immediately, for health reasons (the owner, not the dog). We were all starting to wonder if this little girl’s luck would ever change. But today she left the refuge for what we all hope is the last time.

mid brown not quite pup


Let’s hope for more good news before this week comes to an end. Despite some lovely donations and a sparkly tree, the ScPA is lacking in Christmas cheer at the moment.

Don’t worry we are still alive

It has been a long time since our last blog. Mainly because it has been a long time since the last adoption took place. But don’t worry, we are still alive and good news is on the way.

For now, and just so there is a picture to go with tonight’s non-blog, Morigane, a border collie cross who arrived at the weekend, was reclaimed.

So that is all for now, but tomorrow will be business as usual, we promise!

black and white collie cross

Morigane – RECLAIMED

Adoption of Tango

It is always great when an older dog is adopted. Winter at the refuge is hard for older dogs, particularly ones who have known love all their lives before their arrival.

Nine year old Tango is at the ScPA because of the death of his owner. And so loyal was he that despite being taken in by a lovely friend of the family, Tango kept trying to get back to his old home, risking being injured on the road. So reluctantly he was brought to the refuge. That was five weeks ago, and we are delighted that he has found a home so soon.

His new owner wrote to the refuge to ask which dogs would correspond with her lifestyle. Rather than have to choose, or maybe fall in love with a dog that would just not be right, she was happy to follow a bit of guidance. Tango was one of three dogs who would have been suitable, and as he was the first one she met, he struck lucky! And I mean REALLY lucky. Tango’s new mum has two months off work to settle him in, and then in the middle of next year she will stop work completely and so will never be out of her sight. This is most dog’s dream, I am pretty sure. Many thanks to his new mum who has already sent a picture of Tango who is fast asleep in his new home.

small white dog with black head


There have been several new arrivals in recent days and so it is nice that at least one dog has left to spend life in the warm. Let’s hope for more adoptions in the days to come.

Calendars, baubles, photos….One final fundraising push!

Many people have asked whether the ScPA will be doing its annual sale of treat-filled baubles for dogs and cats this year, and today they have arrived!

Dog baubles are large and are filled with tasty goodies, and although the cat baubles are smaller, they each contain a toy as well as some delicious nibbles. At €4.50 per bauble they are a great way to treat the animals in your life. Or those waiting for a family at the refuge, of course.

As in previous years the baubles can be purchased in person from the refuge for your own animals or of course left to adorn the ScPA Christmas tree, which is in place as of today. And if you live elsewhere, you can buy baubles using the refuge Paypal address (spacarcassonne@yahoo.fr). If you prefer to send the money to DRC (website@dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk) we will of course pass the money on. Please tell them/ us  for whom the baubles are intended, and we will try to make sure no animal is left without treats to open on Christmas Day.

Many thanks to the team of elves who have been busy creating behind the scenes. It is done with great love and care, as you can see from the photo below.

xmas baubles

Treat filled baubles for the dogs and cats in your life

If you are coming to the refuge anyway to buy some baubles, why not buy a calendar too! These are not refuge – specific (that may happen one year, who knows), but were made by the Lyon Group of independent refuges, of which the ScPA is one. The calendars are great, they go from January 2019 to April 2020 and there is a colour photo and a full page for each month, so plenty of room to note down all your appointments and activities. They make lovely presents too and are just €10, all of which comes to the ScPA!

Finally, as the Year of the Dog draws to a close, DRC thought we would make one final appeal before doing the sums and telling everyone how much has been raised.

Who remembers the dog show that took place way back when the sun was out and the skies were blue? Some people were unable to attend due to the overwhelming heat. Seems incredible now, doesn’t it? In any case, as well as taking formal “portraits”, our ace photographer Marketa took plenty of snaps of the day’s events. Jane has uploaded the best of these, in thumbnail form, and will send you the picture(s) of your choice in exchange for a donation by Paypal!

Just let us know which number(s) photo(s) you would like, make a donation (our paypal address is website@dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk) and Jane will send you the full size jpegs.

Here are the links to the photos:

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Hopefully this will raise plenty of money as well as remind you of warm skies and happy times!

And news hot off the press….As the Dog Rescue Carcassonne Christmas gift to the ScPA we are paying for the installation of heat lamps in five kennels. What a great way to bring this Year of the Dog to a close.

We will keep you informed on progress and also let you know the fundraising total for the year in due course.

A good start to the week.

When eight year old Falcor was brought in for rehoming in April this year he was quite thin and infested with fleas. A couple of weeks later and he was looking magnificent, and as this dog is fine with other dogs, cats and children, he has been a very easy “guest”

Before the adoption of ultra-timid Olaf, the two friends (who were sharing a kennel at the time) spent a few days in the reception room, and it was there that we saw what a calm and well behaved dog Falcor was. However he is not the youngest of lads, and is starting to have a few arthritic niggles. A cold kennel is not the best place for him, especially as winter starts in earnest.

He was featured on the ScPA “advent calendar” which is promoting a different dog each day, and he was being considered by a possible foster family, when the miracle happened. A couple came to the refuge and fell head over heels in love with Falcor. They were looking for a calm dog who was easy on the lead and who would not be upset at being left alone for short periods each day. Falcor was their number one choice, and he left this weekend for his new life.

setter cross

Falcor – ADOPTED

Next Cerise, who came back last week following an unsuccessful rehoming, has left again. In fact the day after her last adoption we learned that one of our regular dog walkers was interested in Cerise. So when she came back, the ScPA contacted her and asked if, knowing what we now know (those pesky cats again!), she was still interested.

So Cerise has another chance, but this time with instructions as to how dog/cat introductions should be handled. Sometimes allowing the animals to meet slowly can make all the difference, and we hope that Cerise has found her forever home this time.

brown and black setter cross

Cerise – ADOPTED (again)

Finally today we also said goodbye to Clementine, a tiny little yorkie cross who was brought to the ScPA at the end of last month. She was identified and adorable, but still she remained unclaimed. Such things are hard to fathom. In any case today she left for her new home. Her new family are actually the people who found her as a stray, and this hooks up nicely with Moira’s blog of yesterday….Finders keepers does NOT apply to dogs.

Lucky, the golden retriever was indeed identified and is back with his owners. But as Moira stated, had he not been, Cindy would have brought him to the ScPA (or the pound indicated to her by the mairie). Because any dog, identified or not, needs a chance to find his owners.

Clementine’s new family could have just kept her without her passing via the ScPA. But they would have always felt a bit uncomfortable had they done so. Very few people could sleep well at night, knowing that perhaps a family is searching for their beloved pet. As it is, everything has been done correctly. For anyone with a conscience, honesty is the best policy!

yorkie cross

Clementine – ADOPTED

I was going to share with you some end of year fundraising news, but tonight’s blog is already long enough. So that will have to wait for another day!

Adoption of Mecano and Oscar (at last)

Oscar was brought to the ScPA for rehoming in April 2017 by a family who was unable to cope with such a strong dog as well as their other animals. And to be honest at the time he was a bit of a hooligan. Just over a year old at the time, this lad had been hand reared from 2 days old, which is far too young for a dog to leave his mother, and unsurprisingly he had what we can politely call “issues”.

Mother’s milk is very important to dogs; without it they do not have what are known as the “codes”, a kind of secret language that tells dogs how to behave in certain situations. At first, and through no fault of his own, Oscar did not have these codes. However in his 20 months at the ScPA, Oscar has made huge progress. He has shared his box the entire time, and the employees have been careful to mix him with dogs who would teach him how to be a good doggy citizen.

But when would anyone notice him? Well, the answer is TODAY! A woman came along looking for a companion for her elderly female golden retriever. She wanted a dog who would get on with her dog, obviously, but also preferably one that had been with us for a while and needed some good luck. And she chose Oscar!

It is wonderful news for this boy at last. He is still under three years old and has plenty of time to make up for his missing years, and we hope that his new friend will keep him in line if he gets too exuberant.

mid brown coloured dog

Oscar – ADOPTED after 20 months at the refuge

And that was not the day’s only piece of good news, either. Many of you know that there is a team of volunteer handy(wo)men, who beautify the refuge. Well the head of this team is Philippe, and like all the team he is a great dog lover. Today he finally cracked! Six year old setter, Mecano, who has been in and out of the ScPA his whole life, has a new home. And it looks as if he has settled in already!

We are delighted for this lad, and we know that he could not possibly have a better life ahead of him. Huge thanks to Philippe.

Mecano – ADOPTED

We had a couple of wonderful reservations too, and so it looks like the Christmas miracles are about to start!