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Adoptions of Willy and Spike

Today is the first day of the new week and we have our first two adoptions.

Willy is a tiny little yorkie who was brought in for rehoming by his owners who did not have the time to devote to him. Usually dogs of this size (under 3kg) are adopted super quickly, so everyone is amazed that 6 year old Willy spent over two weeks looking for a new home. Especially as his only “fault” is that he doesn’t like cats.

Today Willy is off to his new home, though and we hope he will be very happy.

yorkshire terrier


The next leaver is definitely good with cats! Spike was brought to the ScPA by another association who intervened when a woman moved house leaving behind this dog, along with over 30 cats! He is a lovely boy, very affectionate to humans, and also to dogs! He has been sharing his kennel since his arrival at the ScPA, and has a canine pal in his new family. They came along to test the two dogs together, and Spike was overshadowed but not overwhelmed by a Great Dane; quite a change in size from his previous playmates!

balck dog


We look forward to news and photos and look forward to what the rest of the week will bring.

Adoption of Pia

Another glorious day in Carcassonne and another wonderful adoption. This time it was the turn of Pia, a young dog who has been at the refuge for over eight months. Yes, it may seem surprising when you look at her that no one has offered a home to Pia before. But in fact that is not strictly true; a couple of people have been interested in her. However she is so terrified of men that until now it has been impossible to find her a suitable family. Her fear manifested itself in agression, and this can take a long time to work through, although naturally staff and volunteers have been on the case.

What on earth happened to Pia before her arrival? We will probably never know, but of course it is another case when coming to the ScPA was a step to a far better life.

As we often say, all it takes is one family, if they are the right family, and yesterday Pia’s luck changed. Her new mum has seen Pia at her worst (she is very reactive towards other dogs), but luckily she is good with children. You can see from the picture below of her leaving today that this was a very important factor! Pia will no doubt adore her new life, and we say a huge thank you to her new family.

Whatever happened to her during the three years before she came to the refuge is well and truly in the past.


In other news a newly arrived dog, Poupy was reclaimed, and further afield both Tikia and Darco have been adopted (from the SPA Montpelier and Animal Trust in Belgium respectively) and even further afield, Purdey has arrived safe and sound in England and is busy being loved by her new family.

And thus another week draws to a close. Good things are expected in the coming week, so watch this space.

Adoption of Purdey

After a quiet couple of days in terms of adoptions, finally we have news!

Today we said  a happy goodbye to Purdey. This elderly fauve de Bretagne arrived at the refuge in early May thanks to two volunteers who had been keeping an eye on her for several months. It was clear that she was not being well looked after by her owner, and finally the women decided that the time had come to get Purdey to safety. In fact she was suffering from a severe infection of the womb, which her owner did not wish to treat. He was however persuaded to come in and sign Purdey over to the care of the ScPA. This meant that she could find a new home abroad, as the three month’s delay to establish rabies-free status (as insisted on my the local authorities) did not apply.

Purdey’s photo and details were shared on several internet sites where lovers of this breed gather, and it was thus that she was spotted by Sarah and her family. They already have a young male fauve and love the breed, and after a suitable amount of consideration, decided to offer Purdey a home. Taking on an older dog comes with some pitfalls; you know that your new friend might not be around for very long, for instance. However the family agreed that they wanted to give Purdey all the love and care that she had missed out on up to now.

So this morning just before 5am Purdey was on her way to the UK, complete with TRACES paperwork. She has been a great favourite of everyone at the refuge, and we are sure that her new family will love her just as much. Sarah informs me that she takes loads of photos, so we are relying on her to give us regular news.

Many thanks to Cyndy and Suzie for deciding to rescue Purdey, but most of all thanks to Sarah and her family for offering her a wonderful home in which to spend the rest of her days. I have a feeling that the love Purdey gets from now on will outweigh the pain she knew before.

11 – year old Purdey – ADOPTED

There were a couple of reservations so good news is guaranteed for early next week, and all being well, we might have something to tell you tomorrow as well!

Adoption of 15 year old Max

As most of you know, we really hate it when old dogs arrive at the refuge. It is one thing if they have been straying or mistreated and need our help, but quite another when they have been loved all their life and find themselves at the refuge due to no fault of their own.

Such was the case with 15 year old yorkie Max, who arrived two days ago when his elderly owner went into full time care. Nobody in the family was able or willing to have him, so the only option was to bring him to the refuge. This is one reason why we try to avoid placing very young animals with elderly people; however much you would like to think that your children will look after your animals should you be unable to do so yourself, everyone at the ScPA knows that the reality is often quite different.

Luckily for Max, almost as soon as his photos were put onto the Facebook page, he was offered a new home, by none other than Marion who recently adopted Bouli. And today, just 48 hours after his arrival, he left the refuge. Massive thanks to his new family, we can’t thank you enough for your kindness.

old yorkie


Needless to say, if you are interested in offering a home to a golden oldie, please get in touch. The ScPA is always looking for people prepared to look after our elderly dogs, and many of us can attest to the fact that they make some of the easiest dogs to look after.

Another dog who arrived unidentified four days ago was reclaimed by his owner, which means there are two more happy dogs in homes tonight.


Adoption of Nawak

For the past couple of weeks it has been Wednesday or even later before we have had our first adoption, but today is only Tuesday and the first of what we hope will be many adoptions has just taken place.

Nawak was brought in for rehoming jut over two weeks ago. As is often the case, the family cited a number of issues, but as far as we have seen, Nawak is just about perfect. Sometimes it is just not a good match between dog and family and the best thing is for the dog to find a new home.

Alice has been a volunteer dog walker for a several years now and knows most of the dogs well. Having had dogs in the past, she knows that adopting a dog is not a decision to be taken lightly, and has taken five years to decide to do so. Alice likes big dogs and although she already knew many of them, there were a couple of new arrivals whom she hadn’t met. So last weekend she came along to meet and walk them. It didn’t take long for her to offer a home to Nawak; he was everything she was looking for.

Today was  collection day and lucky Nawak is off to his new home. Or perhaps I should say “homes”. This lad will spend a couple of days a week in a flat in Carcassonne, and the rest of the time in his country retreat, where he will have acres of space to play in. We will have regular news and photos and wish Alice and her family (of four children) much joy and happiness with their new friend.

big brindle coloured dog


Another dog who arrived today was reclaimed, and we hope that there will be more good news to come.

Four Great Adoptions, including that of Patty!

The week got off to a slow start, but today has made up for it, with four fabulous adoptions.

First to leave was puppy Pocket. This little lad was brought in for rehoming (I don’t know why, but as he was only 3 months old at the time, perhaps ignorance is bliss) not quite ten days ago, and finding his new family has been difficult. Not because no one wanted him, rather the reverse. This adorable puppy is going to be HUGE, but it seems there is no end of people looking for large breed pups. Inevitably some people are disappointed; there were several really wonderful families offering him a home. I am so glad it wasn’t up to me to choose.

In any case, we are sure that Pocket is going to be very happy, and we are sure to get news. Perhaps we should start a sweepstake on what will be his weight when he is fully grown!

small dog with family

Pocket – ADOPTED

Next we said goodbye to six year old Lady. She has been with us since the end of January, and has gone off to live in Switzerland. Her new family have had staffies before, and were attracted to Lady due to her looks. But even better, she is not categorised, and so can live in complete freedom, be it in her new country or with her new owners when they holiday in France. She is a very lucky girl, and she seemed to know it as she left today with a huge smile on her face.

brindle staffy


Next up was Nuts. Sometimes on DRC we speak of “invisible dogs”. They are the ones who arrive and whom no one seems to notice. Nuts was not quite 18 months old when she was brought in for rehoming in October 2018 for not being good with cats. That was a whole 7 months ago, and today was the first time there has been any serious interest in her. But one is all it takes if it is the right one!

Nuts’s new family are a young and sporty couple who are going to offer her everything she needs. They run regularly and love dogs, and best of all, they have no cats. We are delighted for Nuts; it has been a long wait, but it was worth it.

black dog -


And on the subject of long waits and invisible dogs, guess who was adopted today? Patty! She has been at the ScPA since July 2016. That is just short of THREE YEARS! She arrived with a beautiful brindle coloured malinois cross, who was adopted very quickly. But poor Patty (black and a shepherd mix) has been waiting ever since. And until earlier this week, I don’t believe there has been a single enquiry about her.

On Tuesday, however, her luck changed. A young couple arrived looking for a canine companion, and Patty caught their eye. Once they found out how long she had been at the refuge they were amazed! Patty has quite a strong character, but this is nothing new to them; they have had difficult dogs in the past, apparently.

Today Patty’s long wait was over. Patty will be 6 in September, so half her life has been at the ScPA. She seemed more than ready to leave, however, as she jumped straight into the car for her new life. Let’s hope all goes well for her, and that she doesn’t miss her pal Tyson too much; they have shared for a long time, now.

Thanks to everyone who has walked her during her time at the ScPA. She is a great favourite with anyone who likes a hand up the steep hill!

Patty – ADOPTED (after almost three years)

Three other recently arrived dogs were reclaimed, and so it has been a wonderful day. And the week is not over yet!

Adoption of Hermione

Following the joy of Papel’s adoption yesterday, we have some more wonderful news. After what has been a horrid three months for her, little Jack Russell Cross Hermione found a home. As was the case with Papel, we have no idea why this took so long to happen. If you ask anyone what kind of dog is adopted quickest, I think we would all say small young females. Three months is a long wait. And Hermione has hated every second of it.

When she arrived she was full of beans. She bounced around in her kennel and pulled on walks. As time went on she lost all her enthusiasm. She refused to walk and was often carried out of the refuge gates. It was really upsetting to see. DRC put her on as their urgent appeal, but again, this failed to bring her any luck.

Today at last her turn came. A couple came along specifically to meet her. They half walked and half carried her for a while before offering her a home. They have been warned that she might well speed up again, but as they know the breed well, they are prepared for any jack russell shenanigans. And best of all, little Hermione will never be alone, as they are young retirees.

jack russell cross

Hermione – ADOPTED

We wish little Hermione a long and happy life with them. She is only 2 and a half years old, so she has plenty of time in which to forget her stay at the ScPA.

Two other recently arrived dogs were reclaimed, including yesterday’s arrival Ifi, whose chip is registered to an address in Martinique! Luckily her owners were looking for her, but this is another gentle reminder to keep your details up to date on Icad when you move house.

small cross breed


More good news tomorrow, please!

Papel’s turn at last.

Today is Wednesday, and we have our first adoption. Sometimes when there are a couple of days without any dogs finding new homes we get a bit downhearted, but then something happens that raises morale instantly, and that is what happened today….

After over 6 months at the refuge, Papel has been adopted. This lad arrived with his friend Casa in early November, and has had quite a long to wait. Not by some standards, perhaps, but for a dog who is just 18 months old, his time at the ScPA accounts for a third of his life. And it has been quite hard to understand why he hasn’t been chosen sooner, especially as he is fine with other dogs, fine with cats, and fine with children.

The third of these is very important, as today a family with three children came from Toulouse especially to meet him. They had fallen in love with him online, and were even more enchanted when they finally met him. So Papel has a lovely new life and everyone is delighted for him.


So only one adoption so far, but a good one, and hopefully more good news to come.


Adoption of the last two Ebony pups and another oldie finds a foster.

Today the last two pups from the Ebony litter were adopted! This is wonderful news; when the braque cross puppies became available for adoption I think a few of us were worried that the Ebony pups would be left behind, as they are bigger and of course are black. But in fact the whole litter of eight has been adopted in the space of a week or so, which is great news, especially as these really are fabulous pups, playful and well socialised and so deserving of wonderful homes.

black puppy

Iroko – ADOPTED 

Houx and Iroko, to give their original names (although forgetfulness has caused them to be renamed on Facebook) have now left the refuge. Houx has gone to live with a lovely lady who has a young child plus a cat, and Iroko now has several cats for company. We hope that they will be very happy indeed and we look forward to news and photos.

black puppy


This is great news on which to end the week, although it would be better news still to hear that whoever let their dog give birth to these pups has since had her sterilised. We can but dream….

Another lucky oldie has gone to a foster home, too. Perhaps some of you will have seen the photos of a recently arrived dog, Busra. She arrived on Friday having been found straying. This little girl was in very bad condition, and was clearly very old. As she was identified the ScPA was able to contact her owners; last year, when the dog was 12 years old, they rehomed her privately. It is possible that her new family will collect her, but in the meantime, she has somewhere far nicer to spend her time.

Volunteers Ingrid and Marjorie have offered to take this elderly girl home to give her the love and care she needs.  Huge thanks to them. Busra has multiple tumours and deserves to spend her life in a loving environment, and so she has certainly fallen on her paws with Ingrid and Marjorie!

Our long term foster families are such a precious asset; it is no mean feat, offering end of life care to an oldie like this, particularly when a family already has multiple dogs. Ingrid and Marjorie’s other dogs all seem happy with their new house-guest, and the newly renamed Bianca has made herself at home already, as you can see from the picture below!

Bianca – long term foster

So another week draws to a close. What will the new one bring, I wonder?

Three adoptions on a sunny Saturday.

Most of you will be aware of the Ebony Litter, two of whom remain at the refuge. But you are probably unaware of the other pups, who have only just become available for adoption. This litter of three braque crosses has been at the ScPA since the very end of March, but they were quite poorly when they arrived. The best thing was to wait until they were fully recovered before announcing them to the world. Yesterday they were out playing in the parks and today two of them have already found homes!

two black and white braque crosses

Pepsi and Perla – ADOPTED

Pepsi was first to leave, closely followed by Pelica (now renamed Perla). This leaves just one little boy, Pomelo, but don’t worry about him, as he has already made friends with the pups from the Ebony litter so is doing fine. Although of course all three will be even finer once they have their own homes.

brown and white braque cross

Pomelo is still looking for a home

There was another adoption today, too. This was of chihuahua Ella. She arrived in mid February and was completely terrified. Although she was living in the cat house, it was decided that she would progress far quicker in a foster family, and today this family who already know her well have decided to adopt her. Many thanks to them and what a lucky girl Ella is, to have never really known refuge life.



It was a lovely sunny day, and many volunteers came to walk the dogs, and there were several people there with plans to adopt, too, so we hope that more good news is on the way!