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One yesterday and three today, that makes four adoptions!

We have four lovely adoptions to tell you about today, one took place yesterday and the others are hot off the press!

Sphinx, who left with his new family yesterday, is a fabulous shepherd cross pup who arrived at the ScPA some six weeks ago. Initially very timid, he regained lots of confidence once he was out of the pound and sharing with another dog. Last Saturday he and his kennel mate Prosper spent the day at Maxizoo where both dogs behaved impeccably, and whether or not it was thanks to that, Sphinx was reserved shortly after. He was delighted to leave the refuge yesterday and we hope that he is very happy in his new home.

shepherd puppy

Sphinx – ADOPTED

Now to today. First of the lucky leavers was Marco, a border collie cross who, at just over a year old, is another young dog who is pleased to have a new home. He has been at the ScPA for four months, which is quite a long time for a dog this young, but Marco seems to be very calm, and, all being well, he will adapt quickly and easily to his new home.

We also said goodbye to a little puppy who has only recently arrived and who hadn’t even been given a name on Facebook. So for the blog’s sake, we will call her Rusti. She has been living in the cat house and is simply adorable. She was given lots of cuddles before heading off for her new life today.


We then said goodbye to beautiful Edge. He is a stunning griffon cross, and it is wonderful that he has found a home after just three weeks at the ScPA. In fact the refuge Facebook page has already received the first photos of him playing with his canine companions in his new home, and it looks like a great life is ahead of him. And as he has only just turned one year old, like today’s other dogs, his time at the refuge will soon be forgotten.

pale brown griffon with pale eyes


We had a couple of reservations too, and don’t forget the week is far from over; there are two more days to go!

Three Adoptions

Today we had three adoptions, so the week is finally starting to pick up.

First to leave was Kalia. the sister of Shiva, who left us a couple of weeks ago. Unusually, this time it was the black puppy who left first, but Kalia did not have long to wait, as it turned out. In fact she has been adopted by a young veterinary student from Toulouse, and it looks like she is going to have a wonderful life, as well as the best possible care, of course!


Next we said goodbye to Chupito. This young dog has been with us since March, when he was brought back after an unsuccessful adoption. Like many of our long-ish termers, he has shared his kennel with a number of different dogs, and so we are delighted that his turn has finally come. His time at the ScPA has been long but as he is quite a small lad, he has been out on a LOT of walks, none of which seemed to wear him out in the slightest, so we are sure he will love the chance to get a bit more exercise now he has a home.

small beagle type cross

Chupito – ADOPTED

Finally we said goodbye to malinois Aelis. She arrived in early September, and is a gorgeous affectionate girl. With humans that is. So far she has been very difficult to mix, apart from with Vincent’s dogs. Were to she remain at the ScPA longer, this is undoubtedly something that would improve. Luckily for her, Aelis’s new family are determined to continue the good work that has been started. They are experienced dog owners and already adore Aelis after several weeks of regular walks with her, so all should go well.



Two dogs Maya and Narco, were reclaimed, too, so it has been a pretty good day. More like this, please!

Adoption of Louby

We had another magnificent day today with temperatures in the high teens and plenty of volunteers walking dogs in the sunshine. And we had an adoption, too. The first of the week, but we hope it will not be the last.

We are particularly happy to say goodbye to Louby. He arrived five weeks ago, and the vet estimated him as being five months old at the time. This, as we have said on many occasions, is a difficult age for a dog. They have lost their real puppy cuteness, but are not yet adults. What’s more, when Louby arrived, there were other younger pups, and we were starting to wonder when his turn would come.

However his luck has changed big time! Some volunteers have been coming to the ScPA for a few weeks now, making no secret of the fact that they were doing so with a view to adopting a dog. Incidentally this is a great way to find the dog that is right for you. You get to see all the dogs soon after they arrive and you can walk them once they are ready to go out, giving you time to get to meet them properly over the course of several weeks, if necessary. Sometimes a dog who you would not have looked at twice on a quick tour round the refuge can steal your heart on a walk. A highly recommended strategy!

In Loubi’s case he was one of a couple of dogs who this family considered. (Yes, that is one problem with volunteering; you want ALL the dogs!). But he was the one who seemed most compatible with the family’s two cats. He wasn’t 100% cat friendly, but he is only 6 months old and with a bit of work will soon get used to his feline friends.

So today little Loubi left for his new home and we look forward to lots of news and pictures.

black griffon cross


Another dog who arrived at an awkward age is Freddy. He has now been waiting for his new home for five whole months, which is half his life. So if you like the thought of adopting a young dog who really deserves a home, please consider offering him a home. Like Louby he is a wonderful boy who just needs a chance!

black braque cross

Freddy – still looking


Adoption of Demi and Mimi!

We mentioned in last night’s blog that another dog left the ScPA yesterday and was squatting at Moira’s house before being collected. Well, sure enough, little Demetra (now Demi) is now on her way to the UK to join her family. They are none other than Kim and Graham, who adopted Demi-look-alike Faro just over three years ago, so we know she is in safe hands.

Demi arrived at the refuge very nervous, and it is wonderful to see how much progress she has made since her arrival in early September. She has sharing her kennel happily and that has helped, of course, but a new family is her dream come true. Incidentally she did not go via TRACES, as Graham flew over for a couple of days earlier this week to formalise the adoption. This meant that Demi could leave under the pet passport scheme, and also meant that Demi was able to leave from Moira’s home, rather than directly from the refuge. Many thanks to Moira for hosting Demi, albeit briefly.

black griffon

Demetra – ADOPTED

As you know, today was the event at Maxizoo, and as well as attracting lots of interest, and some lovely donations (thanks to everyone), this event has already born fruit in the form of an adoption! A couple came directly from Maxizoo to the ScPA and adopted little Mimi. She is a lovely girl who has been with us since the end of June. Mimi was exactly what this couple was looking for; the perfect size, fine with cats, as well as being lively and affectionate. Mimi has waited a few months for her home, but it looks like she has hit the jackpot.

small black lab cross


We don’t have any photos from Maxizoo to show you, apart from this one of little Prosper, who was trying his best to find a new family.

Propser – ADOPTED ME (please)

The refuge is open tomorrow from 14H00-18H00 as usual, and perhaps Prosper’s time will come then!

Adoption of Toby and an event tomorrow!

Good news we promised and good news we have.

Today saw the adoption of Toby. He is a young sharpei cross (we think) who had already been at the refuge on a previous occasion, when he arrived with his mum, Gaya. Toby was reclaimed by his owner, but strangely enough she was not the owner of the mother dog, who was subsequently adopted by employee Jeanne. In any case, as expected, Toby’s owner did not keep him for long. She phoned up to make an appointment to abandon him officially last week, but then opted to tie him up to a lamp post rather than bring him in as agreed. Grrr. In any case, the end result was the same; Toby needed a new home. And a FAR better one, clearly.

Luckily he didn’t have long to wait. A family arrived looking for a young dog, and they loved Toby as soon as they saw him. A walk confirmed their choice, and today after a quick visit to the vet, Toby left for his new home.


Another dog left the ScPA today and is spending the night (or at least half the night) with Moira before setting off for the UK in the wee hours of the morning. But we will tell you all about that tomorrow.

Also tomorrow there is an event taking place that may interest anyone who fancies a visit to Maxizoo. This “pet store” is much loved by the ScPA for two reasons. Number one they support us via regular donations of food and accessories from both the store itself and their lovely customers. And a BIG number two; they do not sell animals. So rather than being¬† a pet shop in the traditional sense, Maxizoo is very much a shop FOR pets.

In any case at the initiative of employee, Vincent, tomorrow Maxizoo Carcassonne are hosting the ScPA once again. This time it will be an awareness raising campaign, where visitors to the store can learn all about the refuge; who were are, how the refuge functions, etc. There will be video footage of some of the animals available for adoption, and you can learn about how to be a volunteer. You can also find out how to adopt, of course, as well as meet lots of the lovely ScPA volunteers, who we hope may inspire you to join the team!

beagle /sharpei cross

The refuge will be open as usual, of course, so why not pop in afterwards and see the animals in the flesh (or fur)?


Adoption of Morgana

It has been a couple of days since we had an adoption, but to be honest, Monday’s adoption of Look raised our morale so high that we haven’t minded the lack of adoptions too much. Especially as the news from Look’s new owners is so positive; their new boy is just wonderful and already walking off lead. We are as delighted about this as they are!

Things picked up a bit today. Yes, it is a bank holiday in France, but the refuge was open nonetheless. And there were plenty of people there, both walking dogs for fun, but also some with a view to adopting. So although we only have one adoption to tell you about, there will be more to follow in the next few days.

Today’s lucky girl was Morgana. She arrived as yet another unidentified stray in early August, (when we were still on our King Arthur naming kick, clearly). At first we thought she was a very timid dog, as she sat in her kennel looking very angelic. However once she had found her feet and started sharing her box and going on walks, we saw her true character. This girl is lively! She needs an active family with plenty of energy, and this is what she now has.

We wish Morgana lots of love and happiness in her new home, and look forward to news and photos, as we do with all our lucky leavers.

white shepherd cross

Morgana – ADOPTED

After a couple of dull and rainy days today was bright and sunny so plenty of dogs got out. Thanks to everyone who gave up their precious day off to spend time with the animals. There is more good news on the way tomorrow, so see you then!

Look who’s been adopted!!

Well, here it is, the news that we have been waiting to pass on. Finally, after almost exactly 18 months at the refuge, Look left for his new home today.

This beautiful German shepherd cross arrived at the refuge in April 2017. We were contacted shortly afterwards by his owner, who told us that she no longer wanted this dog, who in any case, spent his life attached to a chain at the bottom of her garden. I wonder if she knew (or cared) that he was destined to spend another 18 months behind bars. On the other hand, I suspect that with all the love and walks he has had at the ScPA, his life there was far better than what he was used to.

Look is one of those dogs who has just been invisible at the ScPA. Some dogs seem to instinctively know how to attract attention, but Look, probably due to having been ignored so long by his owner, just kept to himself. He was very popular on walks and with the staff, and has been fine sharing his box with a series of other dogs. But finding a family has proved very difficult.

However last Sunday a family came along to look for a new companion for their dog. Look was not their first choice (as I say, he just never gets noticed), but when it became evident that their first choice did not like their own dog, they looked further, and with a bit of guidance from the staff, they met and fell in love with Look.

I cannot tell you how delighted we all are. Look is a wonderful dog, and many of us have been actively trying to find him a home ever since his arrival. He has been the urgent appeal here on DRC more than once, everyone at the ScPA adores him too. We hope he adapts well to his new life and hope to have news and pictures in due course.

German shepherd cross

Look – ADOPTED after 18 months

A new home for Oleg

I am sure some of you will recall the two terrified setters who arrived at the ScPA at the start of this month. Oleg and Olaf were an estimated three and a half years old, but from their behaviour it seemed that they had never known anything but misery that entire time. We suspect that they come from a background of clandestine breeding, both dogs were terrified of humans and quaked with fear whenever they were approached.

Olaf was slightly (but only slightly more) outgoing and was adopted a week or so ago, leaving his brother to make new friends at the refuge. Which he did, both human and canine. But of course the refuge is not the ideal place for timid dogs. The staff and volunteers do a wonderful job, of course, and Oleg was starting to make progress. But how much quicker he would get on in a home of his own!

Luckily for every dog there is a home, or so we have to believe….It is just a question of timing. Employee Isa recently lost her beloved dog Pixie, and now that the initial pain has passed, she realised that she was ready to offer a home to another needy soul. Oleg, with his timid character, appealed to both her and her husband. So they decided to take the plunge once again. As of tonight, Oleg is safe at home in the warm. He has a long road ahead of him, but we know that with Isa and her family (and cats) he is in excellent hands (and paws).

Of course we love it when members of staff adopt dogs, because we know we will get regular news, and we already have the first photo of Oleg in his new home.


We are looking forward to big news tomorrow if all goes according to plan. Please read tomorrow’s blog!

Adoptions of Shiva and Safora

There was no blog yesterday because the adoption that was due to take place was delayed until today. And the very good news that we were hoping for has turned out to be a reality, but you will have to wait until next week for that.

But today we had two adoptions. First to leave was lovely Shiva. She arrived a couple of weeks ago with her sister Kalia, both dogs having been found in a local village. They are still puppies, so presumably they are the result of yet another unwanted litter. Shiva was sterilised, so the cycle has been broken! Her new family came to collect her today and there were smiles all around.

black dog with white chest


Our second lucky leaver was little Safora. She arrived in mid September and has proved to be a real favourite. Sociable, joyful and unusually for dogs of this type, she is not at all nervous around people. Today a woman who had recently lost her beloved dog to a sudden illness came to meet Safora who had caught her eye on the internet. It really was love at first sight, and Safora has a lovely life ahead of her, by the looks of things. No, a new dog can never replace an old one, but they can certainly help with the healing. Be happy, little Safora.

tricolored griffon cross

The ScPA is open tomorrow as usual on a Sunday, so why not pay a visit?

Adoption of Iggy

We had one adoption today, but of course that is better than none. And it was a good one, too!

Puppy Iggy arrived a couple of weeks ago (on the same day as puppy Pop, for those of you who understand how we give names to the dogs!), and although it has taken him a bit longer to find a home, today he left with his new family. He was born in April this year, and we were hoping that he would not spend too much longer at the refuge. Once dogs pass the young puppy stage they do loose a bit of their cuteness. However on the plus side, adopters have a far better idea of the dog’s character, plus of course his adult size.

Iggy is a lovely lad, and we wish him a long and happy life.

Iggy labrador cross puppy

By the way, apologies to anyone who was upset by my referring to Simba as a staffie, rather than an American staffordshire terrier. The law is quite ridiculous, and as it does not apply to these dogs in the UK, it is easy to get confused. My ignorance should not be seen as “evidence of a lack of professionalism” by the refuge employees. Mea culpa. Ultimately, though, there are far more important things in life. Like the fact that Simba has a wonderful home. And finding homes for all the other animals at the ScPA, for instance.

There should be more good news tomorrow and there might even be VERY good news. Watch this space….