Before the ScPA even opened we had the big news of the day. Leo has left the ScPA!!
Followers of the blog will know all about him; in fact anyone who is on dog-rescue sites on social media is probably aware of his story. Brought to the refuge at the beginning of October, supposedly having been found, this dog’s foreign chip made him a health risk which resulted in a euthanasia order from the local government department responsible for the refuge. In her blog of 25th November, Moira tells of the incredible efforts that were made to save him.
As most of us in dog rescue know, however, saving a dog does not end there. By definition refuges are safe places, but if no dogs leave the refuge, then we all know what happens; there is no room for new arrivals. There was a lot of interest in Leo when he was at risk. As well as the help we received, there were also threats to staff and volunteers, as well as menacing phone calls and emails from “dog-lovers”. However, once Leo was “safe”, it all went quiet. This proves yet again that it is far easier to sit behind a computer and criticise than it is to actually do anything constructive.
Luckily a German association has offered a place to Leo, where hopefully he will have more luck in finding a home than he has had in France. This morning he left the ScPA (under the TRACES system, of course) for his trip to Germany and we will follow his progress there and keep you posted, of course.
Leo – gone to a new life in Germany
That news alone would have been enough to make the day a good one, but in fact we had two further adoptions.
First to leave this afternoon was Edge. He is an Australian shepherd cross who was brought back from a previous adoption. He is a nervous dog, and being exposed to too much too soon can cause him to panic. He will be fine in a calm house where slow and steady approach is possible. This was not the case in his last home. However Edge’s new family are taking lots of advice on how to deal with this boy’s fears. They visited a couple of times before adopting him, and already he has made great progress with them, and we are sure that he is now in a place that is right for him.
Edge – ADOPTED
Then today, and after nearly eight months at the refuge, we said goodbye to Pica. When this lovely girl arrived in June last year she was extremely nervous of everyone and it took her quite a long time for her to show her true personality. A lot of credit has to be given to the employees and volunteers for all the walks and love they have given to Pica over this period. As with Edge, slow and steady wins the race, and this was certainly the case with Pica, who is almost unrecognisable when compared to the dog who arrived.
Pica – ADOPTED
So not bad for a rainy Thursday, and there is more good news to come on what will probably be a rainy Friday!