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Three lovely adoptions!

It has been calm for a couple of days, but Friday has brought three wonderful adoptions, so here we are to bring you the news!

First to leave today was Artemis. She had only recently arrived, but she was on her way to becoming one of the refuge’s many hidden gems. As soon as this young shepherd cross was out of the pound, she began sharing her box and fitted into refuge life so well that it looked like she had been there for ages. This is good in some ways, of course, as she was as happy as a refuge dog can be, but not good in that she risked staying for some time, as despite being beautiful, she has the same look as many other dogs.

One great thing about being a regular walker is that, like the staff, you can get to know the dogs quite well. And it was thus that volunteer Corine chose Artemis. After months of walking all sorts of dogs, Corine just knew that Artemis was the one for her. And we can see why; Artemis is fabulous. And of course we will have lots of news of her in her new home.

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Artemis – ADOPTED

Next Jaffa. His name may be familiar to you; it has been in the blog a few times recently. Adopted 4 weeks ago, Jaffa was brought back last week from a failed adoption. As is usually the case, it really wasn’t his fault, rather a mismatch of owner and dog. Despite being fine with other dogs, Jaffa can be a bit reactive on a lead when passing them, and sadly his new owner was not able to hold him. It is great that he has found a new home so soon, and we hope he finally has the stability he needs and deserves.

And in a nice aside, since his return he has been sharing with Artemis, so it is sweet that they left on the same day.

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Jaffa- ADOPTED

Finally what was perhaps the adoption of the day, that of Violette. Despite the fact that this lovely young malinois was brought in by her owner for rehoming, she is quite (ah-hem) special. Usually dogs who have never been strays and have never been mistreated are quite settled, but Violette is a very complicated girl. She is beautiful, and initially there was a lot of interest in her, however almost all the people who visited her either left empty handed, or left with a different dog. And that includes the IFAW team, as she was one of the dogs who was considered for Benin!

However as with all dogs, it is just a question of the right person coming along at the right time. With few exceptions (most notable Vincent), Violette does not like men. However yesterday a man came to meet her, and she seemed to be very relaxed with him. He returned today and the bond was even stronger, so Violette has left for a fabulous life. Her new owner works outdoors and Violette will be with him all the time. What a great change in fortune for her and for today’s other lucky leavers, too.

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Violette – ADOPTED

We have our fingers crossed for good news tomorrow, as well, so maybe see you then!

Adoption of hidden gem Cheyenne

Today saw the adoption of Cheyenne, who was very much one of the ScPA’s many hidden gems. We have spoken of these dogs before; they are the ones that  no one really notices, but who are very much worth meeting.

A couple came to the refuge today looking for a calm female. They went for a tour round the kennels, and their eye was drawn to one dog who seemed to meet their criteria. A walk showed that she wasn’t quite right for them, so they went to ask for advice.

This is where the knowledge of the employees is invaluable. They see the dogs when the refuge is shut, they know how dogs behave when they are not frantic with excitement and trying to attract visitors’ attention. Carole was on reception and was able to guide them towards Cheyenne, a lovely shepherd cross who was found as an unidentified stray in mid January.

One walk later, and Cheyenne was off to her new life. News and photos have been promised and we wish all the best to lovely Cheyenne.

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Cheyenne – ADOPTED

The ScPA has many other hidden gems, so if you want help finding the perfect dog, please don’t be afraid to ask. Of course love at first sight is all well and good, but sometimes a bit of guidance can save a lot of heartache, for both you and the dog.

Marley joins IFAW!

Some of you may have seen photos of Marley on the ScPA Facebook page and wondered why there was no interest in him. Well the reason is that he has been reserved for a very special mission. As you read this, Marley is on his way to Benin, where he will help the International Fund for Animal Wefare (IFAW) with the problem of ivory poaching!

Francophones can read about this work here : https://www.ifaw.org/france/chien-detection-ivoire-Benin and with any luck non- Francophones can make sense of what google translate throws out.

Isn’t that amazing?

This was set in motion several weeks ago, when Vincent was contacted by IFAW who was looking for suitable dogs to train. IFAW then sent a couple of team members to the ScPA ,who selected Marley has having the right temperament for their team. Since then it has been a matter of organising logistics for his departure. Despite the fact that he is going on a longer journey than any of our other dogs, there is no TRACES paperwork to do, as the destination country is non-European. Yes, it is ironic that despite travelling by plane for many hours, there are no real laws governing Marley’s sanitary status. Except of course he is a valuable asset, both to the ScPA and to IFAW. So Marley has been vaccinated against everything that he is likely to come across, and of course his journey will be as stress free as it can possibly be.

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Marley – protecting elephants in Benin with IFAW

The ScPA will get news of Marley and his mission. What an exciting life he has ahead of him. He will be doing lots of exciting training before his life as an animal protector really gets underway, and he will be loved and well looked after by the canine experts who are in charge of this important mission. Many thanks to IFAW for giving this fabulous chance to Marley!

Two adoptions but three returns.

We had a couple of pieces of good news today amongst lots of bad news.

As we like to keep things positive for the most part, we will start with the adoptions

First to Atchy. He is a fabulous lad who arrived at the refuge gates, complete with lead and collar at the beginning of March under mysterious circumstances. Except it wasn’t very mysterious after all; even before being able to approach him to check his identification, and thanks to social media, the ScPA had already found out the dog’s name. Not only that, it turns out that he had been left at the gates by someone who is supposedly very involved in animal protection. Apparently this person took on the dog from his previous owner, and then dumped him. This is not what many of us understand from the words “Animal Protection”, but at least the dog was safe.

Atchy was initially terrified and cowered in his kennel. However his first walk showed him to be quite a different beast. He came back with a huge smile on his face, which was lovely to see. And he is a stunning lad, that’s for sure.

Today he found a new home and we hope he will be as happy as he deserves to be.

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Atchy – ADOPTED

We next said farewell (again) to Neika. She was the first dog to be adopted this year, but was brought back eight days ago for rehoming. She is very lively and when left alone in the garden would take herself off for walks. This of course put the dog in danger and apparently enclosing the garden was not possible.

So a well enclosed garden and lots of presence was needed, and it looks like Neika’s new home will provide both, as well as children to play with. We hope that it is second time lucky for Neika.

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Neika – ADOPTED

Most of all we both of these will be forever homes. Because today three dogs were brought back to the refuge for rehoming. Their names will be familiar to anyone who has been following the blog for …oh, a couple of weeks or so. Believe it or not amongst the returnees is Hermès, who was adopted on Thursday. Apolline is back too, she was adopted ten days ago. Oh, and Jaffa, who managed to last a whole three weeks.

This really isn’t good enough.  I am sure that some if not all of these families were well meaning and even good people, but something went wrong somewhere and very quickly.

Adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment, and you should make sure you are adopting a dog that is right for you and your lifestyle. Get to know a dog before you adopt him or her, consider what kind of fencing you have, consider whether you are strong enough to hold the dog on walks. And above all, think about what you are promising when you take an animal home.

I could go on, but there is no point. We live in a society of conspicuous consumption, but many of us are convinced that animals deserve better than this.

Let’s hope that all three of them, and all the other dogs and cats at the ScPA find forever  homes soon.

Adoption of Chamallow

Today we said farewell to Chamallow, a young dog who had only just arrived. He was brought in by his family for rehoming just a week ago, so we knew a lot about him. At just 9 months old, and good with other dogs, cats and children, but hated being left alone, which was sadly often unavoidable where he was. That is not a problem for some people, and with all his other qualities, it is not surprising that this beautiful boy has left so soon.

Although many of us say that nothing would make us give up our dogs, people are all different, and sometimes it is better to give up a dog for rehoming while he or she is still young and able to adjust more easily, and, just as importantly, attract a new family quicker than do some older dogs.

Chamallow can now settle with a new family and need no longer suffer from the separation anxiety that plagued him with his previous owners.

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Chamallow – ADOPTED

I forgot to mention in yesterday’s blog the news from Animal Trust, but maybe it was just as well, as today I can report not one but two adoptions. Both Billy and Bébé have new homes. Less than a week after their arrival, too! Eline and her colleagues have a small bet underway, but they are not the only ones who are interested as to who will be next!

As ever, we are hoping for yet more good news tomorrow!

Adoption of Hermès

Another of the Greek Gods was adopted today, and this time it was one of the boys. Hermès is clearly more spaniel than beagle, but has the same fabulous temperament as his “brother and sisters”. These really are lovely dogs!  A couple came to meet him earlier in the week, and sensibly wanted to make sure that he would be fine with their child, too. So yesterday they came back for another walk, this time en famille and today Hermès’s time at the refuge was a thing of the past!

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Hermès – ADOPTED

Two dogs who arrived today were reclaimed, and there was another reservation, so more good news is due.

Adoptions of Laika and Snappy

The first of today’s adoptees, Laika,  arrived just five days ago, but already she has a new home. This is for a couple of reasons, number one being that she arrived with a contract of abandon, and number two being that somebody expressed interest in her immediately upon her arrival.

Laika is a sweet little girl who is just five months old, so it is wonderful that her time at the refuge has been so brief. Plus she has spent it inside the infirmary, so although she has been a bit bored, she has been nice and warm during what are still fairly chilly nights.

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Laika – ADOPTED

Next to leave was Snappy. This Breton spaniel arrived toward the end of February, and whereas some dogs of this breed can have a long wait, Snappy was off in, well, a snap! I must say, he is a particularly handsome chap, and soon got over his eagerness to take treats (from which he got his name). Even better news for him is that he has been adopted by a member of Clifford’s family; Clifford of course being another Breton spaniel who had a far longer wait than did Snappy. Looks like that family has been well and truly converted to the breed!

breton spaniel

Snappy – ADOPTED

There was  a reservation, as well, so more good news is on the way. Perhaps now that the skies are blue, people have more enthusiasm for dog walking; but remember, a dog is for life,  he will need you and love you come rain or shine.

And the sun certainly shone down on two lucky dogs today!

Two adoptions and missing moggie Molly is reunited with her family.

There were two adoptions today, to brighten an already sunny but windy day.

Believe it or not, the third of the six Greek God(esse)s was adopted. For a group of unwanted dogs, they have certainly had a lot of success finding homes! Today it was the turn of the eldest of the group, Peanuts. Yes, we know that is not the name of a Greek God, but she arrived a couple of days after the other and was not named by the same person.

At ten years old, Peanuts needed a bit of good luck in finding a home. But in fact all it takes is the right person to come along at the right time. Today an elderly gentleman came along with his daughter, and Peanuts was just what he was looking for. So this lovely girl has gone to spend her retirement luxuriating in the warm, with lots of long walks and affection. How quickly a dog’s life can change, and this time it is most definitely a change for the better.

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Peanuts – ADOPTED

We also said goodbye to Logan. He was found at the end of October, tied to a lamp post next to the canal. He was not identified, but in any case assuming that it was his owners who left him there, it is just as well they did not come to reclaim him.

The vet’s estimate has his birthday as being March 1st 2018, but I like to think that he was wrong, and that in fact today is Logan’s first birthday. In any case, he now has the best present ever; a home of his own.

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Logan – ADOPTED

Finally news from the feline side of the house. Today a cat was reclaimed some 18 months after she went missing! Molly was found earlier this week 30 km from where she was last seen. Her owners have moved house since, but never gave up hope of finding her again. They made sure their details were up to date on the database and constantly scoured the internet for sight of Molly. We have no idea what she has been up to all this time, but she seems none the worse for her adventures and is now back home with her family.

Molly- RECLAIMED after being missing for 18 months

A lesson yet again in the value of identification, be it of a dog or cat, and wonderful news on which to end the day.

Adoption of Athenais

Last week we told you of the adoption of Apolline, the first of the group of six Greek God(esse)s to be adopted. They, you will recall, were all found at the refuge gates at the beginning of March, with no clues as to their origin. As four of the six were females, none of whom was sterilised, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that the consequences of them not having come to the ScPA would have doubtless been a life of misery for the many puppies who would have been born.

As it is, all the dogs have now been sterilised or castrated, and the second of them, Athenais, left for a new home today. We hope her former kennel mates do not have long to wait. As we said before, they are mostly beagle types; all young and all absolutely adorable!

It would be lovely to see more of them in loving FOREVER homes before the week is out.

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Athenais – ADOPTED

Another dog who could have been adopted a hundred times over was reclaimed. Little Poupette was just lost, and an hour after she went missing, her owner was in a total panic. Luckily thanks to the power of social media, she was soon reassured that her beloved dog was safe at the ScPA, and as soon as the gates opened today, Poupette was back where she belonged. Phew.

It was a salutary lesson in why you should make sure your details are up to date in Icad; had this been the case, Poupette’s owner would have been reunited with her dog even sooner. However no harm done, and the details will be changed in double quick time! Lesson learned!

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Poupette – RECLAIMED

And so a new week begins…what else will it bring?

Filou has found a home!

DRC is trying to help find a home for beautiful lurcher Filou.

Despite the name, this is a female dog, and is a fabulously fit ten years old. She needs to find a new home as sadly for her, her Dutch owners are having to return to the Netherlands for health reasons. Those same health reasons mean they are unable to take Filou with them.

Filou loves to sleep

We know lots of you love this breed, so here is your big chance!

Filou loves other dogs, in fact until recently she lived with a pal. She is not great with very young kids, but can live happily with older children and adults. We do not know what she is like with cats. She has not had many walks, as the couple have a huge garden in which Filou plays.

She also loves to play 

Filou has been loved her whole life. She responds well to commands, but at the moment only in Dutch! But as we see from the adoptions that take place at the ScPA, dogs are incredibly quick to learn, and we are sure that pretty soon Filou will have learned English, or French, or German or whatever language her new owner speaks.

Her owners love her so much that they would rather take her to the vet to be put to sleep than bring her to a refuge. This may seem strange to some of you, but they insist that they do not want their dog to ever have to experience refuge life. So although their position sounds harsh, we have to have sympathy with their wishes. It also means that finding Filou a new home really is a matter of life or death.

Filou loves to relax

Filou is sterilised, vaccinated and identified and although she is currently in the Tarn just north of Albi, she can travel to her new home.

Please help this lovely elderly lady. Share her story, share her photos and if you can help, please get in touch. DRC is lucky enough to have the help of a Dutch speaker, who has kindly offered to help with any questions you may have.

Together we can find a new home for Filou! We don’t have much time, though, so get your skates on…..

Just look at those eyes. …Please help Filou