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Urgent Appeal: Amy

 
This time our urgent appeal is for a dog who as just arrived. Amy arrived this week due to the death of her owner. In fact this poor dog was not discovered for some three days since her owner passed away. As she is nine years old, it must be quite a shock for Amy to find herself at the SPA after spending her whole life with one person. She seems very calm and placid, and does not pull at all on the lead.

Amy was born in May 2008, and this is the reason we have chosen her as our urgent appeal. Dogs of this age find it far harder to find homes than their younger pals. However the SPA understand this, and dogs over 8 years of age leave for a special senior price of €80, for which your dog is sterilised, vaccinated and microchipped.

Amy is officially a labrador cross, however she is fine boned and has a long nose, so we think there is quite a bit of greyhound in there. She is a gorgeous chocolate brown colour, although she is quite grey around the muzzle.

We want Amy to have a wonderful home. She has been through a traumatic experience and we want her to be in a loving home where she can put this behind her. We have yet to test her with dogs and cats, but please contact us if you would like to offer Amy a home.

Nozete|R300

Nozete male shepherd crossMale, Young, Medium

Nozete is a very lucky boy. He escaped from a hunt kennel and thanks to a passer by was brought to the SPA by the police. They gave strict instructions to not return him to his owner, and seeing the condition of this dog, we can see why. Extremely thin and world weary, poor Nozete had 5 huge grass seeds removed from his ears and nose. All of them were deeply embedded and had obviously been causing him enormous pain for some time. Keeping dogs in kennels often means that their owners do not notice illnesses etc. But not feeding dogs either pushes this from neglect to mistreatment (which are two sides of the same coin). Nozete is a young lad, he was born in May 2012. Let’s make sure he has a wonderful life from now on.

Contact SPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Not good with cats
  • Fine with other dogs
  • Needs a kind and loving family

Lili|R299

Lili female fauve de BretagneFemale, Young, Medium

Lili is a griffon Fauve de Bretagne who was abandoned at the SPA because her owner has a new girlfriend who does not like dogs. I wonder how long that relationship will last? Not as long as the love of a dog, that’s for sure! Lili was born in May 2015, and is a lovely girl. She is fine with children and dogs, however she does not like cats. Some dogs of this breed can be shy and nervous, but Lili is very outgoing and affectionate, and although she lived outside most of the time (sigh), she is used to being handled and loves people.
Contact SPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Not good with cats
  • Fine with other dogs
  • Outgoing and affectionate

Amy|R295

Female, Mature, Medium

Amy female chocolate lab/greyhound crossAmy was brought to the refuge by the police following the death of her owner. She had spent her whole life with one person and is now behind bars with her whole world turned upside down. Amy is a chocolate labrador cross (perhaps with a greyhound, she is quite slim). She was born in May 2008 and is a lovely gentle soul, who is well mannered on the lead.

Contact SPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Lovely gentle nature
  • Well mannered on the lead
  • Deserves a loving family

Billy|R288

 

Billy male tri-coloured retrieverMale, Young, Medium

Poor Billy. He is yet another dog who is at the SPA following the death of his owner. This time, however, Billy was left in his deceased owner’s garden for 6 months, while neighbours took it in turns to feed him. Finally they got fed up with this and one of them dumped him at the SPA gates one night. Nice, eh? They then phoned up to tell us that Billy is good with other dogs but not with cats. This has since been tested at the SPA, and lo and behold, Billy is fine with cats too! He went straight to the vet, who estimated his date of birth as being June 2012, then into a kennel to share happily with another dog. Billy is a fabulous tricoloured setter cross who is very well behaved. On a recent walk with volunteers his lead broke, but Billy stayed with his walkers and returned to the SPA. What a good boy!

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  • Good with cats
  • Good with other dogs
  • Well behaved and calm

Kelly|R274

Kelly female Brittany spanielFemale, Young, Medium

Some of you may recognise Kelly. She was brought to the SPA earlier this year when her owner decided he was too old to keep this young and active dog. Her next adopters had cats and although Kelly showed no aggression at all towards them, the cats were not spending as much time at home as before. So Kelly’s family decided to bring her back. No one had become fond enough of her to keep her, and as she, like all dogs, deserves love, perhaps ultimately this is the best thing. Kelly is pretty Brittany spaniel /setter cross who was born in November 2015.
Kelly
Contact SPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Not good with cats
  • Needs a steady home life
  • Will make a lovely family pet

Louison|R271

Louison male beauceronMale, Young, Large

Louison is a big, impressive but adorable beauceron who was born in April 2011. He was brought to the SPA from a nearby village where he was found straying, so we know nothing of his history. It is natural to assume that a dog this magnificent will be reclaimed, however so far no one has come to look for Louison, so it is time for him to find a new home. Those of you who know about this breed will know that they fall into the herding/working dog category, however they make great family pets, too. And Louison, with his imposing stature and gentle nature, would make a lovely family pet.
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  • Lovely nature
  • Impressive looks
  • Will make a lovely family pet

Pador|R248

Male, Young, Small

Pador is a jagd terrier cross who was born in June 2016 and was brought to the SPA as a stray. Dogs of this breed are well known in France for their feisty characters, they are a bit like Jack Russells, in that they make both great pets as well as superb hunters of small game. It is on the former that we will concentrate, as we are not really fond of hunting as a rule! Pador is of small stature, some 12 kg, and he has wonderful rough fur.
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  • Fine on the lead
  • Good with other dogs
  • A confident breed

Urgent Appeal:Whisky

 

WhiskyWhiskey looks like a very small black labrador, he weighs about 17kg, about half of what a “real” labrador would weigh. He was adopted from the SPA when he was a puppy and brought back in mid April. The reason? His owners moved to a new house with no enclosed garden, and as they insisted on letting Whiskey “free range” all day, the new neighbours objected. And rather than make any effort to keep the dog safe, bringing him back to the SPA (in the boot of the car, by the way) was the chosen solution.

His owners assured us that Whisky is fine with other dogs. At the SPA this does not appear to be the case. By a strange coincidence, two relatively new SPA volunteers used to look after Whiskey while his owners were away. They, too, tell us that he lived with their dogs in total harmony, so his former owners were telling the truth.

I guess the answer is that Whisky is very stressed at the SPA, and this is why he is our urgent appeal.

Whisky was born in October 2010, so perhaps he has good reason to be stressed. Can you imagine living with a family for six and a half years and then being dumped in a cage?

Whisky is wonderful on the lead. He is a very affectionate dog who deserves a new home and we would love to help him on his way. He is vaccinated, castrated and identified and his adoption fee is €170.


Isidor|R227

isidor male young MalinoisMale, Young, Large

Isidor was abandoned by his owner who has changed jobs and no longer has time to devote to his dog. And Isidor is going to take quite a bit of time, to be honest. Not a dog for the faint hearted, Isidor pulls a lot on the lead and is a bundle of energy, as is often the case of the malinois breed. We are told that Isidor is fine with dogs and cats and children, but at the SPA he is alone for now, as he has just too much “bounce” for most of our dogs. Isidor was born in May2013 is looking for a home with experienced owners and an enclosed garden where this lad can get rid of some of his energy!
Contact SPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Strong and full of energy
  • Good with other dogs and Cats
  • Needs an active experienced owners and enclosed garden