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Urgent Appeal: Victoire

Although Victoire is a recent arrival at the ScPA, she has been known to us for many years. Twice a year for several years this lovely tricoloured shepherd has been responsible for a litter of pups that has been brought to the refuge by residents of the local village, or have been captured by ScPA employees, sometimes only after several pups had died. Victoire, however, remained untouchable, “protected” by the villagers. Her life has been misery.

Now Victoire needs a new home. Finally the cycle is broken. She is sterilised and her days of wandering and begging for food are over.

Victoire was born in June 2015, but has everything to learn. She is unused to human contact, although you can tell from her eyes and her expression that she is interested and would love to learn. Having spent her whole life avoiding humans, it is natural that she should be suspicious.

Victoire will need a patient family. She has never lived indoors, so an enclosed garden is essential. Her new family should have another dog, preferably a mature and well socialised one, so that Victoire can learn all about being a domesticated animal.

If you think you would like to offer Victoire a home, please get in touch. It will be very much a case of taking everything slowly; we would probably recommend several visits to meet her so that she can gain in confidence before leaving the ScPA, which is the first “home” she has ever known.

Stinka| A319

Stinka female shepherd crossFemale, Young, Large

It is very sad to see Stinka back at the refuge; she was adopted on exactly the same day I adopted Caillou, in May 2017, and as we knew her family already, I don’t think anyone expected her to be returned to the refuge. However it turns out that she is a bit of a wanderer, and as the family’s garden is not enclosed, they have brought Stinka back for her own safety. Despite the horrid name (we initially called her Rose, but Stinka was her real name), she is a beautiful dog. A tall and elegant shepherd cross, Stinka was born in March 2016. She is fine with other dogs, and although an enclosed garden is a must, in all other respects, Stinka is perfect, really affectionate and so worthy of a wonderful home.

Contact ScPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Really affectionate
  • Fine with other dogs
  • Needs an enclosed garden

Victoire| A288

Victoire female shepherd crossFemale, Young, Medium

And we all cried Victory! Finally having this dog at the refuge is a huge relief. She has been living as a stray under the dubious protection of some of the villagers close to the refuge, who have insisted on leaving her to breed litter after litter of pups, only some of whom have made it to the safety of the refuge. When Victoire was finally caught, she had only one remaining puppy in tow, all the rest had died. So this girl has had a very difficult life up to now. She has never been touched, and although she is interested in humans, she is extremely timid. The vet estimates her age as four years old (born June 2015) so although she is a young dog, Victoire has missed out on four years of education and socialisation and love. She will need a kind, calm and patient family, preferably with another dog to guide her.

Contact ScPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Needs a doggy companion
  • Very timid
  • Needs a special family to love her

Olaf| A296

Olaf young male pointer crossMale, Young, Medium

Olaf is a young dog who was found and brought to the refuge in mid June, since which time he has made plenty of friends, both human and canine. He is a lovely lad, probably a pointer mix, who was born in January 2018, according to the vet’s estimate. Once it was clear that no one was coming to reclaim him, Olaf went straight in to share his kennel, and it is clear that he would be more than happy to share his life with another dog. Olaf is the kind of dog whom it is easy to overlook at the refuge, but he is really worth getting to know. Why not come and meet this lovely friendly young chap?

Contact ScPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Loves dogs and cats
  • Affectionate with everyone
  • Will make a fabulous family pet

Nino| A293

Nino young male setterMale, Young, Medium

Nino is a former home to home dog who we were unable to place before his owner decided to bring him back to the refuge. To be honest this was a relief for all, as Nino was in the wrong family and everyone was unhappy; Nino included. It is hard for a young dog to spend his whole life in a garden without walks, regardless of the fact that his owner was at home all day. A young, active dog needs to see a bit of the world, so unsurprisingly Nino took himself off to explore! What a fabulous dog he is, though. A 6 year old setter (born in June 2013), Nino is fine with other dogs (in fact the ScPA is insisting that his new family has another dog), and very affectionate with everyone, particularly children.

Contact ScPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Needs a doggy companion
  • Affectionate with everyone
  • Needs an active family

Gaby| A300

Gaby female border collieFemale, Young, Medium

Like Roddy, Gabby has been brought to the refuge 5 years after her adoption due to a catastrophic change in their owner’s circumstances. She is a lovely border collie cross who is extremely affectionate and sticks to her owner like glue. No doubt coming back to the refuge is a huge shock for her, after five years of love. But let’s hope she finds a home soon. Gabby was born in June 2013. She is great on the lead, which is just as well, as she likes to play catch and is often reluctant to come home after a walk, although she is not a runner, per se. Gabby has had an operation for a leg fracture, which has left her with a very light limp. After careful introductions Gabby can live with cats. Being a border collie, Gabby is bright and intelligent, and she would love an active family.

Contact ScPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Can live with cats
  • Affectionate and loyal
  • Needs an active family

Roddy| A299

Roddy male shepherd crossMale, Young, Large

Roddy and Gabby were adopted from the ScPA in 2014 and are back due to a sudden change in their owner’s circumstances. Roddy is a chocolate lab cross who was born in July 2013. His owner tells us that he is fine with most dogs, especially once he has got to know them. He has a very protective nature and will bark but has never bitten. Roddy is quite good on the lead after a bit of initial excitement, and he has great recall too, just whistle and he will come back to get a treat and a cuddle. He is fine with cats inside the house, but will chase after strange cats on a walk. He has been a very much loved dog and we would love him to find a new home soon.

Contact ScPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Fine with most dogs and cats indoors
  • Protective nature
  • Will make a lovely family pet

Ohana| A324

Ohana young female German ShepherdFemale, Young, Large

I freely admit that at the time of writing I have not met this dog. But I thought you should see her anyway, as many of you love German Shepherds, and Ohana is a beauty! She was born in March 2018 and is a very affectionate girl who is fine with other dogs. She was brought in for rehoming by her family who could no longer keep her, and we hope it will not be too long before this lovely girl has a new home. The refuge can be very hard on dogs who have previously lived in happy homes, but Ohana has her whole life ahead of her and will soon adapt to a new life.

Contact ScPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Fine with other dogs
  • Lovely German Shepherd
  • Will make a great family member

Milo| A280

Milo young maleMale, Young, Medium

Now here is an unusual mix for you. No DNA test needed; Milo is a border collie French bouledogue cross who was brought in for rehoming in early June 2019 due to a change in family circumstance. He is a lovely smiley boy who is fine with other dogs and he adores children. He is housetrained and playful and with that breed mix, will be a great family pet. Milo was born in April 2018 and although I haven’t met Milo or seen how he is on the lead yet, but if you would like any more information on this boy, please get in touch.

Contact ScPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Playful adores children
  • Gets on well with other dogs
  • Looking for an active family

Titou| A279

Titou male crossMale, Young, Medium

What a shame it was to see Titou back at the refuge. This young lad was adopted in April last year and sadly his owner has been taken into long term care and is unable to keep his dog. When his first owner brought him in, we were told that he was uncontrollable. However that is not what his most recent owner says. Titou is fine in the home, he is very well behaved, house-trained and calm. He is fine with other dogs and is affectionate and loves to play. The main problem facing Titou is his unusual physique, as he looks like a malinois corgi cross. Still, we all know that it is more important to have a well behaved and affectionate dog than one that conforms to the norms of beauty! Let’s find Titou a lovely home again! He is three years old ready to find love again.

Contact ScPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Well behaved and calm
  • Gets on well with other dogs
  • Looking for an active family