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Dog Show – Cancelled

As many of you will have doubtless guessed, the Dog Show has been cancelled due to the Coronovirus. Hopefully we will be able to organise a date that suits everyone in the future when all of this is over.

Look after yourselves and your families, including your dogs, for those of us who are lucky enough to have them.

Gribouille has found a wonderful foster family!

Lucky Mabrouka has been adopted so we have another urgent appeal for you. This time it is for one of the many elderly dogs who are at the refuge and who really would like a home now the weather has got colder.

Gribouille was adopted from the ScPA when he was a very young lad and he has been a wonderful dog all this time. Up until his family brought him back for rehoming at the beginning of September. Gribouille was then eleven and a half years old.

The reason they gave for bringing him back after all these years was that he had attacked and injured a cat who came into his garden. And now the owners were convinced that he would attack their grandchildren. This despite the fact that up till this point he had never shown any aggression at all to humans.

As we so often say, there is no point convincing people to keep a dog they do not want, even when their motivations for rehoming him or her are dodgy to say the least. So the ScPA is looking for a new home for Gribouille, and DRC is trying to help. We do this by publicising Gribouille’s plight, and also agreeing to pay his adoption fee should the adopter come via DRC.

Gribouille is a lovely lad, as anyone who has walked him can confirm. He is in great shape for his age and adores his walks. He does not pull on the lead at all and is a real gentleman. He gets on with some dogs and can walk along side other dogs, but he is not fond of cats (as you will have probably guessed).

Gribouille’s was born in March 2008. He is a rough haired cross breed who weighs about 30kg. He is house trained (it is rare that he does anything in his kennel, and only when he has not been taken out for a walk). He is very friendly and affectionate towards people and still has hope that his life will end somewhere other than a cold kennel.

Please share for Gribouille, we would love him to find a new home. And don’t forget, if the adoption takes place via DRC we will pay the adoption fee!



Urgent Appeal: Mabrouka

Lovely Mabrouka was brought in for rehoming by her owners in mid September with a young malinois called Canelle. Apparently the dogs barked and this annoyed the neighbours. When they only had Mabrouka, there was no barking, so we can guess who the culprit was, but both dogs were brought in and Canelle has been adopted first. Go figure.

Mabrouka needs a home too. And of the two dogs there is no doubt that she is the one I would have chosen. She is a fabulous girl, a medium sized black and tan dog with medium long fur. She is no youngster, having been born in September 2009. She is in great health, and is fully vaccinated, sterilised and identified by microchip.

Mabrouka is fabulous on the lead, no pulling at all. She is great with other dogs, too, both male and female, and is affectionate and has wonderful manners. I honestly cannot understand why she has not been adopted before now.

She might have been overlooked due to her age, and it is true that she is no youngster. But many of us know the joy an older dog can bring. And don’t forget, senior dogs leave for a special fee of just €80. But as Mabrouka is the DRC urgent appeal, we will pay her adoption fee!

Please come and meet Mabrouka. Now that she is no longer sharing with Canelle (who bullied her all the time) she has a chance to show what a lovely girl she is and how deserving she is of a new home, just like her friend!

Please help us find a home for lovely Mabrouka, even if you are unable to adopt her yourself.



Myra | A562

Myra young female labrador crossFemale, Young, Medium

Myra is a very unusual but rather stunning girl who looks like a mix between a yellow labrador and a sharpei. Whatever the mix is, it really works! Myra arrived thanks to the Police Municipal who informed the ScPA that although they knew who her owner was, he would not be collecting his dog. So it is new home time for Myra. She is a great girl, lively and friendly, not bad at all on the lead and great with other dogs. What more is there to say? Myra was born in October 2017, so is very young and has her whole life ahead of her. She shows no sign of having been mistreated and is a happy, joyful dog.


Contact ScPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Happy and joyful
  • Great with other dogs
  • Will make a lovely family pet

Urgent Appeal: Meline

Meline arrived at the ScPA way back in December 2018. At this time she was extremely thin and malnourished, she had clearly recently had pups and was struggling to get her strength back. At the time we wrote that she was baggy of breast, but that this would soon sort itself out. And guess what, it did. Meline now looks fabulous!

At the time of arrival Meline was extremely nervous of people. Well that has changed too. The staff and volunteers have done a wonderful job with her. Walking her has changed a lot too. Those of you who have visited the refuge will probably know that there is a railway bridge just down the hill. On her first walks Meline was too scared to set foot on this bridge (even though it is effectively just part of the road). Now however she doesn’t even notice it, skipping across without a care in the world.

Meline shares her kennel with a male dog, and although she can be a bit bossy (she wants to be up front, where the visitors can see her easily), she is fine. She cannot tolerate cats, however, so a feline-free home is required for this lovely girl.

Meline was born in January 2014, meaning that at the time of this appeal she is not quite 6 years old. This is just early middle age, and hopefully Meline will have many happy and healthy years head of her. I am sure that after the life she had before reaching the ScPA, Meline thinks that the refuge is the best place in the world. But we all know how wonderful things are outside the ScPA. Who wants to help Meline discover the world?

Meline is vaccinated, sterilised and microchipped and her adoption fee is €170. However as she is the urgent appeal, if you wish to adopt Meline, then DRC will pay half the adoption fee.

Please get in touch if you would like to adopt this lovely girl.



Bolide| A532

BolideMale, Young, Large

Oh, poor Bolide. He waited so long for his home and everything was going so well for him. The ScPA received countless photos of him in his new life, and his family was enchanted with him. Sadly they did not tell us that Bolide was having problems sharing with the family’s cat. Had they asked for help, then perhaps the problem could have been resolved (as has been the case with other dogs). However they just brought Bolide back one afternoon and so this young lad is looking for a home again. Bolide is a wonderful German Shepherd cross who was born in January 2018. And he has already spent more than 6 months at the refuge. Please help us find him a home!

Contact ScPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Friendly and affectionate
  • Fine with other dogs not cats
  • Will make a lovely family pet

Urgent Appeal: Jax

Ben has been adopted already, so we have another urgent appeal for you. This time it is for another of the many dogs who have no business at all being at the ScPA.

Jax is what we at DRC call a hidden gem. He is one of the dogs who no one notices. He is a fairly big boy, but so well behaved that you hardly know he is there. And this is perhaps why no one notices him. It is really important to walk any dog that you are thinking of adopting, as you see far more of a dog’s character when he is out of the refuge. But of course there has to be something to prompt you to walk a dog in the first place. So far Jax’s only walks have been thanks to volunteers. Let’s see if we can change that!

Jax is a beauceron cross who was brought in for rehoming by his family way back in July 2018. He was still under two years old at the time, and it is shocking that he has been behind bars for over a year already; more than a third of his life. For a dog this well-behaved, too!

Jax is fine with other dogs and shares his kennel happily. He is very well trained, doesn’t pull on the lead and is attentive and affectionate. Our behaviour expert, Vincent, cannot sing Jax’s praises enough; he too is baffled as to why no one has offered this dog a home.

Jax is fully vaccinated, identified and castrated. Anyone adopting him will surely be delighted, and Jax will surely reward this love a thousand fold.

Please share for beautiful Jax. A dog this perfect should be in a home, not behind bars.




Urgent Appeal: Ben

Ben was one of two dogs who were brought in together with two female dogs this summer. All of them were fabulous; well socialised, good on the lead, fine with other dogs and very affectionate towards people of all ages. The girls found new homes very quickly, as was predicted, and then it was the turn of Jerry. Less than a week later, Ben too was adopted, but sadly he was brought back a day later as the family cat was unhappy.

Of course this does not mean that Ben cannot live with cats. He passed the cat test at the refuge just fine, but it must be remembered that a home environment is different and not all cats will accept a dog into their territory. The refuge cats are well used to being invaded from time to time.

So although Ben is no “sad case”, it is just the fact that he is such a good, easy dog that makes him our urgent appeal.

Ben was born in January 2017. He is a spaniel cross, medium sized, that is, with a lovely speckly tricoloured coat. He is fine on the lead and can share his home with other dogs without any problem, but would also be happy as an only dog. He is young and active, so will enjoy long walks.

Ben is vaccinated, castrated and identified and is all ready for his new home. Let’s make him as happy as his brothers and sisters surely now are! He deserves this happiness too.



Urgent Appeal: Molly

This time our urgent appeal is for Molly, who is one of many dogs who has no business at all being at the refuge. Due to her lively behaviour in her kennel, she is having trouble attracting a family, so we are hoping that this post might encourage someone to take her out on a walk and see the true Molly.

Molly is a Dutch shepherd cross, weighing some 25 kg. Or at least that is what she should weigh, were she not so hyper in her kennel. Molly is so frustrated at being locked up that she jumps round and is full of nervous energy. On a walk she is a completely different dog, however.

Molly is very well trained. She walks to heel with no pulling and knows lots of commands. I am sure that she would be off lead very soon. What’s more she gets on fine with other dogs and children. Plus she is fine with cats! Yes, the perfect triple!

Molly is a very engaging dog; her sole purpose in life seems to be to please whomever she is with. However she is very intelligent and will need lots of stimulation for her mind as well as her body.

Please get in touch if you can offer a home to Molly. Like all our dogs, Molly will be far happier out of the refuge. But in Molly’s case being locked up is having a very negative effect on her spirits, and as she should be so easy to rehome, we are relying on you to help, either by sharing her story, or better still, by adopting her yourself!

Please share for Molly!