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Urgent Appeal: Pit

Poor Pit is one of those dogs who just hasn’t had much luck. He arrived at the SPA when he was already 8 years old, and it took him two years to find a home. Everyone expected him to see out his days with his owner, a kind, elderly gentleman. But sadly the stars were not aligned. Very sadly, Pit’s owner passed away in February, leaving Pit, now over 13 years old, homeless once again. This is a tragic turn of events, and we really would like to find a home for Pit. The SPA employees have managed to find him a space inside, but it is not as big as he would like, and although volunteers try to give him a daily walk, it is a huge change from the lovely life he has known for the past 4 years.

Pit is a calm older dog who is still in great health. He loves a walk and is happy to trot alongside you. He can walk with other dogs no problem and can probably live with them. He wants a quiet life, that is all.

Can you open up your home for this handsome beauceron cross? Of course finding an adopter would be ideal, but we would welcome a long term foster close to Carcassonne, so that the SPA can continue to pay for veterinary care for this old boy, although as I say, for now he has no ongoing treatment.

Please help us find a home for Pit. We really don’t want him to spend the rest of his life at the SPA.
 



Urgent Appeal: Roxy

This week’s urgent appeal is for Roxy. This lovely griffon cross has been at the SPA for way too long, since April 2016, in fact. The reason for his arrival at the refuge are the same as for many dogs the world over. Roxy was given as a gift to an elderly couple by their well-meaning children. As Roxy turned out to be far bigger than expected, the couple were unable to walk him, and he was dumped at the SPA when he was almost three years old.

Yes, Roxy is strong on the lead. However an education harness is all that is needed to stop this from being a problem. And apart from his dislike of cats, it is hard to find fault with this lovely griffon cross.

Roxy has good basic training, he is fine with other dogs, both male and female, and he is hugely loyal and affectionate. He looks black, but has brown highlights in his moustache, and is famous for his range of facial expressions.

We love griffons. We love their hairiness, we love their loyalty, we love their gentleness. Roxy deserves a home where someone can appreciate all he has to offer.

Roxy was born in January 2013, and has been at the SPA for just short of two years. He is castrated, microchipped and fully vaccinated. He would be happy to travel to a new home, and we can organise this for you, using a licensed transporter and following obligatory European rules.

Please get in touch if you would like to offer a home to Roxy.

 



Bogdan | T062

Bogdan male brittany spanielMale, Young, Medium

Bogdan and his brother Danov were brought in by a woman who claimed to have just found them on her way to Carcassonne. However it was a very wet week, the dogs were bone dry, and having met the dogs, everyone knows that catching them would have been no easy task. Oh, Madam, so that will be you not wanting your two dogs, then? Bogdan is a Breton spaniel who was born in March 2017. He has no lead training and is nervous of people, but he is in the right place to learn all about the world.
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  • Will need some lead training
  • Nervous at first
  • Would make a lovely family pet

Looba | T047

Looba female Brittany spaniel crossFemale, Young, Small

We are reasonably sure that Looba is the mother of Bouba; he sticks to her like glue, and her spaniel colours can be seen in his fur. Looba is a classic looking Breton spaniel though a bit on the small side. She was born in January 2015 according to the vet’s estimate. Unlike her son, Looba arrived unidentified. She is now sterilised and fully vaccinated and ready for her new home. Ideally this would be one where she can have lots of exercise; she is an active little dog. However as well as often being seen on the hunt (as flushers), Breton spaniels make fantastic family pets. You can read about the breed https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brittany_dog.

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  • Fine with other dogs
  • Affectionate
  • Would make a lovely family pet

Bouba | T046

Bouba male teckel crossMale, Young, Small

This tiny dog arrived in January 2018 already identified but with his owner’s phone number no longer in service and no sign of anyone coming to collect him, it is time for Bouba to find a new home. He is a great looking chap; no bigger than a chihuahua, but with a speckly back and spaniel colours. I am pretty sure that a DNA test would show him to be a teckel spaniel cross. Bouba is getting over a nervous start at the SPA, and is starting to lose his reliance on Looba, whom we assume is his mum. Bouba is a year old (born in January 2017) and is ready for an active fun-loving family.
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  • Fine with other dogs
  • Affectionate
  • Would make a lovely family pet

Tex | T039

TexMale, Young, Large

Texas is a wonderful husky/ German shepherd cross who was rehomed thanks to the DRC home to home “service”. Sadly due to no fault of the dog, Texas finds himself at the SPA. This is especially sad as the whole logic is that such dogs avoid the dog ever being behind bars. Life can take unexpected turns and such was the case here. Texas is not happy at the SPA and we would like to find him a home as soon as possible.Texas was born in March 2014 and is fine with other dogs. He used to live with a cat, but since being rehomed has started chasing any stray moggies, so proceed with caution if you have cats. He walks beautifully on the lead. Texas will escape if he is left alone in an unfenced garden, but this is usually to seek out company, so will need and enclosed garden and lots of human presence.

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  • Fine with other dogs caution with cats
  • Affectionate
  • Would make a lovely family pet

Tatiana | T030

TatinaFemale, Young, Medium

This is not Tatiana’s first time at the SPA. She used to be called Maddie, and as far as we were concerned she was happily homed in August 2016 after spending four months at the refuge. However a phone call from the SPA in Toulouse told us that Tatiana had been found and brought to them, and the phone numbers associated with her microchip were no longer working. So Tatiana is back. She is a fabulous brindle coloured girl, who is now fine with other dogs (although she wasn’t before her last adoption, so she has mellowed!). Tatiana was born in April 2014 and we know that she is a great family pet. She is impeccable on the lead and shares her kennel happily.

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  • Fine with other dogs
  • Sociable
  • Would make a lovely family pet

Urgent Appeal: Tex

Tex was homed by DRC as a home to home, and everything appeared to be going fabulously. He appeared in our Life after the Refuge section, along with the couple’s two other dogs, Gino and Hachi (ex Paddington), both adopted from the SPA. So what went wrong? Why is Tex at the SPA, bearing in mind the home to home was intended to avoid just such an eventuality.

Well, let’s just say that there were problems with the neighbours, and Tex, along with Gino and Hachi, were accused of having killed some of the village cats. Threats followed and guns were shown. In a panic they brought all three dogs to the SPA. Sadly Tex is not doing well at all. He is used to a loving home; he has never been behind bars and has stopped eating.

Please can you offer him a home? He is fine with other dogs, used to be fine with cats (he used to live with a cat!) and is really affectionate. And without the other dogs to lead him astray, he didn’t ever wander, despite the fact that huskies are famous for this. Must be the German shepherd in him that balances out this instinct to roam.

Tex was born in March 2014, he is vaccinated, castrated and identified. Please help us find him a home quickly!!

 



Urgent Appeal: Mila

Mila is a very tall border collie cross, she looks like a tradtional border, classic black and white, but she is more the size of a Belgian shepherd. She even has the pointed ears!

Mila arrived at the SPA in mid-November, abandoned by her owner who was pregnant and not sure about being able to cope with a border collie and a baby at the same time.

This may sound crazy, but we know from a recent failed adoption that Mila does suffer from jealousy. At the SPA she shares her kennel, and although she has no trouble walking or even sharing play areas with other dogs, inside a home she does not tolerate female dogs. She searches for affection all the time and it is this that causes issues with other dogs.

Like many of our dogs she is wary of strangers, particularly men, but will become almost instantly devoted to her family. She is wonderfully affectionate and well-mannered both on or off the lead. She can be left alone without showing any destructive tendencies or separation anxiety; all she wants is a home of her own.

Mila was born in November 2014. She is fully vaccinated, sterilised and microchipped and her adoption fee is €170.



Griff | R481

Griff young male griffon crossMale, Young, Medium

Grif is the third of the three dogs who was brought to the SPA at the age of two having spent their lives hitherto in a garage as their owner did not want them when they were born. Grif is making slower progress than his siblings, but he too is just about ready for a new home, where, of course, progress will be even quicker. Griff is a bit more griffon-like than his siblings, mainly white and with a lovely wiry beard. He was born in October 2015 and would like a home with another dog and kind, patient owners, please.
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  • Calm and gentle
  • Needs a patient owner
  • Would prefer another dog for company