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Urgent Appeal: Balou

We are trying once again to find a home for Balou. He has now been at the SPA since March 2015, and I don’t think a single person has looked at him with a view to an adoption in all this time. We just cannot see why!

When Balou arrived it was as a stray. We have since found out that he was abandoned as the result of a divorce, with neither partner wanting him as they started their new lives. Apparently he used to live with children, and was a loved member of the family. Not loved enough, obviously, but not a “problem dog” in any way.

Balou was born in June 2006. That means he is now eleven years old! We need to find him a home soon. Although for many years we thought he was not good with male dogs, he has lived happily with females. Many different females; they are all adopted one by one, leaving Balou behind. Recently our dog behaviourist, Vincent, has mixed Balou with males quite happily in the park; he shows no aggression at all. And the same is true when he meets males on walks; he just trots by wagging his tail. Likewise he can walk alongside other males. So it is more than possible that he can live with a male dog.

Balou does pull a bit at the beginning of a walk, but he soon settles down, and with more regular exercise will probably not pull at all.

And he is really loving and affectionate. He deserves a new home. His adoption fee is just €80, and even this is negotiable, as there are plenty of people who would pay this just to help this boy on his way.

Please please don’t leave this lovely lad at the SPA to end his days behind bars..

Max | R264

Max shepherd crossMale, Young, Medium


Max is yet another dog who was brought in having been neglected, and another dog who is happy to be at the SPA! Sadly for him, Max looks like many of the other dogs at the SPA, a kind of miscellaneous shepherd cross. However like all our dogs, Max has that certain something that marks him out, and we definitely have several people who love his looks! In fact one of them got as far as taking him home to test with their cats, and Max was absolutely fine with them. Max was born in August 2016 and is a lovely friendly lad.
 

Contact SPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Happy lively and friendly
  • Good with cats
  • Will make a lovely family pet

Kipnak | R371

Kipnik mature husky crossMale, Mature, Medium


Regular readers will know this boy. Several years at the SPA ended with an adoption less than a year ago, but the dream is over. What appeared to be the perfect family turned out not to be such, and so at 13 years old, Kipnak is back. He pulls on the lead slightly more than in the past, but is still an easy dog to walk, he is not quite as good with other dogs as he was before, but we will work on that. What he still is is a lovely husky cross who was born in January 2004 and who never deserved to be at the SPA in the first place, let alone come back a second time. As a senior dog Kipnak’s adoption fee is just €80 or why not ask us about fostering?

 

Contact SPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Affectionate
  • Will mix with other dogs
  • Needs a family that loves older dogs

Lili | R357

Lili female black shepherd crossFemale, Young, Large


Lili was adopted from the SPA when she was a puppy and brought back recently as the owners no longer want a dog. Yes, this may seem impossible to you, but we have had three dogs brought in for this very reason just in the month of July! Lili is a fairly big stocky black female, she perhaps has some dogue in her, as her jowels are a bit droopy. Or maybe it is just her age! I know, I am not painting a glowing picture, am I. In fact she is adorable, and fine with cats and children, too. Who wouldn’t want to offer this lovely lass a home? Lili was born in June 2009, Shocking that after so long in a family she should find herself back at the SPA.

 

Contact SPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Friendly and affectionate
  • Fine with cats and children
  • Will become a lovely family pet

Urgent Appeal: Jack

This week’s urgent appeal is for Jack

Jack is a little dog who is just being overlooked at the SPA. Is it because of his age? He has just turned nine years old. Is it because of his colour? Yes, Jack is black. It cannnot be due to his personality, as Jack is a great little dog. He is wonderful on the lead and is fine with other dogs, whether on a walk or sharing his kennel with them or playing off lead in the park.

With nothing else in the photo to show his size, you would think that Jack is a labrador. But he is a very mini one, weighing about 15 kg or so. He has a docked tail which he wags almost constantly. He arrived in February this year, already identified, but the owner’s address had changed, and assuming he was the one who dropped Jack at the SPA, he doesn’t want the dog in any case. Far better for Jack to find a new home.

As a senior dog, Jack’s adoption fee is just €80, for which you will have a castrated, vaccinated and identified dog. And being on the small side, Jack’s best years are still to come. It would be a shame for him to spend them at the SPA.

Jack would make an ideal dog for just about anyone. A steadying influence on a more nervous dog, perhaps? Or just a great walking companion for someone who wants an easy dog.
 


Diesel R304

DieselMale, Young, Large

Diesel should not really be at the SPA. He had an owner, but when Diesel was found straying in his village, they refused to collect him. We hate it when this happens, but perhaps the only way forward is to agree that perhaps the owner does not love his dog as much as he should. And Diesel is so worthy of love! He is a fabulous looking dark and pale shepherd/border collie cross who is very gentle and affectionate. His date of birth is estimated as being in November 2016, so although this boy is more or less fully grown, he is still a very young dog who will adapt quickly to his new home. He is good with other dogs, both male and female and his adoption fee is €170.



Contact SPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Gentle and affectionate
  • Fine with other dogs
  • Needs a kind and loving family

Urgent Appeal: Mina

Well, from one golden girl to another. The last urgent appeal was for golden oldie, Amy, who is now reserved and will be leaving us soon, and our new urgent appeal, although not an oldie, is pure gold!

Mina, a “not quite boxer” was found in the hills outside a local village and as she was in great condition and microchipped, we felt sure that her family would come for her. When phoned, however, they said that they were fed up with Mina’s running off and that they would not come to collect her. But first they would need to comfort the children, who would be upset. Good parenting 101!

Mina was born in January 2016, she has a docked tail and is very boxer-like, although smaller than a real boxer would be. She is extremely well behaved and very affectionate, happy to spend hours being patted, or equally happy to trot alongside you on a walk. She is fine with other dogs and we know she is fine with children. I cannot imagine her being aggressive with cats, but we have to check that.

Mina has never been mistreated, she has none of the “issues” that some rescue dogs can suffer from, she is a perfectly adjusted and beautiful family pet. An enclosed garden is required, but the same is true for most dogs. This is why Mina is our urgent appeal. You could go a long way to find a dog this wonderful.
Let’s find her a home, people!


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.

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!

Contact SPA Carcassonne about this dog

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

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.