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Urgent Appeal: Suma

Suma female griffon khortalIt is very rare that we feature a dog who has only just arrived, but this girl has just stolen our hearts. Suma is a griffon khortal who is so scared that she can hardly walk. Of course at the SPA dogs have to go to the vets and so for now Suma is being carried. She lies completely still, like a dead weight. No attempt to wriggle or get away. This is obviously not normal, and we can only hazard a guess at where Suma has been and what she has suffered before she arrived at the refuge.

Suma was born in February 2013, according to the vet’s best guess. She has probably had several litters, so has maybe been used as a puppy producer for hunters. We will never know. If this is the case, however, it is more than possible that Suma will need to be house trained.

Suma needs a loving and patient family, another dog may help with her socialisation, but only a gentle and understanding dog, please, we want Suma to never feel overwhelmed. The fact that despite her level of fear, it does not even occur to Suma to show her teeth or snap. She is such a gorgeous, gentle girl.

Please get in touch if you would like to offer a home to Suma. Her adoption fee is €170, for which she will be vaccinated, microchipped and sterilised.

Liquorice|R50

Liquorice young maleMale, Young, Medium

Liquorice was adopted immediately after his pound time ended so when he left we had not really got to know him very well. He has now been brought back as not being good with cats. He was tested when he was at the SPA, but at the time he was catatonic with fear, so did not react. We are not sure what happened in his new home, but the couple felt that the cat was in danger. Better safe than sorry! We are now working at the SPA with this lad, trying to increase his confidence. So for now he is one to watch, or maybe one for patient and experienced owners. Liquorice was born in January 2014 and is a very chunky black lab cross.


Contact SPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Needs patient owners to bring him on
  • Does not like cats
  • A labrador cross

Calimero|R43

Camilero lemon setter maleMale, Young, Medium

As sometimes happens to our dogs before they arrive at the SPA, Calimero spent some time with a family. This is how we know that he is fine with dogs of both sexes, cats, children and (wait for it) parrots! Well, you never know! In any case, Calimero is a very sweet boy, a lemon setter cross whose date of birth is estimated as January 2013. He arrived very thin, and is definitely not a greedy boy, deferring to the dog with whom he shares his kennel. He is very gentle on the lead, not at all timid, just a bit worn down by the life that he has had so far. Soon all of that will be behind him, quicker still once he is in a new home!
Contact SPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Gentle on the lead
  • Not timid
  • Loves everyone

Urgent Appeal: Nougaro

NougaroNougaro has been at the SPA since April 2015 and we would really like to find him a home. When he arrived he was quite a nervous lad, who had obviously suffered some mistreatment. He hated having a lead put on, and this is something we have worked on a lot. He has also gained a lot of confidence thanks to sharing his kennel with another dog, in this case Pinto.

Nougaro was born in July 2013 and is in many ways a typical SPA dog. He is a black and brown shepherd cross, however he has unusually expressive eyes. After having been scared of people he now seeks out human company, and adores his walks. He does not like cats, but adores canine company.

He would like a patient home, as he can still be nervous of new things, but this lad will be so rewarding.

Nougaro is all ready to leave, fully vaccinated, castrated and identified. The only thing he is missing is a family.

Porto|PP129

PortoMale, Young, Small

By now you should all be aware of the dogs who arrived at the SPA following a case of dog-hoarding in the local village of Ste Eulalie. Several of the dogs have now been adopted, and Porto too, is ready for his new home. He is a small dog, 5 kg or so, still a bit timid, but gaining in confidence all the time. After a lot of work, Porto is now able to walk on a lead and allows people to stroke him, although he is still a bit nervous with people he does not know. Porto was born in March 2007 and and has been at the SPA since March 2016. It is time he left the SPA and had a family of his own. As a senior dog, Porto will benefit from a reduced adoption fee of just €80, for which he is castrated, vaccinated and microchipped. And make no mistake, small dogs like this can live for a very long time!
Contact SPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Still a little timid
  • Walks well on lead
  • Needs a loving family

Aneth|PP122

AnethFemale, Mature, Medium

Aneth is a complicated dog and will be difficult to home, but that does not mean we should not try! Aneth is an anglo cross who has leischmaniasis, however it is well under control and she takes a tablet a day to keep the disease stabilised. That is not the major issue. This illness is usually enough to put people off, however despite this, Aneth has been adopted and brought back on two separate occasions for being a runner. And not just your average runner, either. Aneth will need a super-enclosed garden if she is to stay in one place. And she disappears on walks, too, so lead only for her. Not everyone’s ideal dog. However she is so adorable and affectionate that perhaps someone would be willing to give her a home. Aneth adores being outside, so if someone has an outside area in a well enclosed garden where she can sleep but have lots of cuddles too, that would probably be ideal. She was born in December 2009 and so although not the youngest of dogs, she is certainly one of the most active!
Contact SPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Still full of energy
  • Will need an enclosed garden
  • Needs a loving family

Flurry|PP267

Flurry female shepherd crossFemale, Young, Medium

Flurry has been at the SPA since June 2016, and although she was a bit difficult at first, she soon settled down and is now a great young girl. She has stunning looks, primarily black but with brown highlights, and not only is she fine with male dogs, but she is also wonderful on a lead. Don’t let her near cats, though. Flurry was born in June 2015, so is young and full of energy. She would be a great guard dog, as she will be devoted to her family. If you like long walks and would like some canine companionship, Flurry may be the girl for you.

Contact SPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Young and full of energy
  • Good with male dogs but not cats
  • Needs a loving family

Urgent Appeal: Nadja

Nadja shepherd crossNadja has now been at the SPA for some 15 months, and we would love her to find a home. I remember when she arrived, she had been found as a stray, and was petrified. She spent several weeks just cowering in he kennel and although she never showed any aggression, she made it more than clear that she would prefer to be left alone. Her gentle eyes prompted us to name her Nadja, which means “Hope”. Little by little she gained in confidence, and although there is still quite a bit of work to be done, Nadja needs a home where she can continue to progress.

Nadja is a shepherd cross, so is fairly big, but is fine boned. She shares her kennel with another dog, and tends to follow him on walks, but that reliance on another dog is getting less and less, and when she is walked alone she does really well, if encouraged with a few gentle words.

She was born in October 2012, and bearing in mind how thin she was when she arrived, there is no doubt that she is far happier at the SPA than she was beforehand. However she would love a home of her own. Her ideal home would preferably be one with another dog, no small children (not because she is in any way aggressive, but she needs a calm environment), and lots and lots of love.

If you think you can offer a home to beautiful Nadja, please get in touch.

Urgent Appeal: Ezio

Ezio male german shepherdThis week’s urgent appeal is for Ezio. He is shortly to celebrate his second birthday, although celebrate is hardly the right word, as this boy has already been in the SPA for over a year. He is such a great dog, too. Why does no one give him a chance? He is a big fine boned german shepherd cross who was born in January 2015. Not surprisingly he hates being behind bars, and is quite often seen standing up in his cage scrabbling at the door with his front paws. He wants to be out,hardly surprisingly.

Ezio adores human company, and loves his walks. Unfortunately he pulls quite a lot, because he has so much energy. The staff have recently started letting him run loose in the SPA grounds when the refuge is shut, and he is proving to be far more obedient than anyone suspected. Likewise once the initial excitement has worn off, he is a great walking companion. I have to confess that on one occasion I let the lead go, but Ezio followed behind me showing no desire at all to run away. He is going to be a wonderful companion for some lucky person.

He has shared his kennel with other dogs, usually female, but he is quite clumsy and often accidentally biffs dogs (and sometimes people) on the head. Just a big, overgrown puppy, really. We often say that he just need to get a bit older and calmer, after which he will be far easier to control. But no, why should he have to wait for another year or two before finding a home?

Ezio is a great natured dog, there is no malice in him at all. Please help find him a home!

 

Urgent Appeal: Tag

TagTag has been at the SPA longer than any of us expected. He arrived at the end of August 2015; a lovely medium haired German shepherd with a greying muzzle, despite his relatively young age. Tag arrived when he was just four years old. That was over a year ago, and incredibly Tag is still waiting.

Although he can walk along close to other dogs, he prefers to live alone, at the SPA at least. Perhaps out of the refuge he would be able to share his life with a female. One thing we are sure of is that he is not good with cats. Were this not the case he would probably already have found a new home.

Tag is a favourite with many volunteers, as apart from a few seconds when he first gets out of his kennel, he is a dream to take on walks. Moreover he is very affectionate and has that instant link with anyone walking him that is lacking in many dogs who can become institutionalised with time.

Tag is a fabulous dog. He is a dog you can be proud to be seen with; gorgeous, handsome, intelligent…everything a dog should be. He hates the SPA and we really do not want him to spend another winter there.

Tag has just turned five, he is castrated, vaccinated and microchipped and his adoption fee is €170. Please consider offering this beautiful and deserving dog a new home.