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Duke | R581

Duke male brindle shepherd crossMale, Young, Medium

Duke is a young handsome shepherd who, like so many of our dogs, arrived with no identification and having been found lost in a nearby village. Despite his picture being published on Facebook and other sites, no one has come looking for him, and we suspect that he was adopted as a puppy free from an internet advert, and now that he has lost his puppy cuteness, he is no longer wanted. He is a great lad, though, and well worth getting to know! Duke is a dark brindle coloured shepherd cross who was born in December 2016, so is very young and keen to learn and be loved. He is fine with other dogs and has all the makings of a great family pet!
Contact SPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Lovely nature
  • Good with other dogs
  • Will make a lovely family pet

Urgent Appeal: A Foster Home for Pato

Yet again our urgent appeal is for Pato. This dog has been at the SPA for almost three years and is the oldest dog at the refuge, having been born in May 2004. For a dog of his size, this is quite old, and we really do not want Pato to spend his last days at the SPA, especially as winter is upon us.

So what we are looking for is someone to offer a warm home to Pato. He is in good health for now, but clearly at his age it is just a matter of time till he needs vet care, and any bills will be paid by the SPA. If whoever offers him a home is not close to our vet, then we will try to arrange association prices with your vet, which we will pay.

Pato is quite slow on his feet but would love a 20 minute walk once or twice a day. Access to a small garden would be great. To complicate matters, Pato is not good with dogs or cats, or cars, which he will lunge towards if they pass him on a walk. This is totally manageable, though, and just requires a light hand on his collar to restrain him.

Pato does not ask for much. His three years at the SPA have taught him to be pretty independent. He will be no trouble, he would just like a space inside and out of the wind. Is anyone currently animal free and willing to offer Pato a home for the time that remains?


Helda | R545

Helda female German ShepherdFemale, Young, Large

Helda is a purebreed Germand shepherd who was bought at a local pet store five years ago. Having a purebreed puppy was important enough at the time for this family to spend considerable money on a dog, but Helda has ended up neglected at the bottom of a garden. Unsurprisingly she barks for attention, and it is for this reason that she has been abandoned at the SPA. Helda is five years old (born 31.07.12) but already has a cataract in one eye. Poor girl. She is fine with certain male dogs but not cats, and at the moment she is scared and timid. She is a fabulous girl though, and has had a miserable life up to now.
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Contact SPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Affectionate but timid
  • Good with certain other dogs not cats
  • Will make a lovely family pet

Urgent Appeal: Diesel

Diesel is one of those dogs who seems to be in the process of being left behind, and we have no idea why. This young lad (he was born in November 2016) has been at the SPA for five months already. Initially he received a lot of attention, a picture of him won the summer photographic competition, and there were high hopes that an adoption would follow. But nothing.

Recently brother and sister June and Len arrived and were adopted, and it appears that no one else wants a dark coloured shepherd cross. However Diesel needs a home too!

He is a wonderful dog, good on the lead, good with other dogs, very affectionate with people. He shares his kennel with another male dog with no problems. Diesel would be fine as a only dog, or would be a great playmate for another dog.

Let’s try and find him a home before refuge life becomes the norm for this lovely boy.

As with all dogs at the SPA, Diesel is castrated, vaccinated, treated against Kennel Cough and microchipped and his adoption fee is just €170.


Ernie| R316

Ernie male rottweiler crossMale, Medium, Young

Rottweiler cross Ernie was adopted but brought back in July. He really is not a dog for first-time owners, and that is what his last family was. Despite our advice (we advised them against the adoption, too) and their best intentions, this young couple were just not ready for a dog like Ernie. Born in January 2015, Ernie is still in need of education. Not the usual commands, he has mastered all of them. His difficulty is with authority. He needs a firm hand or he risks running rings round his owner. Not that he bites, he is just a bit unruly. If you like a chunky dog and are an experienced owner, Ernie could be the one for you.

  • Friendly and affectionate if a bit unruly
  • Needs an experienced owner
  • Will make a lovely family pet

Indian| PP562

Indian female Czech Wolf DogFemale, Large, Mature

Indian is the second of the Czech wolfdogs at the SPA. She came from a man who rescues this breed but who had become overwhelmed with numbers, and the SPA stepped in to help. Indian is the mate of Artos, and would prefer to be homed with him and without other dogs if possible. She is about the size of a German shepherd, and timid with people who she does not know. Once she knows someone she will happily lick and nuzzle them, and shows lots of affection. She is not good with dogs other than Artos and cannot be homed with children. Indian was born in September 2013.

  • Timid with people not good with children
  • Mate of Artos or homed alone
  • Magnificent looking dog

Artos| PP563

Artos male Czech wolf dogMale, Large, Mature

It was only after the recent DRC photo shoot that I realised that Artos was not on our website, although he has been at the SPA since December last year! Taken in by the SPA by a rescuer who had bitten off more than he could chew, Artos is a czech wolfdog. If you don’t know this breed, it is worth doing some research, as they are quite particular! Artos is a big male, fabulous to look at and fabulous on the lead. He is good with some females, but does not like males, even of his own breed (yes, he is the Alpha dog). He is very affectionate with people, but we would not advise that he be homed with small children (although he can meet them on walks without any problems). Artos is magnificent and everyone feels a surge of pride whilst walking him. He as born in December 2010.

  • Sociable and friendly
  • Good with some female dogs
  • Magnificent looking dog

Urgent Appeal: Cliona

Many of you will have read about Cliona and in fact many of you probably donated to her veterinary care. Cliona was spotted straying in a nearby village and was in such a state that many people were scared and threw rocks at her. Luckily some compassionate people gradually gained her confidence and managed to catch her and bring her to the SPA. Initially we were not sure that she could be saved, but two operations later and she is looking far better. The tumours have been removed and the skin has returned to its proper form. Cliona is now a stunning dog.

She looks like a small black labrador, but in fact Cliona is chocolate brown. She is about ten years old, we think, although the longer she stays with us, the younger she looks!

Cliona is living in the cat house and is fine with dogs too. She is wonderful on a lead and is affectionate with humans, especially ones she knows.

If the idea of rescuing a dog who was effectively left for dead appeals to you, then please get in touch with Cliona. She represents much of what the SPA Carcassonne stands for; stepping in to help out lost causes. She could spend the rest of her life as the refuge mascot, but we think she deserves better than that!


Urgent Appeal: Roxy

Griffon cross Roxy has been at the SPA since April 2016, which is a real surprise when you consider what a fabulous dog he is. And not just fabulous looking, either.

Roxy was abandoned by his elderly owners as they found him too strong on the lead. He had been given to them by a well-meaning family member, hoping that having a dog would brighten their lives. Nice idea, except it is important to make sure that the recipients actually want a dog, and that the dog is suitable in terms of age and size. Roxy is the victim here.

He arrived at the age of three years old, making him four and a half years old now; the prime of life. And the SPA is not the right place to spend the best years of your life. Since being with us, Roxy has learned to walk well on the lead, initially with the help of a no-pull harness, but now without. And he shares his kennel well with other males.

Roxy does not like cats, but he is fine with children and already has good basic training. He is active and playful, not at all nervous of people and would make a great family pet.

Please help us find a home for Roxy.

Urgent Appeal: Pador

At the other end of the size and age range to last week’s urgent appeal, we present Pador. No one has any idea why this dog has not been adopted before now. He has been at the SPA since the end of May, and usually dogs of this size and who are this sociable are snapped up!

Pador is a jagd terrier cross who was born in June 2016. That’s right, he is just a baby. And although he has a lively side (what dog of this age doesn’t?), he can be calm too. He is great with dogs, great with cats and great with children. He is very affectionate and will sit on your lap, but he is no lap dog. He is a feisty (in a good way) bundle of fun, who will accompany his owner on long walks or lounge with him in the sun.

Weighing in at less than 10kg, Pador is easy to pick up, and being so affectionate, a cuddle is always welcome. He pulls a bit on the lead but just until he has worked out your pace. And of course with more exercise, he will be even better behaved.

Pador is a little gem of a dog. Incredible that he has not been adopted quicker. Come and meet him, you won’t be disappointed!