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Billy|R38

Billy border collieMale, Young, Medium

Billy is a wonderful looking border collie who is looking for a new home because he does not get on with the female dog of a family who tried to save him from coming to the SPA. On the other hand he was fine with their cats, and also fine with children, so he has a lot going for him. Plus he is house-trained, of course. Billy was born in January 2011, so is middle aged as border collies go. He is full of energy, but not as lively as younger dogs of his breed. Billy would like an active family, as like all border collies he needs to keep busy both mentally and physically. Who can offer this lovely boy a home?
 

Contact SPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Likes cats and children
  • Needs to be an only dog
  • Needs an active family like all border collies

Dart|RD2

Dart - mature male DalmationMale, Mature, Large

What a shame to see a beautiful dalmatian in a concrete kennel at the SPA. As many of you know, this breed is quite fragile and absolutely hate being locked up. And poor Dart is no youngster, either. He was born in September 2008, and has not had an easy life. He has spent many years living on the streets and when his owner finally found housing and a job, Dart could not cope with being left alone. So this lad needs a family who is at home a lot. He is big for his breed, wonderful on or off the lead and good with female dogs, cats and children, but not male dogs. Dart can leave under our senior dog scheme; €80 for beautiful boy who is castrated, vaccinated and microchipped!

Contact SPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Loves female dogs, cats and children
  • Walks well on and off lead
  • Needs a loving family at home during the day

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!

 

Tao|PP497

TaoMale, Young, Medium

Border collie Tao has not had the easiest of lives so far. He was brought to the SPA in summer in an emaciated state, so weak he could hardly stand. He was taken home by a volunteer who nurtured him until he was ready to be adopted. His new family loved him, but he kept herding their children and the nipping was a problem. We tried to keep him out of the SPA by finding him another foster, but that did not work out and Tao is now in a kennel. Understandably he has lost a lot of confidence, and we are looking for a family without other dogs. Tao is okay with other dogs, but he is so affectionate that he needs a lot of attention and for now it is best if he doesn’t have to share his master’s love. He is beautifully trained and was born in April 2014. He is vaccinated, castrated and identified.

Contact SPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Well trained
  • Needs an active home
  • Does not want to share his home with other dogs

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.