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Urgent Appeal:Dart

 

 

Dart is a beautiful dalmatian, who like so many of the SPA dogs has arrived due to a change in his owner’s circumstances. Life for his homeless owner improved when he was able to move into a flat, however the hours of being locked up alone did not suit Dart, who was used to much more time outside and with company.

Dart was born in September 2008, which means he will be nine this year. However he is in great shape. And what a gentleman! He is wonderful on the lead, very affectionate and he is good with female dogs, cats and children. There is no reason at all why this dog should be hard to home!

Who has a space in their heart for this stunning lad? The only requirement is lots of love and presence. Surely that is not too much to ask?

Please get in touch if you can offer a home to Dart. His adoption fee is just €170, including identification, vaccination and castration.


 

 

Urgent Appeal:Mami

 

 

MamiIn this appeal we are looking for a very special family, one that is prepared to take on a dog who has ongoing medical issues. Mami arrived at the SPA at the end of October and she was in a terrible state. Bald and painfully thin, she just wanted to curl up and be left alone. As you know, this recuperation of poorly dogs is something the SPA and their vets are extremely good at, and so investigations and treatment began. Mami has leichmaniasis, which is an illness transmitted by the sand fly. You can read all about it here http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/infectious-parasitic/c_dg_leishmaniasis and there are plenty of other source materials, plus plenty of groups of people who have dogs with this disease, and they are best placed to tell you not to panic. It took us some time to stabilise Mami’s condition, but now all is well, she is fat as butter and has a great coat, and takes just one tablet a day to keep her in this fabulous condition. However she will need to wear a scalibor collar or be treated with a spot-on to prevent her from being being bitten by the sand fly again and potentially passing the illness on.

So no, other animals are not at risk. Nor are people.

Mami is tiny, she weighs about 8kg and is simply adorable. She loves everyone and everything, and has been living in the cat house with other dogs and cats. She was born in January 2005, so is not the youngest dog at the SPA, but providing she keeps on her meds, she could be around for years! Don’t let her end her life at the SPA, please.

Her ideal family would be close to Carcassonne if they wish the SPA can continue to pay for veterinary treatment. This however is not costly, so homes further afield would be considered.

Many thanks.

 

 

Urgent Appeal: Bullet

BulletOur urgent appeal this week is for Bullet. This 10 year old pedigree German Shepherd has found himself at the SPA following the sad death of his owner. It is always tragic when this happens, but perhaps more so in this case where the owner was relatively young and should have easily outlived his beloved dog.

Bullet was born in November 2006 and is in fabulous condition for his age.He has been loved and well cared for throughout his entire life and has never changed homes. Until now, that is, when he finds himself alone and bewildered in a concrete kennel.

At the moment Bullet is in fabulous health and loves his walks. However people who know this breed know all too well that hip problems can come about with age. For this reason we would like Bullet’s new home to have easy access to outside, and not too many steps inside. The home has to be cat free, too. Regarding other dogs, Bullet ignores them on walks, but would rather not share his home.

Please help us find this poor dog a new home. We have his pedigree papers at the SPA and although he will leave us castrated, we know that lovers of this breed with appreciate this dog’s magnificent physique.

Tyson|R64

Tyson large white male shepherd crossMale, Young, Large

It is very sad to see Tyson back at the SPA. He was abandoned on February 8th, which by coincidence is exactly one year to the day since he was brought in last time. Tyson was adopted in July and the couple who took him were just not right for him. I would say he was not right for them, but that implies he was at fault, whereas this is more a case of young people taking bad advice. What kind of behaviourist tells an owner that the dog is “insane” and will never be happy inside a house? In any case, Tyson deserves better, so we will do better at finding him the right home next time. He is a big white shepherd who was born in February 2012. He is fabulous on the lead and is a total pleasure to walk. Although he shares his kennel at the SPA he tends to be a bit more exclusive out of the SPA, so perhaps he would be happier as an only dog.

Contact SPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Walks well on lead
  • Would be happier as an only dog
  • Will make a fine family pet

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.

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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! The SPA has done a lot of work to increase his confidence, and Liquorice is now great on the lead, and happily shares his kennel with males or females. Cats are probably best avoided, though. 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

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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