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Cally | T173

CallyFemale, Young, Large 

Cally was adopted from the SPA in January and we thought all was going fine. Apparently not, and once again it is not the fault of the dog. Yes, people’s circumstances change, but if you know that a big change is imminent, it is preferable to wait before adopting a new dog. In this case, the new owner moved in with someone and Cally did not get on with their (female) dog. So Cally is back at the SPA. She is a very attractive girl, young (born in January 2014) and is fine with male dogs. She is quite a chunky lass, as we say, and is suitably boisterous in her play. Attention must be paid with very young children, but apart from that, Cally is perfect. She is not too bad on a lead and would appeal to people who like the staffie types but don’t want to go through all the administrative steps to own a (a-hem) dangerous dog.

Contact SPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Good with male dogs
  • Attention with children
  • Will make lovely pet for staffie type lovers

Boris | T111

BorisMale, Young, Medium 

I know we shouldn’t have favourites, but Boris is the dog I would take home from the SPA if I had any more room. He is another of the five dogs who were found in a warehouse, and in my opinion he is the best looking and friendliest. He is a crossbreed with unusual markings; plenty of tricloured patches and speckles all over his fur. He is a truly lovely boy, learning to walk on the lead (so a bit enthusiastic), but as Boris is only a year old (DOB March 2017) there is plenty of time for him to learn. He is fine with other dogs, both male and female, and adores human company. He would make a wonderful family pet, either as a sole dog or as a second dog.
Contact SPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Good with other dogs
  • Adores human company
  • Will make lovely family pet

Mitch | T109

MitchMale, Young, Medium 

Another of the five dogs found in an old warehouse, Mitch is a fabulous looking shepherd cross. He was born in February 2017, and is extremely well socialised. Mitch is sharing his kennel with another male, but of course we know that all these dogs are used to cohabiting. Mitch is learning to walk on a lead and adores affection. He will make a wonderfully loyal family dog.
Contact SPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Good with some dogs
  • Well socialised
  • Needs a family to give him love

Bang | T108

BangMale, Young, Medium 

Bang, who was born in January 2016, was one of five dogs who were found locked up in a warehouse. Apparently their owners did come along to feed them, but the place was in an unimaginable state as it was never cleaned and the dogs had no access to the outside. That is no way for dogs to spend their lives. Bang is the most timid of the pack, but he is gradually gaining confidence at the SPA. He is good with other dogs and although he is only just getting used to the lead, he is already making huge progress. He is a bit difficult with some other dogs, but that will improve with time, we are sure.

Contact SPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Good with some dogs
  • A little timid
  • Needs a family to give him TLC

Chupito | T143

ChupitoMale, Young, Small 

Chupito was adopted from the SPA when he was a puppy, back in September last year. He is now coming up to a year old (he was born in May 2017) and finds himself back at the SPA. We don’t know why, as instead of coming to explain and fill in the rehoming questionnaire, Chupito’s owners just took him to the local vet and left him. How nice! Since he has been back with us we have seen that this dog is good with other dogs, he is lively and affectionate and small. In fact when you see him in real life you will be surprised; he is like a mini version of one of the “standard” SPA shepherd crosses. A cute little lad who deserves a better home than the last one he had.

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  • Good with most dogs and cats
  • Full of joy and love
  • Will make a lovely family pet

Urgent Appeal: Roxy

Some of you may have read the joyous blog when we announced the adoption of Roxy after two years. He left with someone who had walked him at the SPA and spent a whole month planning to adopt him. Less than 24 hours later he contacted the SPA on Facebook to tell us that he could not keep Roxy in his apartment, which was just too small. Since the adoption took place the apartment had shrunk considerably (he told us it was much larger when he came to adopt), and also a live in partner had appeared as if by magic.

What a huge disappointment for us all, but mostly of course for Roxy. This dog (no dog) did not deserve to be treated in such a cavalier manner.

Usually a failed adoption teaches us a lot more about the dog. Not in this case; we learned a lot more about the owner, who of course is now blacklisted. So we will stick with our original description of Roxy.

A big black griffon cross with a brown moustache, Roxy was born in January 2013. He was given as a puppy to an elderly couple who were unable to look after him, and they brought him to the SPA in April 2016. Yes, Roxy has been with us for two years.

He pulls a bit on the lead, but that is easily sorted out with a no-pull harness, which he is very used to wearing. He is fine with other dogs although can be a bit reactive to other males he sees on walks. He is a real gentle giant. When he thought he had a new home he went round giving huge kisses to all the staff and volunteers. He never jumps up at people and is a mature, well mannered dog.

Roxy has spent long enough at the SPA now. Please help us find him a forever home.


Urgent Appeal: Murray and Clyde

After the huge and immediate success of our last urgent appeal (Pit was adopted a few days after the appeal went live) we thought we might try another pull at the heartstrings.

This week we are looking for a 3-month long foster home for Murray and Clyde. They are both 15 years old, and this is not their first stint at the SPA. Last year their British owner spent a long time in hospital, and we were not sure if he would ever reclaim his dogs. Well he did, but sadly this was short lived, as he has had to return to hospital. When he comes out in 3 months, he plans to return to the UK with his dogs.

Murray and Clyde are not to blame for any of this, and on the basis that their owner was British, we feel a certain involvement, and would love to help them.

Does anyone have a small place in their home for these two old boys until their owner is ready to take them back? They are both beagle-sized crosses and they don’t ask much from life. They like to potter a bit, and a short walk is great. We have managed to squeeze them into the indoor infirmary, but it would be lovely for them to have more space. And of course as foster dogs they will be officially part of the SPA structure and all food and vets bills will be paid.

If you think you can help, please get in touch.



Whisky | T101

WhiskyMale, Young, Large

Whisky is a fairly large dog who has been found straying and unidentified. The family who brought him in had kept him for a few days and had done their best to find his owners, but without any luck. Inevitably that makes it unlikely that he will be reclaimed, so Whisky is looking for a new home. He is a lovely calm looking lad who appears to be well looked after. As soon as the pound time is up we will be able to walk this lad and tell you more about him, so for now he is one to watch. Whisky was born in February 2014.

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  • Good with other dogs
  • Very calm dog
  • Will make a lovely family pet

Lana | T099

Lana young female labrador crossFemale, Young, Medium

Lana has been at the SPA before, she was found as a stray last year and brought in, although she was recognised on Facebook but never collected. Her first home did not work out, as the owner lived in an apartment and worked long hours; in fact it is hard to see why he thought having a dog was a good idea. So it is not really Lana’s fault that she is back; she is just a typical young dog; eager to please, eager to learn and with some basic education. Lana looks like a small and slightly built labrador, she was born in December 2016 and is great on the lead, as well as being fine with other dogs and children.

Contact SPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Good with other dogs
  • Eager to learn has some basic training
  • Would make a lovely family pet

Urgent Appeal: Pit

Poor Pit is one of those dogs who just hasn’t had much luck. He arrived at the SPA when he was already 8 years old, and it took him two years to find a home. Everyone expected him to see out his days with his owner, a kind, elderly gentleman. But sadly the stars were not aligned. Very sadly, Pit’s owner passed away in February, leaving Pit, now over 13 years old, homeless once again. This is a tragic turn of events, and we really would like to find a home for Pit. The SPA employees have managed to find him a space inside, but it is not as big as he would like, and although volunteers try to give him a daily walk, it is a huge change from the lovely life he has known for the past 4 years.

Pit is a calm older dog who is still in great health. He loves a walk and is happy to trot alongside you. He can walk with other dogs no problem and can probably live with them. He wants a quiet life, that is all.

Can you open up your home for this handsome beauceron cross? Of course finding an adopter would be ideal, but we would welcome a long term foster close to Carcassonne, so that the SPA can continue to pay for veterinary care for this old boy, although as I say, for now he has no ongoing treatment.

Please help us find a home for Pit. We really don’t want him to spend the rest of his life at the SPA.