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Tatiana | T030

TatinaFemale, Young, Medium

This is not Tatiana’s first time at the SPA. She used to be called Maddie, and as far as we were concerned she was happily homed in August 2016 after spending four months at the refuge. However a phone call from the SPA in Toulouse told us that Tatiana had been found and brought to them, and the phone numbers associated with her microchip were no longer working. So Tatiana is back. She is a fabulous brindle coloured girl, who is now fine with other dogs (although she wasn’t before her last adoption, so she has mellowed!). Tatiana was born in April 2014 and we know that she is a great family pet. She is impeccable on the lead and shares her kennel happily.

Contact SPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Fine with other dogs
  • Sociable
  • Would make a lovely family pet

Urgent Appeal: Tex

Tex was homed by DRC as a home to home, and everything appeared to be going fabulously. He appeared in our Life after the Refuge section, along with the couple’s two other dogs, Gino and Hachi (ex Paddington), both adopted from the SPA. So what went wrong? Why is Tex at the SPA, bearing in mind the home to home was intended to avoid just such an eventuality.

Well, let’s just say that there were problems with the neighbours, and Tex, along with Gino and Hachi, were accused of having killed some of the village cats. Threats followed and guns were shown. In a panic they brought all three dogs to the SPA. Sadly Tex is not doing well at all. He is used to a loving home; he has never been behind bars and has stopped eating.

Please can you offer him a home? He is fine with other dogs, used to be fine with cats (he used to live with a cat!) and is really affectionate. And without the other dogs to lead him astray, he didn’t ever wander, despite the fact that huskies are famous for this. Must be the German shepherd in him that balances out this instinct to roam.

Tex was born in March 2014, he is vaccinated, castrated and identified. Please help us find him a home quickly!!

 



Urgent Appeal: Mila

Mila is a very tall border collie cross, she looks like a tradtional border, classic black and white, but she is more the size of a Belgian shepherd. She even has the pointed ears!

Mila arrived at the SPA in mid-November, abandoned by her owner who was pregnant and not sure about being able to cope with a border collie and a baby at the same time.

This may sound crazy, but we know from a recent failed adoption that Mila does suffer from jealousy. At the SPA she shares her kennel, and although she has no trouble walking or even sharing play areas with other dogs, inside a home she does not tolerate female dogs. She searches for affection all the time and it is this that causes issues with other dogs.

Like many of our dogs she is wary of strangers, particularly men, but will become almost instantly devoted to her family. She is wonderfully affectionate and well-mannered both on or off the lead. She can be left alone without showing any destructive tendencies or separation anxiety; all she wants is a home of her own.

Mila was born in November 2014. She is fully vaccinated, sterilised and microchipped and her adoption fee is €170.



Griff | R481

Griff young male griffon crossMale, Young, Medium

Grif is the third of the three dogs who was brought to the SPA at the age of two having spent their lives hitherto in a garage as their owner did not want them when they were born. Grif is making slower progress than his siblings, but he too is just about ready for a new home, where, of course, progress will be even quicker. Griff is a bit more griffon-like than his siblings, mainly white and with a lovely wiry beard. He was born in October 2015 and would like a home with another dog and kind, patient owners, please.
Contact SPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Calm and gentle
  • Needs a patient owner
  • Would prefer another dog for company

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