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This weeks adoptions…

This has been another busy week with lots of adoptions. This is great news for the adopted dogs who, apart from Fido and Graf, were all relatively new arrivals…

Lets have a look at the lucky leavers..

Fido adopted!


Luna adopted!

Japy adopted!


Epse adopted!


Clark adopted!


Manga adopted!


Graff adopted!


Elliot adopted!

That eight more dogs with their forever families and we wish them and their new families years of fun ahead!

Seven more adoptions!

May 24, 2020 Leave a comment

Its great to see that as lockdown eases and things are beginning to slowly return to normal that people are thinking about adopting again.

This week we have 7 lucky leavers..

Jaya adopted…

Tia adopted!


Jeko adopted!


Neila adopted!


Holly adopted!

Sparky adopted!

Isis adopted!

We wish all seven a great life with their forever families.

Don’t forget that even although the ScPA isn’t open for visitors as normal, you can still adopt by asking for an appointment to come and meet any specific dog you fancy.

Have a look at our facebook albums…..we have some beautiful dogs!


Lots of adoptions!

May 17, 2020 Leave a comment

This week has been a busy one with 16 adoptions! Seven adults and nine pups, so here are the lucky ones..

Macho adopted!

Eole adopted!


Isis adopted!


Neron adopted!

Cesar adopted!


Oxy adopted!


Tico adopted!


Bo adopted!


Bueno adopted!


Roi Boombi…


Tache adopted!

Boomba adopted!

Mireabelle adopted!

Bligeard adopted!

Simba adopted!

Nouki adopted!

Phew! What a list! We wish them all a long and happy life in their forever home!
















A good week for adoptions…

May 10, 2020 Leave a comment

Last week was a busy week for adoptions. We have had 6 adults and 4 pups adopted! This is quite a feat considering that this had to be done be done by appointment only and respecting social distancing rules.

Who were the lucky ones? Here they are …

Flavio adopted!

Voltaire adopted!

Rita adopted!

Galack adopted


Lecky adopted!


Belle adopted!

And the four pups …

Fridha adopted!


Basstoss adopted!

Fragile adopted!

Raclette adopted!

Phew, what a list!

Dont forget that the refuge begins to reopen next week under very safe and strict conditions…


We reopen gradually and safely!

Visitors will be admitted by appointment in the afternoon to be able to meet our animals.

We will also accept some spontaneous visits if there are no other visitors.

from 2 to 3 p.m. /
3 to 4 p.m. /
4 to 5 p.m.

Two families maximum.

Safety distances must be respected, hydroalcoholic gel will be available everywhere on the refuge. We also recommend wearing a mask.

If you wish to adopt, contact the secretary to make an appointment now at

Our animals look forward to meeting you!

What to do if you see an animal in distress, abused or neglected.

May 8, 2020 Leave a comment

If you know of an animal that you believe is at risk, either neglected, abused or distressed. This document will guide you through the correct course of action.

Before taking any action, you need to establish that the animal is actually suffering abuse and is in distress.

An animal which looks scruffy or thin may be neglected, but it may also just be old or have a winter coat which is ungroomed or out of condition – it does not always mean they are suffering or cruelly treated.

However if the animal is clearly distressed and suffering abuse, has insufficient food or water, inadequate shelter or is incorrectly tethered, is sick or injured, or you witness an incident of deliberate cruelty, you should take action.

The first step: Without putting yourself at risk and in an attempt to resolve the problem amicably, you could contact the owner of the animal, explain who you are and the reason for your call and ask to see the animal that is in distress.

You may only enter their property with their express consent. In the unlikely event that the owner agrees to talk to you, take the opportunity to assess the condition of the animal and remind the owner of their duty towards the animal, the various legal requirements (food, water, shelter, length of the tether) and establish if the owner wishes to rehome (give away/sell) the animal. What matters most is improving conditions for the animal or removing it to a place of safety, not your feelings about the owner’s treatment of the animal. If you have managed to be both firm and diplomatic you may succeed in suggesting a follow up visit, to ensure that the animal’s situation has improved, or to bring along a vet, or someone who may wish to adopt the animal (if the owner has indicated they wish to sell/give the animal away).

However in cases of deliberate cruelty, or an untreated injury or condition, it will be more effective to take your evidence directly to the local Mairie, who have the power to enter property and inspect an animal. Gather evidence: As a private individual, you are not entitled to enter on to private property uninvited, or to remove an animal in distress. You may believe you are unobserved, but cannot guarantee this and may find yourself accused of trespass or theft. You may also be injured by the distressed animal. Write a testimonial: stating the date, location, type of animal and nature of the conditions or abuse. Include the name(s) and address(es), telephone number(s) of all witness(es) and if possible add signatures of individual witness(es). Anonymous complaints are unlikely to be accepted. Photographs and Videos of the animal/situation/incident: These are vital to support a complaint. Get as close as possible to the animal/situation/incident, without trespassing or placing yourself at risk, and take photographs or video which clearly portray the abuse, injury and conditions in which the animal is kept.

Where to take your evidence: You should report the case to the local Mairie and present all your evidence to them. The Mairie can instruct an official “Enqueteur” (from the SPA) to assess the situation on their behalf, and the Mairie, Police/Gendarmerie have the authority to enter private property to assess the situation themselves, to demand a Veterinary inspection, to advise the owner of his responsibilities or to remove an animal. If the Mairie or Gendarmerie fail to respond you should take your evidence directly to the local SPA. The SPA will require the support of the Mairie/Gendarmerie to enter on to private property or seize animals.

The Law: The law defines an animal as a sentient being and requires the owner to keep it in conditions consistent with the “biological requirements of its species” and ensuring that the living conditions are compatible with the animals’ welfare needs in several respects: Food and Water The owner of a domestic animal must make available ! appropriate food in sufficient quantity to maintain the animal’s wellbeing ! a supply of fresh water, refreshed regularly, and protected from freezing, in a properly maintained, clean container.

Shelter Domestic animals should not be locked up in an enclosed area which is ! unventilated ! unlit ! insufficiently heated The animal’s accommodation must be sufficient for their type and needs. Shelter against the weather and shade must be provided for animals, especially for animals left on apartment balconies or tethered in gardens/fields.

Tethered Animals Animals kept tethered (including guard dogs) must have a collar/halter and tether proportionate to their size and strength (a tether chain must not be used as a collar or halter), not having excess weight and which does not impede their movements, or their ability to sit/ lie down, or to reach food, water and shelter. Note: the use of spiked collars or choke chains is prohibited for tethered dogs. The tether must meet the following standards: ! it must ensure security of any visitors to the property ! it must slide freely on a horizontal cable or be attached to a fixed point and must not impede the movement of the animal or become tangled ! have a minimum length of 2.5 meters for a sliding cable or 3 meters in all other cases.

Animals in a vehicle No animal shall be locked in a car without adequate ventilation If the animal is left in a parked vehicle, provision should be made to ensure the animal has sufficient fresh air and the vehicle must be parked in the shade.

Veterinary Care In case of illness or injury to an animal, the owner is obliged to ensure the animal is given the appropriate veterinary treatment What are the sanctions for abuse of an animal?

The abuse of animals, whether through negligence, ignorance or premeditated intent, is forbidden by Law. Under the Articles of the Criminal Code there are varying degrees of severity for penalties, from a fine of 450€ for unintentional injury or negligence, to 30,000€, with a temporary or permanent disqualification from owning pets and a prison sentence of up to 2 years for in cases of deliberate and premeditated cruelty. Animal Welfare Associations only have the same rights as a private individual – they may not enter property or remove an animal without the consent of the owner. However, they have great expertise in persuading the local Mairie to take action, in negotiating with owners of animals which are being kept in poor conditions in order to improve those conditions or to remove an animal to a place of safety.


Association Phoenix www.phoenixasso.com 05 53 54 94 81

Association Stephane Lamart www.associationstephanelamart.com +33 (0)1 44 75 00 47 +33 (0)1 46 81 54 64

Fondation Brigitte Bardot www.fondationbrigittebardot.fr +33 (0)1 45 05 14 60

30 Million d’Amis www.30millionsdamis.fr +33 (0)1 56 59 04 44

Association FAAA www.fondationassistanceauxanimaux.org +33 (0)1 39 49 18

18 EQUINE: http://www.ashafrance.org http://www.equinerescuefrance.org www.chem.fr http://aubonheurdeschevaux.com

DDCSPP (Direction Departmental de la Cohesion Sociale et de la Protection des Populations) Find your local branch on the Internet, using the Search: DDCSPP and the name/number



Paddling pool appeal….

May 7, 2020 Leave a comment

The ScPA is appealing for paddling pools for the dogs. These really are a lifesaver in the heat and we would like one in each kennel.
If you have one lying around then please pop in with it. If not you can donate via paypal to website@dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk and we will order them.
You can also send one to the ScPA direct via our amazon wish list..http://www.amazon.fr/gp/registry/wishlist/2BRB4KZ3BXYPN/ref=cm_wl_search_3

Adoption of Kyklos and Molly…

May 3, 2020 Leave a comment

This weeks 2 adoptions are dogs who arrived last year, were adopted last year and then were returned.

When Kyklos first arrived he was a well behaved handsome boy who we thought would be quickly snapped up.  Time passed and like lots of young males he became a bit unruly, pulling on walks and pushing boundaries. Eventually in August he was adopted but this was not to be and back he came. After another long wait we are delighted to say that he has been adopted again!

Kyklos is typical of many a young male who arrives and all that is needed is love, consistency, and training.

Kyklos adopted!

Next to leave was Molly. Molly was adopted last September and came back a couple of months ago. She was one of DRC favourites and a dog that behaved much better out on walks than she did in her kennel.  We really hope that this time is her forever home and that she has the life that she truly deserves!

Molly adopted!

Adopted during lockdown…..

April 29, 2020 Leave a comment

Since our adoptions recommenced our staff has been busy! 15 dogs have been adopted, who were the lucky leavers?

Tico adopted!

Gimby adopted!

Youcki adopted!

Naya adopted!

Freddy adopted!

Pepito adopted!

Gaston adopted!

Cliff adopted!

Crunch adopted!

Bulle adopted!

Apple adopted!

Bouboule adopted!

Boldie adopted!

Piper adopted!

Comete adopted!

Phew, quite a list! We wish the and their new families all the very best!

Dogs in lockdown!

April 27, 2020 Leave a comment

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been a lot of new restrictions in place in terms of social distancing and staying home to help flatten the curve. As a result of this, all pet owners and their furry loved ones have been affected especially if they are used to going on daily walks with their doggy friends, seeing new people, and smelling new smells!

At this point, hopefully, we have all come to terms with our new situation and how to keep ourselves safe. With us all stuck at home, we need to find ways to entertain ourselves and our pets! Dogs still need to be stimulated to keep their curiosity up, which keeps their boredom low. A bored dog can lead to destructive attention-seeking behavior, which could lead to you having to replace an item or two!

We thought we.d suggest a few boredom busters and we’d love to hear any of your suggestions too!

Make an obstacle course…Since you’re under house arrest and outdoor activity is so limited, make a fun obstacle course for your dog. Put up some low jumps using sticks/umbrellas or a pouffe. Make a tunnel using your coffee table or with a couple of low stools joined together. You can even line up your dining table chairs and make your pet weave through them too. This way you now have one course with jumps, weaves and tunnels. First take your dog through each part individually and then you can make him/her run through the entire course at once.

Teach your dog new tricks…They say you can’t teach an old dog   new tricks, but I beg to differ! During the COVID-19 lockdown, keep your dog occupied by refining what they already know. Once they’re comfortable with that, you can start to teach them something new and more complicated! Examples of new tricks can be: training them to put their toys back into a basket, or show them the name of their toys so they can retrieve them upon command. They will come out of lockdown with a fresh set of skills that are guaranteed to impress!

Puzzle Games…Much like humans, puzzles can really work the brain, and force us to problem solve and think critically! Giving your dog the same task will provide them with the same kind of stimulation. The most popular type of puzzle game would be a snuffle mat. These mats allow you to hide food or treats between the flaps and folds, and it encourages your dog to hone in on their natural foraging skills. They will spend time trying to dig through the mat to try and find the treats! Various treat dispensing toys can help curb boredom as well. They are designed to make your dog work for the contents inside by flipping it around and finding a way to dispense the food through different holes and compartments!

Chew Toys – Chewing is something dogs love to do! A great way to bust away their boredom is to provide them with a Kong full of their favorite treat! Change the filling inside the Kong every once in a while, to give your dog a pleasant surprise. You can purchase a premade stuffing from the pet store, or you can make your stuffing by blending some fruits and yogurt for a yummy treat for your dog!

Most dogs love kongs!


What have you been doing with your dog to prevent boredom…..let us know!

Adoptions during lockdown….

April 13, 2020 Leave a comment

Following the new ministry instructions, the shelter has decided that adoptions will be able to resume on a case-by-case basis and under a very strict and correct protocol.

If you see a dog on facebook or the website that you like you can email the ScPA for a questioner. They will the read it can call you for a phone interview.

All the necessary measures will be taken to protect you and us and we will advise you of these on the phone.

Any request should be sent directly by email to spacarcassonne@yahoo.fr

Thank you for your understanding