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The reality of colour…

Halloween is a great excuse for us to speak about black animals in rescue. Time and time again we see black dogs and cats being overlooked for lighter coloured ones, no matter what the breed or nature.

Adolescent males are the dogs hardest to move and some have years to wait on a home. This is the reality of rescue and although common sense tells us that they are just as good and nice natured as lighter dogs they are still being overlooked.

So, what as a refuge can we do to give these dogs a chance?

Well from the 28th October to the 5th November our black animals can be adopted for 50% of the normal fee.  Of course, we still have to be sure that the dog is the correct match for the adopting family and that the family have realistic expectations, but maybe, just maybe, it will allow these disadvantaged dogs a chance!

With regards to the cats the same applies. We can’t wait to see how successful this promotion is and to see these animals in their forever homes.

Even if you can’t adopt do come along and walk a dog or pet a cat. And if you are feeling brave we even have pet Hallowe’en outfits in all sizes, which can be yours for a donation!

Come and join in the fun!


Adoption of Gino and Highlander..

Gino is a six-and-a-half-year-old bull terrier who arrived in a terrible condition. He had terrible skin problems, bumps and patches of inflammation and as he needed lots of tlc he had an indoor kennel in the cattery.

Not long after he arrived a couple who had adopted from us spotted him but he was far from ready to leave. Today they returned with Hachi ( ex Paddington) and Texas ( both from us). Introductions were done and off he went.  His life will be very different now, Mark and Diana have lots of dog experience and also know the breed so he will be well looked after!

Gino is off to live with Hachi and Texas.

Next to leave was little Highlander. This four year old Yorkie was  very cute and was never going to have long to wait!

Highlander adopted!

In last night’s blog I never mentioned that our magnificent four-year-old Rottweiler Izon left, thanks to Les Délits D’Anges Heureux.

This morning our Halloween event posters arrived thanks to Isa! Don’t forget our promotion for black dogs and cats. It’s a great opportunity for our black animals and we hope that it helps lots of them find there forever home.

With the run up to Halloween we will be speaking lots about animal colour prejudice in refuges, Halloween safety for our pets and you will see some of our dogs in their Halloween costumes!

Don’t forget that if you are dressing up your dog then send us a photo for our Halloween album.


Halloween – Black dogs and cats!

With Halloween nearly upon us, what better emblem to discuss than the black cat and dog?

Since the Middle Ages, the black cat has been seen as an animal of mysticism, the dark arts and witchcraft, with many interpretations depicting a black cat on the end of a witch’s broomstick or gazing out through the misted window of a haunted house.

And this age-old view of the black cat as a bringer of bad fortune doesn’t stop there. For many people who refuse to adopt black cats and dogs from shelters, it is easy to see that this unfounded superstition continues.

In a similar way, black dogs are often overlooked in refuges in favour of dogs with more colourful or uniquely patterned coats. When questioned about their decision to adopt a non-black dog, many people said that the black dogs were too imposing, too ‘ordinary’ or that they considered them to be bad luck.

We see this every day for ourselves. The lighter coloured dogs and cats move far faster than the black ones.

So, to give our black animals a chance we have a special reduction on our black cats and dogs from 28th October until the 5th November.

At the SPA we will be celebrating Halloween on Sunday 5th November. There will be spooky surprises and fun for everyone…come along and join us!


Come and meet our black dogs and cats!

Haunting hounds…

Halloween is less than a week away, and the stores are fully stocked for fright-night fun.  Alongside all the spook-tacular decorations and giant bags of sweets are the costumes.

With so many animal lovers among us, it’s hard to say which is more enticing in the Halloween aisle – costumes for humans or costumes for pets. There’s no denying that our pets look adorable in costumes. “Cute factor” aside though…should pets wear costumes? Most people fall into one of three camps. There are those who love dressing up their pet, those who think it’s categorically wrong, and those who wouldn’t put a costume on their own pet, but don’t mind if others do.

Responsible pet owners just don’t make their pets mad or uncomfortable on purpose but many dogs, are not bothered by costumes.

That being said, the Golden Rule is if they tolerate wearing costumes, great…go for it, just be sure to reward them with a few treats for being such a good sport. If your dog doesn’t like to wear costumes, then don’t do it!

On Tuesday at the SPA we had great fun dressing up a few dogs for our Halloween event photos ( more news of that soon)! They weren’t stressed and got lots of treats.

We have started this years album with ex SPA dog Zelda wearing a devil costume. Zelda was the perfect model and loved the attention and of course the treats!

You will have to wait to see our event photos but if you are dressing up your pet then please send us a picture.

Zelda sporting her Halloween devil disguise!



Thursdays two adoptions…

In last nights blog, I mentioned that we would have at least one adoption today and that was because that we knew that Honey was leaving.

Honey was a beautiful 4-year-old berger cross who arrived as a stray about two weeks ago.  She was soon spotted by a lovely family who adopted little Cairn terrier  Hamish ( ex Bilbo) , two years ago.

All that was needed was to introduce them to one another and as all went well Honey was reserved and then adopted today!

We love when people come back to us for another dog and it happens time and time again. In fact, a couple who have 2 dogs from us are coming along with them on Saturday to choose a third!

If you have any existing dog(s) please do bring them along when choosing a dog. We do understand that the introductions can be a bit nerve-wracking but we do this every day and will be with you every step of the way. If you think that your dog will be very stressed out by the refuge we can take the dogs for a little walk so they can relax and say hello that way.

The dynamics often change when you get the dogs home and it is not unusual for your dog to be a bit territorial, jealous and be a bit demanding. Its all part of the settling in process but if you are having problems call us right away and we will talk you through it.


We did have another adoption today, that of a little black pup who was in foster. This is one lucky pup! The pup was found, brought in, taken to the vets where one of the staff fell in love with it and today adopted it!

What a lucky pup!

Adoption of Vegas..

Today saw the adoption of the very handsome Vegas. This large five year old was a very distinguished looking boy and we are delighted that he has left for his forever home.

Vegas was left at the refuge gates in June, was adopted in September, came back and left today with who we hope will be his forever family.

Why do some dogs come back? Well there are lots and lots of reasons. Sometimes people don’t realise that taking on a rescue dog is no different than taking on a pup…they need time, patience and your presence. Sometimes even although they are fine with the existing family dog at the refuge, things are very different in the home and sometimes owners find that their expectations are far from reality.

Whatever problems you may have when you get a dog home please remember that you are not alone. Simply call us for a chat and if we can’t advise, we have dog trainers and behaviourists on hand that can.


Of course we also have a few arrivals..

For you German Shepherd lovers we have a one year old male and female who are very friendly and are bound to attract lots of attention.

A beautiful girl…

A handsome boy..

We also have a little wire haired Jack Russel female and like all small cute females she will be quickly snapped up if not reclaimed.


Tomorrow we will have at least one adoption and to a family who have adopted from us before. We love when families come back to us for a second dog, it restores our faith in what we do and our faith in human beings!





Home to Home

We have another lovely young dog who needs to move home. Sometimes peoples circumstances change and its in the dogs best interest to move home. Our Home to Home service means that they can stay in their own home until we find a new one which saves the doggy from the stress of the SPA.

Rabbie is a lovely, sweet-natured, 8 month old Border Collie cross puppy who adores people and other dogs. He is energetic and very intelligent, learns quickly and knows the basic obedience commands. He likes playing fetch with his humans but also with himself – his favourite game is repeatedly throwing his chew bone high into the air!

Rabbie was born on a remote farm in the Pyrenees to Dolly, a wonderful working Border Collie. He was due to be drowned by the farmer until the current owners agreed to take him, hoping to keep him for life. But serious illness in the family has meant that they have to give him up. He would love to live with people with an active, outdoor life, and if the family included another dog he would be especially happy.

Like all of our Home to Homes Rabbie will be fully vaccinated, identified and castrated.

If you could give Rabbie a home then please call Moira on 0468247097 or email website@dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk

Rabbie needs a home…

An urgent home to home..

We hate the idea of dogs coming into the refuge and if we can keep them at home whist we look for the ideal family so much the better. But we really need to find Belle a dog-free home and as soon as possible.

Belle is a beautiful 4 year old black and white, Boxer x Labrador who was adopted from us when she was about 6 months old.

Until 8 months ago she lived in harmony with 4 other dogs, cats and chickens but has taken a dislike to one of the older female dogs.

Five dogs are a pack, and when the dynamics don’t work something has to be done. So with a very heavy heart Belle’s mum has decided that she needs a new home.

Belle has had the best of care, she is fed a balanced raw food diet, is fully vaccinated and passported, is sterilised and is in great health.

She can be walked off lead and her recall is great. She avoids other dogs when out and about and certainly doesn’t go looking for trouble! She loves swimming in the lake or at the beach.

At the moment her mum thinks that she may be best as an only dog but this is dog dependant. The love of Belle’s life is the family cat…so we know that she’s not a cat chaser and she totally ignores the free range chickens.

Belle can be left home alone, is non-destructive and is of course housetrained.

If you think that you could offer Belle a home them please get in touch.

Can you offer Belle a home?




Through no fault of their own…

Of course we feel sorrow for all dogs who arrive at the refuge but the ones that I feel sorrow for the most are the dogs who have known a loving home all of their lives and their owners have either died or have become very ill.

These dogs must really be in shock!

One such girl who arrived recently is Pica. I was really shocked when I discovered Pica was 8…she is in great shape and looks more like a two year old! She is a Labrador x ( maybe pointer) and is slightly smaller than the average lab. She is an affectionate girl who has obviously been well looked after and she gets on well with other dogs. So anyone looking for a sweet natured female..pop along and see her. You wont be disappointed!

Billy is a 4 year setter x, who also found himself without a home when his owner died. Afterwards, this poor lad was left for six months in the garden with neighbors taking it in turn to feed him! Six months! Now he is at the SPA he is being well cared for, has company and gets lots of walks. Billy is fine with both dogs and cats and is a really lovely lad!

Pica and Billy are just two examples of dogs who arrive at the SPA through no fault of their own whatsoever. Some people just don’t have family or friends who can care for their pets after they die and when these pets arrive at the SPA we do our very best to ensure that their stay is as short as possible.

As responsible dog owners we should all think about what would happen to our animals should we die. Of course we all hope that family would take care of them but lots of families live far away, are young with busy lives and may not be able to care for your pet.

If family or friends cant care for your pets make sure that they know all about their individual needs, their likes and dislikes so that they can rehome them responsibly and ensure that they have  as great a future as possible!

Pica needs a family..

And Billy too…




Foster to forever families….

Tonight we have the stories of how two foster dogs became forever dogs! One a pup and one an oldie!

As you have heard us say many times we much prefer our pups to go into foster than spend any time at the refuge. This is because they don’t have a strong immune system and could catch a variety of nasties and it’s so much better for their socialisation to be in a home environment.

Our fosterer Shirley has had many pups. Some, like puppy Elsa she knew were just waiting until they could go to their forever home, some like Polly really needed lots of tlc as they are terrified and have clearly had a bad start in life.  As a fosterer you take each pup as it comes and do your best to prepare it for its forever home.

Here is Shirley and Poppy’s story:

“As a foster ‘Mum’ puppies come and go. Some capture your heart more than others.  There is always a tear or two when they move on to their forever homes, but they are tears of joy and pride in a job well done.

I have often been heard to say “you don’t choose your dog they choose you” so it was with my others dogs and is now with Poppy. From the day I was asked to take her, when I sat on the floor of the SPA office and this frightened pup climbed onto my lap it was game over!

I tried the sensible approach! “I’m not looking for another dog” “3 dogs is too much” “She is going to be too big”. However slowly but surely Poppy, aided and abetted by my 4 year old X Labrador Jake who plainly adores her, wormed her way into my home and my heart.

So here we are today, the papers are signed, I have formally adopted her, she is part of my pack, my family. It’s not sensible at all but it will be great fun!! ”

The second lucky dog to be adopted by his forever family was Alfie ( ex Tis). When Alfie arrived at the refuge he was nearly 12 years old, abandoned because his owner was ill. Despite his age he loved his walks but like most oldies he hated refuge life. Luckily for him Jane agreed to try him out with her ‘pack’ and luckily all went well.   Alfie will be retiring to Guernsey so we are sure to have lots of great photos of him on the lovely  beaches! What a lucky boy!

Alfie is not the first SPA dog that Jane has adopted. She adopted Rooky, another oldie about 7 years ago and she had cheeky Charlie , another oldie in foster for a long time. It takes a lot of time and patience to care for an oldie so many thanks to Jane for all of the love and care she has given to our doggies past and present.

Many thanks to both Shirley and Jane for taking Poppy and Alfie into their hearts and homes. We will have regular updates of how puppy Poppy is doing and watch out for snippets from ‘Poppy’s training diaries’.

Poppy and family!




Alfie..adopted by his foster mum!