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Bye bye Badou..

Despite the threat of rain the refuge was very busy. Lots of volunteers were there to walk the dogs and lots of people were walking around looking for dogs and cats. The car park was really full and cars were parking on the verges down from the refuge!

It wasn’t long after opening when I saw a couple walking Badou. Once you see a dog that takes your fancy, taking them for a walk is a great way to get to know it.  All must have gone very well as the next thing I saw was Badou being lifted into the car!

Badou arrived at the refuge for the first time with a broken leg.  We are sure that he had been hit by a car and maybe that’s the reason he is so scared of them. He was soon adopted but his new mum found him to be too reactive around cars. We really hope that this home will be his forever one!

We also had a visit from Chris and Monica who adoped Alfie about two years ago and whose son adopted Pogo a couple of months ago. It was great to hear stories of how well Pogo was doing in his new home.

If you would like to come along and join the volunteer team keep an eye on the blog as we will be having induction days for new volunteers very soon. If you don’t fancy walking the dogs you can always come along and play in the parks with them, groom them or even cuddle the kittens.

Badou adopted!

Pollux leaves…

Dogs are like humans and some cope with everything that life throws at the much better than others.

One dog who really seems unscathed by his past is Pollux. For the first year of his life he lived on a chain until his owners moved and not only did they leave, they left him on the chain! Luckily an observant neighbour brought him in to us.

Pollux seemed delighted to be at the SPA. He got regular meals, attention, and walks…to him life was great. We found that he walked well on the leash, seemed to know sit, down and stay and was such a loving gentle boy that everyone he met loved him!

But, little did he know that life was about to become much better!

Today he left for a great life with his new mum who has lots of time and patience for him. He will have great meals, treats and walks…..finally he can enjoy the life that he deserves.

So that’s two adoptions in two days..lets hope that we continue through the week with such momentum!

Pollux- who will be either Fergus or Dougal!





Adoption of Nougat…

When a litter of pups arrive at the SPA we always feel sad for the last pup in the litter to be adopted. After his sister Mirabelle was adopted on Saturday we did feel sorry for Nougat but luckily, he didn’t have long to wait and left with his forever family today.

Mondays are normally quite quiet days but today has been very hectic with two super reservations. Both reservations were after long phone calls and emails and one lucky chap will be leaving for Sweden!

The list of dogs needing homes is endless and no sooner has our ‘home to home’ list emptied when another email or phone call arrives with another sad story.

Sometimes a dog does need to move home, through no fault of the dog or owner. Sometimes circumstances change and its only fair on the dog that it goes to a family with more time to give. In such circumstances, its much kinder on the dog if they can stay in the home until we can find them another, thus the reason we love doing home to homes.

Its scorching at the refuge so lets hope that we have more adoptions than arrivals this week.

Nougat adopted…


Lutine and Mirabelle adopted!

Just about a year ago a terrified and very emaciated dog arrived with almost no fur. As we immediately suspected she did in fact have leishmaniasis but with lots of tlc and treatments she soon blossomed into a stunning spaniel who we called Lutine.

Finding a family for a dog with leishmaniasis can be a bit of a challenge but once stabilised this illness can be treated with a daily pill. Leishmaniasis is a chronic disease that is transmitted by the sand fly. The incubation period can be anything from one month to several years, and unless treated the more severe form can cause a dog’s internal organs to gradually shut down. Signs of leishmaniasis can include the tell tale “goggles” of bare skin around a dog’s eyes, as well as patches of scaly skin.

The best prevention against this disease is a scalibor collar and it also helps to keep your dog indoors during dusk and at night when sandflies are most active.

It strange that such a beautiful girl didn’t attract much attention but today the wonderful family who adopted Justin and Gertrude arrived and off she went to a very experienced and loving forever family.

We are very grateful when families adopt a second and in this case a third dog from us and for Lutine her life has gone from a hot concrete kennel to a loving family with two playmates…what a lucky girl!

The next adoption was that of Mirabelle, one of the 11 french bulldog x beagle pups who arrived at the end of May. At 9 months old its high time that this pup experienced family life and it was great to see her leaving at last!

Lutine….a family at last!

Mirabelle adopted!


France commemorates the start of the French Revolution with a national holiday on 14 July. So there will be mass celebrations up and down the country which inevitably involve fireworks!

At the SPA we prepare ourselves as we know that we’ll get a large number of stray animals and lost dog reports on Saturday for animals that got spooked with the fireworks and happened to be outside at the time. Last year on the 15th we had 14 reports of lost dogs and then more during the week as people realised their dogs wernt going to come home on their own!

As a responsible dog owner, please do everything in your power to protect your dog tomorrow night which will be filled with loud bangs, pops and sizzles!  Remember, your dogs hearing is 10 times more sensitive than yours!

Your best bet is to keep your dog indoors somewhere where he is likely to do the least amount of harm to himself, and your house! You should also turn on the TV or a radio, with the volume turned up loud to make it less likely that he will be able to hear the fireworks outside. Since the flashing lights can scare your dog just as much s the loud noises, be sure to close all the curtains and blinds inside your home and turn ON all the lights in the room. This will make the bright lights from fireworks less noticeable to your dog. Plus, closed curtains and blinds offer a small degree of sound-proofing in your home, lowering the high pitched sounds a tiny bit.

Here are a few precautions you can take way ahead of time to prepare your dog for this stressful night:

Make sure your dog has his collar and ID tags on. In the worst case scenarios, dogs have been known to chew through crates, doors, and even jump out of windows due to their anxiety.

Let your dog outside to toilet before people start setting off their own fireworks. Have him on a leash, even in the garden.

Exercise your dog earlier in the day by taking him on a longer-than-usual walk. This will tire him out and make him less likely to over-exert himself later if/when he becomes stressed from the sound of fireworks and play some music to drown out the fireworks noise!

So please don’t take any risks, no matter how steady you think your dog is. It’s only one night a year and simply not worth the risk…keep all pets inside and safe!

Scary for animals…

Nougaro and two pups leave…

Another scorching but busy day at the refuge and luckily we were busy with departures rather than arrivals!

Two of the ‘wonder woman’ pups left, one into foster and one has been adopted.

Sameer was the last pup from the litter to be trapped and brought to the refuge but he certainly was the boldest! He didnt have long to wait and no wonder he really was a super pup! Today he left with his forever family!

At the moment, we have quite a few pups and in the afternoons they attract lots of attention with their puppy antics in an exercise park in front of reception. Its great for the pups to all play together, different breeds, different ages but we cannot stress the importance of socialisation which the ‘wonder woman’ pups have clearly missed out on.

This is not just socialisation with other pups but with adults, children, around cars, bikes you name it pups need to be carefully exposed to it.

The second ‘wonder woman’ pup to leave was Hippolyta. She is a very pretty, timid girl and has gone to foster mum Shirley to catch up with the socialisation that she has missed.

As Shirley is a dog trainer as well as a volunteer, little Hippolyta is in the best of hands and I am sure that she will be ready for adoption soon.

The next adoption was a really great adoption. Nourgaro a very gentle but timid shepherd cross who had been with us for 2 years! He really was a lovely boy who was easy to walk and it’s a mystery why he waited so long.

We seem to be on a roll with long timers leaving. That’s both Tipi and Nougaro this week which really is encouraging.

Alfie ( ex Mabrook) came along to visit and to bring us some dog food ( thank you Chris and Monique) and to walk some of our dogs, so Padar and Polo got to meet Alfie and have a nice walk.

Lets hope that this weeks luck continues and that we see lots more dogs adopted. Next week will be very busy with strays and lost dog reports after the 14th July celebrations but more about that tomorrow!


Sameer adopted!


Hippolyta in foster!




A ‘home to home’ for Belle?

At DRC we are very lucky to have such loyal supporters and its great when folks who already have a dog from us adopt another.

This week two of our ‘home to home’ dogs have been lucky enough to go and live with two of our ex SPA dogs. Our ‘home to home’ dogs are dogs who need to move homes but the owners are happy to keep them at home until we can find a new family for them. This saves the dog ever having to spend time in kennels.

First of all Luckie the very handsome husky went off to live with Clarky the Beauceron and then Carla went off to live with Haggis.

This is a great outcome for all concerned and although its early days, both dogs appear to be settling in well.

We do have another lovely dog looking for a home:

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.

5 dogs are a pack and when the dynamics don’t work something has to be done so with a very heavy heart Belles 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 Belles live is the family cat…so we know that shes 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 could give this lovely girl a home please contact Moira on
0468247097 or email website@dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk.

Clara is off with Haggis..

Luckie is off..


Belle needs a new home…

Tipi toddles off…

According to the weather forecast todays overcast sky and lovely breeze is the calm before the storm but lots of volunteers took advantage of the break from the sun to come along and walk dogs.

Today we had a special visitor. Faro who was adopted just over a year ago and lives in the UK was on holiday near Carcassonne so came along to say hello and have a walk with some of our dogs. Faro did not arrive empty handed and brought more scalibor collars, cat and dog food, so a big thank you to Kim and Graham his mum and dad!

He must have brought Tipi luck as just after his walk with Faro he was adopted and that was after waiting 18 months for his forever home. I really cant understand why this lovely boy had so long to wait, he was good with other dogs, calm and easy to walk. Ok he is a hound and is a bit vocal but only when he is excited and thinks that he is going off hunting. He has gone to a calm home with an older couple which is just perfect for him.

We did of course have a new arrival. A very scared Bleu de Gascogne. This poor lad looked terrified and I expect that this is yet another hunt dog who has only seen life in a kennel. Never mind, little does he know how much his luck had turned as our staff are fantastic at bringing on timid dogs and we will look for a patient, loving home for him where he can enjoy the life that every dog should have.

So ends another hot week but numbers of dogs are not too bad. I wish I could say the same about kittens, they are everywhere. We have had over 60 arrive over the last few weeks and they are still arriving! If you are thinking about a kitten please think about adopting..all of our kitties are vet checked, leucose tested, identified, vaccinated, had flea treatment and all for only 70 euros!

Tipi adopted…

It was nice to see you Faro!


A home for Helly

Today at the refuge was hot, far too hot! Summer time is very hard for the dogs and even with tarpaulins on the cage roofs to create some shade, its so so hot!

A couple of weeks ago we did appeal for paddling pools for the dogs and thanks very much to those who donated some. If you do happen to have one that your dog wont use then do pop in with it. My Labradors who love water wont use a paddling pool, I think that they think it’s a giant water bowl but lots of our dogs will!

Todays lucky girl was Helly. Helly arrived at the end of May as a stray, most likely an ex hunt dog. She is probably a  Bruno de Jura cross, but that’s just a guess. She was very worried about being in such a chaotic noisy environment and appeared very timid at first.

Like all of the scardies she slowly gained confidence and her new owners know that they will have to give her lots of time and patience. At least that is one less dog struggling with the heat in a concrete kennel.

We did have an arrival of another oldie who we have more details of tomorrow as well as the reservation of one of the lovely ‘Wonder Woman’  litter.

Tomorrows weather is hot again but don’t let that put you off. You can still come along, meet the dogs or play with the kittens. Lets hope that despite the heat we have lots of adoptions and I think that we will also have a special doggy visitor!




Millie needs a new home…

Today we had no adoptions so I thought that I would tell you about our most recent ‘Home to Home’.

Millie is a three year old Jagd terrier who arrived at a local village lost and pregnant. A couple took her in, helped her give birth to 7 puppies and when they were weaned, rehomed them.

As Millie became less stressed and more confident she started to go for the other resident female so we feel that she would be best in another home. She is fine with males and cats.

Medium sized females ( 15kg) are very popular so we are looking for a dog free home where Millie can have the love and attention that she craves.

Millie is ready to go to a new home. She is identified, vaccinated and sterilised.

If you could give Millie a home please contact Josephine on 0468700938 or email us on website@dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk