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Pueblo adopted!

Today was a stunning autumn day in the Aude and what is more we had the adoption of another black dog! It was Pueblo who was the lucky boy, although I am surprised that it took so long!

This handsome three-year-old youngster arrived early September and touched lots of volunteer’s hearts. We all seem to have black Labrador crosses and love to see them going to great families!

Not long after Pueblos departure another black Labrador arrived. He was not identified and we have called him Midnight. His paws had hardly touched his kennel floor when he was reserved. We will of course have to wait for the statutory 10 days pound time but at least we know that this boy wont have months and months in a kennel! Black Labradors are such great dogs but the breed which is most popular with our British adopters is the griffon.

Griffons are adorable and even when we warn potential adopters about recall…they are seldom put off, which makes it very strange that Balou has waited so long!

Tonight, I would like to highlight Balou, another lovely black and tan boy who arrived at the refuge in March 2015. That’s 18 months that poor Balou has been waiting and he’s already 10 years old!

Balou shares his kennel nicely with female doggies and is easy to walk, a lovely friendly boy!

Ballou’s adoption fee is 80 euros ( older dog price) and with our special Halloween offer of 50 euros off….he could be snoring away at your feet for only 30 euros!

We would love to see him in a home before winter!

Our Halloween offer has also helped on the cat side, today our first black cat was reserved. Let’s hope that there are lots adopted over the next week….dont forget that our Halloween offer means 3o euros off and black cat or kitten as well as 50 euros off any black ((ish) dog!

Pueblo adopted..


Balou need a home..




A quiet Thursday!

Today was realy quiet at the refuge, no adoptions, no reservations and no arrivals!

Lots of people contact us by email about a specific dog that they are interested in, so tonight I thought I would explain just what to expect when you arrive at the refuge.

The reason we like to chat to you beforehand is so that we can ensure that you have all the information you need about the dog and also so that we know a wee bit about your lifestyle. When you arrive at the refuge the first thing that you will notice is the barking. This is due to a combination of things such but excitement and boredom are the main reasons.

The best way to get to know a dog and decide if this is the dog of your dreams is to take it for a walk. You will notice how excited and hyper the dogs are as they leave their kennels but most calm down very quickly once away from the refuge. On your walk, you can stop and speak to the dog, pet him and see just how he relates to you. Don’t judge him on his lead manners….our dogs only get one walk a week so are keen to make the most of it!

If you do like the dog and would like to adopt it, then so long as the dog is identified and sterilised you can take it home with you that day. If the dog isnt ready we will make a vets appoinment and get him ready for you asaap. If you need a little time to prepare, that’s fine too…just reserve the dog in reception and let us know when you will be picking him up.

Tonight our featured black dog is Samuel…

Samuel arrived with his brother Sutech in May, just as they both turned one.  They were adored by their owner who was a homeless gentleman. Nevertheless, these dogs were loved and never left his side.

Samuel is a lovely black and tan colour. They are noted as shepherd crosses but looking at Samuels coloring, I am sure that there is a bit of Beauceron in there. He is an extremely handsome boy who will of course need an active training minded home.  He walks nicely on the lead and really just wants to please….he will make a smashing family dog!

Here is the link to his picture album,,,


Samuel needs a home!


Adoption of Tornado…

The first dog to benefit from our Halloween special offer on adoption fees of black dogs was Tornado! This small terrier cross arrived in March along with 20+ others from a very unfortunate situation in a local village. All of these dogs were traumatised, unsocialised and it has taken many hours of staff and volunteers time to get them to the point that they are ready for adoption. This work has paid off and today Tornado can start life anew at six and a half years old! We are delighted for him and are proud to contribute 50 euros towards his adoption fee!

Over the next 11 days of the offer we hope that both the reduction of 50 euros and the publicity will encourage others to come along and adopt!

Tonight, Id like to highlight another of our black dogs who has been in kennels far too long!

All Black is a gentle griffon cross who will be 2 years old in November and half of his life has been spent at the SPA. He is a wonderfully calm youngster who has regained lots of confidence. He’s still wee bit scared of men and does seem to prefer female volunteers but that just because we have very few guys who come along and volunteer! He is fine with other dogs and has shared with both sexes, he can be cat tested should you have a cat. He could go to the uk and would be tested for Mediterranean diseases, passported, castrated. flea and worm treated!

It’s very hard to tell his size from photos but I would say Labrador size if a fair indication. Can anyone offer this lovely boy a home? Here is the link to his photo album https://www.facebook.com/SPA.CARCASSONNE/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1009465622429783

Please share All Blacks profile and spread the news about our Halloween offer…we would love to get some more dogs into homes before it gets cold!

Tornado adopted!


All Black..still waiting!


Patty…one of our many black dogs!

In the run up to Halloween we will be highlighting as many of our black dogs as possible!

For those who missed Darcey’s blog on Sunday, we are reducing the adoption fee of any black dog by 50 euros until the 6th November!

That’s a great offer. It means that a identified, vaccinated, sterilised and vet checked dog is only 120 euros..so long as they are black. But as we are in a generous mood, even dogs with a bit of black are included in this super promotion!

So, today I would like to highlight Patty..

Some people think that black dogs are not photogenic but as I was scrolling through the pictures of black dogs, photos of Patty really stood out !

Patty was found with her friend Sweety  alone on the Carcassonne ring road. They were very close and obviosly used to living together abd it wasnt long before Sweety was adopted. Patty is a gorgeous deep black labrador cross. She is very affectionate but even although she loved Sweety she does not love all dogs  so will need to be an only dog.

At only 3 years old she has lots to offer and I am sure that with careful introductions and socialising she could learn that other dogs are not a threat.

Have a look at her photo album  https://www.facebook.com/SPA.CARCASSONNE/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1146466048729739

Come and meet her, take her for a walk…you will fall in love with this lovely girl!

One black dog did leave today, Granite, who was reclaimed by his owners!

Patty needs a home!




Two pups are adopted!

Two adoptions on a Monday is great news so let’s hope that its the start of a really good week!

Today’s lucky two were both pups. First to be adopted was Beary, a very cute ten week old berger cross. He was quickly followed by tiny terrier Alvin who arrived about 6 weeks ago with a fractured leg which was repaired by our vet. After some tlc he was soon ready for adoption.  At only 8 months old he has a great future now that he has a super new family!

We love seeing our pups being adopted quickly, its so important that people consider adopting a pup rather than buying one.

If you are considering a pup please bear in mind that no matter how “reputable” you think your local pet store is, they are almost definitely getting their puppies from one of two sources:  a “backyard” dog breeder, or a puppy mill. How do we know this? Because no responsible breeder would allow their pups to be rehomed this way! The majority of dogs are the product of irresponsible “backyard” dog breeders. These are people who make some easy cash by breeding their dogs and they often sell dogs through the newspaper classified ads. Remember that most of these backyard dog breeders don’t know about breeding for favorable health and temperament qualities, and they don’t know how to raise a properly socialized litter. Many of these little pups are weaned from their mother’s way too soon. Sometimes, a backyard dog breeder turns into small-time puppy mill to increase their supply so you can buy a dog from a pet store and they can make a higher profit.

What are puppy mills? A puppy mill is basically a puppy factory farm where the puppies are just churned out as fast as they can and then sold to pet stores. The dogs are kept in small cages and forced to breed at unhealthy rates… it’s all about the money. Female dogs in puppy mills are made to have several litters per year, which is extremely dangerous and cruel. Each puppy mill produces pups for pet stores, and pays little attention to the specific health and genetic diseases due to inbreeding. Genetic health testing is almost unheard of and mass-producing pets for profit is the bottom line. In the worst puppy mills, horrifying conditions are the norm. How can you stop puppy mills? There is only one way. Take away their profits.

What about responsible breeders? Well, they do health test the parents and breed for temperament and they will be quite happy to show you the results of genetic test. They know how to socialise and care for pups in their care and will introduce you to the mum. They also commit to lifelong care of their pups. These breeders love their breed but are unfortunately few and far between.

So, why not adopt. We have lots of super pups desperate for a home The adoption fee that you pay to us enables us to care for other dogs in need.

When you adopt you are saying no to back street breeding, no to puppy mills, yes to saving a life and enabling us to save another!

Beary adopted..


Alvin adopted..




Another Sunday catch up…

As this isn’t the first Sunday of the month we were closed. Only the staff were in cleaning out kennels, feeding the dogs and cats and giving medication to those who need it.

Sundays are a perfect opportunity to catch up with news of our doggies who are lucky enough to have a home and let you see them happy and settled in their new homes.

We have had lovely photos of puppy Chance who has settled in very well with his new family. This is the happy ever after that we want for all of our pups and we will be blogging on where and how to get a puppy very soon.

The photo which made me smile today was that of Arthur (ex Toby) on his way to the UK. Its just a month since he was adopted and he has settled in very well. He went to live with Terry and John in Brittany along with 2 lovely kittens Ginger and Biscuit. The two kittens are at home with an animal sitter whilst Arthur zooms through Eurotunnel to the uk .

When Arthur was adopted we knew that he would be travelling so we organised his passport before adoption. This meant that 3 weeks after his rabies vaccination he could travel to the UK.  If you adopt from us and know that you will be travelling, please do ask us to have the dog passported. If done before adoption it only costs an extra 30 euros and that’s less than it would be if you took you dog to your own vet after adoption.

Like Terry and John please don’t let distance prevent you from adopting from us. Toby, Ginger and Biscuit traveled to their new home by an animal transporter and this is very easy to organise.

Another way to get a dog to its new home is by co-voiture. This usually involves a volunteer driving the dog to a pick up point where it is collected by the new owner.

Another lovely little dog will be leaving by co-voiture very soon. To see who is the lucky girl…watch this space!

Arthur is off on his holidays..




A quiet Saturday…

Today we had no adoptions which really is quite unusual for a Saturday so I thought that we would have a look at how you can help by sponsoring a particular dog.

Lots of people sponsor and there are many reasons and may ways for doing it. Sometimes dog lovers are at a stage in their life where for practical or logistical reasons the cant have a dog. Often these people fall in love with one of our dogs so come along regularly to walk, play with and groom the dog. They spread the word amongst their friends in the hope of finding their dog a great home.

Others with good and creative IT skills create superb posters or ‘adverts’ as social media makes it really easy to share a dogs details and a high percentage of our dogs are adopted through sharing profile details.

For those who live too far to visit their ‘sponsor dog’  they often send collars, toys and treats which are really appreciated.

Donations towards their adoption fees are also very much appreciated. This often helps adopters who really like the dog but are a bit financially challenged.

If you would like to sponsor a dog, have a look at our ‘dogs in need of a sponsor https://www.facebook.com/SPA.CARCASSONNE/photos/?tab=album&album_id=635813599794989

There are of course people who just want to donate a small amount regularly and of course that is very welcome too. You can do this by paypal, bank transfer or just popping into the refuge with ash or a cheque.

So to all those sponsors and supporters we would like to say a special thank you.  Your’re generosity helps us make a real difference to our dogs lives.

Look at Dumbos super poster..



Dinky Doo adopted….

Tonights blog is both an early one and a short one  as we have a committee meeting to go to but at least its good news as we had an adoption!

Dinky Doo, a tiny little terrier cross who arrived at the SPA at the end of August is todays lucky boy. He had probably been knocked down by a car and had a fractured pelvis.  After an operation to repair the damage and lots of tlc he was finally ready for adoption a week or so ago.

Small, cute dogs generally dont have a long stay at the SPA and as anticipated, as soon as his photos and video went onto facebook we had lots of inquiries about him.

Today, just three days before his first birthday he went off to a new home.

I am sure that he will settle quickly but please remember that if you do adopt from us and have problems, we will do our very best to help you work your way through them. The most common problems are housetraining, recall, fear of new situations and integration with other animals in the household.

We are more than happy to talk you through most problems and if we think we need expert advice we have a dog trainer and behaviorist to help.

Dinky Doo..adopted!


Autumn hazards..

Today was a dull day at the SPA but there were plenty of volunteers and lots of dogs were walked. We had no adoptions and two arrivals who were then reclaimed so no change in numbers either way. We are lucky here as most autumn days are bright and sunny during the day so a  fantastic time to get out there with you dog and enjoy some super walks.

Like all seasons Autumn has its own dangers and one that is very hard to avoid especially where I live is conkers!  If ingested they can cause serious gastro intestinal problems so contact your vet if your dogs eats them.

The toxic substance that is contained within grapes and raisins is unknown; however these fruits can cause kidney failure. Pets that already have certain health problems may have an even more serious reaction so this is certainly one to avoid.

The worst of all the cold weather hazards are chemical spills of antifreeze, which can leak from a car’s radiator. Ethylene glycol ingestion is very dangerous. It is sweet tasting and very palatable and even a relatively small quantity can cause serious kidney damage and be fatal. The first signs of intoxication can be that your dog appears ‘drunk’.  If you know your dog has ingested ethylene glycol or you have any concerns, contact your vet without delay.  The prognosis becomes less good the longer the delay between ingestion of the anti freeze and initiation of treatment.

With Halloween just around the corner, there’s one simple rule for sweets: No! This is especially true of chocolate, which contains ingredients, like theobromine, that are toxic to dogs. Hide the treats well out if reach and male sure that the children don’t leave theirs lying around,

So get out and about with your dog this Autumn,enjoy the cooler weather but do be careful and avoid known hazards.



Rabies reminder…

For those you who travel with your dogs and have a passport, your dog will have had their rabies vaccination.

Previously, those dogs vaccinated in the UK were lucky enough to only need the vaccine every three years but those in France, annually. This was changed about 18 months ago but is still causing confusion.

Rabies vaccines are manufactured by Nobivac, Versican and Rabisin to name but a few. In France the length of recall now differs depending on the vaccine used.

If your dog has previously been vaccinated with Rabisin R, its next vaccine will last three years in France. Its really worth noting that most of the other common rabies vaccines are still 1 year.

Have a look at my dogs passport. You will see that he had Rabisin R on 13/2/14 which lasted until 13/2/15. When re vaccinated on 13/2/15 the same vaccine now lasts 3 years! Both vaccines were at my local vet in France.

If you look at your dogs passport and don’t see the Rabisin R vaccine sticker it may be worth speaking to your vet about changing the vaccine used so that you only need to vaccinate every three years. This means less money spent and less chemicals in your dog!

In France its not only dogs that travel that have a rabies vaccine. Some people elect to have this to protect their dogs against rabies and others to protect themselves and the dog should it bite anyone.

Any dog that has bitten a human must be evaluated by a vet.  Three visits are necessary, the first within 24 hours of the bite a second visit after 7 days and a third at 15 days.  After 15 days the vet will (assuming no risk) issue a certificate in triplicate declaring the animal free from rabies.  If it has had its rabies vaccine the papers can be issued right away!

So check your passport, speak to your vet and you should be able to vaccinate every three years.