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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!




Planes, Trains and Automobiles….

Tonight, we will look at a scenario that we have dealt with quite a few times. Someone sees a dog and after numerous communications decides that it is the dog for them but they are in the UK (Scotland this time), they want the dog asap and they don’t want hours and hours of driving through at least one country, in this case 2.

So we all know that you can have a dog transported and that we can do TRACES to allow it to enter the UK legally but that takes time and is very dependent on transporters schedules.

This weekend I spent a lot of time speaking to transporters as we had a reservation for a dog for Scotland but the adopter, being a teacher, has set holidays and really wanted to get to know the dog whilst off. But, if you are from Scotland you have almost two full days driving here and then back again and for a single person to do that with a doggy that they really don’t know is risky for all sorts of reasons. Whats more the dog had just had his rabies so could only travel mid school holidays which in reality meant a one week window!

So, we explored all the possibilities that we could think of:

Fly here and hire a car…nope you cant take a car hire out of the country. One way car hire through France and then the UK…nope you need a car to go through Eurotunnel / ferry.

Could we fly the dog to Scotland…not unless it went via Gatwick…hmmm….not sure I would trust the airlines with that transfer and thats before you think of the stress for the dog as it would have to go as cargo.

Could the new adopter fly here and go back with the dog by train….not advisable with a dog that you don’t really know then how do you get through the tunnel/cross the channel?

We did come up with a work around solution that the adopter will fly here, spend several days getting to know the dog here, fly back on the same day that the dog leaves with the transporter ( thank you once again to Linda from For The Love Of Dogs and Cats) and will be ready to greet the dog who she will have gotten to know the previous week in France!! She will be back to class the next day but mum and dad have not long retired, live 5 mins away and are on hand for doggy settling in duties!

This seemed a good solution as it ensured both owner and doggy would travel safely and also have time to get to know each other!

Phew…..now you will just have to wait to hear who the lucky boy to leave is!!!

Dogs and Conkers..

This morning I couldn’t help noticing that were lots and lots of conkers everywhere!  Many dogs may be tempted to play with or eat them and conkers can often cause problems for dogs so I thought this piece would be helpful.

Conkers are the seeds of the Horse Chestnut tree (Aesculus hippocastanum).  Conkers ripen and are seen in the late summer and autumn so this is when we will occasionally see cases of poisoning.

Serious cases of poisoning of dogs are rare but do occur.  Conkers contain a poison called aesculin, which is found in all parts of the tree including the leaves. For toxicity to occur dogs normally need to ingest a number of conkers.

Clinical signs may be seen 1-6 hours after ingestion but can be seen for up to 2 days afterwards.

Signs of poisoning include vomiting (which may contain blood), diarrhoea, salivation, abdominal pain, increased thirst and a reduced appetite. Signs of restlessness, ataxia (wobbliness) and muscle tremors may also be seen.

If you are able to get your dog to a vet within 2 hours of ingestion of conkers they will be able to give them medication to make them vomit and they may perform gastric lavage (wash out the stomach).  This will ensure as much of the poison is removed from your dog’s system as possible. This is the best method of treating poisoning with conkers, as no known antidote exists.  Treatment is otherwise symptomatic and supportive and may include intravenous fluids (a drip) and anti-vomiting medication.

As well as poisoning, the conker’s case and conkers themselves present a risk by causing an intestinal blockage which can require surgical removal.


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…