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Sammy| T402

SammyMale, Young, Large

It is wonderful to be able to put Levy and Sammy on this site. They are two of seven dogs who were brought to the refuge one by one over the period of a month or so last summer. They had all been left in a garden when their owner basically just ran away from the mess he was responsible for. The dogs’ mother, Mattie was brought in with the “pups”, all of whom were one year old at the time and had never had any contact with humans. Mattie was well socialised and was adopted very quickly. The pups have been a lot harder work. Sammy went for a walk last week and proved to have made huge progress. He walks well, although like all these dogs likes to hear a friendly voice as he walks. He is very affectionate and just needs a bit of guidance, but his desire to please means that he is very responsive. Yes, he and Levy are two hidden gems! Sammy was born in August 2017 and is a weimaraner cross.

Contact ScPA Carcassonne about this dog

  • Affectionate and will be responsive to training
  • Fine with other dogs
  • Will make a great family pet

Adoption of Paco and Pebble

Great news today, there were two adoptions

First Paco. He has only been at the refuge since just after the New Year, but this was his third time at the ScPA. And he was so distressed at being returned to the refuge after his recent failed adoption that all he did was cry. He really had no idea what he had done wrong, mostly because he hadn’t done anything wrong. And he really didn’t understand why he was back at the refuge. Especially as that was the second time he was brought back; once due to a divorce and once due to someone making an unwise choice. Life was certainly not fair as far as Paco was concerned.

But that is all over now, and it looks as if Paco has found the right home at last! This time he has a friend to play with and a family that are already well used to dogs. What’s more, they came to the ScPA with the hope of adopting a “sausage-type” dog….and not many dogs are more sausage-like than Paco! It looks like this dog’s luck has finally changed!



We had another lucky leaver today, too, although you can hardly say that Pebble has been traumatised by her stay at the ScPA. This lively dog has been with us since the end of August, although had she been okay with cats she would probably have been adopted sooner. However she is very much NOT okay with cats, and is quite difficult with some dogs. Her new family have a staffie, so we hope that Pebble will carry on being as well-behaved towards him as she was when they met yesterday. Don’t blow it, Pebble, this is your big chance!

black and white dog with big ears

Pebble – ADOPTED

Moira and I were chatting this morning about how some of the refuge long termers just need a chance to show how wonderful they are. This was prompted by this picture of Taser, who was getting his morning cuddle. This dog spent 5 years at the ScPA before finding a new home. How sad, thinking of all these wasted years! Admittedly he is making up for it now, but if only someone had taken this leap of faith years ago…..

Taser- spent five years at the ScPA before his adoption.

Dogs can surprise you; don’t write them off just because no one else has given them a second glance. There really are some hidden gems at the ScPA. Let us find you yours!


Adoption of Karadoc….

Well today has been a cold miserable day so when the refuge messaged to say that our  DRC sponsor boy Karadoc had been adopted it certainly cheered me up!

Kardoc arrived in August as a stray and why its taken so long for him to be adopted is anyone’s guess. Perfect on the lead, calm, very human oriented…what more could you ask for?

Karadoc adopted!

So no more cold concrete kennel for him and now we will just have to choose February’s sponsor dog!

The aim of the monthly sponsor is to give a dog regular social media updates as well as get him out and about and socialised.  It really does make such a difference but with 100+ dogs its impossible to do it with everyone.

Lets hope that this week we can get more dogs out of the cold and in front of cost fires!

Feel sorry for our dogs in cold kennel?   Its not to late to donate to our ‘Hot Dog’ challenge. You can do this by clicking on the link below and then clicking on the donate button. The more donations that we get the more heat lamps we can install and run!








And the last leaver before Christmas is….

Most of you probably know that December 24th is a big night in France. Most people meet with family for the evening and often this goes well into the early hours. So perhaps today is not the ideal day to adopt a dog.

In fact many refuges do not allow adoptions to take place in the weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year. It is true that these periods can be quite hectic, and perhaps with all the comings and goings, it is not an ideal atmosphere in which to settle down a new dog or cat. Equally, animals should never be bought as Christmas presents, unless the recipient has been involved in the choice of animal and is committed to being a pet owner. However a refuge like the ScPA that has no control over the number of arrivals cannot possibly halt all adoptions for a 2 week period; the place would be overflowing. Instead, as ever, we try to be vigilant as to who adopts. The local pet stores will let animals leave with anyone who has the money and we do not want any of our animals to miss out on a good home, because of course many people who wish to adopt at this time of year are doing so after proper reflection.

Besides which, knowing that dogs are in loving homes for Christmas puts a huge smile on everyone’s face.

So did we have any last minute adoptions? Well yesterday we said goodbye to Ziggy, a fabulously affectionate little Pinscher who had been at the ScPA for about five weeks. Quite a long time for a dog this small and adorable. On Saturday there were a couple of families interested in him, and as is so often the case it seemed to be just his turn, because it was a third family who adopted him yesterday. Ziggy will put a smile on anyone’s face, he is as happy on a lap as he is racing round and he will be bags of fun.

small brown pinscher


And today we said goodbye to Grisou. He was one of two dogs who were brought in in June this year by someone who had trouble looking after their dogs. The ScPA stepped in and took Grisou and Annick. Annick left for a new life in the UK at the end of August, leaving Grisou behind. But finally, after 6 months, his turn has come too.

His new family visited the ScPA to meet a couple of other possible candidates, but it was Grisou who stole their hearts. So he is our last pre-Christmas adoptee. But hopefully not the last one of the year!

small speckly dog

Grisou – ADOPTED

We won’t be around tomorrow, (and the ScPA is shut, in any case, although of course the staff will be there to look after the animals in the morning). So can we take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and see you on Boxing Day, assuming there are any adoptions, that is. The year is not yet over!

Urgent Appeal: Karadoc

Our urgent appeal this time is for Karadoc. We have chosen him for no other reason than that no one seems to notice him, yet the person who does will be very lucky indeed. There is no reason at all why a dog like this should be at the ScPA. Karadoc is an absolute gem.

He is mid size, mid brown, and looks just average. Is that why no one has chosen him? Big mistake. This boy is anything but average. Karadoc was born in August 2014 and is a dark sand coloured crossbreed. He is fabulous on the lead, you hardly know he is there. He responds to his name (and bear in mind he arrived unidentified, he has only had this name for a couple of months). He is affectionate, he is fine with other dogs, he is playful and young. The list goes on.

In fact, perhaps we should rename this section “hidden gems”. Because that is what Karadoc is, a hidden gem. Don’t make him waste all his life at the refuge; he has already been there for four months, which is four months during which someone could have been showering him with all the love he deserves and which he is so eager to return.

Please share for lovely Karadoc.


Minta leaves for her forever family…

When Minta first arrived in August this year we assumed that as a beautiful white griffon cross she would be snapped up right away. But we were wrong.

In September she caught the eye of a couple from the Uk who really loved the look of her and were sure that her keen scent hound nose would make her a great candidate for training as a search dog. They were so keen that they flew over to meet her and fell in love instantly.

They went home and emailed us on the Sunday afternoon to reserve her, just as another couple adopted her. I was gutted for them and really disappointed!

Sometimes I think that some things are just meant to be and as soon as I heard that Minta was coming back to the refuge I contacted them, and they reserved her right away. I was very worried that in the meantime they would have adopted another dog but no, Minta had stolen their heart.

So, we prepared her for travel, completed her TRACES documentation and this morning very early Darcey handed her over to the transporters. Many thanks to Darcey for doing this, I know what like it is tossing and turning waiting for the transporters call which is invariably about 4am in the morning!

At the moment she is at Eurotunnel and will be with her new family about 2am tomorrow morning. As well as doing search work Minta will have two brothers, both rescues and a family who are very much into training, so she will never be bored.

I am sure that we will have pictures of her relaxing with her new family soon and I am very grateful to them for making such an effort to fly over come and meet her and offer her such a great future.

Beautiful Minta…

Adoption of Perceval

Today was a rainy one in Carcassonne, so it is not surprising that in contrast to last Friday’s bumper day, we only had one adoption.

For those of you who follow the ScPA and pay attention to such things, the name Perceval should flag up that this dog must have arrived while the person allocating names was going through a King Arthur phase. Which dates his arrival back to the end of August. It also tells you that he arrived as yet another unidentified dog, as when dogs arrive with a name, we tend to keep it. With so much unfamiliarity around for recent arrivals, noise, stress etc, at least one thing remains constant.

Who knows what Perceval was called before his arrival. Well, his owner, I suppose, as this dog definitely had a home before arriving as a stray. At an estimated five years of age, sociable and good on the lead, this was no long term stray. Hey ho.

Perceval’s new family are great fans of this breed and have had many Breton spaniels in the past. All of them have learned to live with the family’s cats, and Perceval will have to take this on board, but the family are sure they can work this out.

So tonight, rather than being in a kennel in the rain, Perceval is in a new home, and we are delighted for him.

Breton spaniel

Perceval – ADOPTED

The forecast is good for tomorrow, so let’s hope for more adoptions.


Four on Friday

We had four great adoptions today.

First to leave was Lancelot, a fabulous small dog of indeterminate breed. I would love to do a DNA test on him, and I would guess some collie (he is blue merle in colour), but probably some teckel (he is long in the body). But who knows. And more importantly, who cares? What matters most is a dog’s character, and Lancelot is a gem. He is good with other dogs, good with cats and very affectionate. We are all surprised that it has taken him this long to find a home.

His new mum took some time for reflection and came to meet and walk Lancelot several times, and we applaud her for this. Adopting a dog is not a decision to be taken lightly. However she could not resist this boy’s charms, and today, after exactly ten weeks at the refuge, Lancelot has a new home.

small hairy blue merle dog

Lancelot – ADOPTED

The nxt to leave was Mitch. Do you remember when Bang was adopted last month, and we mentioned that one of this group of five dogs (escapees from a filthy abandoned warehouse) was still waiting for a home. Well today Mitch too found his home!

Incredibly it has taken since the end of February for this handsome young shepherd cross to find a new family. I suppose it is because there is just so much competition at the refuge; we have some fabulous dogs. But in any case, Mitch has been far happier at the ScPA than he was before. He has had lots of love, regular walks, regluar food and vet care.

And today life got even better for him.

shepherd cross with big ears

Mitch – ADOPTED (after 10 months)

Next to leave was Augustin, a small to medium sized dog who arrived just before the end of October. We are pretty sure his owner phoned the refuge to see if his dog was with us, he described Augustin perfectly. However he never showed up. Shows how much he loved his dog, I guess. Once the ten days pound time was up, it was time for Augustin to trade up and find a better home!

He is a lovely lad, some kind of jack russell cross (no, not a Dalmatian!) and really adorable. We are pleased that he found a new home so quickly.

small white dog with black speckles

Augustin – ADOPTED

The fourth adoption doesn’t really affect the refuge, as in fact the dog, poodle Pompom (now renamed Bailey) left a couple of months ago. He, you may remember, had come back from an unsuccesful adoption, and was looking for a new home. We had the perfect family for him, but the timing was not right. However Bailey’s new mum was determined to make it work, so she found a foster family willing to look after Bailey until everything was in order.

This is not something we would recommend for all our dogs, but Bailey needed to break his attachment with the refuge and the change of scene seems to have done him the world of good. He is now in his new home, the adoption is official, and everyone is happy, especially Bailey! Many thanks to Bertha for her determination and Sheila for looking after him so well. It is great that she and Bailey’s new family will stay in touch, too.

Pompom (now Bailey) – ADOPTED

The weekend starts here; but what will it bring?

Adoption of Morgana

It has been a couple of days since we had an adoption, but to be honest, Monday’s adoption of Look raised our morale so high that we haven’t minded the lack of adoptions too much. Especially as the news from Look’s new owners is so positive; their new boy is just wonderful and already walking off lead. We are as delighted about this as they are!

Things picked up a bit today. Yes, it is a bank holiday in France, but the refuge was open nonetheless. And there were plenty of people there, both walking dogs for fun, but also some with a view to adopting. So although we only have one adoption to tell you about, there will be more to follow in the next few days.

Today’s lucky girl was Morgana. She arrived as yet another unidentified stray in early August, (when we were still on our King Arthur naming kick, clearly). At first we thought she was a very timid dog, as she sat in her kennel looking very angelic. However once she had found her feet and started sharing her box and going on walks, we saw her true character. This girl is lively! She needs an active family with plenty of energy, and this is what she now has.

We wish Morgana lots of love and happiness in her new home, and look forward to news and photos, as we do with all our lucky leavers.

white shepherd cross

Morgana – ADOPTED

After a couple of dull and rainy days today was bright and sunny so plenty of dogs got out. Thanks to everyone who gave up their precious day off to spend time with the animals. There is more good news on the way tomorrow, so see you then!

Adoption of Minta

As soon as Minta arrived in early August she became one of my favourites. A big griffon cross, pure white with a black patch over one eye, this girl was just adorable. What’s more she was young, sociable and very affectionate. Why were people not clamouring to offer her a home?

Today Minta’s day came, and in fact it came twice. A family visited her from the UK on Thursday with a view to adopting her, but by the time they had made their minds up today (just three days later) a second family had come to the ScPA and offered her a home. It is sad for the first family, but of course it is wonderful for Minta. And as was the case with Flavien, who also had two families offering him a home earlier in the week, it shows that sometimes it is just a dog’s turn!

Personally I am delighted for Minta. Had she been smaller she would doubtless have left far sooner, but even two months isn’t long to wait compared to many of the dogs at the refuge.

white griffon with black eye


That was the only adoption of the day for the dogs, but was another good day for the cats. The weekend totals were 11 cats adopted with 5 more reserved. For dogs it was four adoptions and three reservations, so there is more good news to come before too long.