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Charles Moves to a New Kingdom

We only had one adoption today, but as it was of a fairly elderly dog, we are very happy!

Cavalier King Charles spaniel Charles arrived two and a half weeks ago, and as he was identified, we expected his owner to reclaim him. Sadly there was a problem with the identification; it was still in the name of the pet shop where he had been bought as a puppy. And this particular pet shop does not keep records of where puppies are sold. Thus the SPA had no way of getting in touch with his owners. Of course they did their best, putting photos on Facebook and other sites in the hope that the owner would be alerted. However there comes a time when the best thing is for a dog to find a new home.

Charles is not the youngest of dogs, but is very handsome. And sure enough it did not take long for him to attract the attention of a family who knows the breed well, and were delighted to find such a perfect (if “chubby” 😉 ) specimen at the SPA.

So that was not a bad end to a week that has been more positive than negative. And with glorious sunshine and a great team of volunteers giving dogs more frequent walks, things are looking good!

Charles – ADOPTED
KCK spaniel

Artigo Emigrates.

Today our beautiful bleu de Gascogne, Artigo, left for his new life in the Netherlands. This is the first time one of our dogs has gone to live there for quite some time, or at least without going to an association first. Artigo was spotted on the DRC website by a hound lover who has experience with this breed, a large enclosed garden and children. Artigo is going to be in heaven. He has been at the SPA for just over three months, and although he has been out on many a walk, it was never enough for this lively and sociable young lad. As with all our dogs, Artigo travelled under the European TRACES system, essential in preventing the spread of disease and ensuring safe and comfortable travel via a licensed transporter.

We look forward to news and photos as he settles in and many thanks to Jochem and his family for offering a hound a home!

More good news came in the form of the departure of Rocky and Jaina. You may not have met these two. They arrived courtesy of the police on Monday, Rocky at nearly 13 years old and his pal Jana totally blind. They were identified to two different owners, and it was the breakdown of this relationship that caused the owners to abandon their dogs.  How can a refuge possibly help dogs like this? Of course we would have tried, but really, dogs deserve so, so much better!

Luckily purebred collie Jana had been bought from what appears to be a rare beast, a responsible breeder. When contacted and informed of the plight of Jana, she said immediately that she would find a foster family. And when Carole explained that the two dogs were totally reliant on each other, this changed to a foster family for both dogs! Wonderful.

Tuesday’s late arrival, Ness, was reclaimed by her owner. Ness was outside her house when the police scooped her up. Please don’t let your dogs wander, or at least put a collar on them with a name and address. That could save so much worry for owners and stress for dogs!

Artigo – ADOPTED
bleu de gascogne







Rocky and Jana- Thanks to Jana’s breeder, they are together in a foster family, not at the SPA.

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And 14 year old Ness (aka Croquette) – RECLAIMED

very old dog


The Return of Ondine at last!

No adoptions today, but fabulous news nonetheless. Ondine has finally been caught and is safe and well. And better still, she is not at the SPA.

Ondine, as many of you know, was adopted on 1st December last year, and went missing in early January. There were several “lucky” aspects to her escape, the main ones being that her adopters lived in a rural area, meaning the chances of her being hit by a car were less than they might otherwise have been. Also there has been a small group of employees and volunteers who just refused to give up on her.

The main players here have been Angelique and Angelique! Yes, two like-minded and determined women, one a volunteer, one an employee. Angelique B (the volunteer) has been feeding Ondine and monitoring her via occasional sightings since the word go, and she has been working with a nice hunter (yes!) to keep Ondine safe and to bring her home. After months of trying to coax her into a cage, they resorted to borrowing a humane trap, and it was a matter of days later that the hunter called Angelique to let her know that Ondine had been caught.

Angelique L, a SPA employee, has been helping throughout, and she was at the SPA today to meet Ondine as she arrived. Ondine doesn’t seem too much the worse for wear; covered in ticks and missing a bit of fur on her head, but otherwise apparently in good health.

After all that freedom (stressful though it undoubtedly was at times), a kennel at the SPA would have been awful. So we are happy to report that Ondine has gone home to live with Angelique L. She was Ondine’s closest human at the SPA, and always promised that she would adopt Ondine if ever she was found.

Thanks to the Angeliques and everyone else who helped bring Ondine back. Just goes to show; never ever give up!

Ondine- GOTCHA!
small white dog in cage

Bumper day for adoptions

It was an extremely busy day at the SPA today, but it was a good one, as it resulted in the adoption of three puppies and two adults!

On the puppy front, we said goodbye officially to Sherlock. He has been in foster with a family who was desperate to adopt him but had to wait till the end of the pound time, just in case his owners were looking for him. Today their wait was over, and now the contact is signed, he is theirs!

We also said goodbye to Lydia, and just when we were starting to feel sad for little Nico, back came the family who had been looking at him on Saturday. Yes, it is a good idea to have a think about what is a huge decision. But we are glad they didn’t think for too long, as this way Nico didn’t spend any time alone!

Next to leave was Engy. She arrived at the SPA at the beginning of February this year and was an immediate hit with just about everyone she met. Already nearly eight years old, this lovely Brittany spaniel is very lively, good with other dogs and wonderful with cats. We had quite a bit of interest in her, but the homes on offer would have meant her spending the days alone, and as she was not used to this in her old life (before her owner fell ill), we decided that it might be better for her to wait. Especially as she was not particularly unhappy at the SPA.

Looks like it was the right decision, as volunteer Monique had her eye on Engy too! We love it when our volunteers adopt. Firstly they know the dogs well, and secondly we know that we will have plenty of news! So happy new life to Engy, and many thanks to Monique and her family. The first photos have arrived already, and we now know that Engy loves water!

Then finally just before the SPA shut, we had a last minute adoption. That of Hermione, a lively 2 year old spaniel who has only just finished her pound time. Her new owner is young and sporty, which is probably just as well!

The Easter break is over, so let’s hope this heralds the start of a new flurry of adoptions!

Sherlock – ADOPTED by his foster family
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Black and white puppy












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Engy – ADOPTED (and already in the pool!)

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Hermione – ADOPTED





Two puppies and a Bird fly away!

Today saw the adoption of two pups and one adult.

First off was Lola, who went straight to a foster home (many thanks Shirley) and then left with her new family after the minimal amount of time. Lolo had a bit longer to wait, and although she spent it at the SPA, she was with her brother, Nico. Today she too left, and as her new family are the parents of volunteer Esther, we will have plenty of news and photos, of course!

Then we had the adoption of Bird. This lovely flatcoat arrived at the SPA very thin and having been tied to a lamp post in a nearby village. No news of its owners, until a third party contacted us by Facebook to tell us about the missing dog. We responded that he had been at the SPA for four weeks, had now been vaccinated, identified and castrated and that his owner would be expected to pay an adoption fee (which is still less than all the treatment he had received). After declaring herself to be delighted, she then decided it was not her dog (who was still missing), despite his being identical in every way, including the half docked tail.

Well, her loss is someone else’s gain! Today Bird left with a lovely young retiree and who came a long way to adopt the dog of her dreams. She met a few dogs before Bird caught her eye, and he was just what she was looking for. We are delighted for this beautiful young dog. As is often the case, the SPA was a stepping stone to a better life!

Please don’t forget that the refuge is shut both tomorrow and Easter Monday. Have a lovely break, and remember, don’t share your easter eggs with your dogs!

Lola – ADOPTED (thanks to her foster family)












And Lolo – ADOPTED

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And Bird – ADOPTED

flatcoat retriever


Adoption of Puppy Jäina and Mycroft is reclaimed

Before the SPA had even opened today we already had two pieces of good news.  First of all one of the dogs who arrived on Sunday (one of the weekend’s famous 12 dogs) was reunited with his owner. Funnily enough it was an announcement on the “Lost” pages of chien-perdu that caught the eye of a volunteer, whereas photos of the dog have been in the “Found” section of the same website since Saturday night, thanks to the Hartley family, to whom Jawa had been delivered by a woman who thought he was their own dog, Gretta!

In any case, Jawa (or Mycroft as we called him at the SPA) has been reunited with his owner, just a bit later than would have been the case otherwise. Jawa has a Serbian microchip, which is not on the French database, and this is something to be aware of if your dog is “foreign”!

Then just a couple of hours later, puppy Jäina left for her new home. She arrived ten days ago and had the good fortune to go into foster with Isa and her family (and dogs). This gave this young pup the best possible start in life (well, the best possible life for an unwanted pup). Jäina is a real cutie and we are delighted that she has found a home so quickly. It has freed up a valued place in foster for another pup, too 😀 . Many thanks yet again to Isa and her family.

Puppy Sherlock has also left for a foster home, and they plan to adopt him assuming he is not reclaimed, so fingers crossed for him (and his foster family too!) More of this in a future blog!

As for Jäina , her new family, they have horses and lots of land and 2 cats. So a wonderful life awaits!


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Mycroft (Jawa)- RECLAIMED

bruno de Jura

Two Monday Adoptions

With twelve new arrivals in less than 24 hours over the weekend, the SPA was desperately in need of some good news. And today we had it. Two adoptions!

First to leave was Mambo. He arrived fairly recently,  and sadly like many dogs, required vet treatment. In this case this puppy appears to have been impaled in the neck. Sometimes it is best to not know too many details. In any case he is fully recovered and today this little lad left for his new home, and so things are looking up for him after a horrid start to life.

Next our three-legged lovely, Fudja left for her new home and after seven weeks at the refuge.

Despite missing a leg, there was no need for anyone to feel sorry for Fudja. There are far sadder dogs at the SPA! Many of you will have seen the videos of her racing around like any other dog.  Her history is still a mystery: How did Fudja lose her leg? And why, after taking such good care of her injuries, did her owner then either leave her in the external box a the SPA, or not bother to collect her? But ultimately who cares why she arrived, the most important thing is that she has found a new home.

And what is more, as with Idefix, she has been adopted by volunteers, so we will have news and pictures on a regular basis.

Let’s hope that this is a good omen for the week ahead.

Puppy Mambo – ADOPTED











And Fudja – ADOPTED

three-legged dog


Puppy Siblings Leave

We had two very special adoptions today. Siblings Liam and Nick left for their new homes. Usually when puppies arrive together, there is one left behind. Staff and employees always feel really sorry for the last pup, although quite often they end up getting the best home of all, experience has shown us.

However this time Liam and Nick left on the same day! So no being alone at the SPA for either of them!

And they are doubly lucky, as these two pups were the survivors of a litter of four who arrived already sick with parvovirus. We were unable to save two of them, and both Liam and Nick were very ill for a long time. A plea, yet again. ….Please please do not leave sick puppies at the refuge gates. We have deliberately left the phone number of the vet in a prominent place and surely everyone has a mobile phone these days? But in any case, Liam and Nick both pulled through, and although they are both a bit underweight for their age, they are both bouncy, healthy pups. Each with a very distinct character, of course, and both families reflected long and hard about the type of dog they wanted. Very wise!

Many many thanks to their new owners for offering these pups a home, and as ever we look forward to news and photos. We love all our dogs, naturally, but when they have pulled through against all odds, like these two, they hold an extra special place in our hearts!

There are still pups looking for homes, of course, so if you can offer a GOOD home please get in touch!

Black and tan puppy











black and tan puppy

Adoption of Idefix and Pepito!

Three pieces of good news today. Firstly yesterday Denis was reclaimed by his owner after 11 days at the SPA. It seems incredible to us that an owner could leave a dog at the SPA for so long. However that is because we all know about the SPA. For many people, especially those who live a long way away, the SPA does just not come to mind. Denis’s  owner had put posters up everywhere, but it was only yesterday that he thought of paying the SPA a visit. Still, all’s well that ends well and now, of course, Denis is identified. Had he been so earlier, the SPA would have been able to reunite him with his owner immediately.

Now to the adoptions. First to leave was Idefix. He only arrived on Saturday, and as he was fully vaccinated we were able to take him out on walks from day one, safe in the knowledge that he was protected from illness. It is traumatic enough for a dog who has had a loving home to come to the SPA, without his having to remain locked up for three weeks until his vaccinations are up to date. He is not the only one, of course, and if you are obliged to give up your dog for rehoming, we strongly recommend you follow suit It makes for a much happier dog, and possibly quicker rehoming, as dogs can go out to meet people and play in the parks.

Idefix is one of those dogs whom we could have homed many times over. Even after he left, we had three more families come to meet him. However it was volunteer Martine who was the first to reserve him, and of course she will give us news, which is always great.

Next up we said goodbye to Pepito. He is a very lucky lad. Okay, he had to spend a week at the SPA before finding his new home, but before that all he had known of life was 18 months on a balcony. Many thanks to the SPA supporter who rescued him. He is another dog whom we could have homed many times over. Pepito’s new family has been along to walk him several times already, and we are sure he is going to be loved and spoiled, which is exactly what he deserves!

We have had some new arrivals, but the sun was out and so were the volunteers, so it was a good day.


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Idefix – ADOPTED

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Pepito – ADOPTED

small fluffy dog

Invitation for the 2nd SPA Fashion Show!

Are you looking for an afternoon’s entertainment with like minded ladies and some affordable retail therapy, all for a very good cause?

Then our 2nd Fun(d) raising Fashion Show, a charitable event in aid of Dog Rescue Carcassonne, might be just the thing for you!

Due to the success of last year’s first ever SPA Fashion Show, we are repeating this popular event on Sunday, the 30th of April in the Village Hall in Fanjeaux, starting from 3pm.

Giggles are guaranteed, when you watch our lovely amateur models show off some of our gorgeous second hand outfits and strut their stuff to funky disco music. There will be refreshments (some free with your entry ticket) and before and after the show you can find some brilliant bargains from our huge choice of second hand clothes and accessories. There will also be stands with cosmetics, soaps and decorative items for your home. You might even find a funky new collar for your dog! We will also have a tombola and would be very grateful if you could kindly donate a prize for the day.

Tickets for the show will be available shortly at 15 EUR each. This includes the Fashion Show itself, a glass of bubbly as well as nibbles. To help with planning, we would prefer to receive payment in advance but tickets will also be available on the day at the door. Please email any of the organizers (details below) if you are interested.

Do come and bring along your girlfriends to this fun event and support the DRC – we and the many abandoned dogs say a big “Thank You” in advance for helping with the most important thing in their lives, finding kindness and a loving “forever home”.

Looking forward to seeing you in April.

Sabine, Karen and Jane


For tickets please contact:

Sabine Beissert                 sabineb@live.co.uk
Karen Pead                         karen.pead@orange.fr
Jane Knight                         knight2@me.com