We mentioned that some reservations had taken place yesterday, and one of the lucky dogs left today. And very happily, it was of puppy Neymar.
Since the departure of the Simpsons litter he has been the only pup available for adoption, but there had been no interest in him at all. We have no idea why, but if it is due to his name, then that is my fault. He arrived at the same time that the PSG striker was ruled out of the game for several weeks following a leg injury, and as Neymar had an operation on his leg, it seemed appropriate. However a name can easily be changed, and the woman who adopted this little lad today will surely do so. Many of our dogs change their names after adoption, so please don’t let our sometimes warped sense of humour put you off a lovely dog.
To answer a question that was put to us yesterday, yes, the SPA does allow reservations. Many people come to the refuge wishing to adopt a dog, but are not ready to take one immediately. Sometimes this is a question of buying the requisite accessories; food, a bed, a collar and lead etc. Sometimes people have a trip or house move planned. That is fine, providing the delay is no more than a couple of weeks.
If a dog needs a passport before travel then we can stretch this to three weeks, and if DRC is organising TRACES transport then sometimes even longer. However this is never at the request of the adopter, rather is due to the availability of space on a transporter’s vehicle.
Ultimately we have to do what is in the dog’s best interest. And this usually means leaving the SPA as soon as possible for a good and permanent home.
If you know you cannot take a dog for several months, it is perhaps best to wait until nearer the time to visit. Of course it is a good idea to come along and see the kinds of dogs we have. But if you are likely to fall in love with a dog and be disappointed to lose out on him, then maybe putting your visit off till nearer the time is the sensible course of action.
And please bear in mind that there are always wonderful dogs at the SPA, so we hope that whenever you visit, you will find the dog of your dreams.