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Yesterday’s adoption of “not quite pup” Nikita

Last week Moira turned the spotlight on some of the teenagers or “not-quite pups” at the ScPA Carcassonne. As she said, some dogs arrive when they have stopped being tiny and cute, and their owners have often put little or no effort into training them. When they arrive at the refuge (usually unidentified), they can lack lead skills and often are unsure how to behave around other dogs.

Such was the case with Nikita when she arrived in mid- November. Very affectionate with humans, this dog, who had just turned 5 months old at the time of her arrival, was unused to other dogs. The excellent work by staff and volunteers meant that pretty soon she was sharing her kennel and so she made rapid progress, and was soon far happier than when she arrived.

Nikita was adopted yesterday, and we are delighted for her. We would love some of our other not quite pups to find homes, of course, and DRC plans to make them the focus of our next Instagram campaign! You can follow us there too, if you like @dogrescuecarca

Nikita – ADOPTED

There were no adoptions today but there was a lovely reservation, and so more good news is on the way!

Adoption of Stewey and Hagrid is back home.

Today we are delighted to see that fox terrier Stewey has been adopted. This little lad had been at the refuge for just short of two months, and we have no idea why it took him so long to find a home. Could it be because of the breed’s reputation, perhaps? Fox terriers are renowned for their feistiness, however Stewey was very much an exception, and had he been inside a different shaped (but still small) body, he would probably have been adopted sooner.

golden brown fox terrier

Stewey – ADOPTED

Believe it or not there are three more fox-type dogs at the ScPA, Jasmine, Spot and Cuba. We don’t know much about Cuba as he has just arrived, but we know Jasmine well, and Spot was brought in by his family for rehoming, so we know a lot about him, too. It will come as no surprise to you to hear that neither of them likes cats, but other than that they are very gentle, and so if you missed out on Stewey, perhaps all is not lost!

There was another leaver today, of a breed that also has a reputation that is often unjustified. In fact American Staffordshire terriers and amstaff crosses have such a bad reputation that their owners require permits and special insurance. Sadly, many owners only get around to applying for these when they are caught out, as it were, and such was the case with Hagrid. He has been at the refuge since mid January, while his owner got the necessary documentation and permits sorted out. However he has visited Hagrid regularly, and this fabulous dog had no doubt at all that he was very much loved and would soon be home again!

brown and white staffie cross
So that make two more lucky leavers this week. Who will be next, I wonder?

Adoption of Dagobert….

I am sure that our followers will be just as relieved as me that puppy Dagobert has been adopted. We bombarded every social media site possible appealing for a family for him. We certainly were not going to let this little pup grown up in the refuge!

Dagobert, that last of the Famous Five litter to be adopted!

Pups that grow up in the refuge are at a big disadvantage to those in a family. Careful socialisation is everything and without it we are relying on adopters to play catch up when they adopt. Sometimes this is very easy but often its not and that is why we do everything within our powers to ensure that doesn’t happen.

Remember socialisation is not just playing with other dogs, its getting out and about in town, getting used to busy public areas, meeting other animals such as cats, chickens, horses or sheep. Many dogs who have been undersocialized are terrified walking through the town with all the traffic and strange noises.

If you want a dog that you can take everywhere you need to put the work in and socialize them to these situations.  With my first pup I had him walking around town, in every restaurant and shopping centre that allowed us, at the airport, on a train and bus….the list is endless, but thats what you need to do. I did make one big mistake in that I forgot to teach him to be home alone. Big mistake! Luckily the addition of another dog helped him through this but you learn on your feet with your first pup and I was very lucky not to have ended up with a dog with separation anxiety!

With spring in the air this is a great time to get a pup and get it out and about. Keep an eye on our facebook page for the next litter……I am sure that it will be very soon.



Adoption of Myron

When 18 month old Myron arrived at the refuge he was a timid, scared boy. How he has changed in just a few months! Today he left as a bouncy, happy boy with a couple who are friends of one of our volunteers from Quillan, so we are bound to have lots of news. What’s more, they have had many spaniels so know the breed. As I was putting him in the car I saw lots of walking poles and thought, keen walkers. just what a energetic spaniel need!

Myron adopted!

Knowing the breed of dog that you are adopting is very important. I am a lazy dog owner and like labradors. Of course they have had years of training, all dogs need training but I like to come to the end of my walk with two dogs beside me rather than be scouring the countryside for a dog who has gone off on its own adventure. Each to their own when it comes to dog breeds!

You will all be relieved to hear that puppy Dagobert is reserved!  With any luck he will be leaving tomorrow.

I am sure that we will have another litter very soon so if you are after a specific breed do let us know. On a day to day basis we never know who will arrive, and we have people looking for Westies and Pekingeses, they don’t come into refuge very often but you never know!





Adoption of Reglisse and news of Helda…

When we mentioned that the three pups Othello, Only and Oslo had been adopted yesterday we never said that we also had their mum at the ScPA too!

However she didnt have a long wait and today she left for a great new life and as she has now been sterilised there will certainly be no more unwanted pups!

Reglisse adopted!

We also had news of how Helda was setting down.  It is a big change for this girl who has never lived inside. She chose to lie on her comfy new bed by the door. She will soon follow the other family dog Atlas and realise how much nicer it is indoor to outdoors!

She also had a visit to the beach today, everything is a first time experience for this girl  but she is in very safe hands!

Helda – on her beach walk.

When a dog is adopted it can be very worried, especially if the new home is very different from the last. First of all it is full of adrenaline and wonders if this is somewhere it can be safe. It can take a good few weeks before it begins to relax and appreciate its new life. Routine and consistency work wonders and of course love and patience!

We really do love getting news of our dogs after adoption and don’t forget that we can advise should you encounter any settling in problems too!

A home for Dagobert?

Dagobert is the last pup from the famous five litter.  He is a 9 week old beautiful setter cross and we hate the idea of him being left and growing up in the refuge.

We know his mum was a setter and we think that his Dad may have been a spaniel or collie.

He has the most gorgeous marking sand is such a happy, joyful pup who will make a fantastic family pet.

If you could give Dagobert a home then please get in touch.

Adoption of Helda, Freddy and three pups..

This morning, before the refuge was even open, we had the adoption of Helda. This 6 year old German Shepherd was bought at pet store as a pup but spent most of her life neglected at the bottom of garden.  She arrived at the SPA in November 2017 and had little interest until a family moved to the area last year. They were renting at first but wanted to wait until they were in their own house before taking Helda. They visited her many times, taking her on outings, getting to know her and making sure that she got on with their dog. And today off she went!

For Helda the best years of her life have just begun and she really does deserve this chance, so a massive thank you to Vasuki and family!

Helda, adopted!


Readers of yesterday’s blog will remember  that it was all about our teenagers and today lucky Freddy left! This really is fantastic news for this young lad who has basically grown up at the refuge. Be happy Freddy, enjoy life in a family!

Freddy, adopted at last!

We also had the adoption of three tiny pups. They didnt even make it onto facebook before they were reserved.  If you are looking for a small or specific breed do complete our pre adoption form and we will give you the heads up when one arrives!

Puppy Othello adopted!

Only adopted!

Oslo adopted!

Five adoptions is fantastic news but we still have puppy Dagobert from the famous five litter waiting on a family. We know that there has to be a first and last to leave but its so hard for this gorgeous little boy.  If you are thinking about a pup please think about offering him a home, hes a great pup!

Dagobert is still waiting!


Spot light on our teenagers…

We all know that pups should be socialised, taken out and about, introduced to lots of people and situations but not all pups are that lucky! Some are taken as cute puppies and as they mature are ignored, allowed to roam and arrive at the Scpa as teenagers who have had little training.

Some pups arrive with us and we have no interest in them and they end up as teenagers with us.

However these dogs end up with us they are the hardest to find adopters for. One reason for this is that these dogs are under exercised and as people walk around the kennels they go mad in their kennels jumping and barking to get your attention. Now we know that these dogs are usually great once they are out of the kennel but from a prospective adopters point of view you can understand their initial reluctance! What we must remember is that these dogs have all been let down by humans who took on the responsibility of a pup and then just couldn’t be bothered when they realised pups grow and don’t train themselves!

So here are a few of our teenagers who really need homes but are fantastic dogs. With a little time, patience and training will be fantastic family dogs.

So first of all meet Loubi, a medium sized griffon cross. He is a super boy who loves people, dogs and life in general.

Loubi,9 months old!

Next we have Nikita. a stunning girl with a really soft nature. She is a real beauty with her shiny black coat and sparkling white teeth!

Nikita – 9 months old!

Or how about Zebuline a berger x sharpie, again a lovely natured happy girl. she really is  a head turner and so sweet natured.

Zebuline – i year old!

Then there is Freddy who has been with us since he was a young pup. What a shame that he has only know refuge life! He loves people, craves attention and loves playtime in the park.

Freddy- ! year old!

These are only 4 of our many teenagers. Please give then a thought when you come to visit!


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!








Puppy madness and adoption of Maya.

Yesterday the ScPA had 5 puppies and today only one is left! Yes, this has been one of our most sought after litters ever, with four of the pups leaving immediately. That is great for them, naturally, but please spare a thought for little Dagobert, who is all alone tonight. Bearing in mind that the refuge is open tomorrow, perhaps he won’t be alone for too long.

tricolured setter pup

Dagobert is still waiting!

The adoption of the day has to be that of Maya. Her arrival almost two weeks ago was the fourth time she had been at the refuge since September. On previous occasions she has always been collected just as her pound time was coming to an end. That is fine, but at one stage the employees were wondering if the refuge was being used as a cheap kennelling service.

This time however no one came to collect her, and although she is young and pretty, we never know how long dogs will wait for a new home. In Maya’s case, it took just two days after her pound time was officially up. That is wonderful news for her. Maya was born in April 2018, and it is great that she can do the rest of her growing up in her new home.

We don’t really have any decent photos of her, as the weather has been so rotten that taking pictures has been a bit difficult. We hope you get the idea, though!

setter cross


So it was a good day at the ScPA today and hopefully tomorrow will be another one!