In May 2013 a dog was brought to the SPA who was already well known to us. Like many other of our regular visitors, we knew Rex’s owner and were expecting him to come and reclaim his dog, as he had done on previous occasions. Actually to be fair, the previous time it was employee Melissa who had delivered Rex to a location convenient to his owner, who does not own a car. Or a house. Having a dog when you are homeless is not easy, but there is usually such a strong bond that somehow things work out.
Rex was always in great condition when he arrived at the refuge, and was micro chipped we had no reason to suspect that this time he would not be collected. Attempts were made to contact his owner via organisations such as the Resto de Coeur, but after the days stretched into weeks then months, we realised that Rex was now truly homeless.
Bear in mind that this is a dog who was used to living on the street. He knew little about leads, and certainly was not happy at being deprived of his liberty. Hugely affectionate, it was difficult to leave Rex in his kennel after a walk, as he would do his best to keep you with him just to have human contact. Very sad.
Rex had been with us for over 15 months with no one, apart from volunteers and employees paying him any attention. Then last week thanks to volunteer Laurène, his plight was highlighted in The Independent. And BINGO!
Rex left the SPA today to live in a huge garden of 1700 m2 somewhere near Paris with a couple who were holidaying in Carcassonne and decided to take a wonderful souvenir home with them. Lucky, lucky Rex.
So although there was only one adoption today, it was a goodie!
Rex with his new mum and dad
And this is probably my favourite photo of him, with volunteer Isabelle, who is on holiday so was not able to say goodbye to her favourite dog.