Sometimes when we have lots of adoptions there is a sense of optimism and it is easy to forget the harsh reality that is the refuge. As well as all the recent good news, there has been a fair bit of bad.
I am pleased to say that the puppy, Boza or Boris who arrived on Tuesday looks like he is going to make it, but on the negative side, we have had seven dogs arrive at the refuge in the past two days. I am not sure if people watch our Facebook page, see that some dogs have left and assume that we will have room for their cast-offs, but there seems to be a bit of a trend at the moment. I am feeling the exact opposite of how I was feeling this time last night.
People never cease to amaze me in the way they treat their animals, and sadly, for every wonderful home that we find, there will be a dog or cat cold alone and neglected. The ones that make it to us are the lucky ones, in many respects, but the refuge walls are not made of elastic and we are starting to fill up again.
Thankfully I can always find something to cheer me up. Today it is in the form of some photos received recently of ex-SPA dogs who are now happily rehomed.
Here are Lolipop, who is being officially adopted on Monday but who left yesterday as we know her owners (they also adopted the fabulous dog, Sake, who you see here playing with his new sister). Then you can see Harlequin, who went to live in the UK thanks to a wonderful border collie rehoming association called Wiccaweys, and a human chain involving a very good friend of the refuge. Yes, border collies are a bit special (which is why so many of them end up at the SPA), but with the right owners they are hard to beat as pets!
We have several border collies at the SPA at present; if you have an outdoorsy lifestyle and would like a faithful companion to share it with, please get in touch!
Lolipop (with Sake)