As you know, we have had two enormously successful fundraising events this weekend. The event at Puivert raised some 550 euros for the SPA (the same amount going to Twilight, of course). And the stand at La Cite raised almost 750 euros, which is an incredible total considering that all we had on offer were treat-filled baubles and other gifts for animals. It must have been our charm alone that did the trick, so thanks to Veronique and Val, who organised the SPA’s participation as well as all the lovely volunteers who helped out.
At the refuge, however, things remain bleak. On Saturday there was not a single visitor, apart from a couple of people who reserved puppies. Three of last week’s arrivals (the three musketeers) have been reserved, as has Chuppa, but our other puppies are just being ignored. Khensit is growing up behind bars, as is Lili. And the other beauceron cross, Chups, has had no interest shown in him at all, despite the fact that he is just a baby.
As I have said to several people recently, fundraising is wonderful, and we can definitely use the money to improve the lives of our dogs and cats. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Paypal fund or at our fundraising events. But if we have no adoptions, the animals are doomed. Our walls are not elastic and we really are at capacity. Dogs and cats arrive every day, and we have no option other than to take them, as we act as the pound for the Carcassonne Agglo (which is now 73 villages strong). I just don’t know what we can do.
As recent events have shown, we have a highly motivated team of volunteers who give everything they have to help the refuge. Now we need adoptions!
We have our open weekend approaching; but as last year, this coincides with a sale of puppies in Carcassonne. Great, eh? Many of these puppies will end up at the SPA in any case. It is just so dispiriting. And how about our own pups? Why aren’t they good enough? Okay, they may not be pure bred, but cross-breeds are far more robust and you know you will not be encouraging the horrors of puppy farming.
However in the middle of it all, there is some good news; Associaton Orfee have just informed us of the adoption of Griffi. She and her brother, who were inseparable at the SPA, have learned to be less inter-dependent, and as they are both with other dogs they are now happy to live apart. Griffi especially so, as she now has a permanent family!
WE HAVE A VEHICLE DRIVING OVER TO THE UK IN MID JANUARY, SO IF YOU WOULD LIKE ONE (OR TWO) OF OUR DOGS BUT ARE WORRIED ABOUT HOW TO GET THEM, WE HAVE SOLUTION! ALL WE NEED IS 3 WEEKS’ NOTICE FOR THE RABIES VACCINATION!
Khensit- I am growing up behind bars.
Chups- Why does no one want me?
Griffi (on the right) – I am lucky. I have a family and a new friend!