When people come to the refuge to adopt a dog they often ask, how much does it cost? Some people are so pleased with their new friend that they give you a donation on top of the fee whilst othesr are visually shocked, having expected a rescue dog to be free or almost free.
Perhaps it’s because it used to be in the UK that when adopting a dog from a rehoming centre only a token fee or donation was asked for. This however was a long time ago and these centres received local authority monies!
The SPA is a charity and to exist we cannot lose money. Without the SPA most of the dogs would be roaming the streets and last year alone we admitted nearly 700 dogs. A large percentage of our income comes from adoption fees and donations. To look after 140+ dogs we need staff, utilities, food for the animals, insurance, etc etc. All of our animals are vet checked on arrival, are vaccinated, wormed, have flea and tick treatment, our females are sterilized and all of these things cost money. If we were to then just give our dogs away for little for no fee how could we pay our bills?
Lots of people ask how they can help and we always welcome donations of food, bedding, cages, leads, collars and toys.
If you have time to spare we are always looking for volunteers. Some people volunteer and walk dogs whilst others love to play with the cats. We are always desperate for foster families who provide a lifeline for many of our dogs and cats and it always frees up a refuge place for another. If you can help please get in touch…we would love to hear from you!
Todays lucky dog to leave was Brioche, a tiny terrier cross who arrived with some strange looking cuts on her neck. All it took was a little TLC and she was quickly snapped up by Jess, the lady who adopted Filou as well as taking the odd pig and goat off our hands!
Unfortunately we have had another 3 dogs arrive but as I keep saying, that is the reality of this time of year in France. The only way we can make a difference is sterilization and education and we do have exciting news on the education side. That however is a blog for another day so watch this space……..,
Tiny Brioche leaves happier and healthier than ever!