Three lovely adoptions today. Firstly was that of Frank, one of the puppies who have been staying with Andrew and Lisa. Betty is still looking for a home, but although she will miss her brother, she still has 3 playmates, and hopefully someone will fall for her charms very soon.
Secondly beautiful Belle left us. This young golden retriever was brought to the refuge when her Irish owner died. She had been well looked after and was very upset to find herself at the SPA, but no one from the family wanted to take her on, so there was no alternative. Belle responded to commands in English, so it is only fitting that she should be adopted by and English gentleman who travelled a long way to collect her. He had just lost his golden retriever at age 16 and a half, and we hope Belle lives as long and as happily a life as Molly did and if she visits even half the European countries that Molly did, she will be one of our most travelled dogs. I am looking forward to seeing pictures of her in exotic locations!
Safe travels Belle
Then it was the turn of Loubar, another puppy and one who is going to be a very big boy when he is adult. Again we see the benefit of having so many highly motivated volunteers, as Loubar’s new owner is a friend of a volunteer, and she, too, came a long way to collect him. Oh, the power of Facebook!
Actually there was a fourth adoption, but this took place yesterday and was from Animal Trust, in Belgium. http://www.animaltrust.be/. This is the privately run refuge that took five dogs from Carcassonne in April. The fourth of these dogs, Jojo, left with his new family tomorrow. He was a favourite with one of the young Animal Trust volunteers, Amber, who sponsored him and also took him to in-house training classes.
Sadly as ever it was not all good news. Four more dogs were brought to the refuge and at least six more have been reported as having been found in local villages and will arrive at the refuge in the next day or so. Experience tells us that many of their owners will have just left them to wander while they are off enjoying the sun somewhere. Expecting any animal to fend for itself in this heat is simply inhumane, so thank you to everyone who is putting out water for stray animals. An old bucket of water placed next to where lost animals are likely to be drawn (dustbins etc) can really save their lives.