Well, things didn’t get any better in terms of numbers, but there is good news nonetheless.
As expected, two new dogs arrived; one was a pre-planned abandon, and the other was a dog who had been found at the gates this morning.
Two dogs left, though. Firstly what can only be described as wonderful news; Marcel was reclaimed. This elderly dog (he was 15!) has been living in the infirmary since his arrival on Monday. He was not thin, and was obviously loved and well cared for, and was also well-socialised. He had been staying with his owner’s relatives for Christmas and had escaped. They (not really being dog people) didn’t know where to look, but his owners got in touch via Facebook and lo and behold, there was their dog, whose real name is Sultan, by the way.
So as with Kalie, who was also 15, and was reclaimed on Christmas Eve, an oldie is back in the warm tonight.
One of our super supporters / fosters, Edith, came to relieve the pressure on the refuge by taking home Anouka, on the proviso that she would be okay with the family cats. Anouka passed the cat test and here is a photo of her in her new foster home. Some time in a proper home will hopefully give this girl some confidence; Edith tells me Anouka is getting on with Tello and has already discovered the “dog-sofa”. What a change for this girl who was dumped to fend for herself and her pups in a quarry.
The dog abandoned today was Mylord, a young Brittany spaniel who was adopted 18 months ago, but whose owner is fed up with him running away. It “broke his heart” to abandon his dog, apparently. Oh yeah? In which case, why had you not given him his annual vaccination? Honestly, protecting a dog from disease is the least you can do, especially when you know you are going to be bringing him back to the SPA.
I did have dreams of the refuge being full of people coming to adopt dogs to help us out of the dreadful situation we find ourselves in. Sadly this did not happen. However plenty of people brought us bedding and dog food (thanks Isa!), and we really appreciate your support.
Let’s just hope no more dogs arrive tomorrow!
Anouka finds the “dog-sofa”