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Adoption of Helda, Freddy and three pups..

This morning, before the refuge was even open, we had the adoption of Helda. This 6 year old German Shepherd was bought at pet store as a pup but spent most of her life neglected at the bottom of garden.  She arrived at the SPA in November 2017 and had little interest until a family moved to the area last year. They were renting at first but wanted to wait until they were in their own house before taking Helda. They visited her many times, taking her on outings, getting to know her and making sure that she got on with their dog. And today off she went!

For Helda the best years of her life have just begun and she really does deserve this chance, so a massive thank you to Vasuki and family!

Helda, adopted!


Readers of yesterday’s blog will remember  that it was all about our teenagers and today lucky Freddy left! This really is fantastic news for this young lad who has basically grown up at the refuge. Be happy Freddy, enjoy life in a family!

Freddy, adopted at last!

We also had the adoption of three tiny pups. They didnt even make it onto facebook before they were reserved.  If you are looking for a small or specific breed do complete our pre adoption form and we will give you the heads up when one arrives!

Puppy Othello adopted!

Only adopted!

Oslo adopted!

Five adoptions is fantastic news but we still have puppy Dagobert from the famous five litter waiting on a family. We know that there has to be a first and last to leave but its so hard for this gorgeous little boy.  If you are thinking about a pup please think about offering him a home, hes a great pup!

Dagobert is still waiting!


Spot light on our teenagers…

We all know that pups should be socialised, taken out and about, introduced to lots of people and situations but not all pups are that lucky! Some are taken as cute puppies and as they mature are ignored, allowed to roam and arrive at the Scpa as teenagers who have had little training.

Some pups arrive with us and we have no interest in them and they end up as teenagers with us.

However these dogs end up with us they are the hardest to find adopters for. One reason for this is that these dogs are under exercised and as people walk around the kennels they go mad in their kennels jumping and barking to get your attention. Now we know that these dogs are usually great once they are out of the kennel but from a prospective adopters point of view you can understand their initial reluctance! What we must remember is that these dogs have all been let down by humans who took on the responsibility of a pup and then just couldn’t be bothered when they realised pups grow and don’t train themselves!

So here are a few of our teenagers who really need homes but are fantastic dogs. With a little time, patience and training will be fantastic family dogs.

So first of all meet Loubi, a medium sized griffon cross. He is a super boy who loves people, dogs and life in general.

Loubi,9 months old!

Next we have Nikita. a stunning girl with a really soft nature. She is a real beauty with her shiny black coat and sparkling white teeth!

Nikita – 9 months old!

Or how about Zebuline a berger x sharpie, again a lovely natured happy girl. she really is  a head turner and so sweet natured.

Zebuline – i year old!

Then there is Freddy who has been with us since he was a young pup. What a shame that he has only know refuge life! He loves people, craves attention and loves playtime in the park.

Freddy- ! year old!

These are only 4 of our many teenagers. Please give then a thought when you come to visit!


Adoption of Karadoc….

Well today has been a cold miserable day so when the refuge messaged to say that our  DRC sponsor boy Karadoc had been adopted it certainly cheered me up!

Kardoc arrived in August as a stray and why its taken so long for him to be adopted is anyone’s guess. Perfect on the lead, calm, very human oriented…what more could you ask for?

Karadoc adopted!

So no more cold concrete kennel for him and now we will just have to choose February’s sponsor dog!

The aim of the monthly sponsor is to give a dog regular social media updates as well as get him out and about and socialised.  It really does make such a difference but with 100+ dogs its impossible to do it with everyone.

Lets hope that this week we can get more dogs out of the cold and in front of cost fires!

Feel sorry for our dogs in cold kennel?   Its not to late to donate to our ‘Hot Dog’ challenge. You can do this by clicking on the link below and then clicking on the donate button. The more donations that we get the more heat lamps we can install and run!








Puppy madness and adoption of Maya.

Yesterday the ScPA had 5 puppies and today only one is left! Yes, this has been one of our most sought after litters ever, with four of the pups leaving immediately. That is great for them, naturally, but please spare a thought for little Dagobert, who is all alone tonight. Bearing in mind that the refuge is open tomorrow, perhaps he won’t be alone for too long.

tricolured setter pup

Dagobert is still waiting!

The adoption of the day has to be that of Maya. Her arrival almost two weeks ago was the fourth time she had been at the refuge since September. On previous occasions she has always been collected just as her pound time was coming to an end. That is fine, but at one stage the employees were wondering if the refuge was being used as a cheap kennelling service.

This time however no one came to collect her, and although she is young and pretty, we never know how long dogs will wait for a new home. In Maya’s case, it took just two days after her pound time was officially up. That is wonderful news for her. Maya was born in April 2018, and it is great that she can do the rest of her growing up in her new home.

We don’t really have any decent photos of her, as the weather has been so rotten that taking pictures has been a bit difficult. We hope you get the idea, though!

setter cross


So it was a good day at the ScPA today and hopefully tomorrow will be another one!


Two adoptions and the ScPA has PUPPIES

We had two more adoptions today to further brighten the mood.

First to leave was Canon. I love this dog. He arrived at the refuge at the beginning of November, only to be diagnosed with ringworm. And we know what this means….isolation until the infection has been dealt with; this is not something you want to spread around a busy refuge. Or anywhere else, for that matter. As ever the staff did a fabulous job, but Canon was not happy at being alone. As soon as he was better he was mixed with another dog, and his life improved enormously.

Being black, Canon (which means “Stunner”) could have had a long wait. If his colour didn’t put people off, his slightly long ears might have. Long eared dogs have a bad rep! Many of them are not at all keen on hunting and can be as much couch potato material as other dogs.

But as we always say, it only takes one family to fall for a dog, as long as it is the right family. And it looks like Canon has hit the jackpot. He left the ScPA today with a wonderful life ahead of him.

black dog with long ears

The stunning Canon – ADOPTED

We are delighted too at the departure of Gimli. He has been adopted before, but sadly he was returned as the family’s young child found Gimli to be a bit too energetic. When choosing a puppy it is important to consider the fact that puppies want to play a lot, and until they know better can use their teeth to explore. It is never done with malice, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt, and of course small children can be a bit overwhelmed. Some puppies are calmer than others. Gimli is one of the others!

Luckily for him he hasn’t waited too long for his new home, and we hope he will know nothing but happiness from now on.

small black and tan dog


On the subject of puppies, Facebook followers may have seen that we have more pups, the “Famous Five litter”. These setter pups are going to be popular, no doubt about it! Here is Annie…and there are four more like her!

setter pup

Annie – one of 5 new puppy arrivals

Another big BIG day!

Before the ScPA even opened we had the big news of the day. Leo has left the ScPA!!

Followers of the blog will know all about him; in fact anyone who is on dog-rescue sites on social media is probably aware of his story. Brought to the refuge at the beginning of October, supposedly having been found, this dog’s foreign chip made him a health risk which resulted in a euthanasia order from the local government department responsible for the refuge. In her blog of 25th November, Moira tells of the incredible efforts that were made to save him.

As most of us in dog rescue know, however, saving a dog does not end there. By definition refuges are safe places, but if no dogs leave the refuge, then we all know what happens; there is no room for new arrivals. There was a lot of interest in Leo when he was at risk. As well as the help we received, there were also threats to staff and volunteers, as well as menacing phone calls and emails from “dog-lovers”. However, once Leo was “safe”, it all went quiet. This proves yet again that it is far easier to sit behind a computer and criticise than it is to actually do anything constructive.

Luckily a German association has offered a place to Leo, where hopefully he will have more luck in finding a home than he has had in France. This morning he left the ScPA (under the TRACES system, of course) for his trip to Germany and we will follow his progress there and keep you posted, of course.

huge dog

Leo – gone to a new life in Germany

That news alone would have been enough to make the day a good one, but in fact we had two further adoptions.

First to leave this afternoon was Edge. He is an Australian shepherd cross who was brought back from a previous adoption. He is a nervous dog, and being exposed to too much too soon can cause him to panic. He will be fine in a calm house where slow and steady approach is possible. This was not the case in his last home. However Edge’s new family are taking lots of advice on how to deal with this boy’s fears. They visited a couple of times before adopting him, and already he has made great progress with them, and we are sure that he is now in a place that is right for him.

pale dog with green eyes


Then today, and after nearly eight months at the refuge, we said goodbye to Pica. When this lovely girl arrived in June last year she was extremely nervous of everyone and it took her quite a long time for her to show her true personality. A lot of credit has to be given to the employees and volunteers for all the walks and love they have given to Pica over this period. As with Edge, slow and steady wins the race, and this was certainly the case with Pica, who is almost unrecognisable when compared to the dog who arrived.

pale beige dog


So not bad for a rainy Thursday, and there is more good news to come on what will probably be a rainy Friday!

Adoption of Bowling, a “not quite pup”

More good news today with the adoption of Bowling, a young dog who arrived in early December. He is one of the many “not quite pups” who arrive at the refuge each year. Typically these dogs arrive at the age of 6-10 months, and are usually on their way to being big (or at least bigger than their owners planned for) and usually lacking in any training.

All puppies are cute, let’s face it. In their early months any problems can usually be dealt with easily. However it takes work to turn a pup into a good dog citizen, and it is when effort is required that dogs are dumped at the refuge, almost always unidentified. The ScPA keeps them for ten days, just in case, but experience has shown that this wait is futile, invariably it is a question of finding a new home for the dog. And of course the sooner the better (providing it is a good home, of course).

We hate to see these dogs behind bars, wasting what should be the most exciting days of their lives. No dog is ever too old to learn, of course, and all these youngsters need is some patience and love.

Bowling is a great lad; young, bouncy, playful and sociable. And very handsome. Today after what has been a long  couple of months he left for his new home, and we hope he will be very happy. If only our other “not quite pups” could be as lucky…..

brown dog

Bowling – ADOPTED

Another dog, eight year old bichon cross Rex, was collected after four cold, wet days behind bars.  He arrived identified but his owners took so long to collect him that a couple of people had their eyes on him as a future companion. Still, tonight he is back in the warm, and we hope that is the last time we see this lad at the refuge.

grey bichon


If all goes according to plan, tomorrow looks to be a bumper day, so see you then!

A BIG Adoption

There has been a phenomenal response to last night’s “Hot Dog” appeal. Installation of the heat lamps is one thing, but contributing to the running costs of the lamps is every bit as important.  So many thanks to everyone who has donated or who plans to do so. It is wonderful to see such solidarity, and we have had donations from all over, not just the UK and France, but also from Australia and the United States. Such is the benefit of social media.

Now onto today’s news. And it is BIG news! We spoke on Saturday about the popularity of small dogs, and how they tend to leave far earlier than the bigger dogs. Well, today we said goodbye to almost the biggest dog at the refuge.

Harley was brought in for rehoming just before Christmas as the result of his family’s divorcing. He had done nothing wrong at all, and although we know that divorce is hard on everyone, imagine what it is like for a dog. Hearing Harley crying in his kennel was just heartbreaking. I took him out for a long walk shortly after his arrival and he lay down at my feet and rolled on his back for a belly rub. He is a big lad, but very much a baby…albeit a 50kg one! Easy on the lead, fabulous with people and other dogs, we all knew that this boy could have a long wait ahead.

Much to everyone’s joy, a family came to the refuge last week and offered a home to Harley. He will be with his new owner all the time, as he can accompany them to work in the vineyards and then chill out in the warmth of a loving home once again.  Excellent news to start the week. And hopefully more is on the way.

big white and brindle dog

Harley – ADOPTED


Help us with our ‘Hot Dog’ challenge….

As many of you know we have concrete kennels and in winter they get VERY cold. As most of our kennels are outside it’s a terrible struggle to keep the dogs warm. Of course, they have a cosy blanket but even so its very tough for the young, elderly or more delicate dogs.

Last year DRC had a good year fundraising, so we have paid for the installation of heat lamps in some of the kennels and some more are ordered. This means that many dogs are cosier this winter than last.

These lamps are very clever and are programmed to come on automatically as the temperatures plummet.  If we say the worst of the winter is 10 weeks long, it only costs about 30 euros per kennel to keep a dog warm!

We would like as many warm dogs as possible and if this is successful, we will add more lamps as funds allow.

If you would like to sponsor a kennel you can do so by sending 30 euros by paypal to website@dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk or a  cheque made out to ScPA Carcassonne, Chemin de la SPA, 11000 Carcassonne.


Three lucky leavers

First off tonight, many thanks to everyone who came along to walk the dogs today. Yes, we know it is cold outside and there is a temptation to stay where it is cosy, but the dogs need us. It was great to see so many dogs out and about and to welcome reinforcements to the team of volunteers. If you think you might like to join in, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Now to news of adoptions!

Yesterday the ScPA said goodbye to two dogs. Mazarine and Pawnee. Both of them are young and female, and hence both easy to rehome. In fact we had several people interested in each of them. Naturally this means that some people are disappointed, but we are hoping that potential adopters are willing to offer a loving home to another dog, even though their first choice dog has left.

brown and white setter

Mazarine – ADOPTED

The length of time a dog remains at the refuge depends on a number of factors, obviously. Colour seems to play a role, but size is perhaps the key factor. In fact small dogs are often reserved almost as soon as they arrive, while they are still in the “Pound”, in fact. Of course this can result in disappointment, as until the ten days are over, the owner could reclaim their dog.

small fluffy dog

Pawnee – ADOPTED

Today’s leaver, Apache, is another tiny one, and like Pawnee, he was reserved while he was still in the “Pound”. Yes,  it seems that if you are a dog looking for a new home, it really is better to be small.

scruffy long haired terrier

Apache – ADOPTED

However there was a reservation today, and it was of a bigger dog, and what’s more, one who has been there for over six months. So good news is on the way.