We had a couple of pieces of good news today amongst lots of bad news.
As we like to keep things positive for the most part, we will start with the adoptions
First to Atchy. He is a fabulous lad who arrived at the refuge gates, complete with lead and collar at the beginning of March under mysterious circumstances. Except it wasn’t very mysterious after all; even before being able to approach him to check his identification, and thanks to social media, the ScPA had already found out the dog’s name. Not only that, it turns out that he had been left at the gates by someone who is supposedly very involved in animal protection. Apparently this person took on the dog from his previous owner, and then dumped him. This is not what many of us understand from the words “Animal Protection”, but at least the dog was safe.
Atchy was initially terrified and cowered in his kennel. However his first walk showed him to be quite a different beast. He came back with a huge smile on his face, which was lovely to see. And he is a stunning lad, that’s for sure.
Today he found a new home and we hope he will be as happy as he deserves to be.
Atchy – ADOPTED
We next said farewell (again) to Neika. She was the first dog to be adopted this year, but was brought back eight days ago for rehoming. She is very lively and when left alone in the garden would take herself off for walks. This of course put the dog in danger and apparently enclosing the garden was not possible.
So a well enclosed garden and lots of presence was needed, and it looks like Neika’s new home will provide both, as well as children to play with. We hope that it is second time lucky for Neika.
Neika – ADOPTED
Most of all we both of these will be forever homes. Because today three dogs were brought back to the refuge for rehoming. Their names will be familiar to anyone who has been following the blog for …oh, a couple of weeks or so. Believe it or not amongst the returnees is Hermès, who was adopted on Thursday. Apolline is back too, she was adopted ten days ago. Oh, and Jaffa, who managed to last a whole three weeks.
This really isn’t good enough. I am sure that some if not all of these families were well meaning and even good people, but something went wrong somewhere and very quickly.
Adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment, and you should make sure you are adopting a dog that is right for you and your lifestyle. Get to know a dog before you adopt him or her, consider what kind of fencing you have, consider whether you are strong enough to hold the dog on walks. And above all, think about what you are promising when you take an animal home.
I could go on, but there is no point. We live in a society of conspicuous consumption, but many of us are convinced that animals deserve better than this.
Let’s hope that all three of them, and all the other dogs and cats at the ScPA find forever homes soon.