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Five adoptions raise morale

Well, we were hoping for a bumper end to the week, and we had one! Five adoptions have raised our spirits and this sad week has ended on a high note after all.

First to leave was Noelle. She was found at the entrance to the motoroway in Carcassonne at the end of November, and I guess we will never know her history. Was she lost accidentally by a family who was travelling through the area, or was she deliberately dumped in a place where she was likely to be found and taken to safety? If she wasn’t hit by a car first, of course. Noelle is a lovely girl, less than a year old and very sociable. She caught the eye of several people on line, amongst them Sue, who came to visit to confirm that Noelle was, indeed, the dog she wanted to share her life with. We look forward to news and photos.

dog with new owners

Noelle – ADOPTED

Next we said goodbye to little Elliott. He has been with us for slightly less time than Noelle, supposedly found on a road and brought straight to the SPA, but by a family who had already given the dog a name and knew all his likes and dislikes. Make of that what you will. In any case, this little jack russell cross is good with other dogs and cats, as well as children. Today he left looking very pleased with himself.

small white dog

Elliott – ADOPTED

Next a couple came to search for a dog, and took recently abandoned Jet out for a walk. He, you may rememeber, was abandoned recently due to his owners’ separating. Apparently not everyone fights tooth and nail to keep a dog when their circumstances change. Today’s couple asked lots of questions and said they would have a think. This is always wise, as taking on a dog should not be a spur of the moment decision. In this case, the period of reflection did not take long, and they returned at the end of the day to collect lucky Jet.


We also said goodbye to Ralf. He is a very lucky dog. He was abandoned last week by a family (I can’t recall the reason, one of the usual ones, divorce, moving house etc). They told us on the rehoming form that Ralf needs some socialisation. Errr, just a bit! Luckily for him some of his former neighbours came to walk him at the weekend and were able to reassure him. As Ralf had lived with children (which you would never have guessed from his behaviour in his kennel), he seemed perfect for the family who came along looking for a child-friendly malinois. So Ralf is off and rather wonderfuly his former neighbours were at the SPA today and were able to meet Ralf’s new family. We wish them and Ralf much happiness.

pale malinois cross


Finally today we said goodbye to Loopa. This young purebred malinois was the cause of much buzz on the internet. Homed by her breeder, Loopa was abandoned at the end of November. Of course lots of people want a dog who is LOF, and the phone rang non stop for several days. Carole was left with the unenviable task of finding a suitable family. This was no simple matter, and even when it had been completed, jealousy seems to have caused someone to intervene, causing the original family to cancel the reservation. This meant a further 5 days’ wait for Loopa while another (better!) home was sought. Sigh.



Today Loopa made the long trip to Normadie to her new home where she has a new staffie friend. Having seen her new family, who came all the way to collect her, we are sure that they will all be very happy.

We would like to remind people that the other dogs at the SPA, although not LOF, are just as worthy of this kind of attention.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered today, including “Team Greenfinger” who were planting trees in the parks this morning. Next week they are going to plant some shrubs, and if you would like to help, please get in touch!

Adoption of Delice

I don’t think I can remember when we had to wait until Thursday for our first adoption of the week. Yes, this has been a bad few days, with lots of new arrivals including several dogs brought back for rehoming. Let’s just hope these dogs haven’t been brought in to make room for a new puppy.

Today’s adoption was of Delice. Lots of people expressed interest in this girl and we can see why. A small sized griffon, Delice arrived ten days ago very thin and extremely nervous. She is one of a number of hunt-type dogs who have arrived recently, so if you like the long- eared breeds, now is a great time to adopt. I hasten to add that not all of them have been hunters and not all of them are nervous, but most of them will have a more developed sense of smell than your average pooch, and this is something to bear in mind when adopting.

In any case, it didn’t take little Delice long to find a home, and we are delighted for her. Helping a nervous dog regain confidence is incredibly rewarding, and we look forward to seeing photos of Delice as she blossoms in her new home.

There are more adoptions planned for tomorrow, including that of the dog whose adoption was scheduled for Monday, but more about that anon. We hope to salvage something from what has been a pretty bleak week so far.

small griffon cross

Delice – ADOPTED

Cards to raise cash.

Today although there were not adoptions, we have exciting news nevertheless.

Who remembers the photography session that took place this summer, where volunteer Marketa, helped by behaviourist Vanessa, took pictures of some SPA dogs to turn into cards. Well they are now ready. The plan was to have these available for Christmas, but we decided to not make them season specific, so you can buy them now but use them for any occasion, Christmas, birthday, or just because!

There are 12 designs, each featuring one or two of your SPA favourites. Who can resist adorable Banjo,  Or how about cheeky little Milou, looking all foxy and feisty?

The goal is to raise funds, but also to raise awareness of the SPA and of the beautiful dogs who (temporarily) live there. Some of the dogs featured have since been adopted, but we think they are a good cross section of the types of dogs in rescue. They show dogs of all shapes and sizes and ages, but each and every one deserves a new home.

The cards are on sale at €2 each, with six for €10. They come complete with envelopes, and are of excellent quality. They were printed by a small printing house in Carcassonne, Atelier Gutenberg, who share our vision and realised that we wanted a product that was as wonderful as our dogs! All profits go to the SPA.

Why not collect all 12, they make great presents or are ideal for framing. Supplies are very limited, so don’t delay! The cards will be available as of this weekend at the SPA. Sorry, collection only, or by arrangement via website@dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk


big smiling staffie


two dogs eating biscuits off a table

Aneth and Freedom share some treats

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped by walking dogs to the photo shoot and everyone else involved in this project. We hope it is the first project of many.


Sunday adoption of Luna

We had a very busy open day today, with lots of people visiting the dogs with plans to adopt in the near future, but also many many people who just wanted to give some of their time on this glorious but chilly Sunday. We have gathered yet more volunteers for regular walking, too, which is wonderful.

We had an adoption too, that of young beagle cross Luna. She was abandoned on Wednesday this week due to a change in family circumstances. An adorable little dog of just over 2 years old, Lucky Luna did not have long to wait. She has a new playmate, too, a gorgeous little griffon who is also happy to have a new friend in his life.

So one week ends and another starts tomorrow. There is already an adoption on the cards, so watch this space!

beagle cross


A snowy Saturday

We had snow at the SPA today, but despite this, there were lots of people out walking dogs! As long as you wrap up warm it is actually quite enjoyable, and of course the dogs don’t mind at all, they are grateful for the chance to get out of their kennels even if it is only for a short time.

Of course the goal is to get out of their kennels and spend a long time in a home. And two more dogs were adopted today. First to leave was Maia. She has been with us for just over two months and although she looks a bit staffie, in actual fact she was able to be decatagorised, as she does not fall into the very strict measurements to be a controlled breed. Of course this was great news for her, as it meant that she could leave like any other dog! Her new family are delighted to be able to take her out without making her wear a muzzle, which would otherwise not have been legal.

dog with chunky face


We also said goodbye to Sioux. He has only been with us for a few weeks, so we don’t know him well. He is a handsome boy who shares his kennel happily. His new family spotted him and fell in love, and this instant attraction was enough! We wish Sioux much happiness in his new home.

Big pale dog


There is another adoption to catch up on, although it is not news per se. The last of the pups, Shino (now Gibson) was officially adopted on Thursday by his foster family. And guess what? They are the same family who recently adopted another of the pups, Youma! Lots of puppy play going on there, for sure!

Shino (now Gibson) – ADOPTED

Please don’t forget that the SPA is open tomorrow as it is the first Sunday of the month. There is no snow forecast, though! Oh, and we are having another open Sunday this month too, the 16-17th December is our Animal Xmas, so if you can’t make it tomorrow, don’t worry, there is still another Sunday on which to visit.

Three more in the warm

Well, as promised Fidji left for her new home today, and we are sure that her night alone will soon be forgotten. Her new family have had plenty of time to prepare for the arrival of the newly renamed Maggie, and this is very sensible. Yes, there are certain practical considerations to adopting a puppy; not only the obvious (lead, collar/harness, dishes, what food to give etc), but also preparations to make around the house to make sure puppy cannot get into too much trouble! Perhaps less so here in France, where everyone has tiled floors!

pup in woman's arms

Fidji (now Maggie) – ADOPTED

We look forward to photos and news of Maggie as she grows up, and we thanks all the other adopters of pups (and adult dogs too) who have been sending us pictures of their dogs in their new homes.

There were two more adoptions today, of two dogs who arrived together, in fact.

Husky cross Tetsu and his pal arrived ten days ago, already identified but their owners could not be reached by telephone. They did get in touch on Saturday to say that they would collect their dogs on Monday. However on Monday they phoned to say they would not be collecting them. As we already had several people interested in adopting the dogs and the pound delay had ended, there seemed no point in waiting to see if the owners changed their minds again.

Tetsu is a lovely looking dog, hence all the interest in him, but he is not the easiest of dogs. He is very unhappy with being on a lead and will need educating. However his new family have promised to take him to dog school and we have everything crossed that Tetsu adapts quickly to his new life.



His pal, a coton de tulier, who arrived identified but nameless, and whom we imaginatively called “Cotton” was in a poor state ten days ago, with matted dirty fur. However Angelique got to work and he has turned out to be just as handsome as his husky pal. He too left today and as you can see, is looking rather pleased with his change in fortunes!

Coton de tulear

Cotton – ADOPTED

So three dogs embark on their new lives today. Let’s see what tomorrow will bring!

Adoption of Diego and Adés

Well, last night’s attempt to pull everyone’s heartstrings seems to have worked, as today Diego left for his new home. Strangely that leaves Fidji, the first puppy to be reserved, as the last one to leave. Still, not to worry, this time tomorrow she will be with her new family, and the SPA will be a puppy-free zone. At least we hope so!

black pup in woman's arms


We also said goodbye today to little Adés. This lad arrived four weeks ago, already identified. When his owner was contacted he seemed happy to know that this little French bulldog cross was safe and well, however he never came to collect him. Sigh. This is one reason why, even if by some miracle the arrival of unwanted puppies stopped, there would always be dogs at the SPA! Still, one person’s loss is another’s gain, and today after being castrated, Adés left for a lovely new home.

French bulldog cross


Luckily there are people who actively look for their dogs; Gin and Tonic, as we called them, arrived non-identified a couple of days ago, unidentified. However their owner put notifications online (on the excellent site Pet Alert 11) looking for his dogs, and eagle-eyed Carole was able to let the worried owner that his dogs were safe and well at the SPA. They left today, and needless to say both are now identified.

Gin and Tonic – ADOPTED

One adoption is certain tomorrow, but who knows, perhaps there will be others!

Three pups in new homes

Three puppies left for their new homes today!

Naruto has gone to live with volunteer Alice and her family, who have been looking for a young dog for some time, and puppy Naruto was just what they were looking for. And of course we see Alice regularly and we know that we will have lots of updates on how this little lad is getting on now he has left the SPA.

black puppy

Naruto – ADOPTED 

Anther pup to leave for his forever home today is Pablo. In fact although he was at the SPA for a couple of weeks, last Wednesday he went to live with foster mum Isa. It was a colleague of hers who had reserved Pablo,  however as she was unable to take him immediately, Pablo has spent the past five days getting socialised with Isa’s dogs. It does no harm at all to pups to change home like this, they adapt very quickly. But this evening Pablo (now renamed Nox) is in his forever home, along with a nine year old canine pal, a rabbit, some tortoises and some aviary birds!

Pablo (now Nox) – ADOPTED

We also said goodbye to Inuka. She was the last female to leave, and I think she only stayed this long because her initial reservation was cancelled. Of course we would far rather people cancelled a reservation than adopt a puppy they don’t want, but it caused a bit of confusion for people who were trying to work out who was still available. Like me!

black shepherd cross


So now only Diego is left. He is a male who will be about 20kg as an adult. Although it is not nice to think of him all alone, in fact he has company for now, as another pup is still there, although she is reserved. Plus we often find that the last pup to leave ends up with a wonderful home. We have to point out that there is nothing at all wrong with him; there is ALWAYS a last pup, and on this occasion it is him, that is all! And who knows, perhaps he will find a foster family even if it is just for a couple of days 😉 !

black shepherd cross

Diego – “when will it be MY turn?”

Six on Saturday!

Gosh, what a busy day! I don’t think a blog has ever had this title before, it certainly was a bumper day for adoptions. The SPA was packed, and Estelle was kept busy with paperwork as we said farewell to 6 dogs!  You are probably assuming that they were all puppies, but not so!

Three pups did leave, though, and we will talk about them first. Gypsy, Hanabi and Kendji all found new homes today. It was lovely seeing their new families leave full of the excitement that adopting a new puppy brings. We are looking forward to news and photos so we can see how they all grow up, because yes, with the best will in the world, no one can be quite sure how big a puppy will be as an adult, unless of course they have seen both parents, which is rarely the case for rescues.


Hanabi – ADOPTED

Kendji – ADOPTED

The adopters of Tara are better placed to know how their new little girl will be as an adult…little! This is because Tara is already 5 months old and almost fully grown. She is an adorable girl, too. Already with basic obedience and although lively, she is also very gentle. Her new family fell totally in love with her, and the feeling seemed to be mutual. We are delighted for her, she will be spoilt and adored, and she deserves to be!


Next we said goodbye to Spike. He is a favourite with almost everyone; a dog who looks fierce, but who is a big teddy bear. He arrived completely terrified, and chances are he has experienced cruelty in his past. It has been wonderful watching him gain in confidence since his arrival some 6 weeks ago. Socialising the scared dogs is something the SPA is great at and rightly proud of. Have a great new life, Spike, we will all miss you.

Bog rottie cross


Finally we said goodbye to Raven. This young lad arrived about a month ago and is not a year old. So like all of today’s lucky dogs, he has a lot to learn. But he is bright and quick to learn and his new family will have lots of fun with this lively boy. We are glad that he didn’t have too long to wait for his new home. Like so many of our dogs, he is too active to enjoy the confinement of a kennel.


What a way to end the week! In case you are wondering, there are still four puppies at the SPA, only one of whom is reserved. Let’s see what next week brings!

Four on Friday

As many of our followers know, about four weeks ago eight puppies were found at the refuge gates. Whoever put them there did not take the trouble to come to reception and hand the pups over and tell us the breed mix. They also didn’t wait long enough before dumping the pups; the vet estimated them as being just 5 weeks old, too young to be away from their mum, and too young to be vaccinated.

The SPA is not a good place for puppies. Okay, it is not the worst place to be either; pups are loved and looked after and socialised as much as time and hygiene precautions allow. But being in a family is so much better. Hence our love of foster families. Usually a foster family keeps a puppy until a permanent home is found, with this change of location being easily assimilated into a puppy’s development. However two of the pups who were officially adopted today have been with their forever family for a couple of weeks, waiting till vaccinations could be safely given. That means they are already loved and well settled and won’t need to get used to a new home!

So we can’t say that today we said goodbye to Kiba and Youma, as we said farewell to them two weeks ago. But today their adoptions are official, so we say a very big thank you to their new families, and we wish them much continued happiness in their not-so new homes.



One of their brothers, Kankuro, also found a home today. He was not so lucky in that he has been at the SPA since his arrival, but he had lots of other pups to play with, as anyone who saw yesterday’s video of them all outside in the sunshine will know. And Kankuro has a big brother to play with now, as his family are already well known to us as the adopters of Odin! Many thanks to them for opening up their home to another rescue dog.

Kankuro – ADOPTED

It wasn’t just a day for pups. After a surprisingly long month at the SPA (not long for SPA dogs, but quite long for a small, cute female), Tweetie has found a new home. She is a great little girl, sociable, playful and above all lively! It isn’t just pups who can provide endless hours of entertainment, as Tweetie’s new family will find out!

Fox terrier

Tweetie – ADOPTED

So all in all it was a good Friday and we are hoping for yet more good news tomorrow.