Another big day for leavers, with no fewer than seven dogs setting off for a new life in Belgium. The name Animal Trust might ring a bell with people who have been following us for a while. It is a private refuge which has taken dogs from the ScPA several times before. Eline, who runs the place, got in touch with DRC last month to offer to take some dogs to look after until they could be rehomed. Naturally, subject to the agreement of the ScPA board, we jumped at the chance!
Animal Trust has amazing facilities. I have visited several times, and we have feet on the ground as I am in contact not only with Eline but also with several of their volunteers, as well as people who have adopted “Frenchies” and who have kept in touch since. The name Todd springs to mind, of course, but there are many others….Canaille, and (sniff) Girafon, plus Venusio, Flash…there are many others. Animal Trust oversees wonderful adoptions and keeps in touch for ever. And just as importantly, while dogs are waiting, they have a wonderful life, as the facilities are second to none.
Eline asked for a list of dogs who needed her the most. So that was long termers, but also “invisible” dogs. She intended to take three, and ended up with seven! And I am sure in her heart she would have taken more. But she is often called upon to take dogs from mistreatment cases, and has many other dogs to look after as well.
This morning at just after 06H00 the Lucky Seven were on their way, complete with TRACES documentation, and in the safe hands of Christian of STIAC Transport. They are due to arrive in the wee small hours tonight, and will soon be settling into their new luxury accommodation.
Sometimes all a dog needs is a chance to be seen by different people, and breeds that are hard to home here (griffons and the long eared hunt types, for instance) are seen as exotic in Belgium. And sometimes they don’t even need to go very far. Two of the dogs who left the ScPA for Montpelier have been adopted already, they just needed a new “audience”.
Huge thanks to Eline. I have to say, my little heart leapt with joy when I got her message offering to take some dogs. They are in very good hands.
Good luck to Loubi, Kakao, Trudy, Darco, Billy, Douce and Bébé in your new lives! Up up and away!