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Adoption of Amstaff Drago

Today Drago, a fabulous American Staffordshire left for his new home. He arrived identified but the ScPA was unable to reach his owners. This may or may not be a good thing. Perhaps despite being category 2, he was not “en regle”, or perhaps his owner simply did not want him anymore. In either case, Drago was looking for a new home.

Jenna and her husband were looking for a second dog, to help their deaf dog, Logan. So the new dog had to be okay with other dogs, as well as cats and children. Intially came to the refuge sepecifically to meet a different dog. One who was not categorised as being dangerous. However when they met Drago they knew he was the one. Provided he met the criteria, that is.

The meeting with Logan went well, as did meeting the children. But how would Drago do in the cat house? Well, let’s just say that this tough looking lad got biffed around the face and didn’t react at all, so that was more than okay! So Jenna and Cedric set about getting the required permits . This can be easy, but it can also be difficult. Completing the obligatory training course was the easy bit in this case, but getting insurance and the permit from the mairie took a bit longer. However all in all it was not too bad, and 8 weeks after his arrival at the ScPA, Drago has a new home.

We hope he will be as happy as he deserves to be. As EVERY dog deserves to be, in fact.

man cuddling staffordshire

Drago – ADOPTED

Many thanks to Jenna and her family. We look forward to news and photos, of course.

Adoption of Oseille

Today saw the adoption of Oseille, a sweet little dog who has been with us since towards the end of October. She is officially a beagle cross, but looks quite like a tiny and delicate pointer. She made it her business to make friends with everyone, and it wasn’t long before she was offered a home. So in theory Oseille could have gone straight from the Pound to a new home (via the vet, of course, it is obvious that she has already had her fair share of puppies).

However her new family wanted Oseille to live outside at night, and although this kind of life can suit some dogs, Oseille is not one of them. She seems to be much more of a warm rug kind of dog. So she had to wait a bit longer for the right family to come along.

It is nice to have the luxury to choose the right home for our dogs, and not just let them leave with the first person who wants to adopt them. I am sure most of us believe that there is a dog for everyone (barring people who mistreat animals, of course), and in the intersts of both dog and owner, it is worth waiting a bit longer for the right match.

Many thanks to Oseille’s new family and we look forward to news and pictures of her once she has settled in.

small beagle type dog

Oseille – ADOPTED

There were a couple of reservations too, so more good news awaits!

Remembrance Day adoption of Craig

Today, as is the case every Sunday, the refuge was open for walks, cuddles and of course adoptions. And we did have one lucky leaver, border collie Craig. This lad arrived in the aftermath of the floods, and initially we wondered if this gorgeous boy had come from further upstream, as it were, and that he would be reclaimed. However the ten days’ pound time came and went and the only option was to find a new home for Craig.

Craig is a great lad. At five years old he has got over the phase when dogs, particularly border collies, seem to never tire. Moreover he is good with other dogs, and with his classic black and white colouring, is a very handsome boy indeed.

We wish him all the best in his new home and look forward to news and photos.

black and white border collie

Craig – ADOPTED

As you all know, today is 100 years since the end of the First World War. We are sure that everyone reading this is aware of the enormous sacrifice made by the many animals who were involved in the conflict. They, too, should never be forgotten.

Never forget the sacrifice made my animals in war

Adoption of Triffon, the T’riffic Griffon!

Today saw the adoption of Triffon, a fabulous griffon nivernais who has been at the refuge since the end of September. He really is a fabulous looking lad (a terrific griffon, in fact) who according to the vet’s estimate is about four and a half years old. We have no idea where he had spent his time before being brought to the ScPA as an unidentified stray, but he now has a home of his own, and better still, he has a new canine pal.

Dogs are generally social creatures and if the ScPA employees are able to mix them, they usually make far quicker progress, as well as having much happier lives. Triffon was just starting to enjoy his play time in the park with other dogs, so having another dog in the family will be a big help for him as he settles into his new life.

griffon nivernais

Triffon – ADOPTED

Please don’t forget that the refuge is open tomorrow afternoon, and like today, the forecast is due to be great, so why not come along and meet some of our wonderful dogs!

One yesterday and three today, that makes four adoptions!

We have four lovely adoptions to tell you about today, one took place yesterday and the others are hot off the press!

Sphinx, who left with his new family yesterday, is a fabulous shepherd cross pup who arrived at the ScPA some six weeks ago. Initially very timid, he regained lots of confidence once he was out of the pound and sharing with another dog. Last Saturday he and his kennel mate Prosper spent the day at Maxizoo where both dogs behaved impeccably, and whether or not it was thanks to that, Sphinx was reserved shortly after. He was delighted to leave the refuge yesterday and we hope that he is very happy in his new home.

shepherd puppy

Sphinx – ADOPTED

Now to today. First of the lucky leavers was Marco, a border collie cross who, at just over a year old, is another young dog who is pleased to have a new home. He has been at the ScPA for four months, which is quite a long time for a dog this young, but Marco seems to be very calm, and, all being well, he will adapt quickly and easily to his new home.

We also said goodbye to a little puppy who has only recently arrived and who hadn’t even been given a name on Facebook. So for the blog’s sake, we will call her Rusti. She has been living in the cat house and is simply adorable. She was given lots of cuddles before heading off for her new life today.

Rusti – ADOPTED

We then said goodbye to beautiful Edge. He is a stunning griffon cross, and it is wonderful that he has found a home after just three weeks at the ScPA. In fact the refuge Facebook page has already received the first photos of him playing with his canine companions in his new home, and it looks like a great life is ahead of him. And as he has only just turned one year old, like today’s other dogs, his time at the refuge will soon be forgotten.

pale brown griffon with pale eyes

Edge – ADOPTED

We had a couple of reservations too, and don’t forget the week is far from over; there are two more days to go!

Three Adoptions

Today we had three adoptions, so the week is finally starting to pick up.

First to leave was Kalia. the sister of Shiva, who left us a couple of weeks ago. Unusually, this time it was the black puppy who left first, but Kalia did not have long to wait, as it turned out. In fact she has been adopted by a young veterinary student from Toulouse, and it looks like she is going to have a wonderful life, as well as the best possible care, of course!

Kalia – ADOPTED

Next we said goodbye to Chupito. This young dog has been with us since March, when he was brought back after an unsuccessful adoption. Like many of our long-ish termers, he has shared his kennel with a number of different dogs, and so we are delighted that his turn has finally come. His time at the ScPA has been long but as he is quite a small lad, he has been out on a LOT of walks, none of which seemed to wear him out in the slightest, so we are sure he will love the chance to get a bit more exercise now he has a home.

small beagle type cross

Chupito – ADOPTED

Finally we said goodbye to malinois Aelis. She arrived in early September, and is a gorgeous affectionate girl. With humans that is. So far she has been very difficult to mix, apart from with Vincent’s dogs. Were to she remain at the ScPA longer, this is undoubtedly something that would improve. Luckily for her, Aelis’s new family are determined to continue the good work that has been started. They are experienced dog owners and already adore Aelis after several weeks of regular walks with her, so all should go well.

malinois

Aelis – ADOPTED

Two dogs Maya and Narco, were reclaimed, too, so it has been a pretty good day. More like this, please!

Adoption of Louby

We had another magnificent day today with temperatures in the high teens and plenty of volunteers walking dogs in the sunshine. And we had an adoption, too. The first of the week, but we hope it will not be the last.

We are particularly happy to say goodbye to Louby. He arrived five weeks ago, and the vet estimated him as being five months old at the time. This, as we have said on many occasions, is a difficult age for a dog. They have lost their real puppy cuteness, but are not yet adults. What’s more, when Louby arrived, there were other younger pups, and we were starting to wonder when his turn would come.

However his luck has changed big time! Some volunteers have been coming to the ScPA for a few weeks now, making no secret of the fact that they were doing so with a view to adopting a dog. Incidentally this is a great way to find the dog that is right for you. You get to see all the dogs soon after they arrive and you can walk them once they are ready to go out, giving you time to get to meet them properly over the course of several weeks, if necessary. Sometimes a dog who you would not have looked at twice on a quick tour round the refuge can steal your heart on a walk. A highly recommended strategy!

In Loubi’s case he was one of a couple of dogs who this family considered. (Yes, that is one problem with volunteering; you want ALL the dogs!). But he was the one who seemed most compatible with the family’s two cats. He wasn’t 100% cat friendly, but he is only 6 months old and with a bit of work will soon get used to his feline friends.

So today little Loubi left for his new home and we look forward to lots of news and pictures.

black griffon cross

Loubi – ADOPTED

Another dog who arrived at an awkward age is Freddy. He has now been waiting for his new home for five whole months, which is half his life. So if you like the thought of adopting a young dog who really deserves a home, please consider offering him a home. Like Louby he is a wonderful boy who just needs a chance!

black braque cross

Freddy – still looking

 

Adoption of Demi and Mimi!

We mentioned in last night’s blog that another dog left the ScPA yesterday and was squatting at Moira’s house before being collected. Well, sure enough, little Demetra (now Demi) is now on her way to the UK to join her family. They are none other than Kim and Graham, who adopted Demi-look-alike Faro just over three years ago, so we know she is in safe hands.

Demi arrived at the refuge very nervous, and it is wonderful to see how much progress she has made since her arrival in early September. She has sharing her kennel happily and that has helped, of course, but a new family is her dream come true. Incidentally she did not go via TRACES, as Graham flew over for a couple of days earlier this week to formalise the adoption. This meant that Demi could leave under the pet passport scheme, and also meant that Demi was able to leave from Moira’s home, rather than directly from the refuge. Many thanks to Moira for hosting Demi, albeit briefly.

black griffon

Demetra – ADOPTED

As you know, today was the event at Maxizoo, and as well as attracting lots of interest, and some lovely donations (thanks to everyone), this event has already born fruit in the form of an adoption! A couple came directly from Maxizoo to the ScPA and adopted little Mimi. She is a lovely girl who has been with us since the end of June. Mimi was exactly what this couple was looking for; the perfect size, fine with cats, as well as being lively and affectionate. Mimi has waited a few months for her home, but it looks like she has hit the jackpot.

small black lab cross

Mimi – ADOPTED

We don’t have any photos from Maxizoo to show you, apart from this one of little Prosper, who was trying his best to find a new family.

Propser – ADOPTED ME (please)

The refuge is open tomorrow from 14H00-18H00 as usual, and perhaps Prosper’s time will come then!

Adoption of Toby and an event tomorrow!

Good news we promised and good news we have.

Today saw the adoption of Toby. He is a young sharpei cross (we think) who had already been at the refuge on a previous occasion, when he arrived with his mum, Gaya. Toby was reclaimed by his owner, but strangely enough she was not the owner of the mother dog, who was subsequently adopted by employee Jeanne. In any case, as expected, Toby’s owner did not keep him for long. She phoned up to make an appointment to abandon him officially last week, but then opted to tie him up to a lamp post rather than bring him in as agreed. Grrr. In any case, the end result was the same; Toby needed a new home. And a FAR better one, clearly.

Luckily he didn’t have long to wait. A family arrived looking for a young dog, and they loved Toby as soon as they saw him. A walk confirmed their choice, and today after a quick visit to the vet, Toby left for his new home.

Toby – ADOPTED

Another dog left the ScPA today and is spending the night (or at least half the night) with Moira before setting off for the UK in the wee hours of the morning. But we will tell you all about that tomorrow.

Also tomorrow there is an event taking place that may interest anyone who fancies a visit to Maxizoo. This “pet store” is much loved by the ScPA for two reasons. Number one they support us via regular donations of food and accessories from both the store itself and their lovely customers. And a BIG number two; they do not sell animals. So rather than being  a pet shop in the traditional sense, Maxizoo is very much a shop FOR pets.

In any case at the initiative of employee, Vincent, tomorrow Maxizoo Carcassonne are hosting the ScPA once again. This time it will be an awareness raising campaign, where visitors to the store can learn all about the refuge; who were are, how the refuge functions, etc. There will be video footage of some of the animals available for adoption, and you can learn about how to be a volunteer. You can also find out how to adopt, of course, as well as meet lots of the lovely ScPA volunteers, who we hope may inspire you to join the team!

beagle /sharpei cross

The refuge will be open as usual, of course, so why not pop in afterwards and see the animals in the flesh (or fur)?

 

Adoption of Morgana

It has been a couple of days since we had an adoption, but to be honest, Monday’s adoption of Look raised our morale so high that we haven’t minded the lack of adoptions too much. Especially as the news from Look’s new owners is so positive; their new boy is just wonderful and already walking off lead. We are as delighted about this as they are!

Things picked up a bit today. Yes, it is a bank holiday in France, but the refuge was open nonetheless. And there were plenty of people there, both walking dogs for fun, but also some with a view to adopting. So although we only have one adoption to tell you about, there will be more to follow in the next few days.

Today’s lucky girl was Morgana. She arrived as yet another unidentified stray in early August, (when we were still on our King Arthur naming kick, clearly). At first we thought she was a very timid dog, as she sat in her kennel looking very angelic. However once she had found her feet and started sharing her box and going on walks, we saw her true character. This girl is lively! She needs an active family with plenty of energy, and this is what she now has.

We wish Morgana lots of love and happiness in her new home, and look forward to news and photos, as we do with all our lucky leavers.

white shepherd cross

Morgana – ADOPTED

After a couple of dull and rainy days today was bright and sunny so plenty of dogs got out. Thanks to everyone who gave up their precious day off to spend time with the animals. There is more good news on the way tomorrow, so see you then!