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Adoption of Kira

Today we had lots of walks (thanks to everyone, as ever), and one adoption. Yes, they have been a bit thin on the ground so far this week, so today’s news was very welcome.

One year old Kira was brought to the SPA about a month ago after her owner dumped her somewhere near Capendu. She was spotted several times over the course of the next few days before finally being caught and brought to the SPA. So as you can see, finding a new owner was the best thing for her. Her old owner is clearly not someone who should keep animals.

malinois cross


In any case, today a gentleman came looking for a malinois who could live with a cat. Kira was not his first choice, although she was a close second. And when Goldy rather disgraced herself in the cat house, it was Kira’s chance. She took it happily, sitting down patiently while kitties wandered around her feet. Providing she was not being exceptionally sneaky (and bear in mind she is a malinois cross, so this is possible), all should go well in her new home. We hope so, with all our hearts.

There were a couple of reservations, too, so we are looking forward to good news tomorrow, too.

Three lucky leavers

We have three adoptions to tell you about today.

One of them dates back to Saturday, in actual fact, when lovely German shepherd cross Frisbee left with Jemma and her family. They had seen her on Facebook as soon as she arrived, but were away on holiday so could not come and meet her. Talk about frsutration! However they raced from Paris on Saturday when Frisbee’s pound time ended and of course the whole family fell in love with this gentle girl who is some seven months old.  What a change for Frisbee, who arrived unidentified just ten days ago looking very thin. She now has two other dogs to play with, and a very active family who as we know are great dog lovers. Yes, this is the same family whose daughter Aimée dedicated her birthday to the SPA, and whose school friends donated lots of dog and cat food to the refuge a couple of months ago! Lucky Frisbee.

German shepherd cross

Frisbee – ADOPTED

Today we said goodbye to two more little ones. First to go was jack russell pup Joplin! Yes, at last! We could not understand why he had not left sooner, but it looks like it was worth the wait. He has a lovely family and a big sister who will show him how to behave as he grows up. We are delighted for him. Although of course we will miss him and all his cuddles and mischief.

JRT pup

Joplin – ADOPTED

Hanka also found a new home. This six year old French bulldog was abandoned a couple of days ago. Of course it is rare for us to have dogs of this breed, but Hanka is quite feisty. Best that she is an only dog (which was not the case in her old home). Hanka left today with a gentleman who knows all about feisty dogs and has done some walking at the SPA in the past. So it is all change for Hanka too.

French bulldog


Unlike the past couple of Mondays which have been horrid, there was only one arrival today, due to serious illness of the owner. As he is a fabulous pedigree braque francais, we hope that he too will find a family soon. More news and photos on this boy soon.

Four adoptions on a fine Saturday.

We had four adoptions to end the week.

First to leave was Gringo, a tiny pinsher who had spent time at the SPA on at least two occasions, including once when he gate-crashed a meeting of the SPA Board in the centre of town. This time, however his owner did not come to collect him and we were able to find a better home for this little lad. His new family fell in love with him instantly and we are sure that a wonderful life awaits.

tiny pinscher

Gringo – ADOPTED

We next said farewell to Mirza. She was abandoned earlier this month along with her puppy Tonnerre, who has already been adopted. Mirza is a fabulous dog with a CV to match. And when a young gentleman came looking for a calm, houstrained dog to share his life, we would have suggested Mirza, even had he not already spotted her on the website! They went off for a walk, and of course Mirza was as impeccably behaved as usual and off she went to share long walks and love with her new owner.

boxer cross


Amber was homed today, as well. In fact it was definitely her day, as there were several different families interested in her. And that is no surprise to anyone who had met this lovely calm little terrier. Why she was not snapped up sooner is the only surprise. Her son Arnold left several days ago, and Amber cried….But now all is well, she has gone to live with a woman who runs a gite business and so pretty little Amber will never be alone.


Today was also the turn of little Polly. She arrived ten days ago, the same time as Cooper a very elderly jack russell, who was reclaimed soon afterwards. There is no mystery as to why they arrived together…Polly was on heat and Cooper did what came naturally to an uncastrated male…chercher la femme.

No one came looking for Polly, though, and as she is tiny, female and young, it is unsurprising that she should have found a new home so quickly. Today she went to the vet to be sterilised, and then it was straight to her new family.

small fulffy bichon type dog


So the week ended better than it began, and we have a some lovely news already lined up for Monday.

An adoption, a grand day out and an anniversary

After a few days of much activity but no adoptions, today we said goodbye to Athena. She was one of a group of five dogs who came to the SPA having been found living in the garage of an empty house. Her life has changed enormously with today’s adoption; this five year old girl now has a forest on her doorstep and lots and lots of love. With the exception of Bang, who is a bit nervous (but getting more confident all the time at the SPA), these five dogs are absolutely adorable and are constantly seeking love and affection. We are pleased that Athena has a home and hope the same for the remaining three, Bang, Boris and Mitch.

pretty pointer cross

Athena – ADOPTED


Followers of the SPA Facebook page will know that today there was a Grand Day Out. A group of dogs went to a local lake, where they splished and sploshed about in the water. It must have been wonderful for them, especially as we had another hot day here. Many thanks to Sebastien for organising the walk, and to everyone who took part. The lives of the refuge dogs is far more varied thanks to such outings, and it is one of many ways that volunteers can help out.

dogs walk

Today’s excursion

On the subject of ways to help out, we also have a big anniversary today. It is eight years today since the adoption of German shepherd Ozzy. Sharon and husband Willie are still great supporters of the SPA, but back then Willie was doing some volunteer welding at the SPA. The refuge was a very different place back then, and nervous boy Ozzy was considered  unhomeable. He was due to take the one-way trip to the vets. This is unthinkable now, but at the time it was horribly common. I was given a week to find a home for Ozzy. When they heard about this, Sharon and Willie did not hesitate; they offered Ozzy a lifeline and he is now a much-loved member of their family. I see him whenever I visit them and he always gives me a special cuddle.

German shepherd

Ozzy – ADOPTED 8 years ago today

Sometimes we need stories like this to remind us just how far we have come, and that good days or bad, we much never give in.

3d Fun(d) raising Fashion Show

Back by popular demand, the 3d Fun(d) raising Fashion Show. This ‘ not to be missed’ afternoon is on Sunday 13th May at 3pm in Fanjeaux Village Hall (Salle Municipale Gaston Panouille – http://www.webvilles.net/sports/activites/6556/salle-polyvalente-gaston-panoville—fanjeaux-fanjeaux.php)

Lots of people have been asking us about this and we have had some wonderful clothes, shoes and accessories donated.  It will be a great, giggly, girly afternoon so bring along as many friends as you like.

Once you have seen the models strutting their stuff you can buy the outfits and browse though our ever increasing stock of lovely outfits. There will be shoes and bags, scarves and hats…..and so much more!

Other stalls will include cosmetics, soaps, food stuffs, the DRC stand and a few surprises too!

A glass of bubbly and nibbles are included in the price of your ticket and there will be lots of other refreshments available too.

Please contact Karen, Sabine, or Jane for tickets. It would be great if you would buy your tickets in advance so we know approximate numbers to cater for, but don’t worry tickets will be available at the door too.


For tickets please contact:

Sabine Beissert                   sabineb@live.co.uk
Karen Pead                          karen.pead@orange.fr
Jane Knight                         knight2@me.com







What, no Rott?

We have said goodbe to two rottweilers in two days, which is surely something to celebrate.

Yesterday we said goodbye to Luxus, who by all accounts is busy making himself quite at home in his new surroundings. Then today we said goodbye to Ares, a mignificent lad who arrived on exactly the same date as Luxus, believe it or not. He was identified but his owner had moved house and changed his phone number and “accidentally” forgotten to change his details on Icad. He clearly was not looking for Ares, either, as his photos have been shared far and wide, thanks to the SPA’s Facebook followers, who today reached 15,000 in number. Another reason to celebrate.

Ares is not the easiest of dogs, but he was lucky enough to catch the eye of a very rottweiler-experienced owner. This gentleman has come to the refuge many times a week for several months to take Ares out for walks. Sometimes he was alone, sometimes he brought his family. This is a great way to meet a dog you are thinking of adopting. The dog gets to know the owner and vice versa, and Ares’s transition to his new life should be easier thanks to this dedication.



So we wish good luck and much happiness to Ares and declare the SPA officially a rottweiler- free- zone. For the time being, at least!

The first adoptions of summer!

Summer arrived with a bang today, and the refuge was full of volunteers walking dogs and smartening up the surroundings. A group went out on a walk around a local lake too, so plenty of dogs were out enjoying the sunshine.

Two dogs enjoying some training by the lakeside!

We have two adoptions to tell you about, as well.

First to leave was Arnold, a French bulldog cross who arrived recently along with his mum, Ambre. As neither was identified the SPA was unable to reunite them with their owners. Ambre cried when he son left, but we hope it will not be too long before she finds a home of her own, and in any case she was soon in the park playing with a couple of other little dogs, and you can see them all here.

hairy small dog

Arnold – ADOPTED

The second adoption of the day is that of Luxus. This fabulous rottweiler arrived at th beginning of January. He was very thin and spent a long time in the warmth of the infirmary. His photos were pn Facebook, and it was thus that he caught the eye of a couple who have already adopted two rottweilers from the SPA; Bisou and Dodo. They recently lost their female rottweiler, and Luxus resembles her a great deal.

Hanspeter and Eva came to visit and decided to offer Luxus a home. And today was the day. Needless to say it was smiles and cuddles all round as Luxus, now looking magnificent, left for a new life of luxury. Not all our dogs get to live in a chateau, after all!

rattweiler with couple


Let’s hope for more good weather and more good news now that summer has finally arrived.

Murray and Clyde…

This week has not been the best week at the refuge but today has cheered us up as our two 15 year olds, Clyde and Murray went to their foster home.  It’s a very special person who agrees to foster 2 oldies so a big thank you to Sharon who saw our appeal on the website and offered her help. It would be sad for two 15 year olds to spend 3 months in the refuge so a foster home is a great short term solution.

This is not their first time with us. Last year their British owner spent a long time in hospital but was then able to reclaim his dogs.  Unfortunately, he had to return to hospital but hopes to be able to return for his dogs soon.

When Sharon contacted us I couldn’t help but smile when I heard the Scottish accent and as their owner is also Scottish the boys will certainly feel at home. I drove them over to Sharon’s who lives near Bezier and I am sure that they will settle well.

On a much sadder note, on Friday we said a sad goodbye to Dick our 13 year old setter. Dick really had had a sad life and finding himself at a noisy, chaotic refuge was just too much for him. His health deteriorated rapidly and although we love saving lives we never let a dog suffer.

Many thanks to Ingrid and Carole who accompanied him on his last journey and held him in their arms as he passed over to rainbow bridge.

Next week we hope for lots of adoptions to cheer us up. The weather seems to be improving so its a great  time to adopt and and get out and about with your new friend!

Murray and Clyde

Murray and Clyde…in foster now.


Another puppy adopted…

Sometimes a litter arrives and we know that they wont have a long stay. Yesterday the second pup Morrison was adopted which just leaves puppy Jopin still looking for a home.

Morrison – adopted.

Jack Russel lovers will really appreciate this young chap..he is definitely more terrier looking than his siblings and a very lively, happy pup!

jack russel puppy

Jopin needs a home..

So what can you expect when adopting a pup? Well, lots of fun and also lots of work.  When you get puppy home house-training, crate training and walking on a lead all have to be learnt.  Puppy training classes are a great idea and for anyone in the Azille area we can highly recommend Centre d’Education Canine Azillois. These classes are in both English and French so no need to worry about language!

Tomorrow being Saturday will be busy at the refuge. lets keep our fingers crossed for lots of adoptions.






Five adoptions after some difficult days

We have waited a long time for some good news this week. After the joy of Saturday things reverted to normal pretty quickly. Poor Roxy was brought back to the SPA less than 24 hours after leaving, as was one of the puppies. On neither occasion was it the fault of the dog. For puppy, Dannie, it was no big deal, she was rehomed quickly (see below). But for Roxy it is a huge disappointment both for us and for him. As usual it takes us all some time to recover emotionally.

Not only that, but the SPA had eight new arrivals yesterday. It really is never ending. However as well as this, two earlier arrivals were reclaimed, so it has not been all bad.

The first adoptions of the week took place today.

Marcel was brought to the SPA ten days ago, he had been found in the cellar of an empty flat where he had been left to die. Such is the world we live in. Unsurprisingly Marcel was very thin and very frail, but as soon as his photo was put on Facebook, he struck lucky. Mand much to everyone’s delight, he was spotted by a woman who was more than happy to make the long trek from Bordeaux to Carcassonne to come and take Marcel home. Massive thanks to Mathilde for her kindness towards this lovely old boy, who can now live out his days in peace.

pale dog with blue eyes

Marcel – ADOPTED

Another rather sad looking dog left too. Volunteer Petra has offered a home to Denver. He is a 5 year old labrit who was found in a horrendous state by a woman walking her dog. Thank heavens she brought him to the SPA; otherwise this boy would surely have perished. Weighing jut 10kg on his arrival (less than half his expected body weight) Denver’s fur had all disappeared due to a mixture of severe malnutrition and parasites.

Four weeks later and Denver is looking far better. But of course his fur needs to regrow and he needs to put on a lot more weight. His recovery will be far quicker in a loving home. And needless to say we will have regular photos of his development.

bald dog

Denver (renamed Pepper) – ADOPTED

Today’s other adoptions are all of pups, including, as mentioned above, the lovely Dannie. Her sister, Nicole whom we all felt so sorry for on Saturday, has also found a wonderful home. The third pup to leave is from a different litter and these pups are also proving to be very popular. When you see Janis’s photo you will see why. But these are no lap dogs. Nicely feisty, as we would say! One of them, Joplin, looks just like a jack russell, which probably explains a lot!

Australian shepherd

Dannie – ADOPTED (again)


Nicole – ADOPTED



So it took a few days for the adoptions to start this week, but we got going today. We have an adoption scheduled tomorrow, but maybe there will be some other good news, too.