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Sunday Adoption of Amy

Today was our regular first Sunday of the month open day at the SPA, and the temperatures were a lot cooler following last night’s very welcome rains. Yes, it has been a bit uncomfortable recently, with  lots of hot sweaty beasts wandering round with their tongues hanging out; and I am not talking about the dogs!

Thanks very much to all of you who have donated swimming  and paddling pools, the dogs LOVE them and they make a huge difference to their quality of life.

So, what did today bring? Well, apart from a lot of lovely walks, today meant a new home for Amy. This gentle and elegant dog was brought in towards the end of June following the death of her owner. Amy had been loved and well looked after her whole life, and her owner would never have intended for her to arrive at the SPA. No, he was not one of those people who dump their dogs at the gates with a pathetic excuse. However Amy is a fairly big dog, and was 9 years old when she arrived. Would she find love again?

She was made the DRC urgent appeal, and caught the eye of Marie and Andrew who live several hours from Carcassonne, but who were prepared to travel for the right dog. And after many exchanges by phone and email, they decided that yes, Amy was the one. Today they made the journey to meet their new girl, and Amy’s new life began.

The other prospective adoption did not take place due to the age-old problem…cats! The dog in question is fine with cats, but the family’s resident moggy was not at all impressed. So in the interests of peace and quiet, Max will stay at the SPA for the time being.

On the subject of cats, August 8th is International Cat Day, and if you would like to read more about that, why not visit the SPA Carcassonne Chats page on Facebook?

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Adoption of Tilly and Ghandi

There was a SPA meeting last night, which got in the way of any plans to blog. And in fact we had an adoption!

Little Tilly arrived towards the end of July and was very thin. We were contacted on Facebook by a member of her former family, telling us that they would not be coming to collect her, as she was the last of a litter of unwanted puppies whom they had been unable to give away. Nice, eh? I wonder what happened to the other pups and what will happen to the next  litter. In any case, coming to the SPA was probably the best thing that could have happened to lovely Tilly. She caught the eye of someone almost immediately, and has gone to a new life, where she will have the chance to do agility training and lots of other wonderful activities. We are all delighted for her, of course.

We had an adoption today, too. This time it was the turn of little Ghandi. His story is not a happy one. He was part of an unwanted litter some five years ago, and he was the only one of the litter to have been given away free to what was supposedly a friend of the family. Well, we assume they are friends no longer, as this little dog was unceremoniously abandoned in a refuge several hours away from Carcassonne, after a life of neglect and mistreatment.

He was spotted on Facebook by a lovely family with three children, and although they expected him to be bigger (yes, photos can be deceptive), he was perfect in every way. So Ghandi’s new life has begun, and we are sure he will soon forget the misery of his early years.

Please don’t forget that the SPA is open tomorrow afternoon as it is the first Sunday of the month. And if all goes well there will be two adoptions taking place!

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Ghandi – ADOPTED

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Why not come and see us tomorrow?

Adoption of Puppy Polly.

Well, unfurl the flags, today we had an adoption! Little Polly (aka Hippolyte) left for her new home, directly from her foster mum.

Polly was one of the four extremely nervous pups who were found and brought to the SPA in early June. Sameer and Antiope were adopted directly from the SPA, leaving brother Zeus behind (but not alone, don’t worry, he has puppy Noe for company as well as other small adult dogs). But lucky Polly went home with Shirley for some at home socialisation. And it was thanks to Shirley that Polly found her home, as a couple who already attend dog training at the Club Canin Azille  with their girl, Manon, came to meet Polly last weekend and fell in love.

The paperwork was completed yesterday, and today Polly said goodbye to Shirley and set off for her new life. In between she also spent a few days with Isa. All of this helped with her socialisation, although there is still work to be done, of course. But Polly’s new family is well aware of this and of course Shirley is always there to help.

As Polly was not physically at the SPA, her departure does not make any room, and we have to say that there are far more dogs coming in than leaving right now. Let’s hope things pick up soon, there is a lot of summer still ahead of us.

Polly (aka Hippolyte) ADOPTED 

Family in sun with 2 dogs

Adoption of Hamtaro

Before the week even started, we already had an adoption, which might mean that this week will be better than last

Yesterday our lovely puppy Hamtaro’s pound time expired, and although normally the paperwork would take place during SPA opening hours, Estelle was keen for him to leave as soon as possible, and took some time out of her Sunday routine to oversee the adoption. No  point in leaving a young active dog at the SPA any longer than absolutely necessary, especially when it can be avoided.

Hamtaro was a very popular puppy, with several people offering him a home. And it is true, he is a lovely lad, but so are our other pups, Zeus and Noe. They would love a home of their own, too.

The other good news was that the 11 year old beagle who arrived on Saturday was reclaimed. Bambou was both tattoeed and microchipped, but the SPA could not reach her owners. Photos posted on Facebook brought about an immediate result, however, and today she was off home again. Once again this shows the benefits of identification. We knew Bambou’s name and age, so the people who saw her picture were in no doubt that it was their neighbour’s dog. Many thanks to them and to everyone else who helped Bambou find her way back home.

Oh, and on the subject of dogs being back home, Ondine is now back with Angelique where she belongs. Hold tight to those leads when walking your timid dogs, people!

More adoptions are expected this week, so watch this space!

Hamtaro – ADOPTED

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Eleven year old Bambou – RECLAIMED


Adoption of Pogo and a microchip brings Laika home

Well, as promised, today brought another adoption as Pogo left for his new home in the UK.

Remember Mabrouk, now Alfie, adopted from the SPA over two years ago? Well last month his family came to visit us from the UK, as they have any times since adopting Alfie, and this time they brought son and daughter-in-law along. Gabriella and Martin fell head over heels in love with Pogo and could not wait for this little boy to join them in the UK. So earlier this week TRACES documents were submitted to the DDSCPP to allow Pogo to leave with an officially registered transporter, and this morning your truly was up before the sun to make sure he got safely on his way.

This young lad has already had two failed adoptions, but, as ever, it is just a question of finding the right family. This time we are confident that Pogo has fallen on all four paws! We look forward to news and photos of him as he settles into his new life, safe in the knowledge that Chris and Monica (and of course Alfie) are there to lend a hand and give advice if required.

Some of you may have seen the post on the SPA page concerning the dog who was reunited with her owner yesterday. Laika  had gone missing in early June from her home in Dept 64, and there had been no sign of her since. However yesterday a vigilant member of the police municipal decided to check the microchips of a group of dogs and saw immediately that the person claiming to be Laika’s owner was not the person who was noted on her Icad form.

So Laika was brought to the SPA, where her REAL owner rushed  from her home over 3 hours away to collect her. It was a very emotional reunion, and is proof yet again that dogs should always be identified. Had Laika not been microchipped, she would doubtless never have been united with her owner. If you have been hesitating about identifying your dog, please wait no longer. It is your best chance of finding a lost pet, particularly a stolen one. Plus, as we keep reminding people, it is the law!

So despite the miserable number of dogs leaving this week, we ended on a positive note. And we know of at least two adoptions taking place next week, so things may well be looking up.

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Laika – REUNITED with her owner thanks to the Police Municipal and a microchip!

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Adoptions of Hermione and Ness

Bet you were wondering where we had gone! No, we haven’t signed off for the Summer; it has just been a pretty quiet week so far, and we wanted to wait till we had some good news to tell you about, not just bemoan the new arrivals. Because inevitably we have had a few new dogs in this week. Some have been reclaimed, but others are busy getting used to life at the refuge, which we (and they) all hope will be very temporary.

On the subject of temporary guests, today we said goodbye again to Hermione. I say “again” because this lovely spaniel cross was adopted earlier in the year and brought back at the beginning of  the month. The reasons for her return were a bit mysterious, but as with all failed adoptions, we learned more about the dog. In this case, and much to our surprise, Hermione could be let off the lead and never ever ran away! Who would have thought it? She caught the eye of a family today, and she was delighted to be leaving us again so soon. Her new owners are at home all day long, plus this active dog has a HUGE garden to call her own, so she can run around to her heart’s content.

We had another adoption too, that of little Ness. She was brought in at the beginning of the month, and unlike our other pups still looking for homes, Noe and Zeus (Hyppolyta is reserved), she is not at all nervous. In fact she is a bouncy and confident little girl who has done wonders helping Noe and Zeus with socialisation. They will miss her enormously, but of course Ness deserves a home of her own, and we are delighted for her.

So the first adoptions of the week, and it is Thursday. Not the best week we have had. But we know of at least one more adoption taking place before the end of the week, so we won’t be gone for too long this time, we promise!

Hermione – ADOPTED

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Two Adoptions to End a Quiet Week

Not much blogging from us this week, as there has not been much in the way of good news at the SPA. Many of you will have read about the death of Chippeur on Thursday; this was a shock to staff and volunteers alike and thank you to all of you who wrote to express your sympathy. Yes, we hate it when a dog dies before we are able to find him or her a home, but Chippeur was loved by all, and we think he knew it. Not all dogs are that lucky.

On a far brighter note, we had two adoptions today, with both little yorkie Major and fabulous Sparrow finding new homes. Major arrived last month, already identified. However his details were not up to date and we were unable to track down his owners. Moreover he was not in the best condition and as no one has come looking for him, the best solution was to find him a new home.He is a lovely little lad and we hope he has a great life from now on.

Sparrow is a magnificent dog, too. He was found alone and unidentified in a nearby village, and he too had spent more than enough time at the SPA to be reclaimed if anyone was looking for him!

Yes, adoptions are slow right now. Holiday time is upon us, and understandably many people do not wish to adopt a dog only to put it into kennels while they go away. However for those who take “stay-cations” rather than “vacations”, now is a great time to adopt; you can spend extra time with your new pooch before the daily grind starts again!

Here’s looking forward to lots more adoptions in the week to come.

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Sparrow – ADOPTED

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Pollux leaves…

Dogs are like humans and some cope with everything that life throws at the much better than others.

One dog who really seems unscathed by his past is Pollux. For the first year of his life he lived on a chain until his owners moved and not only did they leave, they left him on the chain! Luckily an observant neighbour brought him in to us.

Pollux seemed delighted to be at the SPA. He got regular meals, attention, and walks…to him life was great. We found that he walked well on the leash, seemed to know sit, down and stay and was such a loving gentle boy that everyone he met loved him!

But, little did he know that life was about to become much better!

Today he left for a great life with his new mum who has lots of time and patience for him. He will have great meals, treats and walks…..finally he can enjoy the life that he deserves.

So that’s two adoptions in two days..lets hope that we continue through the week with such momentum!

Pollux- who will be either Fergus or Dougal!





Adoption of Nougat…

When a litter of pups arrive at the SPA we always feel sad for the last pup in the litter to be adopted. After his sister Mirabelle was adopted on Saturday we did feel sorry for Nougat but luckily, he didn’t have long to wait and left with his forever family today.

Mondays are normally quite quiet days but today has been very hectic with two super reservations. Both reservations were after long phone calls and emails and one lucky chap will be leaving for Sweden!

The list of dogs needing homes is endless and no sooner has our ‘home to home’ list emptied when another email or phone call arrives with another sad story.

Sometimes a dog does need to move home, through no fault of the dog or owner. Sometimes circumstances change and its only fair on the dog that it goes to a family with more time to give. In such circumstances, its much kinder on the dog if they can stay in the home until we can find them another, thus the reason we love doing home to homes.

Its scorching at the refuge so lets hope that we have more adoptions than arrivals this week.

Nougat adopted…


Lutine and Mirabelle adopted!

Just about a year ago a terrified and very emaciated dog arrived with almost no fur. As we immediately suspected she did in fact have leishmaniasis but with lots of tlc and treatments she soon blossomed into a stunning spaniel who we called Lutine.

Finding a family for a dog with leishmaniasis can be a bit of a challenge but once stabilised this illness can be treated with a daily pill. Leishmaniasis is a chronic disease that is transmitted by the sand fly. The incubation period can be anything from one month to several years, and unless treated the more severe form can cause a dog’s internal organs to gradually shut down. Signs of leishmaniasis can include the tell tale “goggles” of bare skin around a dog’s eyes, as well as patches of scaly skin.

The best prevention against this disease is a scalibor collar and it also helps to keep your dog indoors during dusk and at night when sandflies are most active.

It strange that such a beautiful girl didn’t attract much attention but today the wonderful family who adopted Justin and Gertrude arrived and off she went to a very experienced and loving forever family.

We are very grateful when families adopt a second and in this case a third dog from us and for Lutine her life has gone from a hot concrete kennel to a loving family with two playmates…what a lucky girl!

The next adoption was that of Mirabelle, one of the 11 french bulldog x beagle pups who arrived at the end of May. At 9 months old its high time that this pup experienced family life and it was great to see her leaving at last!

Lutine….a family at last!

Mirabelle adopted!