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Adoption of not-quite-pup Casa

Today saw the adoption of one of the ScPA’s “not quite pups”, shepherd cross Casa. She arrived in early November and it is great that she has found a home before she gets much older. Casa is just coming up to nine months old, so still has some growing up to do, especially as her almost four months at the ScPA means she has a lot of the world yet to discover. Her new human “mum” is very sporty, so Casa will be discovering some things at high speed!

This is fabulous for Casa, who has plenty of energy to run off. Lovely that she can do this without having to come back to a kennel after each walk. We say thank you to her new family and look forward to news and photos, of course.

black and tan shepherd cross


So a short and sweet blog tonight, but especially sweet for Casa, whose time behind bars is now over.

We are hoping for more good news as the week progresses.

A Fabulously Foxy Four Adoption Monday!

Some of you may have seen last week’s news from the Westminster Dog Show in the US, where wire haired fox terrier, King, won best in show. We are not necessarily fans of such events, but sometimes they give publicity to breeds who are not otherwise in the limelight, and we hoped that perhaps King’s luck would rub off on the fox terriers in refuges across the world, but most specifically at the ScPA.

Of course, it was only coincidence, but today two of them were adopted! And as there were only four in total, that is pretty good going. It is wonderful news, for many reasons. Firstly because Jasmine and Spot have been adopted together! And secondly because neither of them is in the first flush of youth, to put it delicately.

curly haired fox terrier


Spot is nine years old and was brought in due to a bereavement, and 7 year old Jasmine was found as a stray. They have plenty in common, especially their dislike of cats, which is typical of the breed, although of course there are exceptions.

wire haired fox terrier

Jasmine – ADOPTED

They were not the only leavers either.

Little Rex arrived at the refuge twice in one week in January. The first time his owners came to collect him, but he was found straying again the following day, and it appears that leaving him to be rehomed was preferable to enclosing their garden, or perhaps having Rex castrated, which may have reduced his desire to “chercher la femme”.  Rex is approaching 9 years old, but this is the prime of life for a small dog, and we hope that Rex will have many many happy years ahead of him.

small grey bichon cross


And we had a big leaver as well. Andy was brought in for rehoming in June last year due to his owner having to go into long term care. It was heartbreaking for both of them, especially as Andy is a big, gentle boy who was used to lots of affection. With the best will in the world, and despite all the love and care given by the staff and volunteers, the ScPA cannot replace a real home. However Andy now has a new family, where he will soon forget his time behind bars.

big shepherd cross


Tow further dogs, both recent arrivals, were reclaimed, and the goat has gone to a new home, too, so it was a great start to the week!

Adoption of Faya and Merlin and do you know this goat?

Today was a sunny day with two adoptions.

First off lovely Faya, a boxer cross who arrived just over two weeks ago. At just  over eight months old, this girl risked being overlooked as a “not quite pup”, but she is stunning (and female) so attracted quite a bit of attention and we are very happy that she has not had long to wait.

brown boxer cross


Next it was the turn of Merlin, a husky cross of some four and a half years, who arrived in mid September. Like Faya he is a stunning dog, and several people expressed interest in adopting him. However he is quite particular when picking friends, and so far none of the dogs he has met (apart from his kennel mate) have ticked the right boxes. And cats are definitely not his thing.

In his new home he will be an only pet, and that is doubtless what he would prefer. So he left, smiling as usual.

husky cross

Merlin – ADOPTED

Also today the little yorkie who arrived on Tuesday after having fallen in the canal was reunited with his owner. His name is Tony (the dog, that is) and he is 12 years old and is very much loved. He is one of two lucky dogs who live with their owners in a local home for retired people (how wonderful that some elderly people are allowed to keep their beloved pets) and had disappeared on Tuesday. His owner was distraught, convinced that he must be lying injured (or worse) somewhere, and was over the moon to  hear he was at the ScPA. Tears all round, of course!

The two “missing hours” yesterday when the ScPA closed early meant that there was no news, apart from the arrival of a small goat, that is. Yes, the “A” in “Animals” can be taken very literally by some. He is a great little chap and the person who dropped him off left a message telling us where he was found, so with any luck he will find his home. And if not, well, you never know who might come along to look for a dog or cat and leave with more than they bargained for!

Do you know this goat?

The weather was great and lots of dogs were out on walks, so all in all it was a great day. Thanks to everyone who came along.

Adoption of Mabrouk

Today we had the adoption of Mabrouk, a fabulous German Shepherd who was brought to the ScPA for rehoming just last week. His family was moving to an apartment, and whatever you might think about this as a reason to give up a dog, at least they made sure Mabrouk was rehomed safely and responsibly. And they gave him a great CV. Marbrouk, we are assured, is good with dogs, cats and children, affectionate and good in the home. At just two years old, this boy was bound to draw lots of attention.

Sure enough there were several people willing to offer him a home. It is always difficult in such circumstances, and as ever, the refuge tries to do its absolute best for the dog, and hopes that the other families may offer a home to another dog in need.

As for Mabrouk, a wonderful life awaits him, and we are delighted that he did not have to wait too long before finding happiness once again.

German Shepherd

Mabrouk – ADOPTED

By the way, in case anyone was planning to visit tomorrow, the refuge is closing at 16H00, as there is a staff meeting. All back to normal on Saturday and Sunday, though!

Adoption of Paco and Pebble

Great news today, there were two adoptions

First Paco. He has only been at the refuge since just after the New Year, but this was his third time at the ScPA. And he was so distressed at being returned to the refuge after his recent failed adoption that all he did was cry. He really had no idea what he had done wrong, mostly because he hadn’t done anything wrong. And he really didn’t understand why he was back at the refuge. Especially as that was the second time he was brought back; once due to a divorce and once due to someone making an unwise choice. Life was certainly not fair as far as Paco was concerned.

But that is all over now, and it looks as if Paco has found the right home at last! This time he has a friend to play with and a family that are already well used to dogs. What’s more, they came to the ScPA with the hope of adopting a “sausage-type” dog….and not many dogs are more sausage-like than Paco! It looks like this dog’s luck has finally changed!



We had another lucky leaver today, too, although you can hardly say that Pebble has been traumatised by her stay at the ScPA. This lively dog has been with us since the end of August, although had she been okay with cats she would probably have been adopted sooner. However she is very much NOT okay with cats, and is quite difficult with some dogs. Her new family have a staffie, so we hope that Pebble will carry on being as well-behaved towards him as she was when they met yesterday. Don’t blow it, Pebble, this is your big chance!

black and white dog with big ears

Pebble – ADOPTED

Moira and I were chatting this morning about how some of the refuge long termers just need a chance to show how wonderful they are. This was prompted by this picture of Taser, who was getting his morning cuddle. This dog spent 5 years at the ScPA before finding a new home. How sad, thinking of all these wasted years! Admittedly he is making up for it now, but if only someone had taken this leap of faith years ago…..

Taser- spent five years at the ScPA before his adoption.

Dogs can surprise you; don’t write them off just because no one else has given them a second glance. There really are some hidden gems at the ScPA. Let us find you yours!


Adoption of Roki

Today was bright and sunny and all the more so because there was an adoption!

Beautiful young beauceron Roki was brought to the ScPA for rehoming in mid October and he really was as his former owners described. Good with other dogs, good with cats, good with children and even fine on the lead. But he is a big dog, and as we know all too well, in general smaller dogs find it easier to find homes.

Today however, Roki’s time at at the refuge is over. A family came to meet him yesterday and he was just what they were looking for. Great news for this fabulous dog. We look forward to news and photos, of course, as we do with all our dogs.

big black and tan dog


In other news, Bandi, a young crossbreed with medical issues who was found tied up is now safe at the refuge. His owners should have followed the example of Rocky’s owners; if you really need to rehome your dog, please do so responsibly. Leaving a dog tied up to be found (or not) is just not acceptable. Bandi deserved better and we will do our best to make sure he finds better!

black and brown dog lying down

Bandi sleeping peacefully at the refuge after being tied up and left.

There is another adoption planned tomorrow, and it is another good one (yes, I know, they are ALL good). So see you soon!

Yesterday’s adoption of “not quite pup” Nikita

Last week Moira turned the spotlight on some of the teenagers or “not-quite pups” at the ScPA Carcassonne. As she said, some dogs arrive when they have stopped being tiny and cute, and their owners have often put little or no effort into training them. When they arrive at the refuge (usually unidentified), they can lack lead skills and often are unsure how to behave around other dogs.

Such was the case with Nikita when she arrived in mid- November. Very affectionate with humans, this dog, who had just turned 5 months old at the time of her arrival, was unused to other dogs. The excellent work by staff and volunteers meant that pretty soon she was sharing her kennel and so she made rapid progress, and was soon far happier than when she arrived.

Nikita was adopted yesterday, and we are delighted for her. We would love some of our other not quite pups to find homes, of course, and DRC plans to make them the focus of our next Instagram campaign! You can follow us there too, if you like @dogrescuecarca

Nikita – ADOPTED

There were no adoptions today but there was a lovely reservation, and so more good news is on the way!

Adoption of Stewey and Hagrid is back home.

Today we are delighted to see that fox terrier Stewey has been adopted. This little lad had been at the refuge for just short of two months, and we have no idea why it took him so long to find a home. Could it be because of the breed’s reputation, perhaps? Fox terriers are renowned for their feistiness, however Stewey was very much an exception, and had he been inside a different shaped (but still small) body, he would probably have been adopted sooner.

golden brown fox terrier

Stewey – ADOPTED

Believe it or not there are three more fox-type dogs at the ScPA, Jasmine, Spot and Cuba. We don’t know much about Cuba as he has just arrived, but we know Jasmine well, and Spot was brought in by his family for rehoming, so we know a lot about him, too. It will come as no surprise to you to hear that neither of them likes cats, but other than that they are very gentle, and so if you missed out on Stewey, perhaps all is not lost!

There was another leaver today, of a breed that also has a reputation that is often unjustified. In fact American Staffordshire terriers and amstaff crosses have such a bad reputation that their owners require permits and special insurance. Sadly, many owners only get around to applying for these when they are caught out, as it were, and such was the case with Hagrid. He has been at the refuge since mid January, while his owner got the necessary documentation and permits sorted out. However he has visited Hagrid regularly, and this fabulous dog had no doubt at all that he was very much loved and would soon be home again!

brown and white staffie cross
So that make two more lucky leavers this week. Who will be next, I wonder?

Adoption of Dagobert….

I am sure that our followers will be just as relieved as me that puppy Dagobert has been adopted. We bombarded every social media site possible appealing for a family for him. We certainly were not going to let this little pup grown up in the refuge!

Dagobert, that last of the Famous Five litter to be adopted!

Pups that grow up in the refuge are at a big disadvantage to those in a family. Careful socialisation is everything and without it we are relying on adopters to play catch up when they adopt. Sometimes this is very easy but often its not and that is why we do everything within our powers to ensure that doesn’t happen.

Remember socialisation is not just playing with other dogs, its getting out and about in town, getting used to busy public areas, meeting other animals such as cats, chickens, horses or sheep. Many dogs who have been undersocialized are terrified walking through the town with all the traffic and strange noises.

If you want a dog that you can take everywhere you need to put the work in and socialize them to these situations.  With my first pup I had him walking around town, in every restaurant and shopping centre that allowed us, at the airport, on a train and bus….the list is endless, but thats what you need to do. I did make one big mistake in that I forgot to teach him to be home alone. Big mistake! Luckily the addition of another dog helped him through this but you learn on your feet with your first pup and I was very lucky not to have ended up with a dog with separation anxiety!

With spring in the air this is a great time to get a pup and get it out and about. Keep an eye on our facebook page for the next litter……I am sure that it will be very soon.



Adoption of Myron

When 18 month old Myron arrived at the refuge he was a timid, scared boy. How he has changed in just a few months! Today he left as a bouncy, happy boy with a couple who are friends of one of our volunteers from Quillan, so we are bound to have lots of news. What’s more, they have had many spaniels so know the breed. As I was putting him in the car I saw lots of walking poles and thought, keen walkers. just what a energetic spaniel need!

Myron adopted!

Knowing the breed of dog that you are adopting is very important. I am a lazy dog owner and like labradors. Of course they have had years of training, all dogs need training but I like to come to the end of my walk with two dogs beside me rather than be scouring the countryside for a dog who has gone off on its own adventure. Each to their own when it comes to dog breeds!

You will all be relieved to hear that puppy Dagobert is reserved!  With any luck he will be leaving tomorrow.

I am sure that we will have another litter very soon so if you are after a specific breed do let us know. On a day to day basis we never know who will arrive, and we have people looking for Westies and Pekingeses, they don’t come into refuge very often but you never know!