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Rose is reclaimed and Mami finds a foster

Just a quick blog from us tonight to pass on a couple of bits of good news.

Firstly, little Mami left for a long term foster home, where she can spend her remaining years surrounded by love, rather than at the SPA, where although there is plenty of love, there are lots of other dogs to share it with. It is hard enough to find homes for elderly dogs, but when they are sick the task is almost impossible. This is why we have a system of fostering, which means that the SPA continues to pay the vets bills but the dogs can enjoy a home life with the lovely people who open their hearts to a dog in need. Thanks very much to Mami’s new family, you have changed the life of this little girl and I hope she showers you with all the love you deserve.

We have a few other dogs who are eligible for the foster scheme, so if you would like more information, please get in touch.

The other good news is that Friday’s beautiful arrival, Rose, was reclaimed. And now she is identified, of course, so if she ever goes missing again her owners can be contacted straight away.

If your dog is not already identified, once again, we strongly encourage you to get this done as soon as possible. Not only is it the law, but it means fewer lost dogs and more happy ones! Rose is back with her family and none the worse for her three nights at the SPA, but it was undoubtedly a stressful time for both her and her owners.

More news including of today’s new arrivals tomorrow.

Mami – long term foster family found
tiny hairy dog











black and white husky cross

Adoption of a Frog and a Lion.

A couple of adoptions to tell you about today.

First to go (just before first light) was Kermit. This lad arrived in mid February and as he was not identified, we had to choose him a new name. Due to the incredible flexibility of his hind legs, and his favourite frg-like position, we chose Kermit! Initially he seemed a bit nervous, but like most of our dogs, as soon as he realised that his new humans were there just to feed, love and walk him, he soon cheered up. He has been left to wander and play with other dogs in the mornings while the SPA is shut, and is a great lad.

He was spotted on the internet by a family who knows the Brittany spaniel breed well, and although they had not met him in the flesh, they felt sure he was the dog for them. Where no face to face meeting is possible, a DRC-style telephone “home check” is obligatory and in this case, things looked perfect. The family is some distance from Carcassonne, so it was decided to take advantage of one of the TRACES transports, although this time there was no paperwork to do, as Kermit is staying in France.

He spent the night at the home of a volunteer before setting out on his way early this morning. News and photos will follow from Kermit’s ancestral home; Brittany, where he arrived this afternoon, none the worse for wear after his journey.

Next to leave, during more regular SPA hours, was Leo. He arrived with his lifelong pal Pascoe, and although we had hopes of homing them together, as ever we cannot block an adoption for this reason. Leo is younger and (some might say) prettier, so it is no surprise that he was chosen first. We called him Leo due to his majestic lion-like stance and mane. He arrived underweight and already ill with parvo. Luckily our vets were able to save him, and now his life can begin again.  As far as Pascoe, we will do our best to find him a new home soon, of course, just as we will with all the other hopeful dogs at the SPA.


Kermit – ADOPTED


black and white Brittany spaniel










big shepherd cross









Pascoe is left behind, but we will find him a lovely home, however long it takes.

black griffon


Adoption of Lego

Another great adoption today, that of Lego. This husky cross was brought in to the SPA for rehoming at the beginning of the month with an impressive CV, fine with female dogs, fine with cats and children. His only negative side was that, like most huskies, a well-fenced garden was a must. With his beacutiful blue eyes, it was clear that 15 month old Lego would not have long to wait, and sure enough that proved to be the case. Not quite three weeks after his arrival, Lego has a new home.

This is why, if you are unable to keep your dog for any reason, it is worth giving the SPA (or other rehoming centre) as much information about his character as possible. We do our best to match dogs to new owners, and although we try to get to know each and every dog, owners can save us time by telling us as much as possible about their dog’s character as well as his likes and dislikes. When a dog has to be given up for rehoming it is often with regret, and surely every owner wants the best for their dog, even if they are unable to keep him themselves.

We had a reservation today too, and as the dog in question is one of our long term residents, we are all very excited. You will find out who it is soon, we promise.

husky cross with blue eyes

An adoption and a surpise reunion!

We had an incredible surprise at the SPA today. After arriving with us in early January 2016, Tagine was reclaimed today. His real name is Iago, and his former owner had no idea he was with us. She thought he was living happily with her ex husband! You don’t look for your dog if you do not know he is lost! Again here, we see the value of identifying your animals. Iago (ex -Tagine) is now identified, microchipped and castrated, and more than delighted to leave the refuge. We are over the moon for him, too, obviously.

We then had the adoption of Suma. She caught the eye of a couple yesterday, and after a night’s reflection they returned today to test Suma with their lovely dalmatian, Belle. Belle had recently lost her canine playmate, and everyone was missing the delight that a second dog can bring. Thoughts of a puppy were pushed aside in favour of four year old Suma, and the two dogs clearly adored each other from the word go. Suma has been renamed Ruby (well, today is Tuesday, as Rolling Stones fans will appreciate) and is already settling in to her new home, we are assured.

In not so good news we had a couple of new arrivals. The first, a young dog found in Limoux, may find her home, and the second certainly will. Sanna was brought in by a man who had kept her for three weeks before deciding that she didn’t get on with his dog. All well and good. He also informed us that Sanna was chipped but that the owner did not want her. Except we phoned the owner, and he most definitely DOES want his dog, and has been searching high and low for her for three weeks. As both people live in Rivel, they cannot collect Sanna till Saturday. And what a lot of inconvenience! Please, if you find a dog, take it to a vet and make some effort to find the owners and return their dog to them.

However at least this ah-hem “oversight” will have a happy ending. Not quite on the same scale as Tagine’s, but happy all the same!

Iago (Tagine) is reclaimed
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Suma (now Ruby) with Jane and her new pal Belle. – ADOPTED

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Sanna – owners searching for 3 weeks. 

pale dog with blue eyes


Adoption of Lovely Bones!

Tonight we are delighted to inform you of the adoption of Bones. As we often say, all adoptions are good, but that of Bones is particularly wonderful. This lovely bleu de Gascogne arrived in early December and at the time he was just skin and bones; hence his name. He was so underweight that he lived inside with the cats while the staff brought him back to strength, and once again we have to thank them for the love and attention they show to the animals in their care. .

Before too long Bones was ready to join the SPA population proper, where he proved to be an affectionate and adorable kennel mate. A bit keen on his food sometimes, but who can blame him after his earlier days of deprivation? Fine with dogs of both sexes and cats too, as well as unbelievably gentle, Bones found his family today and we wish him loads of love and happiness. Many thanks to his new family for offering a home to this lovely young lad. It is great when a family knows a breed already and just falls in love with a dog at first sight. Lucky Bones. We have been promised news and photos!

In not so good news, Bullit is back. In actual fact he has been back for several days, with his adopter trying to find a solution to the problems between him and her own dog. Sadly it is probably in the best interests of everyone that this beautiful German shepherd, who will be eleven this year, is homed alone.

Bones when he arrived, compared to now – ADOPTED
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Bullit is looking for a home where he can be an only dog

big german shepherd

Adoption of Hope

We had a great adoption today; that of Hope. This lovely shepherd cross arrived almost exactly a month ago and although she was already identified, her details were not up to date. Efforts to track down her owner failed. These included putting a note through his letter box. Yes, volunteers and employees take this business seriously. Once there was no response to even this, there remained no option but to make Hope as happy as possible while she was at the SPA, before finding her a new home.

Hope was a real heartbreaker. Her greying muzzle gave her the appearance of a dog older than her four and a half years, and she just had a look that could melt hearts. And steal  hearts too, by the look of things, as today she trotted off happily with her new owner. She left behind kennel mate Liquorice, whom we will try to remix tomorrow.

Dogs are social animals and tend to be far happier if they can share their space. This is not always possible, of course, some dogs really do prefer to be alone, at the SPA at least, where their space is far limited than in a home.

On the subject of mixing dogs, here is a photo of four SPA dogs, including Hope and her pal Liquorice, together in a park with kennelmates Norris and Baila. Yes, four dogs all playing together, even those we thought might not be good with others of their own sex. You see, the more space they have, the more able dogs are to mingle.

This is something we plan to do more and more at the SPA in our bid to aid with socialisation and make sure the dogs’ lives at the SPA are as fulfilling as possible.

shepherd with grey muzzle












Four dogs, one park! 

Freedom has many forms.

It has been a busy day or so at the SPA, some good news, some bad news. But such is the way of life at the refuge!

Firstly yesterday the REAL Domino’s adoption was finalised. Yes, Domino the rottweiler officially left after having his behaviour test carried out by a qualified vet, as per the law with “dangerous breeds”. Domino passed with the highest score possible, 1/4, and thanks once again to his new family for offering this old boy a home.

Today some more good news. The owner of Samuel and Sutech came to reclaim his dogs. They had been with us for ten months, and during this time almost no one had shown any interest in either dog. But in any case, the dogs made it quite clear that they wanted to stay together at all costs, refusing to walk separately, and pulling like crazy on the lead to demonstrate their unadoptability. Their owner came to collect them today, and they were once again the docile dogs who arrived all those months ago. They walked off with a skip in their step, happy that their owner is in position to take them again after some personal difficulties. It is easy to cristicise, but when they were abandoned last year, neither he nor we expected them to have so long to wait. We were unable to home them, and now we no longer have to! Result!

On a far sadder note, today we said goodbye to Cerbere. This lovely beagle has been very ill with cancer of the colon, which has made him hard to home and obliged him to wear a muzzle at all times when outside. Thanks to employee/volunteer Estelle and her husband, he was able to spend the last ten days in a loving home, before he finally joined our “angels” today. During his time with them he went to the beach and had loads of glorious walks, and that is how we all choose to remember him. He was a lovely dog to whom Fate dealt a cruel blow. We all loved him, as we do all our dogs.

Finally, thanks to everyone who has donated Scalibor collars following our appeal. The tick season has just got underway, and we want to protect as many of our dogs as possible.

Domino – Top marks!









Samuel and Sutech – at home again…..TOGETHER!












Cerbere enjoying a day on the beach with Estelle who fostered him for his last days.

beagle is cuddled whilst looking at the ocean









Thank you!

pile of collars

Sending dogs abroad…

We get lots of comments about sending dogs to the UK. Some are questioning ‘don’t they have enough dogs over there?’, some are critical ‘that’s a ridiculous journey for a dog, you are mad!’ and some of course are positive.

The reality of rescue here  in France  that we simply do not have enough good homes locally. Our numbers are fairly constant so when, at any one time 100+ dogs are waiting for a home, yes we need all the good home we can find regardless of whether a dog has to cross a border to get there.

We are ever so careful about where we send our dogs. Homes are checked, questions are asked and we need to be very confident that the home will work out before the dog is even prepared for travel.

All of our dogs leave via TRACES unless the new owner picks them up. This means that they leave with a DEFRA type 2 transporter and so we know exactly where the dog is at any one time.

It is a long journey for the dogs but they are in a comfy cage, in a temperature controlled vehicle with regular stops. We usually use FOR THE LOVE OF DOGS AND CATS to transport our dogs to the UK and they always get our dogs there, hale and hearty and ready to go.

On Sat at 5.30am morning puppy Elsa left on the transport. You can see her below when she arrived in Reading this morning. I think that you will agree that the prospect of such a wonderful home is well worth the effort.

Many thanks to Christian and family for welcoming a rescue pup from France rather than going to a breeder for a pup.  I know that Karen, Christians mum and our volunteer will be very proud of them for supporting us and that we will have lots of updates.

If you do fancy one of our lovely French dogs, you can email us at website@dogrescuecarcassonne.co.uk , send a facebook message or call us in French on 0468253545 or in English on 0468247097.

Elsa arrived hale and hearty…






Adoption of Marley, Laya and Rex..

Two of tonight’s three adoptions are both recent arrivals and are both young, lovely looking dogs. The third is an older gent who has had quite a wait in kennels.

Laya had just more than the statutory pound time to wait and I am really not surprised. A young, friendly female of only two years old was always going to be popular.

Marley, a very handsome one year old attracted lots of interest on our social media sites and no wonder. Hes probably one of the most handsome dogs Ive seen, add to that his playful, friendly nature and its no surprise why he was adopted so quickly.

We love when dogs don’t have long to wait for their forever home and its always a bit of a mystery why some dogs attract little interest. Is it their behaviour in their kennel, their colour, whether they bark or not or why is it some dogs just don’t move?

If all of our dogs were great with other dogs, loved cats, adored children and were trained would our job be any easier? Well I think that training has a big effect on how a dog appears to potential adopters. If you ask them if they’d like to walk the dog that they are interested in and it pulls them so much they come back puffing and panting they most likely won’t adopt. Yet with only one walk a week it’s so difficult for us to teach lead manners. A recent article that I read said that if a dog lay down beside a potential adopter that they were much more likely to adopt it!

One dog who took a long time to catch anyone’s eye was 10 year old Rex who arrived in August last year. I really enjoyed walking this lovely boy as did lots of volunteers. Rex was adopted a few weeks ago but just couldn’t live with cats. Today was his lucky day and he has gone to a cat free home!

Last night I did make a little error in the blog reporting that the wrong Domino had been adopted. Below you will see a picture of the Domino who was actually adopted.

Marley adopted..

Laya adopted..

Rex adopted..

THE adopted Domino..

Elsa adopted..

Just before Christmas the ‘Frozen’ litter arrived at the refuge. Three tiny pups who were named Anna, Elsa and Olaf.  They were very cute and asElsa and Anna being females were the first to be adopted. Olaf soon followed but no sooner had he been adopted when Elsa came back.

Karen, one of our volunteers shared Elsa’s profile with her son Christian and family who live in the UK, they wasted no time at all in reserving her. That was great news but Elsa was 11 weeks at the time and couldn’t have her rabies vaccination for her passport for one week and then there would be a 3-4 week wait before she could travel.

It would have been very unfair to keep a pup at the refuge that long but luckily Shirley our fosterer who is also a dog trainer offered to foster her.

What a lucky pup and what a lucky family as they are getting a housetrained, cage trained, very well socialised pup who also has the basics like sit and down, a pre-trained pup you might say!

Karen and I popped over to Azille to puppy class last week and spent a wonderful afternoon watching Elsa play with the other dogs, one of who was her brother Olly ( ex Olaf).  There were 6 ex SPA dogs in class that afternoon so if anyone is looking for a doggy class then do contact Shirley via https://www.facebook.com/CECAdogclub/?ref=page_internal.

On Wednesday I picked up Elsa from Shirley, took her to the vets for a check over and worming, completed her TRACES paperwork and as you read this blog I am waiting on the transporter picking her up.

Many thanks to Shirley and her doggies Jake and Ellie for looking after her so well. I know that Jake will be missing his playmate, she is a pup that everyone loved!

Its sad when pups leave but I can just imagine how excited her new family are at the prospect of the ‘doggy bus’ arriving with their new puppy. We will of course have lots of updates and Elsa will have a doggy sister called Chloe to show her the ropes.


Elsa adopyed