Route de Condé (à 2 km du centre ville, sur la gauche)
14260 AUNAY SUR ODON
02.31.77.35.06 – Siège Social : 02.31.44.51.38
A bit of background.
The SCPA (Société Calvadosienne de la Protection Animale) is a small privately run refuge which only takes in dogs, it works in association with the S P A de Lyon.
The refuge was started by Mr Pierre Laignel in 1987 and first opened its doors in 1988. This small refuge doesn’t receive and subventions and is kept going by donations, money received from the adoption or abandon of a dogs, it hosts 2 bric a brac fairs per year and several food collections at supermarkets over the year, even with all this it is hard pushed to cover all the running costs, including food, vet bills and cost of staff.
The refuge has one full time worker who is resident at the site, and two part time workers, there are also volunteer workers who are invaluable as they keep the dogs walked and usually it is a volunteer that will do the home checks after a dog is adopted . All the staff be they employed or volunteer are friendly and will give you as much help and information about any particular dog as possible.
There are 28 boxes that house the dogs, they are spacious and clean but nothing like a real home. Usually as soon as one dog is adopted there is another to take its place and although there is a good turnover at the refuge there are always some dogs that get over- looked, and as it a non pts (put to sleep) refuge some of the inmates have been there for quite sometime, these will either be older dogs or bigger dogs that may have needs that are a bit more difficult to meet, ie:- extra high fencing, doesn’t get on with other animals etc.
How do the dogs get there?
The refuge cannot just take in dogs that are brought to them by the public saying they have found the dog, dogs that have been found should be handed in to the local marie or a visit to the vet to see if they have a tattoo or chip if they do then normally the owner can be found if not then the Fourriére de Caen la Mer should take them 02 31 80 73 03 the dogs in our refuge come mostly from them. The other way that dogs arrive would be from an owner wanting to give up his dog for adoption, to do this they must have proof of ownership, the dogs papers, it should be chipped or tattooed, up to date with its vaccines, and a full vet check, the refuge will then normally take the dog in for a fee of €100
What to do to adopt a dog
At our refuge you would need to bring a piece of identity, and proof of address (this would be an electric bill or something similar ) and your cheque book, also it helps the refuge if you arrive with a collar and lead.
Most of the dogs are cross breeds or mixes but at times pure breeds do find their way to the refuge There are dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes, something for everyone’s taste all dogs are tattooed or chipped and are vaccinated. After adoption normally you would get a home visit after about two weeks this is to make sure that the dog is well and happy in its new home. A lot of people that adopt a dog from us often give regular up dates by phone or by posting photos on the refuge face book site, we all love to see how the dogs are doing.
This months spotlight is Dexter
Dexter is a magnificent Setter cross, he came to the refuge in September. He was given up for adoption by his owners as they were moving and couldn’t take him with them.
Dexter is a sad case as he really hates his life in the cage and has never settled into refuge life (some dogs manage it but he never has) and although he is walked every day and given a run in the refuge grounds he seems to get more and more depressed. This beautiful dog deserves more and anyone that could give him a loving home would be rewarded by the companionship of this lovely boy. This dog was made for family life and apparently gets on well with most other dogs and children. He is two and a half years old , born 20/08/2009 vaccinated and tattooed, he needs space and a fenced garden. So if you think you can give a home to Dexter please come and meet him at the refuge.