Mary and Bert have been on a holiday to RHS Rosemoor Gardens Torrington, we were asked by the events team if we would allow Mary and Bert to spend Easter at Rosemoor as part of the Easter, Lindt Gold Bunny hunt.  Mary and Bert were a huge success, they behaved impeccably being handled and stroked by staff and visitors. As a result they have found a lovely new home with a family who run a B&B and a small menagerie of animals. Our sincere thanks to all the staff and events team at Rosemoor. Mary & Bert clearly thought the RHS apple branches are the best.     


Ariel & Michael have been re-homed at last! They have been with for months; rabbits are probably one of the most difficult pets to re-home, so we were delighted when their new guardians came forward. They are now enjoying a huge hutch and run with loads of fresh vegetables, their own supply of apple branches and a walled garden just in case they decide to go walk about. Great news!

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Wilma came to us because of an alleged incident with a kitten, the previous owners were considering putting her to sleep, usually a decision made as a result of a kneejerk reaction to a situation. Often animals are brought to us because of what would appear to be unavoidable occurrence.

Well! It’s a good job that someone kept their nerve and hung on to that old fashioned term common sense, and looked for an alternative. Wilma after sitting on my wife’s lap beside two cats, Daisy our Shih Tzu cross, Milo and Cherry that decided to join us due to the fireworks going off, then took up residence behind me, as you can see.

Wilma is a really friendly little dog that has a greater dislike for rain than adult cats, I don’t know many terriers that I would trust with a kitten, so I think it’s safe to say we will not be re-homing her with kittens, but seems to get on with other dogs and adult cats. Wilma is two and a half years old and will be great company for the lucky new guardian she has a very sweet nature.

DSC 0679 1024x899Gem has been successfully re-homed with a retired farmer, having the space a few sheep to check on every day, Gem has really fallen on her feet. She has a couple of other dogs for company as well and enjoys the comforts of living indoors. The guardians are delighted with her, living in a remote area Gem is very quick to let them know visitors have arrived, what more could a Border collie ask for? Pride of place in front of the wood burner I expect.

Drewid has found a new home, it’s always a pleasure to re-home an older dog, Drewid is seven years but due to her breeding appears much older, being a local dog and a celebrity it was great to see her new guardian again and catch up with Drewid’s progress. Well no surprises Drewid has got both new guardians pretty much where she wants them, including the use of the sofa. I’m sure Drew’s as she in now known previous owner would be as pleased as we are to see her settled and enjoying home comforts.

 DSC 0616 1024x680Smokey is a lovely, friendly female cat that came in as a stray. The lady that contacted us was very willing to have her back once she had been neutered. Unfortunately, when she went in for neutering the vet discovered she was pregnant!

As we watched Smokey getting bigger and bigger, the time line was getting smaller and smaller and it was coming up very close to the day we picked her up. She must have become pregnant only a few days before trapping her. It became a bit of a race every morning to check in on any arrivals, but still no kittens! Finally on Thursday 20th June she had her three kittens in the cat litter box of all places! All three kittens and mum doing fine.

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Is an 18 month old Rottweiler we have taken him in, because he had been in three homes in as many weeks and about to be put to sleep? Being still young we are not seeing his full character. He has no history of being aggressive and the reason given for re-homing is that he does not like being left. We think one of the previous owners had taken Diesel everywhere with them, which may be the reason he is troubled. We have had Diesel for a couple of weeks now and found him to be very responsive to training, now settles from 10.00 pm to 7.00am without becoming anxious. So far so good! A far cry from where it all started having us up every half hour.

We are now starting to look for a home for him; his new guardian will need knowledge of the breed and posses or be prepared to learn good handling skills. We will not consider young families, or anyone wanting a dog for personal protection.

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This tiny baby rabbit was brought to us just after Easter by a cat owner whose cat came home very proudly carrying this little one in its mouth. We checked Bracken for injuries and puncture marks but found nothing wrong apart from being terrified, no harm done. Bracken has gained weight and very partial to collie stumps, carrot and rabbit mix. We are hoping to release her soon.

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Is the latest dog to come to us, she is a very friendly dog had no treatments, as was obtained from her previous owner from a person on Facebook.

Willow is a great little character full of life, gets on well with other dogs, cat, and kids. We are hard pushed to see why anyone would want to re-home Willow she’s no trouble sitting wagging her tail whilst I’m at the computer writing this article. Fortunately for willow there is a few people wanting her and I’m sure we will have no trouble choosing a lovely home for her.

The fact that Willow came from Facebook is worrying and clearly came with no back up afforded by re-homing organisations.

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Project Suzie

We are hoping to re-unite Suzie with her original owner, Suzie had to come in because her owner was finding her difficult to handle.

She has been with us for a week now, and settled really well. Suzie had not really been on a lead before and not been taught any of the basics.

We are hoping her owner will respond well to training and Suzie will eventually be returned to him. Suzie is four years old, twenty eight in dog years; she is showing signs of becoming a really nice dog and beginning to respond to training and enjoying interaction. Fingers crossed !!

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Is a 4-5 year old Springer Spaniel. He came to us due to a separation and the fact that he pulled like an express train. This dog is a very good example of the work we do. He is lovely natured, good with kids and other dogs, but without training would have made him difficult to re-home. Apparently he was a working dog, having assessed his character we think he was a working dog but possibly went self employed. Owning a dog like Dougal can be very rewarding, finding a new owner with the time and patience needed is often difficult for us. Fortunately this time it was relatively simple, His new guardian visited us to discus a private matter, and Bob’s your uncle, or in this case Dougal’s your dog! Dougal has fallen on his feet with a new family who adore him and who wouldn't, his face in the picture really say’s it all. His new guardians are very capable of carrying on with his training and still have us for advice and help should it be required.



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Kali has been re-homed with an experienced guardian spending some of her working life in quarantine kennels and owning Collies before.

Kali had fallen foul of the older owner syndrome and then had to be fostered and eventually passed to SPRA. Apparently Kali barked a great deal in her previous home and we feel this could have been a contributing factor. We found with regular exercise and a few toys to play with she was one of the best behaved dogs, with a very playful nature.





Foster Dog

Kay is a Welsh Collie that we are fostering at the moment; her owner is not well at the moment so we have Kay for a few weeks while her owner recovers. Fostering is not something we usually do, but sometimes there are exceptional circumstances.


Kay has given us the opportunity to just remind dog owners that taking on a young active breed is not always a good idea especially as we get older. We often forget just how energetic they are, not to mention working ability and the fact they will go self-employed if not stimulated.


The sad part for the owner is when you realise you can’t cope as well as you did you are then faced with the possibility of re-homing your pet. Hopefully Kay’s owner will make a full recovery and be reunited soon.