Slideshow. At the Mulhouse SPA, Buck is “gone,” but the other old dogs are still there

“I’m going to have a lot of problems. His departure was difficult. Laetitia, who has been a volunteer since 2016 at the SPA refuge in Mulhouse Haute Alsace, was staying close to Buck when the vet had to put him to sleep.” He left. in my arms. I considered him my dog ​​even though I could not adopt him because of my other dogs at home. »

The Malinois crusader arrived at the shelter shortly after the volunteer. “In the beginning we had to go with caution. Nothing was known about his past. He had been found wandering and not chipped.” After several weeks, Buck and Laetitia have forged a very strong bond. “He had his small character, but he was a admirable dog.He was my ray of sunshine.Sometimes I looked for him with my spouse and we took him a little further to run in the woods and by the water.When he understood that we should walk him, he barked with joy.

“It was a love”

Christine was also part of the close guard of this dog. “I saw him arrive, and in the beginning the volunteers were not allowed to go with him. Then several chosen ones could take care of it. He was not an evil dog at all. He was impressive, but we never had any problems with him. He was very obedient. It was a love. “

A love that stayed in his box for 6 years with only one adoption attempt that did not work. At the age of 12, suffering from health problems that made his mobility increasingly difficult, he died on 13 May.

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To pay tribute to him, Tatiana, who is currently employed on a work study program at the shelter, produced a video montage that was posted on Facebook. More than 800,000 people have already seen it. A sum that also allows us to talk about old dogs. Sometimes abandoned aging arrived when health problems occurred, sometimes younger to the shelter, but not comfortable for visitors. “It’s hard to say,” explains Nicolas, who manages the association’s communications. “People do not always give the right reason to quit. We also know that some dogs or cats are harder to adopt when they are black, for example.”

“Pension basket”

So the shelter finds solutions. “Some people are looking for old dogs to give them a good end to life. We do not know if it lasts a month or 2 years. We have introduced a procedure to become a foster family for dogs in the ‘pension basket’. Mulhouse SPA covers medical costs up to 75%. It is also possible to sponsor a senior by paying a minimum of € 10 per month. The shelter sends pictures of the sponsored animal and it is possible to come and see it more often. “

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When an old dog arrives, its promotion on social networks is also maximal to highlight it. “We do everything we can to move quickly towards an adoption. »

Most recently, Mr Crom, a 10-year-old Malamute, was adopted, and staff and volunteers are crossing their fingers that everything is going well for him in his new family. But there are still Roxy, 10, and Rocky, 12, abandoned in November last year, Stella, 8, and Toby, 11, found wandering in December, Dixy, 12, arrived recently and awaiting the vet’s verdict for a chance to stay adopted, and all the other dogs and cats of all ages who fill the shelter four weeks before the start of summer vacation.

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