This was the dog who you helped us with an appeal for, to transport him from France to Scotland. Thank you David Marker for making it happen.



“Moka has arrived in Aberdeenshire. He is tired out and has made himself at home. I can highly recommend David as a doggy transport.



Getting doggy kisses from my dog charlie on his arrival. Thank you for the help with finding David the doggy transport guy”

Laura Henry.




Hi Christine,

Ellie has settled in well. Journey back was a bit difficult for her – who knew how much sick there could be in one little dog! She is absolutely gorgeous and is bonding with Holly and Harvey (my friend’s 2 border terriers) and even the cat, George, is warming to her!

So she has quickly become part of the family.

Think she is claiming all the toys are hers now!

Thanks to Shirley for giving her a great start.

Kind Regards,





“Afternoon everyone  I would like you to meet the newest member of our family,Audrey. Rescued by the lovely people at Phoenix Association – France, she,along with her siblings, was dumped by a bin at just 3 weeks old. Now at 3 months old, were looking forward to giving her a loving home. xxx”

Louise Elsom.





Simba has been adopted from Yvonne, one of our Foster Carers, and is going to his new home in Paris!




Simba2Thank you Jennifer for adopting him and also for covering the costs of his teeth clean and groom. What a difference! He’s now set to rival Paris’ posh pooches.

Have a happy life Simba and Jennifer.

The Three Little Terrors

Hi Jane,
Here are the family,

Lily and Coco from Phoenix and Teddy our new arrival. He was found running around in the road at Carcason I think.He was in a very bad state and would have been run over eventually .
When his rescuers managed to trace the owner she said she didn’t want him. He is the lovliest little dog, Lily ignores him mostly but Coco is totally smitten, won’t leave him alone.

They get on really well as you can see.

They try to get us up at 5.30am so they spend the rest of the day snoozing.
Can’t look at any more lost little souls. I just wish we had a bigger place now.
Love ,




FINN – adopted from Phoenix in 2012.

This is his lovely owner, Marianne. She’s the designer on the Phoenix PR team don’tcha know?!










“It’s baby Tootsie’s second day at home and she’s loving it.. so are we ! Thank you Julia for being so kind to us and thank you Phoenix for giving us the chance of saving this lovely beauty ! It’s a new member of our family” Marie Slade.



Alfie (was Figaro)



“Here is “Figaro” now “Alfie” enjoying his new home with his new family, best wishes Lynn and Stu.”







Very sadly, little Timmy has passed away.
5-years ago we found him at the SPA in a very unhappy state. He was then 10 years old and a no-hoper for re-homing. Since then he has proved a wonderful little friend… tough as nails and always ready for a walk or play. Woe-betide any big dog who invaded his space: he was fearless!

Finally though he suddenly became totally blind to add to his deafness. That left him frightened and bewildered and we had to have him gently put to sleep.
Thank you so much for sponsoring him. We’ll miss him too.

Bye Bye Mufty (passed away in 2006)

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Even at the very end the love light shone out through his eyes.

Mufty was the oldest and the wisest; the most loyal and the most energetic of our Gang.



“12 years ago he arrived at the bottom of our path exhausted and terrified.

It took an hour and a half to coax him up (through the rain) to our house.

Since then he has lit up and animated our life.

There was no-one better than Mufty for running and for catching. Positively indefatigable.

No one better either at being a friend to all people and animals

We are going to miss him a lot.

Thank you for supporting him and throw a last tennis ball in his honour.”

Richard & Sheelagh Johnson.


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Little Suki arrived into foster care very scared. She has been adopted by very kind and understanding people who will provide her with the love she deserves.




Poor Gide, he was found straying with a badly injured leg.

Thankfully he found his way to Phoenix and was happily adopted in November 2013!

A Tribute To Sophie – A Very Special Horse

With much sadness we say goodbye to Sophie, one of our very first rescue horses and certainly one of our most successful rescue stories.



This is Sophie as we found her back in February 2007, totally emaciated, standing in a field of mud. No food and not a single blade of grass anywhere. We managed to contact her ‘loving’ owners, who were eventually persuaded to part with her.



Sophie now in pastures greenHere she is just 3 months later, transformed!…..plump and glossy at her Phoenix foster home.

Already elderly, gentle Sophie lived nearly 7 years in Phoenix care, teaming up with handicapped Gadget, who was to be her best buddy right up to the end.

Sophie’s last year was spent being lovingly cared for (with her friend Gadget!) by equine foster carer, Yvonne Jukes.

For several years her health had been fragile, but over the last few weeks, Sophie went into a rapid decline. With great sadness, Yvonne decided Sophie just couldn’t go on.

So adieu and fare thee well, sweet Sophie.
All who knew you love you. We will miss you, but are glad to have been part of your life.
And don’t worry too much about your good friend Gadget, because she is finding solace in the company of her donkey friends.


A message from Lily’s new owners:

“Thank you for your letter welcoming us to Phoenix. In fact, Lily was Princess originally, but she was Lily when we met her, so we kept the name !

Paloma & Lily relaxing togetherShe has settled in very well and she and Paloma continue to be the best of friends.

Lily went to the vet last Saturday to have her booster and rabies jabs. Our vet checked her out and said she was very healthy. He thought she was maybe just 5 months or slightly younger, judging by her teeth.


She has grown in confidence and is quite cheeky with Paloma and can already outrun her!

Paloma & Lily sunbathing


We will tell everyone about Phoenix. You are all doing a wonderful job.
I attach a couple of photos. In one you can see the ‘girls’ relaxing together indoors and in the other sunbathing outside ( we had a couple of nice days last week)


Thank you for Lily. She is a delightful addition to our family.”


“Sweet tiny Edith was so very old, but a real fighter.  Found wondering the streets of Bergerac, then rescued by Phoenix to us, this little bundle was just like a toast rack and likely not to last long. But that was 6 months ago, and with love and care, her tummy tumour was forgotten, her ribs became a weighty fluff bundle … And she may have been small, but had the character of an elephant size. We have all loved her dearly, humans and doggies alike.  She went down very quickly, likely the cancer reaching her brain. She died very peacefully in her sleep.  Thank you little one for letting us get to know you and for trusting us. Run free now precious girly xxx”

Leeanne & Mike, Twilight. mail

JESS (was Tessa)

Hi Jackie

007I meant to email you ages ago to give you an update on Jess, aka “Jess the pest”.
She has possibly every bad doggy habit you can think of, barks at everyone and everything, chases the cats, digs holes in the garden, chews the kids toys, pinches food and jumps up at everyone with muddy paws.


However, we love her to bits. She is such a softie and so affectionate, and very protective.

The kids adore her and often invite her up onto their beds for a snooze and a cuddle. She has a knack of being able to sneak up on my lap without me noticing sometimes. My husband is totally smitten with her, hence she follows his every command and ignores everything I say!
She is just wonderful, such a character and everyone says what a pretty face she has. She has settled in perfectly, as you can see, even the cats love her despite how much she chases them!






Hope all is well with you and your pups, I look at the facebook page quite often, it only make me want to adopt more dogs though! I think we have enough animals for the time being but I do mention Phoenix to everyone I know who may be looking for a dog or cat.

Take care,

Cheryl and Jess.”


Alli came into Phoenix as an abandoned doggie with her pups. She was a very sad girl….

….but not any more!!




Alli went on trial with a French lady who had recently lost her shepherd dog, and they are inseparable!!




“Here are some photos of little Lulu, as requested. She’s now living with Nessa, our 13-month-old German Shepherd (also adopted at 8 weeks from the RSPCA in North Wales) and our two rescue cats.












We brought Lulu home last Saturday and she’s settling in very well – she’s a sweetheart and is providing us with endless entertainment! She and Nessa get on really well, as you can see from the photos.

She gets desperately excited when she sees the cats, but they’re not ready to play with her just yet!



We run a bed and breakfast and there’s a restaurant on site, so she’ll get to meet lots of people and there will always be something going on to keep her amused.

Best wishes,


photo 2“Max has brought sunshine into our lives. He came home with us on the 21st October from his foster mum Yvonne. We knew he has a bit of a reputation as a escape artist and is able to open doors by pressing down on the handles. We were very security conscious from the start.


However, Max made no attempt to escape and seemed to be as thrilled with us as we were with him. After a few days we decided to see how he would react to being left alone for a short while. Sylvia went into the village, I hid outside and listened…not a sound, no barking, total silence. Then I saw the back door handle go down..locked of course! Again not a sound from him and he didn’t try again.

photo 3I then decided to go see what he was up to. I peered through the window, not a sign of him. I worked my way around to the front door, turned to put in the key and Max was standing right behind me wagging his tail like mad! I almost had a heart attack! What a clever boy we have! He opened our bedroom door, jumped on the bed, then across onto the windowsill, pushed the window open )we had left it a tiny bit ajar), jumped down and came to find us. Our relationship has really blossomed over the past two weeks, I just can’t believe how lucky we are to have him.

Max loves travelling in our motorhome so we are all excited about spending the winter months travelling around Spain.

Max would like to say a huge thank you to all the folks at Phoenix for caring for him so well and Sylvia and I would also like to add our thanks for all you guys do on a daily basis to improve the lives of so many unfortunate animals….Bless You”

Jim & Sylvia

Sue Fairweather’s Cats

Sue Fairweather is a great supporter and adopter for Phoenix.

Here is MAJIK, majik2510she was adopted in 2012









And TOAST & MARMALADE, who have “wobbly cat syndrome” who were adopted in 2013





Here are SMUDGE (centre) with TOAST & MARMALADE. Smudge was adopted in 2010.

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How Bangers and Mash Helped Transform a Cat Community in Rural France

The Bangers and Mash Fundraiser started four years ago when Paula Lopez’ friend, Kris, had problems with numerous cats in the garden of her summer home in Tremolat. A stray pregnant female turned up in her garden and soon produced kittens which in turn produced kittens and before long her garden was overrun by cats and kittens – they were everywhere! Up to 15 cats and kittens at any one time were living in Kris’s garden and the whole situation was both distressing and worrying for Kris, Paula and their friends and families

Paula, who runs a cattery, and Kris, also a cat lover, did their best to look after some of the cats but the problem was just too large. They decided that enough was enough and that they would take action to prevent them from breeding. Paula had been making her own delicious sausages for several years and so they decided to hold a Bausage and Mash Evening in order to raise funds to help deal with the cat and kitten problem.

These events started in 2010. Sausages and mash and a dessert, as well as a raffle and quiz were on offer and around 30 people attended that first event. It was such a success that they were able to start dealing with their cat and kitten problem. They fed the cats and kittens in one particular area and they set about catching them in traps that they had bought and borrowed, some of which were designed for squirrels. This was a time consuming business involving a great deal of patience and determination. All those that weren’t neutered, which was almost all of them, were taken to the vet for sterilisation. Phoenix provided advice and help with finances, as did the vet in Bergerac who undertook the sterilisations.

Paula and Kris continued to feed the cats and during that first year they were still there in large numbers but obviously not increasing as rapidly as previously. Some of the cats naturally disappeared or found homes elsewhere.

Two more similar sausage and mash events have taken place over the last three years and each year they have become increasingly successful. The second year followed the same pattern as the first and more cats and kittens were trapped and neutered but this time many fewer needed to be done.

2013 was the most successful event to date. 63 people attended the event and as well as the canapes, sausages and mash and trifle there was a quiz and a raffle which had some fantastic prizes donated by local businesses. It is hard to imagine the work involved in feeding home- made sausages and mash to 63 people as well as the other work involved in setting up and running such an event. The work was all done by Paula, friends, family and a volunteer who assisted on the evening. Almost everything was freely donated. Paula says that she couldn’t possible have done this without the help of her friends and their husbands and the volunteer.

A staggering 815 euros was raised and, because of the amazing success of the sterilisation scheme, this was not needed! The problem had been solved and there was just one injured male needing to be neutered. It was therefore decided to donate the proceeds of all this hard work to Phoenix. Lynda, the principle Phoenix cat and kitten Foster Carer, had provided advice and help and had re-homed stray cats which had turned up at Paula’s home. It was therefore decided to “give something back” to Phoenix. This very welcome donation will be used to help cover some of their massive costs and vets bills incurred in their work in helping and re-homing animals in need.

This story is particularly inspiring because Paula and her friends didn’t complain or expect another organisation to take action; they got on with it themselves and had amazing success. In just a few years and by using local resources they transformed a local cat and kitten problem which was running out of control, into a manageable situation. It is a demonstration of how this common problem in rural France can be dealt with by imagination determination and a sterilisation programme.




The Incredible Rescue of Misty The Pony

This moving story from south west France demonstrates why you should never walk away from a suspected animal cruelty case. Something can always be done.

Misty when she was found

Misty when she was found

In mid-February 2013, Phoenix PR volunteer, Jenny Marshall, had been alerted by a friend to the presence of a poor little pony in a local field, obviously in a terrible state. Jenny was horrified to see that the hooves were completely overgrown, making it almost impossible for the little pony to walk, so she spent most of her time lying down.


The terrible state of Misty's hooves

The terrible state of Misty’s hooves


Worse still, her only water was a stream at the bottom of a steep hill and so she had an agonising daily walk, just to stay alive.

What followed next was an incredible team effort from some determined, diplomatic and kind people.


Jenny and her friend Barbara consulted with both Phoenix and ASHA (Association Saint Hippolyte Aquitaine) and agreed to try to negotiate with the owners of the pony (now known as Misty) for her release. Laurence, Barbara’s husband, went out several times at the crack of dawn in icy weather, to take photos of Misty, so that the owners, who lived next to the field, didn’t see him. Then, containing their anger and negotiating very diplomatically, they finally convinced the owners to let their pony go.

Misty - all trimmed

Misty – all trimmed

Afterwards, they got a farrier to come and trim Misty’s hooves, and a local vet to examine her, to hopefully start her long recovery process and make her more mobile. For two weeks, Laurence and Barbara went twice daily to give her the necessary medication, special food and company, after which the vet was due to consult her again and give an assessment.


Despite very negative vet’s reports, eventually, thank goodness, all the efforts and time paid off, and she started to pick up and showed herself to be a really sweet-natured little pony.

Misty in recovery

Misty in recovery

It turned out that Misty had been bought about 25 years ago by the owners as a gift for their grandchildren to play with, and both children and grandchildren had since moved to Paris. Poor Misty had been unloved and totally neglected for all those years! Misty was taken to Barbara’s to rehabilitate, and once she had recovered from the initial problems and pain, and with much TLC and the company of Barbara’s two horses, she never looked back.

However, varying complexities had to be dealt with along the way. Misty had an infected foot, and a lot of time and work was involved in treating and bathing it. More worryingly still, it was suspected that Misty had Cushings Syndrome. This can be fatal and due to Misty’s many years of total neglect, her outlook was worryingly bleak.

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Misty feeling better


We were all very keen to put the feelers out for a new home for Misty, since Barbara had only taken her on temporarily, but until a diagnosis was made, everything was on hold.



Joyfully, she was at last given the all-clear and a much happier and healthy Misty was put up for adoption, with a special appeal launched by us at Phoenix.

An experienced horse-owner called Rosemary spotted one of our adverts and her heart gave way to Misty, so she was at last successfully placed, and is now living happily ever after with Rosemary’s other animals. Rosemary says:

Misty today

Misty today

“She’s such a character, considering her hard life. She’s a very happy lady, loving the touches of luxury. Seeing her happy and enjoying a proper horse life, from the nightmare she had before has helped me through a difficult time also. She will always be handicapped, her walking is 85% normal but we are working on it.”



Because Misty can’t speak, thank you on her behalf to everyone involved in this rescue, especially to Jenny and Barbara who had the bravery to look cruelty in the face and not to walk away. It just goes to show that anything is possible, and everything is worth it in the end.



Josie (was Joyce)



Josie was found by Richard & Sheelagh at the side of the road in Vergt. She had given up, too tired, cold and hungry to move.





We took her into foster care and here she is, now happily in hew new home.



BertieAs you can see, Bertie has settled in so well with us – he’s a lovely little boy – although our first night was spent roaming the streets as he had escaped through the cat flap ! We did think of renaming him Houdini – but after a few days he soon knew home and he’s now very calm, loving and extremely obedient and also his Mum’s shadow! Everyone he meets adores him and we can’t for the life of us think why he was abandoned – but glad he was so we were lucky enough to have him come and make our life so happy. Thanks to Simonie, his foster mum for getting him to trust again.

Sue & Terry Hunt