GEMMA – a 9yr-old Beagle girl

gemma-2Gemma is a 9 years-young Beagle girl, who came into our care from the SPA in November ’15 with medical issues.

Roll on a year later and Gemma is looking for that very special family who will care for her for the rest of her life. All her ailments have been dealt with and now all she needs is a home that is willing to keep up her contraceptive injections twice a year (she can’t be sterilised for safety reasons) and regularly clean her ears.

gemma-3 gemma-4

Gemma’s a very loving and cuddly girl, who just wants a lap to put her head on!

An enclosed garden would be important and she’s good with other dogs her size or larger…she’s not very fond of small dogs. She’s fine with cats and travels well in the car.

If she has a fault (although a very endearing one) it’s that she likes to sing for her supper!! She gets quite excited when food or treats are being prepared. She is not a barker, although does like to give you a telling-off when you get home, should you leave her!!

Gemma has been wormed, vaccinated and de-flead, is fully house-trained and quite a character! Let’s hope that her previous hard life is over with now and a kindly soul will love this girl forever more.

She has now been sterilised…..and come through safely! Yay!!!

Though a donation for Gemma would be welcome, a loving, permanent home for her is more important than money. If you want more information, please contact her foster mum Yvonne at Dept 87 or you can call Yvonne on 06 02 38 20 70

CLIFF – an 8 yr old Beagle X male

Here is adorable and gentle boy Cliff, who desperately wants out of the SPA to find a warm bed and family he can call his own.

Sally writes:

“Cliff is as gentle as a lamb, quiet and friendly.  He LOVES to get out for a walk, and like all beagles, sniffing about for all the smells is top priority.  He does love a cuddle too and is very responsive to us – a big favourite with the volunteers because he is so easy going and affectionate.  Easy on the lead (we have not been permitted to let him off the lead).  

He never pushes himself forward, just sits and watches the world go by, and his tail never, never stops wagging when we come to his box and take him out for a walk.  So optimistic and uncomplicated.

When he arrived he had been rescued from neglect and abuse.  He is recovered now, we have restored his coat with appropriate treatment and he bears not a single grudge, he is optimistic and cheerful always. He loves people but never jumps up or becomes boisterous – just calm and friendly, the perfect gentleman.
He doesn’t ask for much, a warm bed and some good walks.  Because we don’t guarantee how he would respond to recall, we would advise a fenced garden, or a fenced compound for exercise.”
He has been castrated and his adoption fee is 160€ 

If you think you can give this sweet boy the love and home he longs for,
please contact Sally Dingle
Tel: 05 53 58 28 62

MAGIQUE-BENNIE – 5 year old male Fauve de Bretagne X (Wire/Rough Coated Bassett Hound)


magique-bennie-2Known to us as “BENNIE” this little chap has such a happy character. Friendly and affectionate, uncomplicated, willing and obedient.

He adores human company and loves to go out for a walk and is very easy to handle. Although he has been known to chase cats and chickens.

He doesn’t like to be left alone indoors, as he is used to living outside, so he’ll be happy to be left in a secure garden where he has shelter and a bed. However, he prefers to come in during the evening for his cuddles and curl up in his comfy bed and sleep until morning.

Bennie has been chipped and castrated and is currently in Bergerac SPA

If you would like to meet this happy chap or ask a question
please contact Sally Dingle
Tel: 05 53 58 28 62

Amelie and Romy (Marie and Margot)

the babiesHere Amelie and Romy (Marie and Margot) snuggling and having fun, hapily adopted 5 weeks ago…
These two sisters have already become part of our family.  Amelie is the leader and Romy follows.  They’ve made our house a home.

love games snuggling

Buck was Bear


We adopted Buck (formerly known as Bear) in May 2016.
As you can see on the photo by know he has completely settled within our family.
Best regards,
Nicole and Guido

Ashley, now renamed Amelie

Amelie1 Dear Indya
Please find attached photos of Amelie since she arrived home.
Amelie came to us after having a long wait organised by Sophie.
We had seen her on Facebook in early February while we still lived into the UK and fell in love with her. She sounded a feisty, independent cat and we knew we wanted to give her a home. She was reserved for us and once we arrived in France in April we arranged to meet Sophie in St Emilion to collect her. She had been on a train and was now put in a strange car with strange people. She settled really well for the journey.

Amelie2Once we arrived home after a long journey were worried in case she felt nervous being in a new home. Straight away she seemed relaxed and ‘at home’. She put the two dogs in their place with a hiss, growl and a swift box to their ears!! We put her food, water and litter tray in my bedroom so she knew she had a safe dog free zone. Ever since she arrived she has slept on my bed.
We have a walled garden here and she never goes out of the gate unless one of us is with her, she is definitely a home cat and we love her.
Best wishes


MayaWe adopted Maya on the 24th of May this year and we adore her. Everybody does. 

You can see on the photo she gets on fine with our old lab Bimba. And this photo has been taken on the 26th. She is happy and so are we.

Our gorgeous Buddy

IMG_0058This is our lovely puppy Buddy (previously Choccie Chip) We adopted him from Phoenix in December when he was just 2 months old. He’s now 7 months and we wouldn’t be without him.
He’s settled in so well with our 2 other dogs and 6 cats, everyone loves him! He is our 5 year old daughters best friend, they eat, play and sleep together and everywhere she goes, he comes too!
I’ve attached a few photos of him, I have more on my old phone if you would like them! 
Please give Shelagh and Richard our best wishes and tell them we are so thankful for our amazing little buddy. 
Kind regards
Carly, Matthew and Maisie

(null)_1 IMG_0426

IMG_0592 (null)

Smiling STIF!

STIF 1STIF is still smiling! He knows he has good friends who helped him to find a new life and to adopt a new family.

At ten years old, STIF was a prime example of an older dog at risk in the SPA. Phoenix is committed to protecting the “oldies” and promoting their adoption through the Phoenix Pensioners Scheme which offers a 500€ Veterinary Voucher on their adoption from the SPA.

Keep smiling STIF!

STIF on his holidays by the poolPhoenix President, Rik writes,

“My partner in old bones, Stif, and I give our thanks for giving Stif a second chance to finish his days with bounce.

If you are thinking of buying a dog please think first of adoption and then of the satisfaction of giving some care and love to an oldie.

Go boy go!”


We adopted Lola just before Christmas and from the moment she arrived it felt like she had been here forever. She has lost a little more weight and now climbs, runs and plays with no problems. She also lives with two rehomed chickens! Who’d have thought a jack Russell, cat and chickens! I think they know where their bread is buttered!
Kindest regards Lynne

The Phoenix Pensioners Plan

STIF has plenty to smile about – today he is the proud bearer of the very first Phoenix Pensioners Plan Award.

The Award will provide a Veterinary Voucher to a maximum value of 500€ for each of the eligible dogs adopted from the Bergerac SPA.

Richard Johnson, President of Phoenix, was delighted to be approached to sponsor this scheme:

“This is exactly what Phoenix is about – helping animals in need, to find homes. The older dogs are so rewarding but often need a bit of extra help to be adopted, and this scheme should certainly improve their chances. We look forward to helping many more “Pensioners” find their new families.”

For details of the Phoenix Pensioners Plan, please contact Sally Dingle:

STIF at Bergerac SPA:  Ref: 062  Griffon (medium)  11 years oldStif 1n

Stif 2n 

Le Plan Phoenix Retraités

STIF a beaucoup à sourire – aujourd’hui, il a été attribué le premier Plan Phoenix Retraités Bon.

Le prix sera de fournir un bon vétérinaire à une valeur maximale de 500 € pour chacun des chiens éligibles adoptés de la SPA de Bergerac. Pour être admissible à un prix, les chiens doivent être âgés d’au moins dix ans, bien que l’examen sera donnée aux chiens de moins de dix, qui sont dans le besoin spécial.

Richard Johnson, président de l’Association Phoenix, est désireux de voir cette initiative générer un nouvel intérêt pour l’adoption de chiens plus âgés:

«Ils ont beaucoup à offrir et nous espérons que cela encouragera les adoptants potentiels à envisager un chien plus âgé, sachant qu’ils auront cette aide supplémentaire ».

Pascal Rosenplac, directeur de la SPA de Bergerac, a exprimé sa gratitude à l’Association Phoenix

«La SPA de Bergerac et de l’Association Phoenix ont travaillé ensemble pendant de nombreuses années et cela est une initiative très généreuse de la part de Phoenix dont nous sommes sûrs augmentera de façon significative les chances d’adoption pour nos résidents plus âgés ».

Pour plus de détails du plan Phoenix retraités, s’il vous plaît contacter Sally Dingle:

STIF Ref: 062 Griffon (moyen) 11 ans

Stif 2n Stif 1n

Ted formerly Clyde

Yep! Life is tough being Ted!!

Enclosed photos of Ted formerly Clyde right hand puppy in basket of five. He lives near Miramont Lot et Garonne . Did I mention butter wouldn’t melt !

IMG_0720 IMG_0626

You wouldn’t believe how hard I have to work to stay this adorable .
Thank you Phoenix for finding me my new home.


Definitely making herself at home ! :)))

She's struggling! :)

She’s struggling! 🙂

Daisy helping me pick up grass piles!

Daisy helping me pick up grass piles!

Daisy making herself comfortable

Daisy making herself comfortable

Lakota was Sacha

Here is Lakota (was Sacha) – how adorable are they in their little trailer?! She was adopted about 2 months ago, and totally adored!
20160211_141326“Voici quelques photos de la petite Lakota… qui s’est très bien adaptée à la maison ! Elle a tissé un lien profond avec ma chienne Valkyrie et maintenant, elles sont inséparables ! Je la promène dans la remorque accrochée à mon tricycle en attendant qu’elle soit assez grande pour trotter à côté… Je suis très heureux de l’avoir prise et remercie l’association Phoenix pour la confiance qu’elle a placé en moi.
Amicalement, Rodolphe.”

20160404_161020 20160323_223717

Bowie (was Scott)

Bowie2Hello Indya,
We adopted Bowie (was Scott) from Hazel (his Foster carer) on 26th January 2016. He is now 4 months old and has settled in very well, he is so much a part of our family that we don’t  know why we didn’t get a dog sooner. He lives with our two children Olivia who is 7 and Reuben 2 and our 2 female cats Pixie and Khan. He has a wonderful nature and is very friendly towards people and dogs alike. He gets a lot of attention wherever we go because of his kind temperament and his fabulous markings. Our only regret is that we didn’t take one of his siblings for an extra play mate for him! He has brought us so much joy.
Many thanks,
Stephen and Candice


image6Here is beautiful Pebble, one of Ulysse’s little ones adoted by Julie, about a month ago:

‘She is a real delight, enjoys exploring – particularly climbing the trees. She loves to snuggle up to our labradoodle Lottie who is glad to have a new friend. They are double trouble and play together all day long! Luckily they both love treats and come racing in when called! We are so glad we adopted her!’

image5 image4



RubyCi joint une photo de Ruby pour les 8 ans de ses frères.
Elle est en bonne santé et très sage – Déborah


Here are photos of Louna in her new home. Sweet little thing, looks like she’s enjoying all the exploring. Her family say:  ‘We are very happy with her. She is so sweet and extremely smart.’


Kali (now Gracie)

Gracie 1Here are some lovely photos of Kali (now Gracie) rehomed about a month ago. After a difficult start she has really settled into her new life as a spoilt only girl and is loving every minute of it by the looks of things – well done Frances !

Gracie 6 Gracie 4

Gracie 5 Gracie 2

Gracie 3


zowieHi Indya
We’ve had Zowie now for just over 2 weeks and he’s settled in as a member of the family !  He’s lively, funny and enjoys his walks.  His appetite is strong and now he’s had his stitches out he runs around like the puppy he is.  He’s a real joy and we’re looking forward to many years of fun.

Attached is one of many photos already taken, as he’s so photogenic 😉
All the best !

Eros (re-named Jacques)

ErosDear Indya
I have had Eros (re-named Jacques) for 3 weeks now and am so pleased I gave him a forever home.  He is an absolute sweetheart and has learned to walk to heel, fetch a ball, sit and stay and has no problem with the change of language!!  We are working on his recall as, once he is off the lead, the Jack Russell brain takes over.  We’ll get there.

Thank you for such a superb pet.