Drop, male, 8 yrs old – calm and loving – adopted

Say hello to Drop. Ironically named given this is the absolute treasure I spoke of when his family, all jangling jewellery and silk scarves abandoned him when the elderly family member who had loved him, had gone. They did not glance back.

This boy is 8 years old. We all know I love all our dogs in Saintes but there are some with an aura, a tenderness in the soul that seeps out of their pores .. Drop is one. He is calm, loving and (sadly) accepting of his lot. He has been sharing with an old girl and he has cared for her, sounds crazy but it isn’t. She needed comfort and he gave it to her.

This is Drop. He is gentle, calm, loving and wears his soul on his sleeve. He is fairly ordinary to look at but if aura’s were visible, everybody would want him. Please take the time to look at him, his Ma will feel it out of the screen when she sees him, I know this.

Drop is currently at Saintes SPA Dept 17.

If you’re interested in Drop or require further information please contact Kate Potter on email katepotter47@hotmail.com

Spike, male, 5 years old, Harlequin Berger – really, really nice boy – adopted

This gorgeous lad is Spike. His Pa has died and Spike finds himself counting the days until you come for him.

Spike is a handsome lad .. a Harlequin Berger, 5 years old and nice natured. Nice is a simple little word but when used for a dog it means so much more … he is affectionate, good on the lead, interested in all about him .. and nice. I know some view the word ‘nice’ as a bit limp .. it isn’t really, don’t we all just love spending time with that nice calm soul who brings nothing more than a good feeling along with them every day.

Spike is currently at SPA Saintes, dept. 17.

If you’re interested in Spike or require further information, please contact Kate Potter email katepotter47@hotmail.com

Aris, male, 2 years old, Chihuahua X – cute and loveable little bundle of fluff

My story by Aris aged 2 years

I arrived from Romania with my mum, a Chihuahua, and brother who was rehomed here in France. I am larger than my mum and I weigh 12kg and unlike my mum and brother have a beautiful fluffy coat. My main colours are a biscuit/sandy grey colour and pretty black tips of colour on my ears with a short stumpy tail.

I am a very friendly, lovable active chap and walk well on my lead with my harness on. I am also house trained and love people of all ages. I love cuddles and in return give big kisses. I have my own passport and have all my injections are up to date. I have been living with my two sisters and two big brothers but recently had a fall out with my brothers and now cannot live with them anymore, believe you me I have tried but I guess I would just be more suited to a family with me as the only one. I really prefer to be top dog which doesn’t work with my big brothers in the house I’m living in now.

I am not good with chickens and though I have never met a cat, it is ‘probable’ that they might interest me too. Most importantly I’m not a fussy eater but do like chicken with scrambled egg and liver.

I was born with an enlarged heart but I’m a fit little dog and I don’t take any prescribed medication. The vet said I’m in good health.

Aris: ICAD 642098100157232
DOB 22/03/2016
Weight 12kg
Full passport

If you’re interested in Aris or require further details or more cute photos please email Vanessa on vanessam_andrews@hotmail.com or telephone 0545290021

Ithos, male, 5 years old, Dogue/Boxer X – handsome lad

What can I say? How handsome do you need the man in your life to be? I have the perfect guy for you. Oh la la … strong, dark and intelligent. He is good with cats and children and educated. Will love you unconditionally, never moan and think you are amazing even in your rollers this is the kind of male I like to have around. xx

This absolute stunner is ISTHOS he is a Dogue/Boxer cross born May 2013. he was found tied to the grillage. Chipped so we were able to contact the number but the man said he had given him away in January. Don’t you just love these caring souls.

Isthos is a very calm and gentle boy, a fine young man all round.

Saintes SPA Dept 17. France or please talk to Kate Potter, email katepotter47@hotmail.com

Flador, male, 8 yrs old – beware! Total cuddle monster

This dear, soppy, loving boy is Flador. He is 8 years old and has just been abandoned by his owner. I do not know why but I do know this … this lad is a cuddle monster.

He is good with cats and children, so has lived with a family. He has known love, is missing love and is full of love. Gentle as a summer breeze.

I love them all you know that, but Flador is one of the ones that takes the heart out of you, licks it and pops it back leaving you in love for ever. Saintes SPA Dept 17. or please talk to Kate Potter. Thank you xxx Please share this chunky bundle of black silk … xxx

Any enquiries to Kate Potter, email katepotter47@hotmail.com

Arthur, male, Boxer X, 7 yrs old – calm and gentle boy

Arthur is 7 years old and was abandoned by his owner. Not the worst thing in the world because he has not had the best of treatment and was stick thin, even so Arthur was very frightened by the refuge and became quite depressed.

He is slowly regaining some confidence and putting on a little weight. He is a brindle boxer cross and a soft quiet boy, easy on the lead but he is intimidated by the other dogs and the noise. Arthur has been moved to a bigger box with more room to move but it is down with the Category dogs so not all potential adopters go down there and he wont be seen as much as he should be.

It is down to us to get Arthur’s face seen, put the light back into those sad eyes. Yes he is fearful at first, but when he knows you he is calm and gentle and so needs someone to love him and make it all okay xx

Arthur is at Saintes SPA Dept 17 or please contact Kate Potter email: katepotter47@hotmail.com

Novak, Romanian shepherd, male, 8 years old – calm teddy bear

OK male and female dogs : not OK cats!
Date of Birth: 10-03-2010

Big teddy bear Novak has certainly got a story to tell. Firstly, he was stuck in a Romanian hellhole for many years. His “master” thought that he was an unlucky dog to have around his flock so he threatened to hang him!

The Mitzuka association saved him and he was handed over to Galia. Then, a year last September, at 6 years old, he arrived in France. He’d already had such a hard time which could have given him behaviour problems. But no, he’s such a sweet, friendly dog. Unfortunately, having just arrived at Galia, a tumor was discovered. The vet said he must have suffered enormously for a long time. During the very painful auscultation, he didn’t flinch (his eyes rolling upwards with the pain), the vets could not get over his courage and his kindness. What sort of life has this poor little lad had to be so tolerant of suffering?

Now, Novak has been operated on, cared for and is now in great form! He gets along very well with his companions. He is very calm and obedient. He’s also very easy to walk! He now needs and is more than deserving of a house and family full of love for him. He really is a special little dog and will make a wonderful companion. Novak is chipped, vaccinated and castrated.


Should you wish to make further enquiries or ask about adoption, please click on the link below. The form can be completed in French or English. For the English version, please click on the English flag within this link

Demande d’adoption

or contact Sue Hetherington on Facebook through Galia Association.

Apollo, male, Lab X – 6 years old – super chap

Apollo : Super chap of 6 years, How can you not want to see this face everyday? A bundle of love and kisses

Three times he has been let down with false promises and is, at the moment in a temporary foster with many other dogs but he really needs his own family Association Galia has known him since he was 6 months old.

Apollo : Labrador cross
Born : 01-10-2010 Labrador-type

Black males often wait a long time before being adopted. Yes, black animals “are not liked much”. Apollo arrived at Galia Association at the age of 6 months, really not in a very good condition and in fact we were all scared for his life. But in the end he pulled through, he even found a family, with whom he has lived for 6 years. However, his family returned him because he nipped the young boy. He came back to the refuge in August.

Here is the list of the many qualities of Apollo: he is clean in house, he does no mischief during absences, he is very affectionate, kind, gentle and is close to the Humans, he knows the basic orders (sitting, lying), he has a good recall, he is OK females, OK male non dominant, OK cats (after a time of adaptation). As a precautionary measure, we will avoid young children in his next family. Give him his chance, okay, he is not perfect, but who is!

You can enquire or request and adoption on this link in English or French.

Demande d’adoption


Monzon, male, 5 yr old, Retriever/Dalmatian/dogue – it started with a kiss

MONZON is a stunning 5yr old mix of Retriever/Dalmatian/Dogue who was abandoned following a family breakup. He has been with us for a while in kennels and is a firm favourite with our volunteer walkers as he’s so easy to walk and is a big softie and he’s well up for kissy face.

MONZON spent a short period of time with a foster family, during which time he behaved impeccably. He was fantastic with the children, obedient, affectionate, calm, good in the house and in the car. His one fault seems to be that he’s over excitable around other animals. His ideal home will be with owners used to big dogs, a large garden with high, secure fencing away from the temptation of other animals. He is OK when he meets other dogs on walks, but needs to be an only pet for the reasons mentioned above.

MONZON has been neutered, micro-chipped, fully vaccinated including rabies so he has a full passport, and has been treated for worms, fleas and ticks. An adoption fee of €150 will be asked for to help towards his medical costs. If you would like more information on MONZON, then please contact us on 09 77 48 71 43 or at OrfeeInEnglish3@gmail.com.

Lilas, female, Anglo Hound, 3 years old – loves a snuggle on the sofa

Lilas : Anglo Hound
Born : 21/08/2013
Arrived at the refuge December 2015

Lilas is a lovely dog, very cuddly and pot of glue that deserves to find a home full of love.

She is a gentle dog, gets along with other dogs and does not mind goats and is OK with children but like many hounds they have a tendency to chase cats and shows too much interest in chickens.

She will need daily walks and an enclosed garden. Hounds make great family dogs and once they find the sofa they are truly happy.

Lilas spent a small time in foster and was found to be clean and calm in the house, she was happy to snuggle up with the other dogs and OK during the night.

She does not pull on her lead and loves walks.

Lilas needs a family that are with her constantly, she can be destructive if left on her own.

Lilas is currently with Galia Association at Fontenay le Comte, Southern Vendee, dept. 85.

Lilas is sterilised, microchipped and all vaccinations are up to date. She has been treated for worms, tics and fleas and a donation of 240€ is requested.

If you’re interested in adopting Lilas or would like some more information please contact Sue Hetherington on 0251 876 899 (English speaking) or email: pitway@live.com

For French speakers email assogalia85@gmail.com orhttp://www.association-galia.fr/demande-dadoption/