Help urgently needed for Mornac SPA, Angouleme

As you may have heard or read, a breeder close to Angoulême has recently been investigated for irregularities and as a result, 160 dogs have been removed from the premises. A large number of these have made their way to the refuge at Mornac, near Angoulême.

The refuge cannot allow these dogs to be adopted until the trial is complete and as a result have to home a number of very vulnerable dogs, including pregnant mums, mums with pups and injured animals.

In the meantime, they are at full capacity and released this statement today: “There are 200 dogs at the refuge who need to find families, either to foster them, or, even better, to adopt them, because we are now overwhelmed with work, without counting the abandoned animals we take on, which never ceases. It’s more than ever the moment to share details and photographs as widely as possible to get our dogs adopted.”

If you are thinking of taking on an animal, if you are looking for a dog, if you would like to help, if you can help, here are some photos of the dogs at the refuge.

And if you are worried about the French of it all, please feel free to contact any of the volunteers at Hope (using the contact box or direct to or LAARF ( or any of the other refuge regulars who would gladly help you find a dog and navigate the language. If you can’t adopt or foster, please share with anyone you know who might be able to help. Even 10 dogs would make a massive difference, leaving 5 enclosures free for the maltreatment cases that are ongoing.

Thanks for reading and for caring.

Hope Book Sale – 16/17/18th May 2014


Hope Book Sale at the Salle des Fetes, Clussais-La Pommeraie 79190. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (D45 Sauze Vaussais to Lezay road).

Thousands of English and French books, fiction and non-fiction for adults and children for just 1 euro.

Many attractions and stands including the Hope cafe with refreshments and delicious home-baked cakes, fish and chips from Mr T, bacon butties from La Boite Delcieuse, quality pre-loved clothes, exciting bric-a-brac, Mary’s fabulous plants, Eddie’s hand crafted greetings cards, Jools’ scarves and pashminas and Marvellous Marshmallows, Laura Walker’s jewellery and loads and loads more.

There is a bouncy castle and bungee trampoline for the children on Saturday and Sunday.

Please bring a tin of dog or cat food to drop off at our collection point at the door. This will be delivered to local SPAs and animal refuges.

Hope Association is after your old greetings cards, DVDs, CDs, good quality bricybrack (as I call it) and, of course, books – which you can also bring along with you to donate. We can arrange pick-ups. Please email

Preloved clothes to donate? Please email

If you can bake a cake for Hope, please email

Any other queries please email

We have a special open viewing for disabled book lovers – Thursday 15th May, 3 p.m.-5 p.m.

Where the money goes – Book Sale October 2013

Once again after a successful October book sale and numerous other fund raising events, I am now able to inform you all that due to the tireless work of the volunteers at HOPE and the continued support of the public, Hope has, in the past few days sent donations to the following associations to help them in their endless work of helping animals in need. Cheques are now winging their way to the following refuges and associations:

Twilight Maison Retrait pour Chiens
L’association Orfee
Poor Paws
Levriers & Co
Dog links
SPA Limoges
SPA Cognac
SPA Poitiers
Feline Pour l’autre
Chats du l’ecole de Poitiers

Hope has also continued to help many individuals financially in their campaign to sterilise feral cats in SW France, this will hopefully help towards reducing the number of feral kittens born in the future, this is an ongoing campaign which Hope will continue to support.

The association has also helped in the rescue of a great number of abandoned and abused animals in distress, many have been vaccinated, chipped, received urgent veterinary care, re-education by dog behaviourist (Julie Stansbridge) and then successfully re homed. None of this would have been possible without the tremendous support we receive from our volunteers and you, the general public.

If you would like to join our mailing list so we can keep you informed of all Hope’s future events, or would like to donate or volunteer, please email

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all and wish you a Happy Christmas and a healthy, happy and prosperous 2014.

Woofer Walk 30th November 2013

Phoenix and Hope volunteer, Verity Lineham, did an amazing thing for her birthday. Instead of having a party, she organised a “Woofer Walk”. This took place on Saturday 30th November at Angouleme SPA and a group of us spent the afternoon walking the 70 dogs that are in residence.

Some of us had never been to the SPA before, and were anxious, but the staff were so kind and lovely, and it was obvious how lucky these dogs and cats were to be there. Verity organised a raffle, and a bottle of champagne was won by Sara, and a tidy sum was raised for the animals.

There were two cases that stood out for us afterwards. The 14 year-old female Labrador (now adopted and will spend her Christmas in front of a lovely, warm fire).

If you can offer a old woofer a love and a warm fire this Christmas please contact SPA Angouleme direct. There’s plenty more dogs that need loving homes.

A 3 year old Yorkshire Terrier cross, who Linda Archer and Jane Hunt found themselves grooming (Linda being the professional, Jane being the sous-chef). Long story short, but this chap came back to Linda’s to continue his grooming treatment, as he was so matted, there was not enough time to sort him out.

So, the moral of this story is, please DO go and volunteer at your local refuge! You really will be doing a very good turn and you will most likely go home with a big smile on your face and with your heart that little bit warmer.

Many thanks to Eddie Griffee

A great big thank you to Eddie Griffee who raised the amazing sum of 535 euros at her coffee morning last Sunday. Eddie raised the money by selling her beautiful hand crafted cards on the day…..The money will go towards helping the many abused and abandoned animals in need.

Missing female tabby cat, area 16700 Lavaud


Sexe/Sex : Femelle/Female
Race/Breed : Tabby tigre chatte/Domestic long haired tabby cat
Couleur/Colour : Gris et blancs tabby(tigre)/4 pieds blancs et un bavoir blanc/Grey and white tabby (tiger)/4 white feet and a white bib
Puce/Microchip Number : 985120022067862
Perdue le/Lost on : 04/08/2013
Perdue à/Lost in area of : 16700 Lavaud – FR
Jackson n’est pas tres sociable avec autres chats/chiens. Elle est timid.
Jackson is not very sociable with other cats/dogs. She is quite shy and timid.

Vous avez trouvé ce chat ?
If you find or see the cat
Please contact:
Nom/Name: Phillipe Lea/Hilary Ayres
Téléphone : 0545313585
0044 7817746768

Notre chat a disparu de la chatterie dans Lavaud le 4 août. Elle n’a pas encore été trouvé.

S’il vous plaît pourrions nous vous demandons de regarder dans tous vos granges, garages et les bâtiments pour voir si elle est là.

Si vous la trouver ou voir son s’il vous plaît soyez gentil suffisant pour mettre des aliments et l’eau dehors pour elle et téléphone à nous le faire savoir.

Elle est un chat très timide et n’ira pas toujours à des étrangers.

Nous voulons désespérément trouver son aide s’il vous plaît alors nous pencher pour elle.

Je vous remercie beaucoup pour votre aide.”

Thank you from the Puddings at Twilight

On Saturday 17th August Twilight had a very special visit from
Hope xx

President, Linda Burns and other volunteers went to Twilight for a group huggle and to drop off Hope’s donation to Leeanne and Mike for the Puddings.

Hope is a mighty fund raising organisation, with an army of charming and energetic volunteers that work tirelessly to raise funds for animals various and their needs. Not a refuge themselves, pure fund raising and a source of information to help all aspects of animal care and welfare.

They have followed Twilight, helping where they can when we have needed that extra support, and this year, after a successful fund raising Book Sale and Hog Roast, they felt they would like to help the oldies with a donation from the money raised. It is this incredible generosity that allows us to top up with our own fundraising, and keep the oldies in a manner to which they soon become accustomed … with food all medical needs. Hope really do give Hope to our oldies, and we thank them immensely. For Mike and I too, we were treated, not just with wonderful human company, but with the chairwoman’s mighty skill of baking ….and the yummiest coffee and walnut cake. Mmmmm, thank you Linda.

But it isn’t just the funds that these special people bring to Twilight. It is friendship and moral support as part of the French rescue network. Rescue work is tough, often not just what you see from the animals, but what you take from the less caring humans …. so to be able to share our difficulties is essential to all our sanity and on- going work. Thank you Linda and the Hope team for that, indeed, thanks go to many of the English and French rescues across here for that.

So a lovely few hours of comradeship was shared by humans and canines alike. Thank you Hope( …. for the on-going Hope you give to us all with all your selfless hard work …. however many paws, hooves, beaks we might have.

Leeanne & Mike and the Twilighters’

How you can help if you can’t adopt or foster

Remember, you might not have enough room to take in another pet, but perhaps you could find the time in your week to become a helper at your local refuge, walk a few doggies or help at feeding time, or simply spend some time grooming and cuddling the animals, showing them that little bit of love to brighten up their day. If everyone could sacrifice simply one afternoon every week, or month, the animals would have a happier existence.


Thank you from Ecole du chat libre de Poitiers

This is how we help animals with your donations and the money you spend at our Book Sales. Thank you for your support so we able to help other rescue associations.

Ecole du chat libre de Poitiers
Nous tenons à remercier très chaleureusement l’association HOPE association pour leur don de 1000 euros à l’école du chat libre de Poitiers.
cela va nous permettre de financer les tests et vaccins des 9 petits chatons derniers arrivés à l’association (Idole, Illiade, Image, Indi, Inéa, Inoui, Inouk, Inox, Inra) vous pouvez les trouver dans les albums photos, il attente tous une famille.

We would like to very warmly thank the association HOPE association for their donation of 1000 euros free chat of Poitiers school.
This will allow us to finance the tests and vaccines of the 9 small last kittens arrived at the association (Idol, Iliad, Image, Indi, Inea, Inoui, Inouk, Inox, Inra) you can find in the photo albums, it hold all a family.

Thank you

Where the money from the May 2013 book sale went

After a successful May 2013 Book Sale the Hope Association has been able to make donations to the following organisations:

SPA Limoges
Levriers and Co
Poor Paws
Felin pour l’autre
L’ecole du chat libre de Poitiers

Donations are also on their way to the following:

Association Orfee
Twilight Maison Retraite pour Chiens

Thank you to everyone who volunteered and helped at the event and also to the public who support the Hope Association. These donations will make a difference to many animals lives.

Linda Burns, President of Hope Association