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The Pet Samaritans emergency pet rescue service is open 365 days of the year. Find a new pet with our derbyshire dog adoption and pet adoption pages.

Many dogs and animals are brought to us every week requiring are help. We have some lovely Dogs and Cats, kittens and farm animals available for adoption nearly all year round. Browse our pet adoption pages and make a new friend today.

Jack Russell for Adoption

dogs - sparky 14Sparky is a handsome little fella who came in to us because of his elderly owner’s ill health.  He’s a handsome dog, smooth coated and a well marked tan and white.  He might even be a Parson Jack Russell as his legs are a bit longer than the traditional J.R.  He’s still not very big though.  He’s neat and sweet and very affectionate.   Sparky is an enthusiastic chap, ready for anything, he loves walks and fuss and treats, going out in the car and meeting people.  He’s a sociable dog who walks nicely on the lead and is well mannered.

Sparky is fully vaccinated and will have a health check at the vet’s before he packs his bags and goes off to his new home.  If you would like to come and meet him please get in touch.  We’re open between 11.0am and 3.0pm every day.

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Shepherd x Needs Socialising

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We’ve had several unwanted dogs brought in over the last week.   They are all settling down but Oliver has more problems than the rest.  He is a lovely dog ….. but ……. he has a lot of issues.  He’s a big lad who has been neglected recently as his owner’s life has changed dramatically and Oliver has been left on his own.  He is around four years old and hasn’t been socialized enough as a youngster so being home alone has made everything worse.  Oliver is nervous and shy of strangers.   When he gets to know you he’s fine but until he does he backs off.

Oliver has not had enough exercise lately and this shows in his lack of muscle.  We’re befriending him, building a relationship with him,  giving a calm and consistent routine.  It’s gentle exercise to begin with – when he builds his fitness up we’ll take him further.

On the plus side, Oliver seems good with other dogs and cats also.  He’s a clean dog and apart from being a constant worrier, he’s good to handle.   We’ll start him on Scullcap and Veralian tablets (we keep them in stock) and these are excellent for promoting a calm approach to life.   Lots of conversations, treats, hugs and fuss will also help.   When he came in his collar was embedded in his neck and we had to cut it off.  It’s what happens when life’s challenges mean there is no longer any time for the dog.

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Staffi puppy needs a home

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Brisco has found a perfect home with fantastic people -  He’s doing well and it’s a happy ending – thanks folks.  This lovely apricot coloured staffi puppy is a real poseur.   He’s called Brisco and has a wonderful temperament already -  calm and clean and gentle – all ready house trained and clean at night.  Brisco is a plump roly-poly placid fella who likes a lot of love and fuss.  He’s adorable, loves to be praised and told he’s a good boy – which he is!  Brisco already knows how to sit and stay – he’s quick to learn and very loving.

Brisco was brought in because of family circumstances – he’s fully vaccinated and will make a superb forever friend for some lucky person..  We think Brisco is about 12 weeks old so he’s ready to go to a new home.

If you can give Brisco a new home please get in touch and come and meet him.   We’re open between 11.0am and 3.0pm.

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Jester is ready for adoption

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Jester is a lovely cat who has already used up one of his nine lives.  He was originally taken in to Carrick vets because he had been knocked down and his leg was broken.   Jester was patched up at the vets who then rang us and brought him in to the sanctuary.  After his excellent treatment he made a good recovery and has proved to be a ‘star’ resident.   He is a youngster, about a year old, and has been fully vaccinated and neutered.

Jester is a super cat, affectionate, cosy, always pleased to see you, he loves his toys and having a cuddle.   One of Jester’s star qualities is how well he gets on with all the other cats, he likes kitten and gets on well with everyone.  Is favourite girl is Butters, a middle aged cat who has been with us for a few months.   She is also black and white and is a small, sweet and neat lady cat.  These two love each other and have a little ‘kiss’ whenever they meet.  Butters and Jester like to share a room so it would be lovely if someone could take them both in together.

If you’d like to come and meet Jester please get in touch.  Butters will be around there somewher so you can meet them both.

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A Ferret in the garden

ferret - sundayWe’ve had a busy weekend with cats, dogs being brought in and then our last rescue was a ferret.  He’s a handsome youngster  (or a she, we’re not on such familiar terms that we can find out as yet!) past the baby stage but not grown up yet.   He has a lovely coat with peach, pearl gray and white patches and the lovely inquisitive ferret face – they always seem to be asking questions – where’s my tea, can I come out, will you pick me up ……. etc. etc.

He was found in a garden.  The lady of the house picked him up in a towel and popped him in a cat basket and brought him in to us.  He’s a bit shy and wondering where he is so we’re letting him settle.   We made him a home in a cage in the lunch room where he can see everything that’s going on and get to know us.

So far we haven’t any idea where he’s come from.  It’s only rarely that ferrets are claimed, usually they have been abandoned but we’ll give it a few days and see if anyone comes forward.  We’ve called him PEPPER  and if you’d like to come and meet  him please get in touch.ferret - sunday 1

Friendly Kitten for Adoption

kittens - donny 2Donovan came in as a stray, he’s about 14 weeks old and is one of the most handsome kittens ever.  He has tabby markings on a pristine white background and big, expressive golden eyes.  His temperament is just as attractive, he is very friendly and fussy – he wants to be picked up and told he’s beautiful and to be cuddled and have a play. All cats have diffeerent personalaities, even as kittens – you get the shy ones, the extroverts, the adventurers, the kits who lack confidence – Donny is a people pleaser – he wants  your love!   Donny has been to the vet for a health check (fine) and has been vaccinated – he’s ready to pack his little bags and go to his new forever home.

If you can offer Donovan a permanent loving home please get in touch.   You can come and see the kittens every Saturday and Sunday between 11.0am and 3.0pm.   Other times please give us a call – we’re open most days.

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Donovan is a cuddly kitten ….

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Placid puppy needs loving home

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Sunny settled down with us very quickly and it was soon obvious that we’d given her the right name.  Not just for her beautiful golden colour but also because she has the most placid and sunny nature we’ve seen in any pup.   Sunny is so good and placid that she is a pleasure to look after – no puppy naughtiness, she sleeps all night through and we’ve not heard her bark at all.  She is a little doll, a round roly-poly little girl who loves to be cuddled and held close.

We took Sunny for her first vaccination last week and she had a health check too – passed first class.  She loves food and is having puppy nature diet at present, plus some baby dog milk and treats of cours – yes, that’s right we’re spoiling    her!  So what breed is she?  She’s a chunky little girl and we thought at first that she could be a staffi x.  Now, we’re not so sure.   She looks more like a Rhodesian Ridgeback x.   We have some Ridgebacks ourselves and she is the image of them as puppies.  This would account for her placid nature, these dogs are real couch potatoes, need lots of fuss and c uddles and a snooze on the sofa when they’ve had a big meal.

Sunny has a slight ridge down her back (and ridgebacks often don’t have a ridge at all), she has the right rich golden coloure and her head says ridgeback.  She is a big smaller than our puppies were at the same age though.   Whatever she is – she’s gorgeous.

If you can give Sunny a great loving home please get in touch and come and meet her.

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Sunny with volunteer Jodie – thanks for taking this baby dog home at night when she first came in.  Comfort, cuddles and companionship make all the difference.  Jodie told us that she was amazed at how good a puppy Sunny is.

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Puppy is safe at last

dogs - puppy sunniA narrow escape for this pretty little puppy.  She was about to be destroyed when a kind hearted dog lover agreed to take her – saving her life.   She was brought in to us as her rescuer wasn’t able to keep her.  It was an emergency and we were glad to help.   The pup is only ten weeks old and has a lovely nature.  She’s bewildered and a bit scared right now but when she’s had her tea and lots of cuddles we’ll snuggle her up in some blankets, give her a teddy and make her cosy.  One of our volunteers is taking her home for the night so she’ll not be on her own.   This little baby will be up for adoption when she’s grown up a bit, been vaccinated and had a health check.

We’ve called her Sunny – it was bright sunshine and a lovely blue sky when she came in – a lucky day for this little girl dog who almost didn’t make it.

18 years and still going strong

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He’s eighteen years old and still doing well.  Pudsey has been an adventurous cat in his younger days but now it’s time for a quiet life.  He was brought in to us becvause his owners are moving abroad and he’s joined our ‘Golden Oldie’ Club without any problems.  Pudsey is a handsome fella, jet black with just a small white flash on his chest.  His ears are a bit raggy but apart from that he is in fine shape, agile and alert although we would hesitate to let him wander outside unsupervised, sometimes elderly cats forget where they are and how to get back in.

It’s early days but Pudsey and Homer are making friends.  They have side by side rooms and we see them have a chat to eath other. Maybe sardines for breakfast?  Last night’s mince was delicious.   Can you smell chicken?  Food is high on the agenda for both of them.
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Stray cat is thin and hungry

cats - binkieShe’s a beautiful cat but has had to rely on the kindness of a disabled lady for food.  Binkie has been living in a back garden with only the shelter of a greenhouse and no home of her own.  She is a beautiful calico cat, lovely colours and markings and a sweet nature.  The lady who found her has been doing her best to feed her but because of her disability it has been difficult.  We agreed to go and fetch Binkie as soon as we heard about her, no cat should be outside in all this torrential rain.  Binkie is a real pet and loves to be picked up and fussed, she is very good natured.

We took her for a health check at the vets earlier today and she is fine apart from being underweight.   She isn’t microchipped so we don’t know anything more about her.  When we first brought her in she wolfed a pouch down and then asked for another, she is really hungry so will soon put weight back on.  She has been vaccinated today and is a clean cat and litter trained.  Has she been spayed?   We have no way of knowing that at present – we can usually tell in a week or two by their behaviour mostly.

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