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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.

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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Scampi for adoption

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Scampi’s owner has been in hospital and can no longer care for this little Yorkie x.   He’s been with us for a couple of months now and has settled well.  He is a bit of a character and gets on best with people he knows.  Scampi wouldn’t be suitable for anyone with children, he doesnt like cats and we think he’d be best as a ‘one and only’ companion.  He’s around four years old and is neutered and fully vaccinated.  We’re looking for just the right home and if you’d like to know a bit more about him please get in touch.

Friendly Rabbits for Adoption

rabbits - mabel & betty 2These friendly and very tame rabbits are best friends and need a loving home where they will be together.   They eat together, sleep together and hop around without moving far from each other.  Mabel and Betty are a charming duo, we don’t know whether they are sisters but have been told that they are around three years old.  They are dwarf rabbits and very dainty.   Mabel has more grey splodges, Betty is mostly white.   They are both very lovable.  If you can give them a good home please come and meet them.  They need a large hutch with sleeping quarters and a big run or to be free some of the time in a well fenced garden.  Rabbits also like to come in the house and can be trained to use a litter tray.

Mabel and Betty have had a load of brambles for breakfast today, they chew the thick stems and this helps to keep their teeth short.   Rabbits also need good quality hay ad lib and lots of dandelions, clover and grass.  Willow twigs are liked and provide something to nibble on, also small branches from fruit trees.  Half a slice of brown bread toast is good in the morning or a small handful of cereal.   Carrots and apples are good too but hay is the most important item in their diet.

Masbel and Betty love to be stroked and petted, they are real sweeties – if you’d like to come and meet them please get in touch.

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Mabel is very pretty.

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Betty is smaller and very dainty.

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Super Staffi Stella is back with us

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Stella has been one of our long term residents, we  had her in the sanctuary for many years. Then she was re-homed to a lovely family who gave her a wonderful hone life.  Sadly, ill health, a forthcoming operation and no one to look after her has meant that she has had to be brought back.  There were tears – everyone loves this personality plus staffi girl.  Stella is middle aged, brindle, smooth coated and is friendly, well behaved and a people pleaser.  She is vaccinated and spayed and is good with other dogs and cats and loves everyone.  She loves to go out for a walk so if anyone has an hour or two to spare, Stella will enjoy a stroll through the woods or along the canal.  She likes car outings also and is interested in everyone and everything.   One of her biggest delights is playing football – Geoff, who is one of our volunteers, took her out to the park and let her off only to see her scoot off.  Was she a runaway?  Not at all – she’d seen some lads playing football and went to join in!

Stella is available for adoption so if you’d like to come and meet her please get in touch.   We’re open for adoptions from 11.0am to 3.0pm every day.

Ragamuffins come to stay

cats - ragamuffinsThree beautiful Ragamuffin cats came to stay with us over the weekend.  It’s because of the ill-health in the family that the cats can’t be kept anymore.   There were lots of tears at parting with these lovely young pedigree cats.  It’s a rare breed, started in America in the ’70′s and previously associated with Ragdoll cats.  They are now recognised as a breed in their own right.  They are friendly cats, chunky in build and slow to mature, they don’t get to maturity until they are around five years old.

We have two six month old kittens – Pom-pom a young lady and her brother, Caspar.  Pom-pom is shown above.   Also another girl at a year old and that is Coco who is a slightly darker colour.   These cats have exceptionally loving natures, theyt like to go outdoors and climb and play but supervision would be necessary because of their rarity and desirability.   We are looking for homes for the cats, Pon-pom and Caspar must go together, Coco would be fine as an ‘only child’.

All three have settled well and eating, playing, fussing and purring.  They are sociable and charming by temperament.  They are all vaccinated, spayed and neutered.  All are very clean and fully litter trained.   If you’d like to come and meet them please get in touch.

Cat shot at by thugs

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This is a stray cat who used up one of her nine lives last week.   She was seen being chased and shot at by a gang of lads with air rifles and only just rescued in the nick of time.   This lucky girl cat was taken in to Carrick Vets to be checked over and fortunately none of the pellets had hit her.   Apart from being traumatized and very thin, she is alright.  We’ve called her Tigerlily and a sweeter cat would be hard to find.   A big thank you to Carrick Vets for looking after her so well and for vaccinating her before bringing her in to us.

Tigerlily is very pretty, she is a tabby with pale apricot and white markings and real tabby stripes.   She is very friendly and well behaved, still needs lots of reassurance after her ordeal.   She is very clean, fully litter trained, not microchipped.  We think she is about two years old.   If you could give this lovely cat a good home please get in touch. She is quite thin but is eating well and on the road to recovery.

We’re open between 11.0am and 3.0pm, 01246 455777.

New kittens

kittens - dorcas babiesWe have some lovely kittens and they are growing fast, they seem to change and develop every day.   None of the next two litters are ready yet, we don’t like kits to go to their new homes until they have had a vet check and their first vaccination at nine weeks old.  Even then, there are some babies who are still emotionally dependent on mum or their siblings.  When they become more independent and confident at being handled we know the time is right.  The tabby here is a little boy, the calico is a female – no uncertainty about that – all tricolour cats have to be female, it’s their genetic programming.  These two are especially sweet, suggestions for names are very welcome.

We do have one boy kitten who is available for adoption, he is a mackerel striped tabby and went for his health check yesterday (a clean bill of health) and his first vaccination.