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Give hideout for dogs and cats afterward Norman Society for the Protection of Animals (SNPA), located on Lacroix Island in Rouen (Seine River Navigation)the critical period for dog abandonment no longer limited in summer. It shows “completed” this month of July 2022, but works flow more than stress for several months ready. “Since I started here, five years ago, I have never seen this,” assures director Emilien Couturier.
Largest receiving structure in the regionwith 106 dogs and 60 cats, cared for by 11 staff members and about 15 volunteers, the shelter also provides table shoulder for the city of Rouen and surrounding municipalities, as far as Eure. “There are so many dogs left behind on public highways that have to be put in pound, then eight days into adoption, that since January I can’t even abandon them sometimes. I have seven to eight calls a day. »
“700 dogs come to the house every year”
For Emilien Couturier, many of these abandonment cases have the same cause: “People choose animals in relation to their physique, not their needs. “Canine educator and behaviorist for 18 years, director of SNPA recommends taking your time. It’s about learning about different dog breeds, seeing which ones exist, and whether their needs fit their lifestyle. And in the case of buying in breeding, it is about choosing a serious breeder who will be able to accompany future owners.
Malinois is now one of the biggest victims of abandonment in France because too many people do not respect this argument. They are also present at Rouen’s hideout, along with other working breeds, but the structure is above all “overrun” by staff and other molossers. The latter takes up almost two-thirds of the squares in a difficult and stressful daily reality, despite the investment of the SNPA teams.
Fortunately, nearly half of the “700 dogs home every year” are placed with owners. SNPA has developed an entire ecosystem of partners to care for and resettle animals (even when it comes to a pig, a llama or any other unusual occurrence, as it may have been). happen). “We also work with drugs. We discovered potential in certain dogs and we managed to replace them in the team where they thrived. »
Unlucky dogs are adopted. Emilien Couturier asserts: “We do not practice euthanasia here. Except in cases of severe illness or “really complicated” dogs. “He has to take care of a dog or two a year. We work with a veterinarian and we always give ourselves time with the dog, three to six months, before making such a decision. »
Adopt a dog or a cat at SNPA
To adopt an animal, it is possible to switch to public opening hours. When it comes to a dog, it’s important to provide certain information and plan at least three walks in the presence of a team member. “This allows us to know people and be able to direct them to an animal that will correspond to them,” the structure’s director assures.
The SNPA is then available to assist new owners and help them and their animals manage the transition to a new home.
Need donations to take better care of animals
In order to be able to provide the best possible care to its occupants, SNPA is trying to improve their daily lives by making arrangements. “We are on the old premises. A lot of work has been done, but some repairs still have to be done and are very expensive. She’s still trying to get on with the matter, just like the cat house that opened a month ago. It allows cats to thrive in larger spaces and is soundproof, and facilitates encounters with future adopters.
Safe land should also soon be assigned to a refuge by the City, through an agreement that allows them to take the dogs out into the wild, as part of the Île Lacroix redevelopment. However, the situation is still very complicated. “SNPA currently has a deficit of 300,000 euros. “And the vigorous activity comes with significant costs for the association, namely “20,000 euros in veterinary costs per month”.
To do this, she appeals to people’s generosity by accepting all forms of donations. Dog and cat food, of course, but also hygiene products and any elements involved in facilitating daily activity.
• PICTURES. The SNPA shelter in Rouen is full:
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