More than 16,000 animals have been taken in by the SPA after a wave of mass abandonment this summer

Author: Clark Tos
2022-09-12 16:21:02

This summer, the SPA faced massive abandonment of animals since it collected more than 16,000, including more than 11,000 cats.

Every summer the SPA faces a wave of animal abandonment because the summer period is one of the times of the year when owners abandon their life companions.

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This summer, the association noted many abandons and the 63 shelters took in 16,457 animals including 11,268 cats, 4,302 dogs, 851 rodents and reptiles and 36 horses. All these animals were placed in the shelters of the SPA in the space of four months, from May 1 to August 31.

“This year, we had a drop of almost 10% in adoptions in the first half of the year, which weighed on us. We started the summer with 7,000 animals in our shelters, whereas on May 1st we are usually at 3,500, which allowed us to absorb the wave of summer with less difficulty” , declared Jacques-Charles Fombonne, president of the SPA.

Overcrowded SPA huts

During the summer, some refuges could no longer accept animals, for lack of space.

“We refused to take care of animals whose masters came to abandon them and we told them to wait until September. However, we have placed some of them in our 2,000 foster families. , continued the president of the SPA.

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According to Jacques-Charles Fombonne, 30% of dogs that are abandoned are because of a lack of information from their owners. Indeed, many people adopt “fashionable” dogs without finding out about their character, their needs or their education. However, some breeds need experienced masters who will know how to train them and take care of them properly.

“We have 500 to 600 dogs that are not aggressive dogs but animals that need to be stimulated and be present with their master, such as the Malinois, a sporting dog often used by the military. We refuse to give this type of dog to people who will not be able to take care of it to prevent them from returning to our shelters. This is also the case of the Australian Shepherd or the American Staffordshire Terrier. , explained Jacques-Charles Fombonne.

While there were many abandonments this summer, the number of adoptions increased with a slight increase of 1.2% compared to 2021, particularly for dogs.

Source : L'Express