A “commitment certificate” will now be required to adopt a pet

Published on July 27, 2022 at 6:42 p.m.


A ‘commitment certificate’ will now be required to adopt a pet – ©Getty Images / Oscar Wong

Summer is a time unfortunately conducive to the abandonment of pets and many of them are left behind by their owners. In order to deliver on this and to empower people wishing to adopt an animal, a decree has just made the issuance of a “certificate of commitment and knowledge” compulsory.

Each year, more than 100,000 animals are abandoned. It is therefore necessary to stop this phenomenon. For this, a new document has just been published. This last vice empowers people wanting to acquire or adopt a pet.

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A certificate of commitment to adopt a pet

In order to empower future animal owners, the purchase or donation of a pet is now regulated. Indeed, since July 19, a decree now makes it mandatory to issue a “certificate of commitment and knowledge” just before the acquisition of the animal. This certificate aims to “raise awareness and empower holders” according to the Ministry of Agriculture. This new decree comes from the law “aiming to fight against animal abuse and to strengthen the link between animals and humans” implemented on November 30, 2021.
The objective is above all to avoid compulsive purchases which may possibly end badly. Thus, the certificate must be written by a holder of the ACACED – Certificate of Knowledge for Pets of Domestic Species – or one of its equivalences. After that, the document must be given to the future owners 7 days before the transfer of the animal.
The decree is therefore mandatory for “any natural person who acquires an animal for payment or free of charge” and applies to pets such as cats, dogs, but also ferrets, rabbits and equines. Questioned by the “Huffington Post”, the ministry also specifies that “The certificate specifies several information in the case: its needs, the obligations with respect to the identification and the implications of the detention of an animal” .

A step forward that comes a little late

This certificate is therefore undeniably beneficial for the animal cause, as Jacques-Charles Fombonne, president of the Humane Society of Animals (SPA) explains to our colleagues at the “HuffingtonPost”: “We were completely in favor of this certificate. People will sign up and commit to caring for their animal in the way that best suits their biological needs.” The only problem ? This progress comes slightly late according to him: This season being the period of the year when there are the most abandonments. But better late than never ! “.

This certificate will therefore formalize “the fact that this gift or sale has been reasoned and discussed with the future owner”. Nevertheless, the president explains that it is imperative to do things in a serious way, to realize the importance of an adoption and not to sign this certificate hastily: “If people sign the certificate like when they’re on Google and you’re asked to accept something and you click because there’s 320 pages of 2-character information to read and no one ever does”.

As a reminder, the law promulgated on November 30, 2021, prohibits the presence of wild animals in circuses and dolphinariums. In addition, she also plans to end the sale of puppies and kittens in pet stores from 2024.

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