saturated refuges, the SPA rings the alarm bell

During the summer period, the SPA refuges fear every year the number of animal abandonments and 2022 seems to be a special year since adoptions are rare.

A news that does not please the president of the SPA, Jacques-Charles Fombonne: “Our shelters are completely full, as we have far fewer adoptions this year. Instead of starting the summer with 4,000 animals in our shelters, we had almost 6,500. So we quickly reached saturation and this figure is not going down.

The SPA informs that more than 12,000 animals that are currently handed over to 56 shelters.

This is the case, for example, in Hermeray in the Yvelines where the shelters are crumbling under abandonment. Last weekend, due to the crossover, an increase became known to such an extent that to abandon your animal, you must now make an appointment indicated RMC. A worker at the center says: “We are saturated.” and adds: “At the level of dogs, it’s quite catastrophic. Cats, it’s the same thing and we have more rabbits and mice.”

Jacques-Charles evokes “inflation”, “uncertainty” or “the war” to explain the reasons for this drop in adoptions: “It does not encourage taking an animal.” he admits. A dog or cat costs approx. 1,000 euros per year between vaccines and food he recalls.

But for Hélène Gaulthier, manager of the Hermeray center in Yvelines, post-Covid-19 holidays are the main reason for this situation: “People can leave more this year and want to enjoy, and unfortunately the animals who suffer.” and Jacques-Charles specifies that the only solution is temporary adoption, “thanks to the relay families.”

5 years in prison and 75,000 euros fine

The abandonment of an animal, whether tamed or held in captivity, is punishable by 3 years imprisonment with a fine of 45,000 euros. If the surrender is done knowingly and with aggravating circumstancesthe author can encourage up to 4 years imprisonment and 60,000 euros fine. But if the abandonment resulted in the death of the animal, the penalty increases 5 years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros.


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