Abandoned dogs: inventory

They would be about 8 million in France, a quarter of the French own one, and yet each year, they are thousands of dogs to be abandoned. A week of tourist discovery in the neighboring regions, a weekend with Grand-grandma and her three cats, exile from a house with a garden in a small apartment, and many other examples can lead you to ask yourself this famous question: “But what are we going to do with the dog?” “. Faced with a population less and less sedentary, where the French average has more than 4 moves in a lifetime for 6 years in the same accommodation, we understand that the changes and the hazards encountered can lead to questioning the future of its furry friend. Faced with this, many animal organizations have emerged to help you find solutions to these questions.

A revolting state of affairs

Let’s get to the heart of the matter by starting with a sad French record for the most “customary” European country in the abandonment of pets, which has more than 100,000 abandons of dogs and cats per year, including 60,000 during the summer. 100,000 dropouts per year, that’s 12 dropouts per hour! This is an alarming finding that should alert and educate future owners of the obligations that a pet brings and of which it is important to be fully aware upstream.

No toys, no consumer goods

Compulsive buying is arguably the worst reason for adopting a dog. No more birthday present to children or animal window shopping stuck between buying the tree and the monotony of winter evenings: adopting a dog must be a thoughtful and mature decision, in knowledge of the constraints to be integrated over the next 15 years:

  • The cost : The daily budget (kibble, toys) coupled with the health budget (vaccines and reminders, castration, any pathologies to be treated, etc.) brought down monthly require the allocation of a dedicated budget for your animal.
  • The exits : A dog should be taken out ideally 2 to 3 times a day for the most active, sometimes for long walks. If very often the idea of ​​a master / dog complicity is one of the factors that lead to adoption, it is necessary to consider this complicity over time. In rainy, windy or snowy weather too, your dog will need to go out for a walk, defecate and interact with you. No room to be lazy in these situations!

Internet: a consumer tool

It is estimated that around 40% of the sale or donation of animals through the Internet. If it is practical and obviously in tune with the times, it also has the drawback of presenting a display case of dogs to be consulted at home, such as a shelf of toys or clothes rails. Besides the fact that the origin and the health of the animal are not guaranteed, there is no exchange with a professional of the animal sector who could advise on the needs and habits of the dog, as well as on the ideal profile of the master. In addition, internet sales have become a real breeding market for the breed. When some dogs sell for several hundred or even thousands of dollars, we see that breeding has become a market, even an income for some owners.

What the law says

The legislation intervenes to try to thwart this scourge. The abandonment of animals is an offense classified as “act of cruelty”, and thus punished up to 30,000 € fine and 2 years imprisonment. Also, the law against animal abuse adopted on November 18, 2021 will prohibit from 2024, among other things, the sale of pets in animal shops, where weaning is often too early, and where a form of machining is denounced. for puppies and kittens. Finally, this same law will strictly regulate the online sale of pets, reserving it only for shelters and breeders.

You are away: to whom to entrust it?

Pet does not rhyme with “forgetting to go out”, quite the contrary. Many means are being developed to allow owners to be absent without having to procrastinate on the organization with their animal.

Suitable places

Before considering entrusting your dog, it is better to focus on sites that will welcome him without batting an eyelid. This is usually specified when booking, sometimes with a financial supplement. This is the right compromise to enjoy both your holidays and your animal. Since 2004, the 30 Millions d’Amis Foundation has maintained a guide to holidays with your animal, which lists beaches and parks throughout France where pets are welcome. To do this, care must be taken to scrupulously respect the dog’s vaccination schedule, as well as its identification. “Animal on board” stickers are also available to attract the attention of the emergency services in the event of a road accident.

Mutual aid between neighbors

If some neighbors offer an exchange of good services by giving a glance at the house in case of absence, by opening the shutters or by maintaining the vegetable garden, feeding and taking the neighbor’s dog out can also be a good way to him to be absent without concern, subject of course to having passed the appropriate instructions and to deal with a neighbor accustomed and loving animals. And why not offer him to collect some vegetables from the kitchen garden or to make a nice bouquet with the flowers from the garden as a thank you!

Animal pension

The kennel is ideal for long absences. The dogs are housed in individual boxes with the comfort one would expect. Indoor and outdoor spaces, fenced, with staff available, allow them to wait, in safety and without lacking anything, while the teachers are away. Obviously this set of services has a cost, which varies from one kennel to another, to be studied according to the quality of services offered. Visiting several kennels before reserving a place can be a good way to entrust him serenely, where you have been most confident, as well as your dog. Here too, care should be taken to present a complete vaccination and identification schedule.

Pet care at home

Many associations have emerged in recent years to offer home pet sitting services between individuals. For a reasonable cost, it is possible that an individual (retiree, student, available during the day, wanting an additional income or even animal lover) offers you to come at regular times one or more times a day, over time. of your absence, or to keep it at its own home. The agreement is framed by the statute of the association which proposes a contract between the two individuals.

At the refuge

If, for reasons that belong to you, you find yourself obliged to abandon your dog, it must be done correctly and in the rules at one of the many shelters of the Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA). She will receive you by appointment, and will ask you questions to understand the reasons for abandonment and get to know your animal better; this is not in a logic of judgment, but in order to have as much information as possible to facilitate its future adoption.

Adopt abandoned dogs

Everyone can act to stem this scourge and turn a new page with one of the many dogs awaiting a new family in one of the 63 existing shelters in the territory. When they are taken care of, the dogs are identified, sterilized, vaccinated, educated and socialized.

Abandonment is a deeply difficult ordeal for dogs, as it is for any other animal. The staff of a refuge will take care to re-socialize them by bringing them or relearning the educational bases, and by sequencing their day through several various activities so that they evolve in a positive state of mind.

To adopt one of them, you will have to show a white paw! No question of repeating the same experience so traumatic for the animal. The qualified staff of the shelter will ensure that they find a family suitable for their physical, physiological and mental needs. The key words are “love”, “benevolence” and “sharing”.

After an initial identification via the internet, you can make an appointment at the shelter for a first meeting with the dog for which you fell in love. On site, all members of the household (other dog included) must be present for this first stage of apprehending each other. If everyone finds their place, the adoption can then be formalized after a period of reflection of a few days. A financial contribution will be requested to cover the veterinary costs of taking charge of the animal.