According to the Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA), dog abandonment has increased by 40.5% since May 1 compared to the same period in 2021 in shelters in Hauts-de-France. The increase in adoptions is encouraging, but still insufficient.
4 069. The number of animals for adoption displayed by the counter on the SPA site is impressive. At least as many are in care or rehabilitation. The 75 establishments of the venerable association are saturated.
“This year, the increase in dropouts occurred in May. Usually, it was rather from the end of June“, notes Anne-Marie Choquet, head of the SPA for Hauts-de-France, Seine maritime, Calvados, Manche and Yvelines.
In the six Hauts-de-France SPA refuges (Laon, Tourcoing, Saint-Omer, Tilloy-lès-Mofflaines, Compiègne and Poulainville), 1,598 animals were abandoned between 1er May and July 31, including 449 dogs: an increase of 40.5% compared to last year. An even more marked increase in the Picardy departments (+74%).
Cats are also numerous in the cages. “Sterilizations are not done“, protests Christelle Varlet, head of the Compiègne SPA refuge, who points to the small towns which ” don’t play the game“. Confinements during the Covid crisis prevented sterilizations: the many kittens born in 2020 and 2021 have become adults and are proliferating.
A situation amplified by global warming, according to Matthieu Scherenne, head of the Poulainville dispensary in the Somme: “You can even have kittens in the winter. As the winters are mild, it never stops“.
New Pet Abandonments (NAC) are also on the rise”exponential“, reveals Anne-Marie Choquet: “In Orgeval in the Yvelines, there are cages in the hallway, there is so little space in the room dedicated to NACs“, she assures.
Rabbits in particular,bought freely in pet stores, like plants to please a child and two months later the parents realize that it smells bad and that the cage must be cleaned…“.
But the owners who entrust their animals to a shelter are not all reckless. Abandonments are often the consequence of divorces, retirement homes or financial difficulties. The costs of veterinarians, food become in some cases impossible to pay.
“A lady came to bring us her three Saint Bernards. She could no longer pay with her RSA, after losing her job“, says Christelle Varlet, for whom this woman made the best decision for her dogs.
In this dark landscape, a ray of light: generous masters and mistresses from Hauts-de-France have welcomed 1,320 companions since May (+ 12% compared to 2021).
The Poulainville dispensary also had an excellent Assumption weekend: between Friday and Monday, no less than 31 animals found new homes: seven kittens, ten cats, eleven dogs, two rabbits and a pig. ‘India.