It was a quiet start to the week, with two dogs arriving. One of them was reclaimed but the other, a puppy, is still with us. More information on him in due course.
How many of you saw the article in today’s Depeche newspaper, talking about the number of dog and cats who have been abandoned in France this year? There are some very unsettling figures in there. Most shocking of all is that despite endless campaigns and a recent change in the law, so far this year, the number of animals abandoned is up by 27%. This is an all time record, but not one that anyone should be proud of.
To some extent this can be explained (but not excused) by the fact that France has the highest rate of pet ownership in Europe, with some 10 million cats and 8-9 million dogs. This apparent love of animals would be better illustrated if these animals were not abandoned in their droves each year, particularly in holiday season. In July and August there are approximately 1,000 dogs abandoned per day, believe it or not. And the fact that a common location for animals to be found are the many motorway service stations is all the proof you need that holidays are the reason many people decide to abandon their pet.
A new law introduced in January 2015 changed the status of domestic animals and allows for a fine of 30,000 euros and up to two years in prison. But of course with the courts occupied with “far more pressing matters”, this is seldom if ever imposed. To animal lovers, very few matters seem more pressing, but animal welfare often comes well down a list of priorities.
This is why at the SPA Carcassonne every adoption is greeted with joy and we are hoping for many joyful moments this week.