Pets in France risk euthanasia due to isolation laws

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Jacques-Charles Fombonne, president of the association, said his animal shelters are overflowing and will soon be too full to handle. The result: animals that cannot be taken as adoptive pets will be euthanized before they even reach the shelters.

More than 3,500 animals are welcomed each month by SPA refuges in France. Current confinement rules do not allow people to leave their home to visit or adopt a new pet, as the reason is not stated on the certification form.

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Mr. Fombonne asked that the containment rules be adapted to allow the process.

In an interview with the public press service FranceInfo Monday April 6, he said: “We are in a difficult situation. It’s like a tank is filling and not emptying. With isolation, people can no longer leave their homes to come and adopt our animals. We are now reaching capacity.

“We only have 300 to 400 steps left. Very, very quickly, we will be full. When we can no longer accommodate the animals, the books will have to euthanize them because they will no longer be able to bring them to us [la SPA]. “

The charity has sought to make its services as accessible and safe as possible during the confinement period, including by offering pet adoption online. This would allow people to choose their pet and schedule an appointment in advance, so that they would be the only visitors to the shelter at that time.

The animal chosen would then be handed over without any physical contact between SPA workers or the public. The rest of the details would be finalized once the containment period had ended.

Mr. Fombonne said: “We organized our 52 shelters with teams of separate workers, to avoid spreading the virus. We have what we need to feed the animals and clean their pens. We simply have no way of allowing their adoption.

“I understand that people have other priorities at the moment, but even if we propose solutions, the government does not listen to us.”

The charity has been asking for a change to the question for two weeks, the final decision requiring ministerial approval. Mr. Fombonne requests that the containment “certification” form – the form to be completed each time you leave the house – be changed to allow for the adoption of animals.

Mr. Fombonne said: “It is as if the state abandons these animals a second time, after they have already been abandoned once.

“The easiest way would be to add an option on the form; [or] add to the option of taking care of animal needs, the possibility of going to adopt [a pet] of a shelter. We could simply consider that animal welfare is not just about walking your dog. It’s also about adopting a dog or a cat. “

He added: “And, if we receive an authorization, I am ready to follow an extremely secure procedure. We could even limit adoptions to one day a week … which would allow the state to control that we are doing things right, safely and securely.

“But we really need government approval to allow us to carry out these adoptions.” “

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