Animals: The SPA opens its doors this weekend... here are our 6 tips for choosing your new companion - THECHOWANIECS.COM

Animals: The SPA opens its doors this weekend… here are our 6 tips for choosing your new companion

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After another summer hampered by dropouts, SPA is organizing its “open days” on the weekend of October 8 and 9. On this occasion, La Dépêche du Midi gives you some advice on adopting a new companion.

On the weekend of October 8 and 9, SPA is organizing its “open doors” days as follows a summer characterized by many abandonmentswith 16,457 animals collected by the association between 1 May and 31 August.

However, adopting a pet is not a decision to be taken lightly and many criteria must be taken into account before taking action. Pauline Dreno, manager of the SPA refuge in Millau in Aveyron, gives you her good advice.

1/ Think about the budget

The first question to ask is whether you have the budget to care for an animal. “You have to take into account food, vet costs, accessories, waste …”, says the specialist. “It also depends on the breed. A 40 kg Doberman will cost more in kibble than a Chihuahua”.

According to the association’s website, it takes around 500 euros a year to meet a cat’s primary needs, and 700 euros for a dog.

2/ Take the animal’s lifespan into account

Another important point: ask yourself how long you are committing to. “If you adopt a rabbit, you commit for 5-6-7 years, a cat or a dog for 12-14 years. After that, everything also depends on the age of the animal you adopt”.

3/ Think about time and involvement

We also have to ask ourselves about the time we should give it. An animal asks that we be available for it, to look after it, feed it, take it out, play with it or wash it.

“You also have to ask yourself if the whole family is involved in the adoption process. If there aren’t already disagreements in the family with someone who doesn’t want an animal. And define in advance who will take care of it”.

4/ Don’t forget the holiday

Another crucial question: how should I organize my holiday with him? If I don’t take him, how do I keep him?

There are several solutions. “For cats, in case of a short absence, of 3-4-5 days, the easiest way is to ask neighbors or family members to come and feed and look after the animal at home. If it is a longer absence, it is possible to board. For dogs, it is easier to take them everywhere, although you should check that the place you go welcomes the animal.Dog boarding facilities exist, as do pet sitters.

5/ Ask yourself questions about your home

“In terms of housing, it depends more on the lifestyle of the adopter than on the type of animal”, explains Pauline Dreno. “We can place a large dog in an apartment if they are active young people who, for example, go jogging twice a day”.

Also note that a large dog will generally be calmer than a small dog. “A Great Dane is much calmer than a Jack Russel. Don’t rely on size alone.”

However, having a dog in an apartment will be more restrictive for the adopter because you will have to take your animal out morning, noon and night, even when it is raining or cold. “In summary, the dog can adapt to a house as well as an apartment as long as it is outside.”

6/ Think about the age of the animal

“The age of the animal depends on the composition of the household and what the adopters also want.” The older ones will thus generally be aimed at a cat that is already grown up and calm. And families with children against a kitten.

“All these questions are things that we check at the shelter with potential adopters when they come,” the manager of Millau SPA tells us. “We discuss with them and we get them to fill out a questionnaire. If we judge that their adoption project holds water, we then send them on to an animal that corresponds to them. But we may have to reject an adoption project , if it is judged that people do not have the financial means or time. Or refuse such an animal and redirect them to another.”

Plan your visit

It is recommended to look ahead at the animals offered for adoption on the SPA website. And it is especially advisable during the rest of the year to contact the refuge by e-mail to establish a first contact. “Then we get an adoption questionnaire filled out, which the adopters fill out quietly at home and send back to us. We can then give them a time so that we can spend time finding the animal that suits them. also makes it possible to verify that the animal they fell in love with on the spot is actually there during their visit and not, for example, on a walk with volunteers”.

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