The association Les Chats Libres de Pézenas is leading this fight throughout the town.
At the Butte Verte, in different places in the town, the phenomenon is recurrent. Kittens are thrown in the trash. Christiane Balmer, president of the association Les Chats Libres de Pézenas, points out: “There are only two ways to combat the overpopulation of stray cats: sterilization and identification.”
The association, which benefits from the support and subsidies of the City and the association 30 Millions d’amis, travels and intervenes regularly in private homes. A trap is made available to them to capture the animal and then sterilize it. The cost of the intervention and the operation is entirely borne by the association.
“Stray cats should be reported”
Christiane Balmer specifies: “The presence of stray cats must be reported. They will be captured without suffering, then sterilized.” She adds : “Identification is compulsory in France. It allows you to find your animal in the event of loss and makes the act of adoption responsible by avoiding abandonment, a source of suffering and uncontrolled reproduction.”
The kittens are taken in by the association’s volunteers until they are completely socialized, then offered for adoption, after being sterilized, identified using an electronic chip and having been treated against parasites. The costs are, again, covered by the association thanks to subsidies and its many events and actions.
The association regularly organizes garage sales, sales of jams (on the market, in the entrance to supermarkets), of objects made by volunteers who make accessories for cats (blankets, cushions, dream catchers, toys ) that can be found and purchased in their premises located in Ruelle Tricard.
A partnership with the company Royal Canin allows the association to feed stray cats, with the authorization of the City, in five places in the town, including Bonneterre.
The volunteers, Éric and Véronique Baudou, Christiane Balmer actively contribute to making this association a structure on a human scale, dynamic and responsible.
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