The SPA collected 16,457 animals in its 63 shelters, including 11,268 cats, 4,302 dogs, 851 rodents and reptiles and 36 equines, between May 1 and August 31, deploring not being able to take care of more than animals for lack of space. “This year, we had a drop of almost 10% in adoptions in the first semester, which weighed on us. We started the summer with 7,000 animals in our shelters, whereas on May 1st we are usually at 3,500, which allowed us to absorb the summer wave with less difficulty.“, Jacques-Charles Fombonne, president of the SPA, told AFP on Thursday.
“We refused to take in animals whose masters came to abandon them and we told them to wait until September. However, we have placed some of them in our 2,000 foster families“, he added. Jacques-Charles Fombonne warns about the vigilance to be observed when acquiring certain fashionable dogs that require experienced masters to “responsible adoption“, or about 30% of its residents.
“We have 500 to 600 dogs that are not aggressive dogs but animals that need to be stimulated and be present with their master, such as the Malinois, a sporting dog often used by the military. We refuse to give this type of dog to people who will not be able to take care of it to prevent them from returning to our shelters. This is also the case of the Australian Shepherd or the American Staffordshire Terrier.“, he explains.
On a positive note, however, the summer period was marked by a slight increase in adoptions of 1.2% compared to 2021 and more particularly concerning dogs (+4.5%). As of August 31, the SPA had 7,808 animals present in its structures, or +7% compared to the previous year.
And to fight against mistreatment, the SPA has reinforced the means of its investigations division which has been “more active than ever” in the months of June, July and August with 7,796 surveys carried out in the field – i.e. 3 times more than in 2021.