the SPA desperate in the face of the record number of animal abandonments

Clement Bargain
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08:00, August 04, 2022

While the summer is not even over, the shelters are already overloaded. The SPA has launched a very sad counter on its website, listing the number of animals collected in its centers since the beginning of the summer. This Wednesday, August 3, the counter already showed 12,049. Report at the SPA of Orgeval, in the Yvelines.


Since the beginning of the summer, more than 12,000 abandoned animals have been collected in the structures of the SPA. This is 1,400 more than last year on the same date. “The drama is here while the summer is far from over!” Warns the animal protection association on Twitter.

“It’s demoralizing”

There is no longer a single box available in this kennel. 70 dogs are distributed in these long alleys lined with fences. Aurélie is team leader at the Orgeval refuge. “It’s catastrophic”, she testifies at the microphone of Europe 1. “We have very few adoptions because people have gone on vacation. Unfortunately, the requests for abandonment do not stop. We do not manages more to take care of and it’s very complicated for us, morally, and for the animals too”. Requests for abandonment which are increasing in this summer period. Whether for dogs or cats. Every day, there are nearly a dozen of them.

“The vast majority of dropouts come from people who are clearly not responsible,” says Aurélie. “What do I do with my animal when I go on vacation? And that, people don’t think about it. They don’t think about the costs it may incur, if they can have it kept or how to take it with them. That’s it, it’s demoralizing”.

Saturated shelters

And faced with the saturation of the shelter, you now have to register on the waiting list to drop off your pet. Some owners don’t want to hear it. “It’s hard to find the animals in front of our gate, in transport boxes or transport bags. There are also dogs hanging on the gate. If we don’t take requests for abandonment, it’s only because we have no room”, testifies Valérie, animal officer. The abandonment of an animal is punishable by three years’ imprisonment and a fine of 45,000 euros.

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