Carcassonne: saturated, animal habitat forced to put dogs on waiting list

Thirty abandoned dogs are waiting for a box to be used to take them.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time the SCPA shelter in Berriac has sounded the alarm due to the number of animals being housed. But in Vincent Roucoules ’own claim, we haven’t seen that yet. “The frequency of dog abandonment has not disappeared since last summer”explains the technical manager of the site. “We continue to get five calls a day from people who want to bring an animal to us, and as we also do more investigation, we are also home to more dogs that taken for abuse “. Result: more than a hundred canids (including a dozen puppies) are waiting to find a new home. The most that can be accommodated in the shelter … which obliges the caretakers, who are reluctant, to refuse the animals now that there is no owner.

Vincent Roucoules, technical manager of the shelter.
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“We have opened a waiting list, where there are more than thirty dogs”, said Vincent Roucoules. A completely new device, which clearly describes the saturation threshold that has now been reached at the site. “Depending on the time when we are called, we try to put in a follow-up with people, an accompaniment … In short, to find a solution”. But how to explain this enduring event of abandonment? Vincent Roucoules probably saw this, in part, as a consequence of the Covid crisis and especially the times of imprisonment. “A change has taken place in the last two years in the relationship between dogs and humans.said the official. In the same way that couples explode, relationships become difficult between some owners and their pets due to a major life change. A dog that was alone and free used to have someone 24 hours a day, or on the contrary could not stand when the owner suddenly left him to go back to work ”.

The dog is not a garden gnome

However, the shelter also says, among its residents, “an increase in frightened dogs, or on the contrary a little nervous”. animals that “have a history”and requires “little work before it can be accessed by any family”. Especially since “When you start rehabilitation, you don’t know how long it will take, or if it will work”. In other words: a certain number of accommodated dogs are not immediately compatible with an adoption, and will stay longer in place … preventing the release of boxes for others to be abandoned animals. “We do not practice euthanasia in relation to dog behavior”Vincent Roucoules insisted.

10,000 euros per month to be paid to the veterinarian

Added to this is “a relatively low average adoption”due to the particular sometimes excessive needs of potential adopters. “Some people come with specific requests. They may forget that a dog is a living creature and not a product, and that adoption is first and foremost a matter of love.”. Regarding households that are tempted to leave their four-legged companion, the manager reminds them for their guidance that human and dog companionship is also a question of “patience”. “Problems often stem from a lack of understanding and communication. The dog is not a garden gnome, it takes time and investment”. However, global social trends are reflected today through a cramped refuge in Carcassonne: a situation that also has no impact on its finances.

“The more dogs, the higher our costs, and there we are in the redsummarizes the technical manager. Currently, the cost of our veterinarian is about 10,000 euros per month “. A situation that has become unbearable for everyone: at a time when the animal cause is constantly covered up in the media, only a sincere change in thinking can finally return to fashion.

Dog abandonment has not declined since the summer of 2021.

Dog abandonment has not declined since the summer of 2021.
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