it will help town halls recover stray dogs and cats

The person concerned must be trained to practice his or her new profession. Paramedic of ambulances in Saint-Bernard, Royan, his desire for change led him to an examination of skill and an evidence. “I have a passion for animals. The idea of ​​setting up a company around different services like walking, surveillance, transportation or even arrest was very easy for me, ”he said.


To catch stray dogs, Nicolas Foulques had to wear his Kevlar suit.

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But stray dogs have nothing to do with delivering the sick to medical appointments. “I passed ACACED (Certificate of knowledge of domestic animals) and I was trained in TAV (Transport of live animals), and other things”, he explained. Today, it works in a dozen towns in the Pays Royannais where it has signed an agreement (Vaux, Saint-Palais, L’Éguille, Les Mathes, Nancras, Royan, Breuillet, La Tremblade, Corme-Écluse, Le Chay , Saujon, Meschers).

A useful remedy

Considered to be in a state of straying any dog ​​which, other than in an action of hunting or the guard or the protection of a herd is no longer under the effective control of its owner or away from its owner or in person. responsible for it for distances in excess of 100 meters. It’s also about any abandoned dog, given his sole instinct and showing that his owner doesn’t stop doing everything to find him and get him back.

For cats, this relates to any unidentified cat found more than 200 meters from the habitat or any cat found more than 1,000 meters from its owner’s house and not under his control, as well as any cat whose owner is unknown and captured. on a public highway or on the property of others.

This dog was very angry because he broke his tooth and bit my pole. ”

“In these cases, I am not directly involved. You have to first contact the municipal police or the gendarmerie, who will call me,” explained Nicolas Foulques, who conducts between one and three interventions a day. For example, no. not long ago, he intervened in Royan to capture a Malinois who had become uncontrollable and dangerous for its owners.In such a case, he was tied up like a deminer.In order to be risk-free, he had to dress up. a Kevlar suit. His mission: to catch the animal with the metal ribbon. “This dog was so angry that he broke his teeth to bite my pole,” the worried man recalled.

Abandoned animals

“In this job, you have to let go of fear. If not, it is not worth it, ”warned one who has been bitten several times. “But with the combination, it passed. In the end, they are the most angry cats. With their little cats, they were able to pierce the skin of my gloves. Cats are also part of her daily life. Contacted because of a small stray tomcat hidden under a car, last week rue Gambetta in Royan, he took it twice to lure and arrest her. “I struggled,” he admitted. Once recovered, the animals will be taken to the shelter of animal friends or the veterinarian.

Nicolas Foulques for being an animal lover.


Nicolas Foulques for being an animal lover.

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A person with a sensitive heart, the hardest thing for him in this job is to finally look at the number of abandoned animals. “I immediately saw those in this case. They wandered off carrying the hanging rope. It really hurts. With the arrival of the summer holidays and the presence of many tourists, I expected to have a little more sustained activity. His schedules are enough to scare away less courage. Available at twenty -four hours a day, seven days a week, he was ready to respond to emergencies.

To join Nicolas Foulques in his activity as a pet sitter (sitting, walking and carrying an ambulance of animals), call 07 49 08 23 51.

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