By Ugo Maillard
updated on June 24, 22 at 3:36 pm
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Save the life of man’s best friend. The association based in Sassenage, north of Grenoble, has existed since 2005. More than 15 years of struggle in which volunteers of the “Mi Chien Mi Loup” caught thousands of dogs in very difficult conditions.
The four regular volunteers did not work in a residence. They care for abandoned dogs, abused to “save their lives”, by arranging appointments with teachers and placing them in foster families prior to adoption. Fanny Martin volunteered at the association for two years.
Involved in animal protection, the young woman made the connection between the surviving dogs, the host families and the teachers. “We have to handle between 15 and 20 dogs simultaneously,” Fanny explains. While visiting SPAs, her heart was “broken” when she saw these dogs behind bars.
“Victim of violence, zoophilia or acid burn”
The daily lives of Fanny and the other volunteers are not all rosary. Dogs that come to the association area, for some, have experienced tragedies. This is Nola’s case. This female dog was taken from her owner in the North. For the first two years of his life, he was confined in a cage, never to get out.
For three months, volunteers accompanied the dog to its metamorphosis. Only, a few weeks later, little Nola regained her weight and the joy of living.
He now lives with a family near Annecy and enjoys the beautiful setting of the city of Haute-Savoie.
If there is no money, the association must stop
“I get only two hours of sleep each night,” said the volunteer. Caring for dogs can cost several thousand euros. Fanny works six days a week, this dog lover spends all her free time in association.
People came to us by blackmailing us. If we don’t get their dog back, they’ll mean they’ll hang them or drown them.
“We are overwhelmed with requests” testified the young woman from Metz. Today, “Mi-chien Mi-loup” does not benefit from any subsidies and is “in debt”. Without help, the association almost broke down, leaving many animals in distress.
Even if families suffer the cost of kibbles, with veterinarians and educators making moves toward the association, the future of surviving dogs is hardly an illusion.
“The association can no longer hold on to that” Fanny confesses with emotion.
How to help the association:
- Donation by check: word association Mi chien Mi loup, 4 bis Square de la Liberation, 38360 Sassenage
- Donate via PayPal: @assomichienmiloup
- For host families: link to questionnaire to be completed by families
“Create a special brigade for animal protection”
The association, which mostly works in Grenoble, has seen abused animals for the past fifteen years. A considerable amount of reliance on many associations for the protection of animals.
Fanny campaigned for the creation of a special brigade for animal protection. “I was working on a zoophilia case, and we waited for the justice system to settle the case for months. 3/4 of our complaints went unanswered,” the volunteer said.
After all, the young woman prefers to remember the “beautiful everyday stories” and the many dogs she saved. Fanny hopes that “people will realize that it’s not a stuffed animal, that the dog has a story” and that she has the right to live with dignity.
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