It’s hard to hide your pet in Rimouski for the summer

Every June 25, World Pet Abandonment Day aims to raise awareness on the eve of the holidays.

However, Rimouski dog owners will struggle with a limited offer of canine boarding.

Not surprisingly, the boarding house for short and long term dogs, Eastern Quebec Dog Specialist in Saint-Fabien, has been full since spring.

The announcement of the removal of health restrictions at the borders has encouraged many Lower Laurentians to plan vacations outside of Quebec. Many people have been booking since March, as there are few health restrictionssaid Joanie Alain, co-owner of the Saint-Fabien pension. Usually, in May we say we’re complete but this year, it’s a huge boom.he said.

Joanie Alain (left) and Josianne Roussel (right), owners of Eastern Quebec Dog Specialist in Saint-Fabien, have already sold out for the summer.

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Sometimes, at the last minute, I have a cancellation and depending on how big or small the dog is, maybe the place is small, but … It’s already very crowded for summer 2022.added his colleague Josianne Roussel.

Home visits

For cats and mice, vacationers can also choose to visit the house.

Rimouski’s Tou-tou chez vous owner, Jamie Robinson, noted an increase in requests for child care since the pandemic: People adopted many animals during the pandemiche pointed out.

Claudine Poulin chose to welcome a babysitter to keep her dog Zeus home during her vacation in Europe.

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Zeus will not be accompanied by his master Claudine Poulin, who will fly to Europe for three weeks. During his absence, his Australian Shepherd was cared for at his home by a student from Rimouski.

She added that she prefers him to stay around her. There he would sleep in his little bed, he would have his bearings then I would have a big fence space, he could run and move on with his life.he was delighted.

I looked around and I never had any friends to watch Zeus. Even if they have cats or already have animals, so it’s complicated, contextualized by Claudine Poulin.

Beware of anonymous services

Because child care options are limited in Rimouski, Eastern Quebec Dog Specialist owners prefer to warn pet owners that they may be tempted to use an anonymous service. .

For Rimouski owners who want to opt for dog boarding, finding a place for their dog can be difficult.

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MAPAQ, une certification, une connaissance et une expérience avec les animaux. […] Il faut que les installations intérieures et extérieures soient tempérées, que les chiens aient de grands espaces”,”text”:”Avant de faire garder son chien, il faut s’assurer que la personne ait un permis du MAPAQ, une certification, une connaissance et une expérience avec les animaux. […] Il faut que les installations intérieures et extérieures soient tempérées, que les chiens aient de grands espaces”}}”>Before placing your dog, you need to make sure the person has permission from MAPAQcertification, knowledge and experience of animals. […] Indoor and outdoor facilities should be moderate, dogs should have plenty of spacenarrated Josianne Roussel.

Boarding houses must also meet a number of municipal and provincial regulations. For example, infrastructure should be located in agricultural areas, warns the specialist.

Before your dog goes to sleep, there are many things to check and many questions to ask. »

An excerpt from Josianne Roussel

Depending on the type of stay and the type of dog, Joanie Alain suggests that owners consider the options. If it’s a small dog that is accepted in many places, it’s ok to bring it. If your dog is worried, you can check out a friend. If he’s a social dog, keeping him would be a good way. We adapt to the behaviors of dogshe added.

A critical time for animals

The time to move and vacation is the same as abandonment, Rimouski’s animal service says each year. Sometimes the organization will pick up stray animals that are never claimed by their owners.

Every year during this time, the Center de services animaliers de Rimouski registers many abandonments, especially of cats.

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According to Sandrine Trépanier, animal caregiver at the Center de services animalier, this is a responsibility that future pet owners must consider. People who come for adoption should have this in mind that when you travel, you need to have someone to take care of the animal or you need to find someone to take care of it.he recommended.

Sandrine Trépanier, animal caregiver at the Center de services animaliers de Rimouski, invites future owners to think about a method of care before adoption.

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The Rimouski animal service center had no recorded departures a few days before 1er July, official date of many Quebec events.

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