The SNPA refuge in Rouen is full: “We can’t leave anymore”

The SNPA shelter, which welcomes abandoned dogs and cats in Rouen (Seine-Maritime), has been in stressful months. (©MN/76actu)

For shelters for dogs and cats on Norman Society for the Protection of Animals (SNPALacroix Island is located on the island of Lacroix Island Rouen (Seine Maritime)the critical time for leaving the dog no longer limited to summer. It shows “complete” this month in July 2022, but is working flow more than tension for several months already. “Since I started here, five years ago, I have never seen this,” assured its director, Emilien Couturier.

Largest receiving structure in the regionwith 106 dogs and 60 cats between them, cared for by 11 employees and about fifteen volunteers, the shelter also provides pound paper for the city of Rouen and surrounding municipalities, as far as Eure. “There are so many dogs left on the public highway that have to be put in the pound, then for adoption after eight days, that since January sometimes I can’t even leave. I have seven to eight calls a day. »

“700 dogs rehomed every year”

For Emilien Couturier, these many departures have the same reason in many cases: “People choose animals related to their body and not about their needs.” Canine educator and behaviorist for 18 years , the director of the SNPA advises rather than spending time. That is to find out about the different breeds, to see who is available and if their needs are in line with their lifestyle. And in the case of a buying breeding, which is to choose a serious breeder who can accompany the future owners.

Malinois are currently one of the biggest victims of abandonment in France because so many people do not respect this reasoning. They are also in the refuge of Rouen, together with other working breeds, but the structure above all is “flooded” by staff and other molossers. The latter occupies nearly two thirds of the boxes in a difficult and stressful daily reality, despite the investment of SNPA teams.

Fortunately, nearly half of the “700 dogs that go home every year” are placed with owners. SNPA has created a whole ecosystem of partners to care for and move animals (whether it’s a pig, a llama or any rare arrival, as it happens). “We also work with narcotics. We noticed a potential in some dogs, which we replaced in the brigades where they improved. »

Unlucky dogs come back for adoption. “We are not doing euthanasia here,” assured Emilien Couturier. Except in severe disease or in the case of “very complex” dogs. “It should be related to one or two dogs every year. We work with a veterinarian, and we always give ourselves time with the dog, three to six months, before making a decision. »

Adopt a dog or cat at SNPA

To adopt an animal, it is possible to move to the hours open to the public. When it comes to a dog, it is necessary to provide some information, and to plan at least three walks in front of a member of the team. “This allows us to recognize people and be able to direct them to an animal that corresponds to them”, assures the director of the structure.

SNPA is there to support new owners and help them and their pet manage the transition to a new home.

Donations are needed to better care for the animals

To take care of its residents as much as possible, SNPA tries to improve their daily life by making arrangements. “We are in an old place. A lot of work has been done, but some repairs remain to be done and are expensive. He still manages to continue this issue, like the cat house opened a month ago. This allows the cats to thrive in larger and soundproof spaces, and to facilitate meetings with future adopters.

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Safe land should also be allocated soon to the refuge of the City, through an agreement to allow it to bring dogs in the wild, as part of the renewal of Île Lacroix. However, the situation is very complicated. “The SNPA is now in the deficit of 300,000 euros. “And the strong activity is accompanied by significant costs for the association, especially the” 20,000 euros in veterinary costs per month.

For this, he asked for the generosity of the people by accepting all kinds of donations. Food for dogs and cats, of course, but also hygiene products and any element involved in facilitating daily activities.

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