In fifteen years at the SPA refuge, Yvette Scorda, from Inzinzac-Lochrist (56), Sylvie Villemin has never seen that. “We went from a super calm period, in the spring of 2021, to an explosion of dropouts since June. The headlands are saturated, and so are we. We find ourselves managing more animals (+ 56%) with less staff and thanks to volunteers. While here, in the countryside, we still have fewer dropouts than in the big cities. “
This Wednesday, July 21, it is very hot for the manager, as for the 50 cats and 30 dogs of the day. The cattery, which has been full for a month, is seized with a silent and summery languor. There are a lot of kittens. “And hardly any adoption requests, because people are on vacation. I hope it will resume in August, but, for now, we are forced to refuse new entries. “
“We went from a super calm period in the spring of 2021 to an explosion of dropouts since June. The headlands are saturated, and so are we ”.
A dwarf rabbit in front of the door
Since May 1, 2021, the Morbihan refuge has welcomed 75% more cats than two years ago at the same time. A national phenomenon, which pushed the SPA Paris to launch a campaign of donations and the government to announce financial assistance of 20 million euros, this July 21. Sylvie Villemin sighs: “It’s true that cats are the big losers in the post-confinement period. There was an adoption rush when people were stuck in their homes. In addition, sterilization campaigns could not be carried out. And now the cat becomes annoying, when it comes to going on vacation or no longer telecommuting. “
Abandonment, the professional knows that. “Ten days ago, we were kindly left with a dwarf rabbit in its crate at the door of the refuge, which is still at the end of a forest path. This kind of gift at home is rarer, since we put surveillance cameras. The rabbit has already found a foster family since.
“It is much more difficult to make dogs live together than ten years ago, which forces us to take less”.
Less sociable dogs
On the kennel side, dogs (often hunting) give the impression of having a little more air. But they too have ended up more numerous at the pound since June. The Inzinzac-Lochrist SPA received twelve, then nine, then four at once. “There are as many placements linked to illness or death as there are post-confinement abandonments. I have the impression that the pretext of the dog allowed some to have their exit voucher, and that’s it, ”notes Sylvie Villemin.
Unlike cats, adopters have not completely deserted. Example with retirees Annie and Louis, who are scouting, this Wednesday afternoon. The Gourinois are looking to replace their German Shepherd cross, collected 14 years ago at the Cornouaille SPA. The mourning is not done. They will come back later.
Faced with the sometimes empty kennel boxes, the team evokes new difficulties. “It is much more difficult to make dogs live together than ten years ago, which forces us to take less. As if they were more often locked up, less socialized. Since the covid crisis, they are also more fearful, concludes the manager. We are at the edge of the forest. Well, the other day a Beauceron cross was scared off by a leaf! “
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