Rewarding initiatives based on the human / pet relationship in the service of a better society, the 2020 Purina BetterwithPets Prize will see the final of its 2 nd edition next month. Among the 8 projects selected to take part, 3 are French.
On June 3, the final of its second edition will take place. It will be organized online, in the form of a live webinar starting at 1 p.m. The 8 associations and authors of initiatives which were selected among the 150 initial participants, will be able to defend their projects on this occasion before a jury of experts and professionals. The winners will receive funding of up to 95,000 euros (for initiatives already launched) and 19,000 euros (for those under development).
Among these 8 finalists, 3 are French . 2 of these French innovations are in the category of initiatives already launched ; these are Full Bowls and Evi’dence. The 3rd, SoliVet, is in the innovations category at the stage of ideation.
Full Bowls: supporting the homeless and their pets
Gamelles Pleines is an association aimed at the homeless who have a pet. It helps them to keep, feed, equip and care for their companions. We spoke to you in particular about their Solidarity Calendar and its “giant marauding”, among other actions that it regularly carries out.
Evi’dence: promote the reintegration of prisoners through animals
For its part, Evi’dence works for animal mediation in the reintegration of prisoners . Concretely, within the framework of this program, the latter take care of mistreated animals . This makes it possible, on the one hand, to restore human confidence in these animals and improve their well-being, and on the other hand, to help inmates to establish a soothing and respectful relationship with a view to facilitating their reintegration into society.
SoliVet: so that people in a precarious situation do not have to separate from their animals
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Regarding the initiative of the SoliVet association, this collaborative network works to promote acceptance of the homeless in accommodation centers with their animals . The goal is that these people in an extremely precarious situation no longer have to choose between the possibility of being accommodated and the presence of their pets by their side.
The other 5 finalist initiatives for the Purina BetterwithPets Prize 2020 are Courthouse Dogs Research (Spain), Reading Dogs (United Arab Emirates), StreetVet Accredited Hostel Scheme (United Kingdom), Homely Home (Russia) and Pet Me (Saudi Arabia). </p