Second Animal Rendezvous in the City Mars Petcare is committed to responsible adoption and the fight against abandonment

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On June 3, 80 decision-makers representing 45 municipalities were invited to think together about solutions to improve the integration and well-being of pets in the city. This virtual meeting, moderated by Katia Renard, editor-in-chief of the magazine 30 million Friends, allowed to address 2 important and topical topics: abandonment and responsible adoption.”

Mars Petcare, one of the leaders in the prepared food and pet hygiene products sector, has once again stood out by strengthening its commitment to our 4-legged companions. After a first Rendez-vous de l’Animal en ville conclusive, highlighting the consequences of the expansion of Covid-19, Mars Petcare turned to a large-scale problem: abandonment.”

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, the sale and adoption of puppies and kittens has increased by more than 30%. After a return to normal life, animal advocates fear a spike in abandonment during the summer period.”

France continues to distinguish itself from its European neighbors by its large number of abandonments, deplores Mars Petcare. This scourge kills nearly 100,000 people every year.”

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Creating a better world for pets

This new edition of the Rendez-vous de l’Animal en ville aimed to remind us that the choice of the pet must be reasoned and in line with the resources of its owner. Access to veterinary care for the poorest citizens is one of the major challenges in the fight against abandonment.”

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The importance for a city to be an inclusive territory was also emphasized. The experts present during the interview drew up an inventory of the legislative context in force, and the regulatory obligations incumbent on municipalities. Some of them have already set up services dedicated to the well-being of dogs and cats. The city of Nice, for example, has created frolicking areas in which they can move freely, under the control and responsibility of the owners.”

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Another highlight was reported by the speakers: the recent creation of the Observatory for the Protection of Pets. The latter is composed of representatives of local authorities, experts, actors in animal identification and protection, civil society, as well as veterinarians. Their goal? Identify abandonments and identify their causes. The first opinions and recommendations, which will be delivered by this summer, will be used to improve public policies in the fight against abandonment.”

These various devices demonstrate a real change in mentalities, but the fight is not over yet.”

To follow the entirety of the second “Animal Rendezvous in town”, click here.”

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