Chartres is putting animals in the spotlight this Saturday, May 25 on the occasion of Animal Day

Chartres is putting animals in the spotlight this Saturday, May 25 on the occasion of Animal Day
Chartres is putting animals in the spotlight this Saturday, May 25 on the occasion of Animal Day

Animal Day is happening again, Saturday May 25, to educate and raise awareness about animal welfare. Meet at Place des Épars to attend and participate in the second edition of Animal Day. A meeting dedicated to pets and their well-being.

In April 2023, during its first edition, Animal Day attracted more than 1,200 visitors. Building on this success, the City of C

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hartres has decided to repeat the event on Saturday May 25, Place des Épars, from 10:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. The City wishes to make this meeting an annual event. “This event is intended to be fun and educational. Many children are present and encouraging their curiosity makes it possible to educate them in kindness towards animal welfare and to raise awareness of this cause,” underlines Sophie Beurel, municipal councilor responsible for Animal in the City.

Forty stands

The first edition was marked by a series of activities through around twenty stands such as demonstrations of dogs trained to detect drugs and bank notes, as well as agility and dog training workshops. The second edition will host last year’s stands and will be enriched with several new features.

Among them, people search demonstrations carried out by the Departmental Fire and Rescue Service (SDIS), presentations by assistance dogs for people with disabilities, an introduction to first aid procedures for animals, dog training sessions and a dog parade. Owners will also have the opportunity to have their animal caricatured! Demonstrations, offered by the national police and the gendarmerie, will take place throughout the day. Visitors will be able to wander among the forty stands present.

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At the heart of the event: the temporary village, which will offer information stands on municipal services, food and animal accessory kiosks, as well as information on local regulations. Associations such as the SPA, L214 and the Brigitte Bardot Foundation will be present to raise awareness about animal protection.

Fur, hair and feathers

A photo exhibition, organized by the Chartres Métropole Biodiversity Observatory, will present the local fauna, through the photographs of Alexandre Paulino, exhibited at the Édicule, place des Halles. This selection will allow Chartrain residents to discover the biodiversity of their environment.

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Animal Day presents itself as one of the facets of the municipality’s policy concerning the place of animals in the city. The City has implemented local actions, including cat hotels, to shelter stray felines; freedom spaces for dogs; as well as awareness campaigns for responsible adoption and against abandonment, especially during the summer period.
This day “is not exclusively reserved for canine companions, but also felines and new pets (NAC)”, furry, furry… and therefore feathered!

Iris Petit

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