Animal Day in Chartres, second edition for the pioneer city in France

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Laurent REBOURS

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May 24, 2024 at 11:46 a.m.

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The first edition of its Animal Day was a success beyond its expectations. So, logically, the City of Chartres (Eure-et-Loir) wanted to repeat the experience by organizing a second edition.

This will enliven the Chartres city center on Saturday May 25, 2024 and will stand Place des Epars in order to give a new dimension to this event.

A meeting that is intended to be accessible to everyone, even without having an animal

This meeting is intended to be both fun and educational, accessible to all, “including those who do not have animals. The primary objective is the public awareness on the place that animals occupy in the city, and in the family, with information on the health and well-being of animals” communicates the City.

Chartres stands out as pioneer among medium-sized towns in France in its commitment to animal welfare, by launching its first Animal Day in 2023.

This April 29, 2023, animal professionals (educator, groomer, pet therapist, animal sitter, veterinarian, etc.) and associations were present to provide information and services dedicated to the well-being of urban animals. Throughout the day, more than 1,000 people were able to wander among the stands and take advice from the associations and professionals present.

The first edition of Animal Day was a real success. It made it possible to promote all the work carried out in favor of animal welfare since the creation of my position as municipal councilor delegated to Animal in the City. We were able to bring together a large number of professionals and associations to highlight their work. This day was also a festive day, with numerous activities, the possibility for dogs (and owners!) to meet and attend various demonstrations. Given the enthusiasm surrounding this event, it was obvious to me that this day would become an annual event.

Sophie BeurelMunicipal councilor responsible for animals in town

Awareness raising, workshops, demonstrations… numerous meetings

Nearly 2,400 dogs have been handed over in 30 years by the Handichiens association which will be present at the Day in Chartres. (©L’Orne hebdo – archives)

This second edition of Animal Day this Saturday, May 25, will offer fun and educational events, with a primary objective, raising public awareness of the place occupied by animals in the city, and in the family, with information on animal health and welfare.

Workshops, activities and demonstrations will be offered throughout this festive day.

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In total, no less than sixteen appointments demonstrations :

Assistance dogs for people with disabilities with the Handi’Chiens association: at 12:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.

Drug and banknote detection bank with the Gendarmerie: at 11:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.

People search with the SDIS (Departmental Fire and Rescue Service): at 11:15 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Agility and obedience with the Canis club Chartres: at 12:45 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Defense with the National Police: at 1:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

Research with the National Police: at 2 p.m.

Entertainment of all kinds:

■ Dog parade at 4 p.m. on the theme of elegance to celebrate the owner/animal relationship and highlight all styles.

■ Reading packets of kibble at 2:30 p.m. (ByNaturopattes stand).

Charity sale all day (L’Atelier de l’Ozanne stand).

Animal cartoon all day, Innocent stand.

Doggie barall day (Sablons Veterinary Clinic stand).

■ Broadcast of the film “ The faithful Lassie » with Elisabeth Taylor in the Media Library auditorium at 3:30 p.m.

Picture exposition : the Chartres Métropole Biodiversity Observatory is making its contribution by transforming the entrance to the Place des Halles car park into micro-zoo, in the form of a photo exhibition. The photos ofAlexander Paulinobiodiversity mission manager of the Natural Heritage Department of the City of Chartres and Chartres Métropole, invite you to get much closer to a whole little world of insects and birds that frolic or fly in the woods and meadows .

Registered visitors will be able to participate in workshops of 15 to 30 minutes:

■ Dog training workshops, led by the Canis club Chartres and Copain comme canin.

■ Introductory workshop on first aid procedures for animals, led by the Humanimal organization.

A temporary village dedicated to pets

Agility demonstrations. (©City of Chartres)

Place des Epars in Chartres will therefore be transformed, for a day, into a temporary village dedicated to animals in the city: information on the services and equipment that the city dedicates to them, on the regulatory framework, discovery and demonstrations of services for individuals and companies.

Among the stands present:

■ Health

  • A veterinarian from the Clinique des Sablons, a clinic created in 2005 bringing together around thirty veterinarians,
  • ASV (specialized veterinary assistant) and ASV in training – doggie bar on the stand
  • An animal osteopath, who manually treats the physiological and muscular dysfunctions of animals
  • Humanimal, animal first aid training

■ Associations and shelters dedicated to the protection of animals:

  • The Chartres SPA
  • L214
  • The Brigitte Bardot Foundation
  • The Bird Protection League (LPO)
  • The Great Trail, NAC and LPO refuge

■ Care:

  • Le Chien Mignon, groomer at Coudray
  • Bynaturopattes, animal naturopath
  • Pat and Company, pet therapy
  • Animal welfare, animal naturopath and sale of natural products

■ Guards:

  • Patounes at home, pet sitting company at home
  • Patchguard, dog daycare and petsitter network
  • The Grand Sentier, LPO and NAC garden refuge
  • Les Patounes de Mary, home care, animal transport, animal welfare

■ Dog training:

  • Chartres education and dog sports
  • Canis club chartrain, breeding and dog sports in Chartres
  • Handi’Chiens, education in assisting disabled people
  • Canine friendly, dog education in Lucé
  • Friend like canine, dog education in Ouerray

■ Dog handler:

  • Chartres national police: security and search for narcotics
  • Dreux Gendarmerie and its dog team
  • SDIS 28
  • Civil security

■ Food, accessories:

  • Animals Party, power supplies and accessories
  • Bandanas by Stella, accessories for animals made in France
  • Pratik animals, accessories for dogs and horses
  • Paddy Style, accessories for dogs, cats, horses and their humans
  • Charly et Moi, accessories for dogs and owners, assorted
  • La Curieuse – sale of accessories
  • Natur’o’Poil, sale of natural care

■ Photographers:

  • Manon Laroche photos, photographer
  • Phox Photo, photographer
  • Piktures Arts, wildlife photographer in Ile-de-France

■ Other animals:

The Dolexia equestrian estate

■ Others

  • Innocent – ​​animal cartoonist
  • Atelier de l’Ozanne – sale of biscuits – funds raised SPA
  • Cinq sur Cinq – informative stand
  • Foodtrucks: la Mie Câline, Cœur de Gâteaux and Beyrut Vibes
  • The City of Chartres will also have its dedicated stand.

Visitors will be able to discover all the information on municipal services and equipment specifically dedicated to animals. In particular, they will be able to find the Guide to animals in the city“I have an animal alone at home” reporting cards to use in the event of a prolonged absence or departure on vacation, as well as a plan of canisite locations from the city.

Agents will be able to answer their questions, particularly regarding urban regulations, and direct them to the appropriate contacts.

Chartres’ commitments for the benefit of animal welfare

A day that is intended to be accessible and open to everyone, even if you do not have a pet.
A day that is intended to be accessible and open to everyone, even if you do not have a pet. (©City of Chartres)

Since the appointment of Sophie Beurel as municipal councilor responsible for Animal en ville in 2021, projects and achievements have multiplied, placing Chartres among the pioneering cities of medium-sized towns in France in terms of commitment to animal welfare.

Animal Day is already a first in the Centre-Val de Loire region, and beyond that various measures have been put in place:

■ The opening of a dog freedom space rue des Petites-Filles-Dieu with a surface area of ​​1000m2, near Léon-Blum park and the Plan Vert promenade. Dogs can enjoy all this space without a leash, under the supervision of their master. Other spaces of freedom are being studied in other sectors of the city.

■ The installation of 10 “cat hotels” in several areas of the city. Intended for stray cats, these cabins provide comfort to cats, who can rest there and find food and water. They also allow cats to be collected for sterilization and identification. The maintenance of these hotels is carried out by volunteers and the care of the cats by the SPA.

■ The creation of a decal for businesses accepting animals in partnership with Vitrines C’Chartres.

■ Campaigns anti-abandonment awareness every year during the summer period.

■ Creating a map “ single animal » to keep with you. In the event of an emergency situation, emergency services are informed of the presence of an animal alone in the home, and can contact the indicated people.

■ For the 2023 end-of-year holidays, a photo competition was launched, the objective of which was to highlight the animal as a full member of the household. The principle will be mobilized again during the summer, in particular to strengthen anti-abandonment awareness.

█ Practical:
Second edition of Animal Day this Saturday May 25, 2024 in Chartres,
from 10:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Place des Epars.

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