Cities where it is good to live with its animal: Strasbourg in full swing, the town hall answers

It is not always easy for Thaly and Astrid to walk around Strasbourg.  The municipality announces new initiatives for animals in the city.
It is not always easy for Thaly and Astrid to walk around Strasbourg. The municipality announces new initiatives for animals in the city. (© Strasbourg News)

Annual 30 million friends magazinenot to be confused with the fund, offers one ranking of cities where it is good to live with your dog or cat. The survey is based for each city on availabilitythat puritythat sensitization, political commitment for the benefit of the animal and the management of stray cats.

This year Strasbourg loses 13 places and drops to a 34th place. By 2021, the city had already dropped 11 places. ONE unflattering score for an ecological municipality who created on his arrival one delegation to animals.

A lost questionnaire and an overwhelming service to explain the score

To explain this collapse, the animal responsible municipal councilor, Marie-Françoise Hamard, has several explanations.

She claims not to have received a questionnaire for the survey in 2021. As for it from last fall:

It disappeared in the services and was therefore not completed on time. It’s our fault. The magazine is therefore based on old information that does not take into account our actions.

Marie-Francoise HamardCouncilor with responsibility for animals

No rejection from the magazine, but the municipality intends to obtain it in 2023

Since the publication of the ranking, the questionnaire in question has been returned to the magazine’s editorial staff, “with the hope of getting a rejection, but it was no longer possible to change the results for this year. We will therefore surprise them for the 2023 ranking, ”assures Marie-Françoise Hamard.

Another argument that explains this failure: the creation of the device that remains new. ‘The animal delegation did not exist in previous mandates. I have recently been assisted by Marie-Laure Rizzi, who is in charge of the project “Animals in the city”, but there is, as in all big cities, many adjustments to make, “explains the consultant.

Sterilization, identification and shelter for stray cats

The elected representative uses the meeting to discuss the policies pursued with regard to animals.

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With regard to stray cats first: “In partnership with animal welfare associations and the pound, we will recycle stray cats to sterilize and identify them”.

After their surgery, “to limit the trauma,” she clarifies, the association will give the cats time to recover and will treat any injuries.

Stray cats in Strasbourg will be captured to be neutered and identified.  If they are sociable, they will be adopted.
Stray cats in Strasbourg will be captured to be neutered and identified. If they are sociable, they will be adopted. (© Strasbourg News)

Their future will then be decided based on their behavior. “If the cat is sociable, it will be offered for adoption, if not, it will be released at the place where it was found,” says Marie-Françoise Hamard.

For those cats who need to stay outside, wooden shelters, developed with teams of municipal employees, will allow them to get shelter. They will be maintained by people designated by the city who will come to feed and maintain the small shelters.

Pregnancy prevention swallows, not so simple, but in progress

As for the growing pigeon population, the city wants to offer “soft” solutions. As a result, she plans to install contraceptive swallows that will control births by sterilizing eggs.

But not so simple, because it is first necessary to hold the animal and clog any holes in the facades, where it used to have to nest. “It will also be necessary to find people available for follow-up and maintenance of the residents,” the adviser adds.

A dog life for the dogs in Strasbourg

Having a large dog in Strasbourg means taking it to one of the 139 canisites, often poorly maintained, according to an open letter sent to the municipality by the Terre des Chiens association.

Nor is it to be able to let him walk in the parks or take him on public transportation. To these questions, the municipality answers that it will have a meeting with the association in question to find solutions.

Canisites have been around for a long time and are not suitable, it is true, not all dogs want to get into them. On the other hand, for public transport, discussions have begun with the CTS (Compagnie des Transports Strasbourgeois). We think we can find common ground, but only for the trams, for the buses, it could be really complicated.

Marie-Francoise HamardCouncilor with responsibility for animals

The rest, in the 2023 rankings!

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