Near Lisieux: a call for help from the augeron animal shelter

Despite the sunshine, Maggie and Julian, who work at the Augeron animal shelter, work in the cold every day. Djambo, who lives in the shelter, is also suffering from temperature. ©The Pays d’Auge

Like every winter, volunteers and residents at the Augeron animal shelter suffer from the cold due to poor insulation in the building. The association is asking the city hall of Lisieux, which owns the buildings and specialized companies, to intervene to restore the shelter.

“56° in summer, -8° in winter”

Since arriving at this building in 2019, the shelter has complained of poor insulation. A sheet metal or plexiglass roof, cracks in the walls, condensation on the windows, damaged floors… buildings require repairs. » In winter, the outside is warmer than the inside! “Sarra Deshayes, the president of the association, laments.

If the volunteers go home at the end of the day, this is not the case for the shelter’s little residents. Dogs distributed in boxes are dressed in coats to fight the cold. This situation is no longer possible for the president.

“This summer we had up to 56°C. We were down to -8° in the boxes when it snowed. Animals experienced hyperventilation and hypothermic shock. The cold has the same consequences for them as it does for us.

Sarra Deshayes, President of the Augeron Animal Shelter.
6-year-old Djambo is a cross between a husky and a boxer. He is looking for a current family and gets along with other dogs. Goes with everything! ©The Pays d’Auge

The shelter team reports a roof defect that creates a “greenhouse effect” in the summer and leaks when it rains. Volunteers arm themselves with fans and heaters for the welfare of the Lulous.

Financial costs for the union (very expensive). “We still haven’t received the electricity bill. This will be the surprise of 2023.”

Application to enterprises and municipality

Sarra Deshayes is worried about a possible official notice from the Department of Public Protection (DDPP). In terms of hygiene, hospitals and veterinary practices should be tiled. However, floors are made of raw cement.

With no money, the shelter is asking heating, insulation and tile companies to step in.

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Hélios is waiting for its future owner. ©The Pays d’Auge

“We know this is a difficult time for everyone. However, if any business is affected by the shelter, we may have a donation of materials or labor.

Sarra Deshayes, President of the Augeron Animal Shelter.

The association asks the Lisieux city hall to consider the problem of insulation. “Several teams have come in to prepare quotes but we have not received any concrete feedback and nothing is moving forward. »

Excerpts: “disastrous” balance sheet

The price of electricity is increasing, and the number of school dropouts is also increasing. Shelter compiles 2022 ‘catastrophic’ assessment. The association cared for 752 dogs as part of the pound. In 2021, this number was 488, and a total of 638 animals were adopted. Despite the sterilization campaigns, 443 cats were taken care of, 379 of which were unknown. “I have been in animal protection for more than 20 years. In recent years, people have been relying on animal associations. If we take an animal, we have to take it on ourselves, “the president is upset. For several months, the association has also been affected by the impact of the Puppy Show in Lisieux in June.
From January 30 to February 18, the shelter is holding a spay/neuter campaign in hopes of “beating last year’s record.”

The shelter is asking for donations of fleece blankets and oversized coats for dogs and litter boxes for cats.

Augeron Animal Shelter. 144 At Hermival-les-Vaux, Pierre Daure does not appear. Contact: 02 31 32 56 98

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