City Council helps get stray dogs and cats back

The person in question had to train to practice his new profession. The paramedic in Saint-Bernard Ambulances, in Royan, his desire for change led him to assess skills and evidence. “I have a passion for animals. The idea to create a company around different services such as walking, guarding, transporting or even picking came very quickly,”

To catch stray dogs, Nicholas Falk must wear a Kevlar suit.


But stray dogs have nothing to do with pushing patients to medical appointments. “I have ACACED (Certificate of Pet Knowledge) and trained in TAV (Transporting Live Animals), among others,” he asserts. Today, it works with dozens of municipalities in Pays Royannais with which it has signed an agreement (Vaux, Saint-Palais-sur-Mer, L’Éguille-sur-Seudre, Les Mathes, Nancras, Royan, Breuillet, La Tremblade, Corme-Écluse and Le Chay and Saujon and Meschers-sur-Gironde).

useful treatment

Any dog ​​that is no longer under the effective supervision of its owner or is far from its owner or person, except for the work of hunting, guard or flock protection, shall be considered in the event of a stray dog ​​being responsible for a distance of more than 100 metres. And it also concerns any abandoned dog, which was handed down to its only instinct and that it was established that its owner did not refrain from doing everything to find and restore it.

For cats, this relates to any unknown cat found more than 200 m from a dwelling or any cat found more than 1,000 m from its master’s home that is not under his direct supervision, as well as any cat that does not know its owner and is seized On a public highway or on someone else’s property.

This dog was so angry that he broke his teeth gnawing at my vertical

In these cases, I cannot directly intervene. First you have to call the municipal police or the gendarmerie, who then call me,” explains Nicolas Faulk, who makes between one and three interventions a day. Not so long ago, for example, you intervened in Royan to catch the Malinois who had become unfamiliar Controllable and dangerous for its owners. In such a situation, he is harnessed like a deminer. In order not to risk, he must wear a Kevlar suit. His task: to hunt the animal with a metal rope. The person in question recalls: “This dog was so angry that he broke his teeth while biting. polar”.

abandoned animals

“In this job, you have to put the fear aside. Otherwise, it’s not worth it,” warns the person who has been bitten several times already. “But with the combination, it passes. Finally, they are the most ferocious of cats. Using their little fangs, they manage to pierce the skin of the gloves. Felines are already a part of his daily life. Called for stray kittens hidden under a car, last week Gambetta Street in Royan , took it twice to impress and arrest him. He admits “I struggled.” Once they are recovered, the animals are taken to the Friends Animal Shelter or to the vet.

Nicola Falk is an animal lover.

Nicola Falk is an animal lover.


A man with a sensitive heart, the hardest part of his life in this job is seeing the number of abandoned animals at last. “I immediately see those in this situation. Walking around with a dangling piece of rope. It really hurts. With the arrival of summer holidays and there are so many tourists, I expect to have a more sustainable activity. His schedules are already enough to intimidate the least brave. Available 24 hours in Today, seven days a week, it is ready to respond to emergencies.

To join Nicola Falk in her “pet sitter” activity (sit, walk, and ambulance transport), call 07 49 08 23 51.

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