Traveling with Pets

While dogs are sometimes banned from French beaches, the animal charity ’30 Millions d’Amis’ has compiled a map of beaches and restaurants which welcome pets – at least for part of the day – as well as dog-friendly gîtes, campsites, and hotels (some 20,000 places in total). Gîtes are obliged by law to allow pets to stay but they may charge extra for cleaning if a pet is included.

There are, however, restrictions on taking a dog on a beach as they must be kept on a lead or owners face an €11 fine. Some beaches are open for dogs only at certain times – generally early morning or later when it is quieter. Few beaches will allow dogs in the water alongside bathers, but you can ask the maîtrenageur in charge or check the signs.

The map was made in a bid to reduce the 60,000 cats and dogs that are dumped each summer (200,000 year-round), often beside roads on the way to holiday resorts as sociopathic people realize the problem of trying to find a space on a beach that is open to pets, and decide to abandon their cat or dog rather than make the extra effort to find a pet-friendly beach. The dumping of so many animals overwhelms animal shelters with thousands of animals arriving every week during summer.

Owners are asked to be on their best behavior and make sure to clear up and not leave dog poop on the beach. If you don’t, you increase the likelihood that the mayor will ban dogs on the beach, increasing the number of abandoned dogs.

  • If you see a pet that’s unattended, even if they’re wearing a collar, don’t assume they still have a home. Ask at nearby houses and try to help.

If You Find an Abandoned Pet

Here’s what to do if you find a cat or dog with no owner in sight:

  • Go door-to-door and ask if anyone recognizes the animal.
  • Take the animal to the nearest veterinary clinic to check their microchip (this should not cost anything) and contact the owner. Here’s a database to search once you know the microchip number.

Contact details for emergency vet services in the area (or search on Google Maps for ‘veterinaire’):

Emergency veterinary: Alpes-Maritimes (after hours, Sundays and holidays)Phone: +33422530505
Fréjus area: Emergency Vet (SOS Vétérinaires)Phone: +33494515147 / +33489883448
Toulon area: SOS VétérinairesPhone: +33970247024
  • Contact APOT: Animals Lost or Found (Animaux Perdus Ou Trouvés) Phone: 0800 037 016
  • Notify the local police, pompiers and vets in the area the animal was lost.
  • Put up notices (with a photograph of the pet, if possible) in the vets, at the Mairie and shops of the area it went missing.

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