The association Les Chats Libre de Béziers was also severely affected by the rains and floods of 10 days ago as a result of the release of water at the Avène dam. The association, located on a floodplain in Villeneuve-lès-Béziers, found 80 cm of water in its shelter. “It was the apocalypse” President Nathalie Chartrain told France Bleu. “A powerful wave turned everything upside down in the shelter.“
This association welcomes 250 cats and six dogs. Only the twenty hens did not survive.
The association is now launching one call for donations. An online kitten has been created. “We’ve lost our food stock”200 kilos of croquette, which represents 10 days of food.
“This loss is colossal.” -Nathalie Chartrain
“At the beginning of the year we were forced to demolish a wooden house under penalty of sanctions, explains Nathalie Chartrain. We had no other place to store animal food. We put it in jars. But with the force of this wave, they all turned around. “
Beyond water-saturated foods, many huts and dog houses were destroyed. The wood pellets used for cat litter are unusable. Thirty bags recently purchased at a DIY store were taken to the recycling center.
Loss of 5,000 euros
“We had a similar situation in 2014 or 2016, remembers Nathalie Chartrain. Up to a meter of water in the shelter, also there for a water outlet ”.
The association launched a call very quickly on social media, particularly on its Facebook page. A first support allowed to collect packages of food, cabins, croquettes, brooms. Last week, approximately 80 volunteers came to provide initial support to clean the shelter. “We always need help, concludes Nathalie Chartrain. All good will is welcome. “
People who want to make a donation can send a message on the Facebook page of the association (private message) or call its president at 06.70.28.64.40.