Why "Office du Toutourisme"?
A little history:
In the West, keeping pets is not something new. In fact, it goes back to Greek and Roman times.
During the Middle Ages, dogs were most popular and even became a symbol of fidelity. It was in the 18th century that the middle classes were conquered by pets, but this time, by birds and cats as well as dogs.
Today, keeping pets has become a real social phenomenon, with products dedicated to them alone.
In France, over 51% of French homes have at least one pet, a rate that has remained the same for the last 10 years.
France ranks first among European countries for possessing pets, with over 65 million dogs, cats, birds, fish and other small rodents sharing families' lives. These choices are motivated by "the love of animals", "the need for company", but also by the fact that an animal can be useful.
52.2% of households choose the company of dogs or cats, 11.6% that of fish. Small rodents are present in 6% of households and birds in 5.2%.
Dogs are French people's favourite pet – 26.3% of households have at least one dog – followed very closely by cats, chosen by 25.9% of households.
Dogs and cats are full members of the family and children's favourite companions. Pets have thus acquired an important place in particular with people who are lonely, sick or disabled. They therefore have an important psycho-social role.
The place of dogs in Troyes
6,000 dogs live in our city, which represents 300 kg of dog mess per day.
It is for this reason that the City of Troyes decided to act.
In order to encourage individual responsibility, a Cleanliness plan was created with numerous actions scheduled:
- Several poster campaigns encouraging cleanliness.
- "Animo" biodegradable and compostable bag dispensers in 60 appropriate places in the city, including at the Office of Tourism.
- The creation of an Environmental Brigade responsible to the Regional Court and trained by the Municipal Police, to raise the awareness of dog owners to the need to respect the environment in which they live: but its officers are also permitted to hand out 1st class penalty notices (from €35 to €250) to careless owners who allow their dogs to foul public areas.
- 17 "canisites" (*) already introduced to preserve the cleanliness of the streets and green spaces.
In order to leave these spaces clean, they are cleaned regularly (collection, raking and removal…).
The date and time they were last cleaned is displayed at the entrance to canisites, in order to inform users but also to inform owners who are more hesitant about using them.
(*) special spaces with an average area of from 12 to 15 m² have been created at the entrance to parks and gardens where dogs are permitted to do the necessary.