What is OCAD?
The Observatoire de la protection des carnivores domestiques (OCAD, French Observatory for the Protection of Domestic Carnivores), was created in May 2021, at the instigation of the French Ministry of Agriculture as part of its first action plan to combat pet abuse. It is one of the schemes set up via the France Relance plan.
OCAD's mission is to understand, monitor and assess the situation of domestic carnivores (dogs, cats, ferrets) in France, in order to better guide public policy on animal protection for these species.
In the short term, OCAD's primary objective is to characterize and evaluate the abandonment of domestic carnivores in France.
In the longer term, other matters will be addressed.
What we do
OCAD provides up-to-date reports and recommendations to support public policy-making for the protection of domestic carnivores.
In particular, it is responsible for :
- Understanding the issues relating to the welfare of domestic carnivores in France and the various factors that influence it
- Characterizing domestic carnivore abandonment in France (classification, number) to improve the care of these animals
- Analyzing the causes and consequences of abandonment
- Monitoring the effects of public policy on the protection of domestic carnivores and formulating proposals for changes to public policy in this area.
OCAD comprises 3 bodies and 1 secretariat.