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The French Observatory for the Protection of Domestic Carnivores (OCAD)

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.

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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.

OCAD management structure


Ministry of Agriculture and Food logo

The secretariat's main tasks are to :

  • Ensure the smooth running of OCAD
  • Host the Steering Committee (COPIL)
  • Draft the text of referrals to the expert body
  • Solicit the views of the expert body on draft referrals and an assessment of their feasibility, which are then passed to the steering committee for approval.
  • Communicate authorised referrals to the expert body


The COPIL is chaired by the Director of the Direction Générale de l'Alimentation (DGAL). Its members are drawn from the expert group and 15 other organizations involved in the protection of domestic carnivores.

It is responsible for:

  • Specify OCAD work topics and the terms of reference for referrals to the expert body
  • Authorise referrals to the expert body
  • Debate the implications of the recommendations made in the expert body's opinions
  • Submit OCAD's opinions and recommendations to the French Minister of Agriculture
  • Propose a summary for the general public for each opinion or recommendation

A delegate from the National Register of Domestic Carnivores is not a member, but attends all COPIL meetings as a guest.



The duty of the expert body is to respond to queries from the OCAD Steering Committee, using all available information via open access or supplied by OCAD members and, in particular, referring to the I-CAD database.

The FRCAW  carries out this mission, and to do so :

  • Specifies the procedure for responding to referrals authorized by the Steering Committee
  • Analyses and puts to use the data and information provided
  • Identifies any additional data collection requirements to meet objectives and the additional indicators to achieve this
  • Reports to the Steering Committee

In addition, the expert body can call on other experts and organize scientific working groups on methodological issues.


I-CAD logo

Overseen by the company that manages the French National Identification Register for Domestic Carnivores (Ingenium animalis).

The OCAD database has been set up to gather all the data necessary for the analysis of matters studied by the Observatory. It collects, organises and manages the data studied.

Steering Committee


Ministry of Agriculture and Food logo

Directon Générale de l'Alimentation (DGAL)



French Reference Centre for Animal Welfare (FRCAW)


permanent invited non-member

Ingenium animalis logo

Database manager

I-CAD logo

Identification des carnivores domestiques

Animal protection groups

Brigitte Bardot Foundation logo

Fondation Brigitte Bardot (FBB)

30 million friends logo

Fondation 30 Millions d’Amis

SPA logo

Société Protectrice des Animaux (SPA)

Logo Confédération nationale défense de l'animal

Confédération Nationale Défense de l'Animal (CNDA)

Logo Solidarité peuple animal

Solidarité Peuple Animal

Veterinary groups

Logo ordre national des vétérinaires

Conseil National de l’Ordre Vétérinaire (CNOV)

SNVEL logo

Syndicat National des Vétérinaires d’Exercice Libéral (SNVEL)

AFVAC logo

Association Française des Vétérinaires pour Animaux de Compagnie (AFVAC)

Municipal control and warden services

AMF logo

Association des maires de France (AMF)

SACPA Group logo

Société d'Assistance pour le Contrôle des Populations Animales (SACPA)

Domestic canine and feline professions and industries

Centrale Canine logo

Société Centrale Canine (SCC)

FACCO logo

Fédération des Fabricants d’Aliments pour Chiens, Chats, Oiseaux et autres animaux familiers (FACCO)

LOOF logo

Livre Officiel des Origines Félines  (LOOF)

SNPCC logo

Syndicat National des Professions du Chien et du Chat (SNPCC)


Syndicat des Professionnels de l’Animal Familier (PRODAF)


permanent invited non-member

Ingenium animalis logo

Database manager

I-CAD logo

Identification des carnivores domestiques