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They make leashes for the dogs of the homeless with the ropes of the port of La Rochelle


Highlights: Sailors in La Rochelle collect ropes and carabiners to make leashes for the homeless. The idea is to free up funds for other projects. "Just cut three-meter sections, add a few hose collars and a carabiner. It's easy, and it takes five minutes," says one of the volunteers. The project has spread to Montpellier and Paris, with plans to help 100 people a year in the coming years, says the head of the project.

With the help of sailors, an association recycles marine ropes and carabiners to offer them to the homeless and their faithful comers.

The idea does not lack flair. In La Rochelle (Charente-Maritime), the association Gamelles pleines calls on sailors and boaters to collect ropes, tips and used carabiners. Objective: to make leashes for homeless dogs.

"There is a real need. A leash is expensive, gets lost or is nibbled on. It is also a question of safety, tying up your pet is mandatory, "says Anne Queffelec, the president of the Rochelle branch founded in 2020.

"Free up funds for other projects"

This marauding structure feeds the dogs of the homeless and offers access to veterinary care. An experienced sailor, Anne Queffelec thought of recovering the broken ropes to give them a second use. "It frees up funds for other projects," she says.

By assembling three meters of rope, a few hose clamps and a carabiner, you get a leash in five minutes! DR

A partnership has been established with the marina of La Rochelle and several professional shops located near the pontoons and boats. "They have the attentive ear of the sailors, it allows us to reach as many people as possible," explains the sailor, who hopes to make a hundred leashes.

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"The goal is to give at least one a year to our beneficiaries. We follow a hundred people and nearly 90 dogs," she explains before specifying the secrets of making a leash: "Just cut three-meter sections, add a few hose collars and a carabiner. It's easy, and it takes five minutes! »

The association from La Rochelle, which runs manufacturing workshops with the homeless, has seen its idea spread to Montpellier (Hérault) and Paris.

Source: leparis

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