THERE are many animal sanctuaries across France set up by volunteers who can both help with questions, as well as offer advice on adopting a pet.
But even if you can't take a cat or dog in they will always be on the look out for volunteers to help in the facilities or raise much needed funds.
Below is a selection of centres to give you an idea of the work they do but also some of the cats, dogs and other animals they care for.
Phoenix Animal Rescue, Dordogne
Offers re-homing of abused and abandoned animals, but also works alongside local veterinary practices and has a helpline service.
Poor Paws, Lot
Offers assistance for people looking to adopt an animal, not a refuge but works with the rescue centre in the area to help find willing helpers and owners.
Animal Aid Saint Aubin, Poitou-Charentes
Looks after stray cats and dogs, before trying to help find a new home for them, also offers advice on what you can do if you find an animal.
Asso. for the Protection of Abandoned Animals, Trégrom
Based in Brittany and came into existence after the local shelter closed down. The website offers a wealth of information on the work the centre does and the adoption process.
As always if you know of other centres please feel free to add contact details and a short description in the comments below.