Ars: at the Cognac SPA, dogs also have the right to their portrait

“I have always been drawn to photography. As soon as I entered the military at 18, I took photos, mainly during my overseas operations such as in Lebanon, Mali or Kosovo”, says the former soldier. Retired at 40, it was almost logical that Julien Jegou decided to pursue his passion. With three dogs at his home, he had this idea to offer photos of man’s best friend.

Two months ago, Julien Jegou came to offer his services to the SPA.

Two months ago, Julien Jegou came to offer his services to the SPA.

Photo Julie Desbois

After the first steps with the SPA refuge of Mornac, which did not feel the need, Julien Jegou then turned to Cognac. “When he contacted me, I found his initiative interesting. Highlight the animals of the shelter so that they can find a new foster family, hard to say no”, relates Valéry Tiracci, the head of the Cognac SPA. In this establishment, 44 dogs are currently waiting for a foster family.

Photo Julien Jegou

Highlight the animals of the shelter so that they can find a new foster family, hard to say no.

Also said, so soon done! From the month of January, Julien Jegou began to take his marks at the Refuge de Bonbonnet at the rate of one session per month. During the first shoot, 18 dogs were photographed. And almost as much during the session in February. But the animal is not always easy to grasp, so we had to adapt.

Photo Julien Jegou

“These animals spend a large part of their time in a box. To photograph them, he must be peaceful, calm. From now on, the volunteers go out for 15 to 30 minutes with the dogs before the shooting”, continues the photographer. Afterwards, the operation is not necessarily easier. According to the canine, 5 to 30 minutes are necessary to succeed in finding the right shot. With a little patience, attention and compassion, Julien Jegou always manages to capture this moment which magnifies the animal.

Photo Julien Jegou

Always in conflict with the pound

For a year, the departmental pound union no longer takes dogs recovered from the public highway in Charente to the Ars Bonbonnet refuge. The cause ? A conflict that rests according to Hugues Barbe, the president of this departmental union, “on the non-presentation of accounting documents and the proof that the structure has competent and qualified people”.
Arguments refuted in block Valéry Tiracci, the president of the SPA of Cognac. “We have the diplomas, otherwise we wouldn’t have the approval of the prefecture’s animal health and protection service. For accounting, this is normal. We have not yet received the balance sheetreplies Valéry Tiracci. Anyway, we already have enough dogs to take care of. We survive very well without them.” And the president of the SPA to recall that the City of Cognac gives every year to the departmental union of the pound “thousands of euros to the union while no dog is deposited here”.

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