Geneva, Switzerland – Once a year a small church in the commune of Corsier (Rive Droit) in Canton Geneva, holds a very peculiar ceremony, the blessing of animals.
This yearly celebration is sponsored by the Geneva society for the protection of animals, SGPA, that just held its open house. Part of the collect is given to the SGPA which runs an animal shelter in Bernex.
The practice of blessing the animals is associated with the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi patron of animals and the environment.
The mass is performed by father Olivier Jelen who started the blessing of animals in other parishes around Lake Geneva.
Geneva, Switzerland – If you are a dog owner in canton Geneva you should know that 1 April is the deadline to register your pet, pay the dog tax you owe and get your new, 2010 official-ID dog tag. Yes, the deadline falls on April fools’ day but this is no April fools’ joke.
Geneva, Switzerland – Is your child set on getting a pet for Christmas? Some children might want an elephant, others a kitty, but which one is right for your child? Although as parents we might know which is the best option we could also leave it to them to find out if the animal of their dreams is the right kind of pet. That’s easy, all you need is the internet and a little bit of time.
Geneva, Switzerland - Changes in the laws surrounding dogs in the City of Geneva are finally going into effect.
Dog owners who registered in the Canton after 2008 will have to take classes to manage their pups.
Owners of so-called “dangerous dogs” may not take them in public without a muzzle. The list of requirements differ between cities in the Canton so if you live outside City limits ask your township directly.
In addition, several parks of Canton Geneva have been closed to big and small dogs so double check before going into one of these public spaces.
Thousands of school children in the City of Geneva are ready to begin their summer vacation and many families are packing their belongings for car excursions throughout Europe.
Are you one of those ready to leave town but forgot about your pooch? Sure your four-legged friend has by now a “Swiss dog passport” but what else do you need before you head out on holidays outside Switzerland?
Find out what you need to know to cross the border with your dog or cat in the website of the Federal Veterinary Office. An interactive tool lets you select a country and find all necessary requirements for a smooth trip.
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Dogs, be free! These beautiful (dog) days are a great excuse to take your four legged friend for a walk off leash. But where to go? Easy!