Five Questions to Francis Darche, Director of Refugee Animals: Mission Aristopates

Whether its perception This is not a talk show, Without hard feelings, 2 girls in the morning where Marie-Claude, Francis Darche loves to tell stories. After realizing Veterinary Hospital And Animals seek companionshipHe’s renewing a favorite project for eight seasons: animal shelter. This season, the focus is on the organization Les Aristopates, which takes in abandoned, sick and injured animals that deserve a second life. A poignant series that teaches and does well.

What are the main differences between this season and Aristopatus?

Earlier, we spent most of the time in the shelter. There is no fixed position with Aristopatis. The organization works with a network of volunteers. At the shelter, the content came to our door. There, we are always on the road. With so much territory to cover, it’s more complicated. Maintains very strong links with research institutes. Most of the time, we reach the middle of the story. Animals are often abandoned at veterinary clinics because the fees are too expensive. The animal is sent back to the Aristopats who take care of it and find a foster family. During this season, vets have more cases. It was also a way of self-renewal. We have heavy, complex cases. Stephen (Fallu) attends treatment, gives medicine, meets specialists.


Director of Animal Refuge, Francis Darche.

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Director of Animal Refuge, Francis Darche.

Shooting with animals must be difficult, especially with their painful pasts. Are there any special precautions to take?

Since we visited people’s homes, the animals were already in their foster families, so they felt confident. But we are aware that it is very subtle. So we take time to adapt. I think back to the blind dog, a yellow one, who had to go down the stairs. We were wondering how the volunteers were going to do it. We stepped back and put on the Go-Pros. Even Stefan withdrew. The goal is to change the animal’s behavior as much as possible.

Are there any emotional situations that make the work more emotional?

It’s gripping, that’s for sure. In previous seasons, we have also witnessed abandonment, animal cruelty, death, human misery. In this case, we were not there when the animals were abandoned so we did not witness that difficult time. With no animals at home, I manage to find a certain neutrality. It’s important because I have to be in a position to tell the story. In action, I manage in a certain way to stop my emotions. My brain is on high alert to get the images I need and design interviews as the shoot progresses. But there are some things that move us. We talk about it among ourselves.

What do you instruct Stephen?

Stefan is a very emotional person. He really loves animals. He is in the front row. He is always given the role of volunteer. In a documentary format, you don’t have to feel like the host. He is the eye of the beholder, asks questions, bathes, walks etc. This season, he takes care of transportation. He is very involved.

Do you think you are advancing the cause of animals?

There is a popular education fund. We show behavior that is not desirable. We inform. There is a piece of resistance. Doing useful work is one of my prides. This is also one display which is seen as a family, which encourages parent-child discussions. Adopting an animal is a responsibility. There are several messages to convey. I don’t know if we make a difference with animal cruelty because the people listening to us are animal lovers. But we send the message about cost, we demystify the question of finance, insurance. For the past eight years, people have been encouraged to adopt from shelters wonderful animals that have had one bad luck Instead of buying from Kijiji and encouraging illegal production. In eight seasons, I never grew anything. Everything is true and 90% of them have a happy ending.

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