Animal Organisations, Pets Groups and Emergency Vets on the French Riviera

How to contact emergency vets or find animal rescue centres, welfare associations and shelters on the Côte d'Azur...

Sadly the laws of the Ordre des Vétérinaires prohibit Angloinfo from publishing a list of English-speaking vets. However, the contact details for emergency vet services in the area are listed below.

Emergency veterinary: Alpes-Maritimes  (after hours, Sundays and holidays) Tel: 04 22 53 05 05
Fréjus area: Emergency Vet (SOS Vétérinaires) Tel: 04 94 51 51 47 / 04 89 88 34 48
Toulon area: SOS Vétérinaires Tel: 09 70 24 70 24

French Riviera animal shelters and rescue centres (refuges)

To adopt an animal from a shelter (refuge) take proof of identity and proof of address (a recent utility bill such as electricity or telephone bill). All shelters charge an adoption fee and most allow a one-month trial period during which you may return the animal and be refunded if the rehoming has not worked out.

English is not spoken at most of these animal shelters.

  • Refuge Jean Duflos (Association Union Protectrice des Animaux d'Antibes, UPA)
    At: 1770 Chemin des Terriers, Antibes (privately managed shelter next to Animalis and Decathlon. Cats and dogs available for adoption)
    Tel/Fax: 04 93 33 14 14
  • Refuge l'Espoir (Association Société Protectrice des Animaux de Grasse,  SPA)
    At: Parc de la Valmasque, Route d'Antibes, Mougins (between Sophia Antipolis and Mougins. Cats and dogs available for adoption)
    Tel: 04 93 65 44 11
  • Refuge de Carros (Fondation Assistance Aux Animaux)
    At: Zone Industrielle, 13e 5ème Avenue, Carros
    Tel: 04 93 08 11 79
  • Refuge L'ABRI (Société Protectrice des Animaux de Monaco)
    At: 2254 avenue Georges Clémenceau, Eze
    Tel: 04 93 41 03 62
  • Refuge La Conca (Société de Défense des Animaux de Nice)
    At: Chemin du Puei de la Madone, Tourrette-Levens
    Tel: 04 93 91 01 13
  • SPACA Vence, Refuge des Collines (Association Sauvetage Protection Animaux Côte d'Azur de Vence)
    At: 3192 Chemin Riou, Vence
    Tel/Fax: 04 93 24 08 45
  • Les Chats de Stella, Refuge Gireau (Cats available for adoption)
    At: 1460 Chemin de la Gaude, Vence
    Tel/Fax: 04 93 24 09 85
  • Les Chats du Mercantour
    Kittens and cats available for adoption. All checked free of Feline Aids and Feline Leukemia
    At: 32, rue Droite, St-Etienne de Tinée
    Tel: 06 18 94 35 76
    email (English-speaking contact)

Riviera animals lost and found

  • APOT (Animaux Perdus Ou Trouvés)
    : 0800 037 016
  • Notify the local police, pompiers and vets in the area the animal was lost
  • Put up notices (with a photograph of the pet, if possible) in the vets, Mairie and shops of the area it went missing
  • Contact the local animal shelters in the area

Post a message and picture to the following bulletin board websites advertising lost and found animals (in French):