With constant reports lately that dogs were being discarded because their owners could no longer afford to feed them, a soup kitchen in Berlin has taken steps to address the problem. The soup kitchen ‘Animal Board’ offers meals for dogs of the homeless, and for people who have lost their jobs as a result of the current financial crisis.
Claudia Hollm, the director of the soup kitchen, reacted to criticism from some quarters that they should be catering for humans instead of dogs.
Nowadays people underestimate dogs. They are incredibly important for those who lack social contact with other humans.
Making sure dogs don’t go hungry is just as important as making sure that people don’t starve.
Animal Board has been lucky enough to benefit from sponsorship from several companies, including some animal food companies. One woman who used the service for her dogs, cats and her rabbit told a local newspaper:
Without this animal bread line, I’d probably starve to death.
Berlin is currently becoming very animal friendly as last month the city opened a bus service that caters just for dogs, ferrying the animals to and from their day-care centres.
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