Pet Soup Kitchens Open in Germany

Group wants to keep unemployed, elderly from having to give up animals
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2008 6:15 AM CST
Tiertafel (Animal Dining Table), a German animal-welfare association, runs 19 outlets across the country to provide needy pet owners with food.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Fearing that recession will force people to give up animals they can no longer afford to feed, a German group has opened pet soup kitchens around the country, AFP reports. A pet welfare association relies on donations from individuals and corporations; the newly unemployed are among those taking advantage, as are the elderly. “Half our customers are old people for whom a cat or dog is their last social link,” says a Berlin organizer.

“The dog didn’t understand what was going on,” says the woman who came up with the idea after seeing a TV report of a family preparing to give up their pet after a layoff. "We just thought, it can’t be that for the sake of 30 or 40 euros they’ve got to turn their pet out.”