Flemish Minister of Animal Welfare Ben Weyts (N-VA) will from now on invest more than a million euros in animal shelters every year. He speaks of “the first step towards structural financial support for asylum seekers”. There will be a fixed amount of aid that all shelters can appeal to. In addition, there will be a general payment for the reception of confiscated animals. The shelters can also qualify for extra support. This varies according to the reception capacity of the complex. These new measures will be introduced this year.
The employees of the 166 recognized animal shelters in Flanders put their best foot forward every day to look after neglected, lost or forgotten animals. These shelters run mainly on volunteers and own fundraising, there has never been structural financial support from the government in Flanders.
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One million a year
Until now, shelters could only receive compensation for the reception of confiscated animals. However, this often arose because it was not clear exactly which expenses were eligible for reimbursement. This year, for the first time, there was a government donation of 3,000 euros for each shelter, but this was only a one-off measure.
This is now changing, because the Flemish government is announcing “the first step towards structural financial support for asylum seekers”. Flemish Animal Minister Ben Weyts (N-VA) has drawn the outlines for structural and stable financial support for animal shelters.
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Every year, more than a million euros will be invested in the animal shelters. Weyts envisions three pillars.
- Firstly, there will be a basic amount for all recognized asylum seekers, who only have to meet a few low-threshold conditions.
- Secondly, there will be a uniform compensation for the reception of confiscated animals, so that shelters are clarified and discussions are avoided.
- Thirdly, there will be an extra compensation that varies according to the reception capacity, which also takes into account the provision of unique reception places.
The new subsidy system will be operational this year. “We want to give shelters a solid financial basis,” Weyts said in a press release. “This creates a stable and predictable income stream, on which the shelters can continue to build.”
“This also creates opportunities for further professionalization. This is not only in the interest of the volunteers, but also of the animals themselves. ”
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