As Belgium embraces and encourages euthanasia for humans (many against their will), a new old age home for sick and elderly animals has opened.
In southern Belgium there is a care home that accommodates 150 aging animals, living out their final days in peace.
The home is run by Valerie Luycx and is called Les Petits Vieux (The Little Old Ones).
All the animals either have health problems or have been given up because their owners were too old to care for them.
Residents include Azuria, a 15-year-old European cat, and Ramses, a nine-year-old Carlin dog.
Valerie founded the shelter in 2000 with her husband Serge. She said: “We wanted to recreate family life for the animals.”
On the left here is Choupy, a 14-year-old Yorkshire Terrier.
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