Tiertafel: Feeding Pets In Need

Above: Video Shows the Tiertafel in Action

Poodles, pinschers, terriers, and other breeds of dogs and cats are queuing up for rations at Berlin’s soup kitchen for pets.

Previously a night school in the former communist east Berlin, the unused location now is filled with the smell of straw, dry food and wet dog.

Pensioners and those on public subsidy qualify for free pet food. The pet food buffet opened in mid-October 2008 to help those who had lost their disposable income support their dogs and cats.

Reports are that the Tiertafel (Animal Dining Table) has signed up 400 people and their stocks are dwindling quickly.

Limits have now been set to help accommodate the demand.

Berlin currently has an unemployment rate at about 13 percent and has some 100,000 registered dogs–many of them owned by those receiving subsidy.

Although dog owners dominate the pet owners frequenting the “pet soup kitchen,” the Tiertafel caters to other pets as well including cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and birds.

Volunteers hand out food and advice while also assessing potential animal health problems.

Food is donated by individuals and food companies and will normally cover the animal’s needs for four to five days.

Tiertafel launched two years ago and now runs 19 soup kitchens across down the country and plans to open 30 more.

Claudia Hollm came up with the idea of pet soup kitchens after seeing a television report about a family having to give their dog away.

For further information:

Tiertafel Deutschland e. V.
Achim Schütz Director
Claudia Hollm
Westpreussenstrasse 32-38 Semliner Chaussee 8
47809 Krefeld, Germany 14712 Rathenow, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)2151/5191 1231; Fax: +49 (0)2151/5191 28 1231 Phone: +49 (0)3385/494965
E-mail: claudia@tiertafel.de

Humane & Sane Holiday Giving

Above: I discovered this video thanks to Terrierman

Today I thought I would share some links with you from other bloggers who are encouraging more humane and sane giving this holiday season.

The video above shows someone abandoning a child. Most people would get pretty upset about such actions but the point is that many animals are dumped when they become inconvenient.

For some reason they think it is okay to just get rid of a pet by dumping them off in the forest (a big problem where I live), desert, on the side of the road, or dropping them off to a shelter or animal services facility.

Many animal bloggers discourage giving pets as gifts. In fact, this holiday season I was more interested in promoting those things that are not commercially driven which you can find in my Season of Giving series.

In case you missed it, I wrote about alternative suggestions to giving pets as gifts here.

So, what are other bloggers doing?

So the message here is Don’t Shop–Adopt! Or at least find alternative ways to give that make a positive difference in the lives of animals.

Do you have another blogger whose post fits in? Let me know and leave the link below.