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Belgian homeless shelter opens doors to dogs

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A shelter in the Belgian city of Liege has opened its doors to dogs this winter to persuade their homeless owners to come in from the freezing cold.

The city’s social welfare agency has agreed to house about eight homeless people with their pets at a local soccer club when it is freezing outside.

Michel Faway, secretary-general of the agency, said the programme started because many homeless people refused to come inside without their dogs no matter how cold it got.

“They have to come to the night shelter in Liege first as we obviously can’t have 40 of them,” he said. “They are then transported by bus to the space.”

The project has been a success. All eight beds have been filled on the nights when the service was offered.

Sounds good to me.