Amsterdam named most animal-friendly city in the Netherlands
However, the Dutch capital has recently come in for another award, namely the one of the most animal-friendly municipality in the Netherlands.
The prize was awarded by DierenLot Foundation to employees of the Amsterdam Animal Welfare department during the National Animal Emergency Congress on 9 November. The prize rewards a wide range of initiatives in the field of care for animals.
Municipal funding, wildlife saving greenery, all in the name of animals
To start with, Amsterdam spends 2 million a year on animal welfare. Since 2014 the Animals Agenda, which defines the relevant policy of the city, has been in existence. It provides subsidies or 100% financing of projects that contribute to the well-being of animals.
What is more, some of the funded initiatives prove to be particularly useful to people as well. For example, people in the Dutch capital with a low income can get reimbursement for a vet consultation. Now 10,000 Amsterdam pets can receive the necessary treatment. Nest boxes, green roofs and facades, a shelter for wild animals, no more live Christmas stables. These are some of the reasons why Amsterdam tops the national animal-friendly municipality ranking.