Ministry approves 1.3 million euros for animal shelters

The Agriculture Ministry has set aside 1.3 million euros to be distributed to Greece's municipal authorities in order to build shelters for stray animals, the state-run Athens-Macedonia News Agency reported on Tuesday.

The decision signed by Agricultural Development Minister Giorgos Karasmanis and authorized by the ministries of Interior and Finance foresees the construction of special departments in all municipalities whose task will be to collect, tag, vaccinate and sterilize stray cats and dogs, while also offering medical treatment and behavioral rehabilitation so they can be put up for adoption.

"In a difficult economic environment, we are meeting an important funding duty of the state toward municipalities, who in cooperation with animal protection groups are responsible for managing strays in the interest of the health of the public and that of domestic pets," Karasmanis said.