With the Christmas festivities fast approaching, many will be looking to bring cheer to others around them, but the Rex Dogs Home Foundation (Rex Kutyaotthon Alapítvány) is reminding us that animals, too, can participate in the festive spirit.
For the third year running, the foundation has launched its “Four-legged Messengers of Love” (Négylábú szeretetfutár) initiative, which makes friendly pets available for the holidays to those who would like some company or to provide a temporary loving environment to abandoned animals.
Both cats and dogs can be sheltered. Those people willing to do so need only provide love, the Budapest-based animal welfare organisation says, because it can provide transport and food.
“Dogs and cats have fewer chances of adoption once they are adult, despite the fact that they are usually well socialised and many have received training,” the foundation says. But previous experience, with dozens of dogs and cats having been found a home during holidays, has shown that not all of them are returned to the shelter because some hosts decide to make theirs a permanent home.
“I am sure that those who have enjoyed the affection of a four-legged animal will not want to return it once the holidays come to an end,” founder Péter Király says, emphasising that providing permanent homes is among the organisation’s aims.
The foundation is open daily 10am-4pm at Rex Állatsziget, District IV, Óceánárok u. 33. Prospective hosts can reach the foundation in person, by phone (+36-1 435-0533), by email (email@example.com) or on www.rex.hu
Euronews enters Hungary
French-based Euronews, a multilingual cable television news channel, will begin broadcasting in Hungarian in April, CEO Michael Peters said in Budapest on Tuesday. Calling the opening of a Budapest bureau a “crucial step” in the history of the channel, Peters said the aim is to “offer to the Hungarian audience in Hungary and worldwide an unrivalled window on international affairs from a European perspective”.
He said the move into Hungary was not intended to popularise the EU but to increase understanding of European affairs. The channel will offer “good public service” and generate its own reports to provide objective coverage, Peters was quoted as saying by state news agency MTI.
Euronews, which is part-funded by a subsidy from the European Commission, describes itself as Europe’s most-watched international news channel. Some 400 journalists from more than 25 countries produce news in Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Ukrainian and, coming soon, Greek. A dozen European public service broadcasters have a stake in the channel, along with Russian, Egyptian, Tunisian, Algerian and Ukrainian broadcasters.