‘The Little Outdated Ones’: Belgium’s retirement house for aged animals

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In southern Belgium there’s a care house that accommodates 150 getting old animals, dwelling out their closing days in peace.

The house is run by Valerie Luycx, beneath, and is named Les Petits Vieux (The Little Outdated Ones).

Valerie Luycx, a founder of the association "Les Petits Vieux" acting as home for elderly animals, sits among some of the hundreds of pets

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The animal shelter, situated in rural Chievres within the province of Hainaut within the south of Belgium, is house to Pastis the pot-bellied pig, beneath, together with various aged cats, canine, ponies and goats, photographed right here by Yves Herman from Reuters.

Valerie Luycx with Pastis, a 10-year-old Vietnamese pig

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All of the animals both have well being issues or have been given up as a result of their homeowners had been too previous to take care of them.

Residents embrace Azuria, a 15-year-old European cat (beneath left), and Ramses, a nine-year-old Carlin canine.

Composite photo of Azuria the cat and Ramses the Carlin dog

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There may be additionally Calin the cat, who will not be a fan of being photographed.

Calin, a European cat, looks out of a hole in the wall

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Calin is seen beneath having fun with being stroked, while Yam the nine-year-old Saint Bernard canine poses for a portrait.

A composite photo of Valerie Luycx with Calin the cat and Yam the nine-year-old Saint Bernard dog poses for a portrait

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Valerie based the shelter in 2000 along with her husband Serge. She stated: “We wished to recreate household life for the animals.”

On the left right here is Choupy, a 14-year-old Yorkshire Terrier.

Valerie Luycx at home with her animals

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And right here we now have Caracol, a 10-year-old Spanish Galgo canine, or greyhound.

Caracol, a 10-year-old Spanish Galgo

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The residents are allowed to play with one another and lounge quietly on sofas.

Dogs are seen from above

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Valerie Luycx with animals

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Valerie Luycx is seen with Pastis a 10-year-old Vietnamese pig

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Pictures by Yves Herman.

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