Health Care projects

In the health care sector, dogs play an important role and in future animals will be used more and more often in that role. We also like to support care initiatives.


Does the name "Clinidogs" ring a bell? Clinidogs shook off the winter coat and is now hopping through life as Cosydogs!

Pets increase the quality of life. Dogs in particular give unconditional love. Cosydogs wants to give people who cannot keep a pet the opportunity to come into contact with a dog.

Together with volunteers and their dog they visit assisted-living centres, facilities for adults and children with disabilities, special education schools, (psychiatric) hospitals, etc.

They take walks with people who are still able to walk, do group petting sessions, do short room visits for people who are bedridden, or look at other possibilities according to the wishes and needs of the target group.

The therapeutic effect of Cosydogs has been proven on several occasions: walls were torn down, a smile was put on the face, the interaction between residents improved, behavioural problems were reduced, the mood was boosted, etc.

In short, a smile because of the hug of a dog, that is what it is all about!

Versele-Laga sponsors the Cosydogs project.



Since 1983, the Guide Dog School in Genk has been training guide dogs. For 36 years, they have given blind and visually impaired people the opportunity to move around safely, quickly and independently. It is a non-profit organization that raises carefully selected puppies and trains them to become quality guide dogs that can be made available free of charge to visually impaired people.

The Genk Guide Dog School is a small-scale, professional and internationally recognised training centre with Raf Truyers (chairman) and Karlien Jespers (instructor) as its driving forces. From the very first moment, candidate guide dog users have personal contact with them. The prospective guide dogs never stay in kennels, but live in living rooms for the duration of their training. The emphasis is always on customization and animal welfare!

The Genk guide dog school can also count on our support.

Blindengeleidehondenschool Genk

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Canine Assisted Therapy

CAT stands for Canine Assisted Therapy, a form of therapy in which dogs are used with patients with psychological problems. The Psychiatrisch Centrum Sint-Jan-Baptist in Zelzate has been running such a CAT project at its forensic departments for the past thirteen years. Internees help with rehabilitating shelter dogs so they have a chance to be adopted by a family that perfectly meets the needs of the specific dog. At the same time, the patients also work on their own integration into society.

We have been supporting this project from the beginning.

CAT Psychiatrisch Centrum Sint-Jan-Baptist Zelzate, Belgium


Since its foundation in 1994, vzw Hachiko( NPO Hachiko) has changed lives by offering assistance dogs to people with a motor disability, and since 2003 also to people with epilepsy.

The help of an assistance dog enables a person with a disability or epilepsy to lead a more independent life, so that help from third parties is less likely to be called in. However, assistance dogs are so much more than just practical help. They are a help and stay, a best friend and they allow people to take their mind of things. Often a whole new (social) world opens up for people with a disability when they have a tail-wagging assistant by their side. An assistance dog therefore literally and figuratively opens new doors.

Versele-Laga is the loyal feed partner of Hachiko.


Vrienden der blinden

"Vrienden der Blinden Koksijde" (Friends of the blind in Koksijde) is a training centre for guide dogs for the blind. The training centre is part of the non-profit association 'Het Federaal Werk De Vrienden der Blinden en Slechtzienden' which is located in Mons. The association also has a social service, active throughout Flanders, that supports people with a visual impairment.

The ultimate goal of Vrienden der Blinden is to give visually impaired people a new life with more independence, assertiveness and mobility free of charge. Thanks to these qualities, they have more autonomy and are able to participate fully in the social, economic and cultural aspects of society. The training of a guide dog for the blind costs about € 25,000, half of which is supported by The Flemish Agency for People with a Disability (VAPH). For the other half, we are counting on the support of our society by means of sponsors, donations, collection of caps, and so on. The dog itself is completely free of charge for the future user.

We hope to be able to work with this organisation for a long time to come.

Vrienden der Blinden Koksijde


Canisha VZW is a recognized association authorized by the Flemish government to train assistance dogs. It is responsible for the complete training from the purchase of the puppy and the lifelong follow-up of various types of assistance dogs:

  • Assistance dogs for people with impaired motor skills
  • Hearing dogs for auditory impaired applicants
  • Autism dogs for people with ASD
  • Assistance dogs (residential and care homes, psychiatric institutions, ...)

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