Taipei’s Department of Education is set to start giving an annual subsidy of $30,000 NT to schools in the city that adopt stray dogs or cats this year.

The money would go towards food, shelter, and veterinary care.

Taipei city schools reportedly have the lowest animal adoption rate among Taiwan’s six special municipalities.

The city’s animal protection office will also work with the schools to implant the adopted animals with microchips, and will provide free rabies vaccines and treatment for parasite infections.

City officials say since the program was launched last year, three schools have applied for the subsidy.