We are a small Swiss Foundation and every year controlled by the Swiss government. We took up our veterinary work in Kosovo in January 2015 and since then we neutered/spayed hundreds of stray dogs to stop the reproduction of puppies that have no chance to survive or live an adequate life. Our work is appreciated by the citizens who suffer under an enormous amount of strays!
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Our CNVR work shows immediate effect in the municipalities where we are allowed to work and get support, like Gjakova and Rahovec. There are less puppies born in the streets. But irresponsible dog owner and breeder behaviour must be changed. As long as they treat their dogs like waste, there will be never an end to stray dogs. So our focus is now the registration of dog owners and breeders in Kosovo.
Castrations/Vaccinations in West Kosovo until May 2017: 4616
Start of CNVR 2017 in the Roma Settlement and garbage heaps of Gjakova and in Decan, where our partners Pro Vet signed a cooperation contract on 6th January 2017.
We concentrate primary on CNVR :catch/neuter/vaccinate/ release - if you want to know more about it click here - a worldwide recommended program to reduce stray dog population. Our work is a model how the stray dog problem in Kosovo and/or Albania could be managed for the next few years, until there is a clear reduction of stray dogs. To accomplish this goal breeders and dog owners should register and chip their dogs - the program started (click here). We try to help to change the law in Kosovo and to stop the deliberate killing of stray dogs.
Furthermore our veterinarians visit children in their schools and train veterinarians for large animals in small cut surgery on pets. Furthermore we have animals for adoptions and for sponsorship, specially sick dogs need your support (Sanctuary click here).
Outside of Gjakova we are building the first TCC of Kosovo, for straydogs and private dogs of poor dog owners - the dogs will be treated and sterilised there - as well as in the clinic in Nagavc. The first tree was planted already, now we look out for sponsors that want to invest in Kosovo dogs and this Treatment Center!
Visiting Graçanica, Malishevo, Nagavc, Rahovec, Gjakova and Mamusha to control the effect of our continuos CNVR in those municipalities and their villages. We are not at the end yet, but the situation for stray dogs in the western part of the country is much better than at the time when we began our work. And the biggest success of our work and lobbying is the release of PM Haradinaj on 13th October which orders CNVR in the whole country!
After his election as Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj commanded the sterilisation of all stray dogs in Kosovo. This was only possible thanks to the efforts of the Chief Executive Officer of the Food & Veterinary Agency, Dr. Valdet Gjinovci!
The tender opened in February 2018, but it is not decided yet, which veterinary groups will work for the state. We expect a decision until end of May 2018.
Start of a new program - first in Mamusha. To have a better dog owner control and to raise awareness for responsible dog ownership, we started in December 2017 a free treatment of owned dogs in Mamusha, chipping them and registering, motivating dog owners to sterilise their dogs. The Municipality supports this intention and cooperates. The costs at the moment are 4121 Euro for chips and medicine.
Repeating this work on 9th February 2018 in Mamusha, then starting the same work in Rogova, region Gjakova.
The greatest success of our work at the moment is the legal disposition of PM Haradinaj from 13th October 2017 whereupon all stray dogs in Kosovo have to be sterilised.
Our ongoing good contact with the Food & Veterinary Agency Kosovo (FVA) and their Director Dr. Valdet Gjinovci, who is very interested in developing a new policy to reduce the stray dog population, is very helpful to change the dog policy in this country. If you want to see more, klick here.
Meeting with Swiss Director of Food & Veterinary Administration in Berne, September 2017
Too many dead and dying dogs in the streets, suffering and starving puppies, we try to rescue sick dogs whenever possible. If they are heavily injured we must euthanise them - else we treat them for a long time and keep them in our Sanctuary, always hoping that someone falls in love with our dogs!
In Graçanica near Prishtina our team worked from 22nd - 25th March 2017 and treated 83 roaming dogs, including few owned dogs. 9th April we started CNVR in Preoce - 96 stray dogs were treated, 3 dogs needed urgent surgery. From 2nd to 5th October we worked again in Preoce - and need urgently donations to cover our expenses.
9th March 2017 the Veterinary Chamber of Kosovo invited all Veterinarians from Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo to the very first seminary about pets - concrete stray dogs. Dr. Helen Wormser from StrayCoCo presented solutions through CNVR, Registration and Education while Michele Minunno, Ethologist from Bari/Italy spoke about stray dog behaviour in the community and their territory. 100 Veterinarians followed our presentations! 500 booklets for children were distributed as well as flyers for Veterinarians: Sterilise - do not kill!