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 in Albania in 2016. Since then we supported the sterilisation of 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 our supported teams are allowed to work, like Gjakova and Rahovec. There are less puppies born in the streets. But as long as citizens 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 and stray dog treatments in Shkodra/Albania.
Castrations/Vaccinations in West Kosovo until May 2018: 5500
Start of CNVR 2017 in the Roma Settlement and garbage hills of Gjakova and in Decan. Contracts with Municipality of Shkodra/Albania and treatment of hundreds of stray dogs there already with Pro Qen Albania show great effects.
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 partners 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).
Still someone has to watch out and to confront herself with the suffering of stray dogs, else we could not help. Finding in two days four dogs that needed emergency help, is sometimes too much. But three dogs can stay with us - because they cannot manage to find food on the street, were dehydrated and Piki is blind :-(
The unprofessional treatment of pets through vets that have no professional training must stop. Therefore we initiated and support the newly created Association. With their seminaries we hope to have in a few years more trained veterinarians in Kosovo than now! Only then effective help for pets is possible.
Announcement in local TV Gjakova on 5th February 2019 the free treatment and sterilisation of owned dogs, if the owner cannot afford to pay this treatment. It is an important step, as all stray dogs are dumped unwanted dogs - and puppies - from owners that let their dogs roam.
On 29th October 2018 we opened the first pet clinic with sanctuary of Kosovo in Gjakova. We had great guests! Present were the Swiss Ambassador Monsieur J.-H. Lebet and his personal secretary Mrs.Huber as well as the Mayor of Gjakova, Ardian Gjini, the Director of Public Service, Shkumbin Kastrati , many veterinarians of this country and many guests from Albania, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Germany. It was for once a beautiful day in Kosovo. (For more pictures click here!)
Pictures done in the last week of May at Prishtina dog shelter in Graçanica below! Some dogs on chain, some dogs sick but not isolated, all seem to have flees, the food is old, spicy and not meant for dogs!
DO YOU REALLY THINK YOU RESCUED A DOG OR PUPPY, IF YOU BRING IT THERE? Look out for families, fosters and pay them for taking care of a dog - and never believe anyone who says he has a shelter. There are no shelters in Kosovo that deserve that name - but a good try to rescue dogs by the local Flora Bujupi.
In a very friendly meeting end of October 2019 the Mayor of Vushtrri, Dr. Xhafer Tahiri, declared to cooperate with our foundation next year to help reducing humanely the street dog population supporting any CNVR activities with our partner veterinarians.
In November 2018 we started with DVM Zenel Zhabari the free spaying/neutering program for owned dogs - if the owner cannot afford to pay for treatment. At the same time our Partner-Vet visited several schools and taught about dog keeping and responsible dog ownership.
First Surgery - fixing broken Pelvis - in Kosovo ever done by the boardmembers of KSAVA, thanks to the assistance experience of DVM Jusuf Kovaçi during his studies in Turkey. There are no animal surgeons in Kosovo..we try our best and this heavily injured female dog is today (June 2019) fine and can walk without pain.
Finally on 17th August our mobile clinic is ready and will from time to time visit villages and spay/neuter owned dogs, so that they do not dump the poor puppies any longer in the street. This prevention program is exceptionally important and will keep us going for years!
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 and whole region Gjakova.
Without donations we cannot keep going every day, but the street dogs need help as well as owned dogs of owners that cannot afford to treat and sterilise their dogs. We help, with the aim to reduce the stray dog population - with your help - here in Niksic, Montenegro.
In Autumn 2019 we help DVM Zenel Zhabari to build a Transitory Care Center. Gjakova TCC is covering the South-West Side of the country, the TCC in Vushtrri will cover the North-East. Prishtina develops its own Treatment Center. So in the end just the North and South of the Country will have no Center for Pet Care.
DVM Zenel Zhabari has his own piece of land on the country side. His TCC is small but big enough for effective treatment of stray dogs and owned dogs. It will also have a small Sanctuary for sick dogs...so we really would appreciate any donations for helping him to build this TCC. We have a contract with him for the next years and will support CNVR between Vushtrri and Mitrovica.
In the Roma Camp Obiliq our Partner Vet from Vushtrri started to treat sick owned dogs and catch/sterilise stray dogs all around the camp. We found awful situations, big families living in one container, no sanitary installations, dogs and men all together. Roma people that needed urgent medical help, which was in the meantime organised by "Voice of Roma", while we treated dogs. But to continue we need donations!
Our next big step: Together with the Municipality Shkodra, the excellent Mayor Voltana Ademi, a contract is signed whereupon we will work from now on together and the Municipality accepts the No-Kill Strategy for stray dogs. The treatments will be done by DVM Rubin Piranaj, the recovery will be at the shelter of Animals Need Me, the control will be done by Pro Qen Albania, the city finances 170 treatments, StrayCoCo finances 330 treatments in this year - and we hope to continue next year to set an extraordinary model in ALBANIA how to deal with dogs. CNVR is only the first step - we treat private dogs as well to stop puppy dumping. Wish us all success and support our work please.