Fighting for the rights and wellbeing of straydogs will never end! We started 2015 in the South West Balkan as no other NGO was working there at that time. Together with reliable partners and professional veterinarians for pets we started 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. We teach kids in schools and organise postgraduate training for veterinarians that want to learn spaying/neutering of dogs. We do not hesitate to raise our voice for the animals. Our work is appreciated by the citizens who suffer under an enormous amount of strays!
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 Kosovo until now:: 8000 dogs
Start of CNVR 2017 in the Roma Settlements 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. And with JETA TierundMensch our Partners we sterilise hundreds of street dogs in Durrës and Fieri. But the abandoning is without end!
The new program in Montenegro gives us hope as the have a chipping and registration program.
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).
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).
Dangerous diseases on the South Balkan are transmitted by animals - specially not vaccinated and not dewormed roaming dogs! More
At the beginning of May 2020 the Kosovar Food & Veterinary Agency issued a tender to veterinarians nationwide to sterilise 200 street dogs each - without any checking of the qualifications of the vets! The Animal Rights Foundation (Link) visited the clinics and found horrific grievances. Not only do the dogs have to spend 7 days in cages, often in their own droppings, they also suffer from open and purulent abdominal wounds, insufficiently sewn and not healed. The complaints from Animal Rights Foundation brought little. It is held up by the responsible officials, top Valdet Gjinovci, then Sadik Heta and Nol Kabashi. A power game is being organized that disavows the country and its people, but especially the honest and qualified veterinarians in Kosovo.
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 :-(
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.
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.
You can wait for a country to develop - and we waited for 5 1/2 years that veterinarians improve their skills on pets, they did not but still profit from tenders that Food & Veterinary Agency gives their friends and family. We protest strongly against it, you are welcome to do the same - here is our open letter to the Government and Parliament of Kosovo, dated 25th May 2020.
Montenegro owns some of the worst shelters on the European continent. Regularly street dogs are brought to those shelters and killed after 30 days. Other - so called No-Kill shelters - let the dogs sitting in their feces, sick and not sterilised - until they die on a chain, without sufficient protection against rain and sun, or locked up in a cage!
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.
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!
On 25th June 2020 our partners Family Vet Montenegro got an agreement about the treatment of the street dogs. We are very grateful for the intervention of Agricultur Minister M. Simovic, Director of Veterinary Administration Montenegro and Deputy Mayor Dragan Perovic! The contract allows Family Vet to castrate all street dogs and release them back in their territory. Furthermore veterinarian Saska Krivokapic - a great fighter for animal welfare with a huge know how - is allowed to enter the state shelter whenever she wants - and treat all over 40 dogs there. Some even got adopted - thanks to the help of Srdjan Todorovich - a great dog lover. He is responsible for our Transitory Care Center where the dogs rest after surgery.
More and more dogs left alone, their owners vanished or died in this Municipality. JETA Tier und Mensch, supported by us, is on place helping to collect the dogs, bring them in safe places and feed them. People are vanished, half of the town has left...no one there to help.
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!