The stray dog problem is huge in Kosovo and the animals are suffering of diverse contagious sicknesses like rabies, worms or leishmaniose. Therefore our Foundation treated since 2015 all animals in the Southwest and sterilises them, so that they do not reproduce. We are convinced, that CNVR is in the actual stray dog situation the best method to stop the increase of the dog population, if it is done together with education and registration of dog owners.
2017 the Food & Veterinary Agency of Kosovo changed thanks to our intervention with an US Human Rights officer their proposed kill-regulation to a CNVR regulation for whole Kosovo - which is a great step. In the meantime applying veterinarians got the contracts - in the whole 7 regions with two veterinary clinics and their staff. On 28 May 2018 finally the CNVR program started - and turned out to be very bad!
Also our proposals for registration of dog owners and chipping of their dogs failed continually.
Kosovo is the poorest country on the whole European continent. After the war, where men and animals were killed, only few stray dogs were found. Since 2008 the amount has increased incredibly, because Kosovo does not know any dog owner responsibility.
From Peja to Decan, Gjakova, Malishevo, Mamusha and Rahovec we started with CNVR, but in all other municipalities are no programs going on, except killing from time to time. A new regulation from Food & Veterinary Agency might stop this practice in 2019, when dog owner control should be implemented...but the Agency missed to work on this topic ...and all animal lovers have to wait for better times.
New elections in Autumn 2019 brought Vetevendosje politicians a victory. Albin Kurti was elected as the new prime minister - and there was much hope for a reasonable street dog program - until the prime minister fell after a vote of non confidence initiated by LDK end of March 2020. Actually PM Avdullah Hoti is ruling.
On 27th December 2017 the former parliament consented to a budget of totally 1.3 Mio. Euro in the next 3 years for sterilising street dogs. This sum was badly used by the Food & Veterinary Agency of Kosovo (AVUK). Nepotism ruled decisions. Surgeries were done unprofessional, dogs died in the street after bad treatment, some veterinarians cheated...but the responsible Director Sadik Heta tried to ignore all those problems as long as possible.
In August 2020 the Vice PM Besnik Tahiri contacted our foundation and invited us for a meeting to discuss the street dog problem in Kosovo. So finally there might be a hope for change! CEO Valdet Gjinovci left the Food & Veterinary Agency.
Oktober 2016: Concept prepared by StrayCoCo for the humane regulation of stray dog population in Kosovo;
November 2016: Important American dog lovers are meeting the Director Dr. Valdet Gjinovci of the Food& Veterinary Agency (FVA) and show him their prepared "Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA)" which proves that CNVR, Education and Registration of dog owners and breeders is cheaper than building "death camps", called shelter;
December 2016: The "Veterinary Chamber Kosovës" supports the CBA!
23. Dezember 2016: Annual meeting of the Mayors of Kosovo and discussing stray dog problem. It looks like some of the Mayors are in favour of a CNVR program, if it can be financed. So we are waiting for the decision of the financial Department of Kosovo.
February 2017: A second regulation draft from Food & Veterinary Agency is sent to all veterinarians - giving them a very short time to react. Again the "Animal Welfare" Department proposes shelters in all Kosovo and killing of straydogs after 21 days. We protest!
March 2017: The consultation to the new draft is stopped, the draft is withdrawn.
9. March 2017: The president of StrayCoCo, Dr. Helen Wormser, is invited with the Ethologist and Veterinarian Michele Minunno (Bari/Italy) by the Kosovarian Veterinary Chamber to present CNVR strategies and treatment of stray dogs. The seminary is for veterinarians from Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia.
May 2017: Last Draft of a new regulation is approved and will be implemented. Kosovo will spend in the next 3 years 1.1 Mio. Euro for CNVR in Temporary Care Centers!
September 2017: Dr. Valdet Gjinovci visits his Swiss colleagues to study our registration system of dogs, dog owners and breeders.
13th October 2017: Primeminister Ramush Haradinaj declares the treatment of stray dogs as an urgent state matter and commands the sterilisation, deworming, vaccinating and marking of all stray dogs in Kosovo.
27th December 2017: The Parliament of Kosovo decides to spend 1.3 Mio. Euro for this program in the next 3 years.
March/April 2018: Tender for veterinary clinics is opened.
May 2018: The contracting of veterinary clinics in 7 regions of this country is done
28th May 2018: The CNVR program in the whole country starts - and is a disaster!
April 2019: New Animal protection law is implemented - but it is by far not complete.
Acknowledged our work finally beginning of December 2016 and decided against dog killing policy (LINK) and they repeat their statement in a press release on 26th December 2016. A new area has started in Kosovo and we ask all EU-Veterinarians to support their colleagues in Kosovo! They declare clearly, that politicians should not and cannot decide about stray dog policy, but that it is a duty of veterinarians that follow the ethical code! You find the last press release here!
As the official Veterinary Chamber of Kosovo did not develop a strategy to educate veterinarians in pet treatments and was of no help concerning the street dog situation, we helped do create a new NGO: Kosovo Small Animal Veterinary Association - which is purely concentrated on pets, and development of skills to treat pets.
The board of KSAVA: DVM Dardan Pozhegu, DVM Jusuf Kovaçi, DVM Blendi Bejdoni
Nothing works without protest - and we got 120'000 signatures against dog mass killing in Kosovo: Here it is!