At the time the foundation was legally acknowledged the town of Peja had estimated 1500 stray dogs. The new mayor Gazmend Muhaxheri declared himself ready to help the citizens and the dogs out of this uncontrollable situation and agreed to work together with our foundation. The mayor's work was building up the infrastructure with our financial support and assistance with providing food and fresh water. We helped with parasite and worming treatment, vaccinations and spay/neuter; the dogs were ear-tagged to ensure it is clear that they have been treated. We were present until May 2016 in Peja, since that time we only go there when required by citizens. The Mayor stopped the program - which was at that time completely wrong. In the meantime citizens tell us, that he talks about 5000 stray dogs in the region....this result should not have been.
After two months about 230 stray dogs were neutered/spayed and some private dog owners brought their dogs for treatment to the animal clinic in Nagavc. But the municipality suddenly stopped beginning of march 2015 the program and closed the shelter, the cause: lack of money. So we continued with a small private dog shelter and the owner was catching dogs and bringing them to Nagavc until the Mayor started to support our work again with a 3 Euro campaign for every citizen that brought a stray dog to the shelter. From January until march 2016 1400 stray dogs were treated against sicknesses, spayed/neutered and released - except of the puppies, many of them motherless, sick and often dying. We continue our work since June with three additional veterinarians from this municipality - in the first two weeks under the control of our DVM B. Bejdoni, because all three veterinarians are specialized on farm animals. This is the only lasting measure to stop reproduction of stray dogs and helps citizens to understand this topic better.
Since May 2016 the Municipality will not - or cannot - support our work anymore. So we have to rely on citizens that call us, because they find sick or not tagged dogs. So instead of continuing our regular work of CNVR, we help with emergency cases.
The CNVR Program that we apply is well tested and the only promising, see: How Holland became free of stray dogs.
This was unfortunately not the only dog that was found starving at Peja shelter in january 2015! This dog, along with all the others starving creatures in the municipality "shelter", needed treatment and spaying/neutering, before any more puppies were born - so do other dogs that are caught continually in this municipality.