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Since January 28th, the 230 dogs of Zoritza's shelter in Serbia have been rationed, they are hungry!
Worst of all, they will have nothing left to eat by the end of the week !
Aged 70, she can no longer cope...
We want to send 3,000 kg of dry food as an emergency, to help the dogs face the next few weeks.
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As we are writing this text, the reserve of food at the Serbian shelter Azil Bella has been over for several days.
The shelter now faces an absolute emergency situation !
With neither dog food nor anything left to cook for her dogs, Zoritza's last option was to buy food with her own money.
On January 30th, she bought 260kg of dry food : this was as much as she could afford...
"I usually use around 100kg everyday. Now, I only give them 60kg to make the food last longer, but they are hungry. I can't stand this situation, I am very worried..." said Zoritza over our last phone call.
Chrystal just arrived from Backa's shelter, where she's spent her whole life so far. She is now in a critical condition, and needs wet food to fight the disease. But there is no money left at the shelter... Zoritza is very worried
The shelter Azil Bella is greatly supported by the French association Mukitza : among other things, Mukitza has been employing someone to help Zoritza on a daily basis for the past few months.
But today, the volunteers of this friendly association are left helpless: they do not have enough resources to help the shelter in a sustainable way.
"All we can do is get enough to buy a few hundred kilos again, but it is far from enough. We will only postpone the disaster for the few days..." according to Céline, the point of contact for Azil Bella within Mukitza.
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We are able to take action, we have already booked a truck and pallets, but we have to pay our transporter before February 7th.
If the collection fails, we will not be able to pay, the departure of the truck will be cancelled and none of the collected food will be delivered...
If the collection fails, we will refund all donors.
Negative temperatures make things very difficult for Zoritza and her employee at the shelter : in addition to their usual workload, including cleaning, feeding and caring for 230 dogs, they must ensure water remains accessible for everyone.
To allow this, the water must be heated right before filling the bowls, and ice needs to be broken at least once a day.
Furthermore, to make sure dogs are being fully protected from cold, Zoritza and her employee put straw inside each dog house. Unfortunately, they have to replace it every single day, otherwise it gets wet and mouldy...
A few weeks ago, when the first extreme temperatures came by, the pipe used to bring water in the shelter froze and broke. For several days, Zoritza had to find other ways to prevent dogs from thirst, while taking actions and raising funds to repair the pipe.
Actions would be needed : setting up collections, files to beg for help, partnerships... but all this requires a time neither Zoritza nor her employee has, not even Andrea (the only volunteer coming at the shelter) since all their energy and efforts are currently dedicated to keeping the 230 dogs alive...
With winter getting even worse, and empty food stocks, twice the usual work is needed, and everything is much more complicated. Daily life at the shelter became a real nightmare...
There is absolutly nothing set up as we write this text : we are their one and only hope !
The situation of street dogs in Serbia was so bad that Zoritza decided to act for them. Her shelter, Azil Bella, was created 16 years ago, and saved hundreds of dogs.
Zoritza is over 70 years old now, she spends 365 days a year among her dogs, and shares every minute she has with them. Holidays are not an option, and she never allows herself to stay far from the shelter, even while she is sick.
For more than 6 years, she lived there without running water or electricity. She invested all her savings, her energy, her health, her personal life into maintaining this place in a respectable state and making it evolve as best as possible... Everything depends on her... but she is constantly living with the worry of knowing how she will manage to feed her dogs, and she is exhausted.
We cannot let her down while she needs us so much !
If the collection succeeds, the 3000kg collected will be given to the 230 dogs gathered at Azil Bella.
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