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We cannot let this shelter's 97 dogs starve !

SOS! In North Macedonia, Marija will soon be out of kibble to feed her shelter's 97 dogs: they will starve!
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We cannot let this shelter's 97 dogs starve !
SOS! In North Macedonia, Marija will soon be out of kibble to feed her shelter's 97 dogs: they will starve!

1,800 kg
Dry food offered

1,800 kg
Dry food necessary

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Animal Webaction visited the site 20 May 2023 and confirms the situation described below.

1. In North Macedonia, Marija will soon run out of kibble to feed the 97 dogs at her shelter. They will starve if no one helps!


“Taking care of 97 dogs is a growing burden. People heartlessly dump their pets on the streets, or at our doorstep, especially vulnerable puppies. Every new dog we rescue and care for implies more expenses…

But now, our financial abilities are reduced due to inflation: the costs of vet care, kibble, and even our rent have doubled! Whereas the donations we get are very low… Right now there's just not enough kibble left anymore; the dogs only eat once a day, and their portions have been cut. 

I feel extremely anxious about a possible kibble shortage, in case this campaign fails… I don't want to end up being unable to ensure these dogs are fed. The idea that I might not be able to save them from starvation ties my hands and breaks my heart!”

2. On the verge of being out of kibble, Marija is already seeing the harmful effects of the lack of kibble on the dogs' health...


“A recent kibble donation has given us a very short respite to feed the dogs a bit longer. We still have to reduce the portions to make the bags last as best we can… It’s not easy to properly feed our thinnest and sickest dogs under those circumstances.

Besides, the impact of both the low quantity and quality is real: many dogs have developed kidney and liver issues! We juggle medications with meals, keeping an eye out for any dog whose organs are in danger. Adapted food for these dogs would help, but it's definitely out of our financial reach right now…

This kibble issue brings me down and limits my field of actions - I come to the shelter each day with optimism, willing to make a difference, as I want to help more endangered dogs so badly… but I can’t, I don’t have enough resources! If this campaign fails, I’m really scared our dogs will grow more aggressive, fight and that their health will keep deteriorating…”

3. Marija struggles with scarce donations and debts... There are no more funds for kibble!     


“The only way we've managed to get kibble so far is through donations, but now, those are simply not enough for our dogs’ needs! Inflation is also hitting us hard, we barely manage to take care of our dogs: everything's more expensive…

Indeed, we no longer have electricity at the shelter, as we fell behind on paying the bills! We have debts to the vet too and our scarce resources force us to postpone vet appointments and prevent us from getting more stray dogs sterilised. 

Donations have significantly decreased and more especially when it comes to donating food or money to buy kibble… We are struggling too much with our attempts to raise funds to keep our dogs fed. The success of this campaign is crucial; it would free us up to pay off parts of our debts, sterilise more stray dogs, and better care for our most fragile dogs at the shelter!”

4. Marija isn't asking for money, only kibble to prevent the dogs from starving.


“A few years ago, I joined this shelter as a volunteer, offering whatever help I could. Now, I've been managing this shelter daily for two years, providing care and trying my best to have our shelter’s dogs’ needs met, as well as helping strays… Our work is essential, as the more dogs we rescue, the fewer are left to suffer abuse and neglect on the streets.

Currently, there are just three of us managing the shelter - myself, another volunteer, and Maggie, the founder of the association who lives abroad but comes to help a few times a year. I wish more people could help us and our dogs… Here, our actions are more discouraged than encouraged, we’ve received complaints and even threats of having our dogs poisoned! But I won’t let any of that demotivate me!

Being aware of the methods used by some inhabitants or even by the municipality to “solve” the stray dogs issue (they’re caught and taken away to the dump, killed or poisoned…), we just know how much our shelter is life saving for so many dogs. But we still hopelessly lack local involvement in our cause… I long for a time when Veles will be a safer place for these dogs!”

5. If this campaign succeeds, Marija will not receive any money but 1800 kg of kibble, delivered from Animal Webaction's logistics platform in North Macedonia.

Animal Webaction has a logistics centre in North Macedonia which enables us to intervene quickly and deliver kibble.

6. The support the association receives is insufficient and it's never been so difficult to collect kibble: this campaign is their last chance to feed the dogs!  

“We do have some supportive allies, like this other shelter in the area which occasionally helps us out with leftover meds or blankets. There’s also a UK-based charity called "Saving Macedonian Strays", which is dedicated to our shelter and assists us with fundraising and adoptions. We feel lucky to have such a support base but when it comes to food, apart from a kind lady in Germany who sends us a few bags of kibble twice a year, we haven't seen any significant increase in support recently… 

Our donations have fallen sharply; we barely receive anything. Even with online fundraising, it's proven difficult to rally people for kibble donations. It seems easier to collect funds for urgent vet care, the empathy for sick and injured animals is stronger, but the shelter’s daily needs and the dogs’ most basic needs tend to be forgotten… We truly need more support to keep things running, especially to get kibble! The municipality ignores us, so we have to seek help from abroad, to improve the dogs’ situation in our city…” 

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8. In North Macedonia, neither the State nor the population wants to help the abandoned dogs. A lot of animals are left to die outside, there is no care for them.


If you know of a foundation or NGO that could help the association, please invite them to contact us so that we can put them in touch.

If you represent a Foundation or NGO for animal protection, please help the dogs of Animals Voice Macedonia, contact us and we will put you in touch!

If you want to come to the association's shelter to help the volunteers or if you want to send them directly some kibble or a check, contact them via the association's Facebook page (note: direct help is under your own responsibility).

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Association Здружение за заштита на животните “Гласот на животните“ Велес
8 Mart 19
1400 Veles
MK L'ex-République Yougoslave de Macédoine

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