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We cannot let the 300 dogs at Vesna's shelter starve!

Disaster! In Serbia, Vesna has almost no kibble left to feed her shelter's 300 dogs: they are going to starve!
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We cannot let the 300 dogs at Vesna's shelter starve!
Disaster! In Serbia, Vesna has almost no kibble left to feed her shelter's 300 dogs: they are going to starve!

1,600 kg
Dry food offered

1,600 kg
Dry food necessary

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Animal Webaction visited the site 19 November 2023 and confirms the situation described below.

1. In Serbia, Vesna will soon run out of kibble to feed the 300 dogs in her shelter. They'll starve if no one helps them!


"There are so many dogs at the shelter right now that I've honestly lost count. The numbers have grown and continue to grow. Everyone here knows that I will never turn down a dog in need. Unfortunately, too many dogs are mistreated, leaving me with an endless list of calls for help...

Providing for all these dogs is a Herculean task. We've reached our maximum capacity and the amount of kibble needed to meet their daily needs has exploded. Our most pressing challenge is the crying shortage of kibble. I had to start reducing portions a few weeks ago. Our dogs aren't eating enough, I can even say they're hungry... I've only got one bag of kibble left, after which I'll have nothing. I feel miserable...

We desperately need help. These poor dogs shouldn't have to suffer! Some of them arrived here wounded, sick, too weak to move around, rejected by society. It's our responsibility to provide for them so they can have as normal a life as possible at the shelter. The least they deserve is a full bowl!"

2. The dogs are hungry, tensions are running high... Vesna fears she won't be able to avoid serious fights without kibble!


"I can't afford to buy enough kibble at the moment, so I buy the cheapest on the market, which is very poor quality. The dogs are starving and bickering more and more. The strongest are getting the upper hand, leaving the smallest and most fragile dogs without much to eat...

If the kibble shortage lasts any longer, there are two possible outcomes: the first is that some dogs starve to death, and the other is that dogs fight to death for crumbs... I can't imagine either of these scenarios. It would be disastrous. Many of our dogs are injured and disabled, unable to defend themselves properly against other, stronger dogs! They could die if fights break out... This kibble delivery is the only way to avoid that!"

3. With stomach cancer and both front legs amputated, Mica needs kibble more than ever to survive.


"Mica was abandoned in the street, her front legs completely broken. Fortunately, she was found by someone who called me. She has had 4 operations since her arrival at the shelter. We had found her a wheelchair to help her get around, but she never wanted one.

Sadly, she was recently diagnosed with stomach cancer. Although it doesn't seem to affect her health too much at the moment, the disease makes her hungry all the time. She needs nutritious food in sufficient quantities to be able to overcome the disease and endure her treatment. She won't survive without this delivery of kibble! Not in the face of the disease, and not in the face of the other dogs who know she's incapable of defending herself properly..."

4. Vesna is facing a significant drop in donations and her meagre pension does not allow her to make up the deficit: she can no longer buy croquettes!


"I am dependent on donations that we receive. My monthly pension is very low, only 17,000 dinars (   euros). That's not enough to provide for a family, let alone for providing food for that many dogs. The prices are going up lately; I myself don’t have enough money and the donations have decreased significantly. Earlier, when we go in front of the Pet Center we could collect so much food that we had to take several trips to bring all of it back home. Now, we barely collect a few bags each time...

We are all affected by the economic situation in this country, and we need a lot of dog food on a daily basis. Many people don’t realise how hard it is financially  to care for 300 dogs.  I cannot understand that this country is not willing to help people in this situation and that they allowed a huge number of dogs to be on the streets or in shelters that can’t provide, like ours. 

My love for the animals has not changed, but my abillity to provide for them has... Our situation is urgent. Our number one priority is to provide enough food for all the dogs. After they are well fed, we can start thinking about how to give them better lives and conditions – for example, taking them to the vet. I don’t care if I have enough for myself – but I can’t allow to be responsible for my dogs being hungry."

5. Vesna is not asking for money, only kibble to prevent the dogs from starving.


"I've always needed to help animals, I can't see myself doing anything else. I've loved them since I was a little girl and I'll love them to the end! It may seem strange or incomprehensible to some, but that's the way it is. I could never look at a lonely, starving dog in the street and do nothing. I will never refuse to take in a dog, and I will fight for each and every one of them, whatever their condition.

I'm very proud to have passed on this love to my granddaughter, who was born among my animals. She helps me a lot at the shelter and has enrolled in veterinary school. She's very committed to this field and that makes me happy! It's a good thing she's here to help me, because the animal cause isn't a priority for anyone here. Most people only have animals they enjoy directly, like pigs, cows...  The locals are very critical of my shelter, seeing it as a nuisance and not understanding the point of my mission. 

But I'm still hopeful. If I didn't have hope, I wouldn't be able to continue running the refuge! It's really very difficult, but the love the dogs give me keeps me going. My happiest moments are when they're full and healthy, playing and happy... That's worth all the gold in the world!"

6. If this campaign succeeds, Vesna will not receive any money but 1600 kg of kibble, delivered by Animal Webaction's logistics platform in Serbia.

Animal Webaction has a logistics platform directly in Serbia, which enables us to intervene quickly and deliver kibble.

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8. In Serbia, street dogs are hunted by the State and ignored by the population, volunteers like Vesna are their only hope!


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

If you represent an animal welfare foundation or NGO, please help Vesna's dogs, please contact us and we will put you in touch!

If you would like to come to Vesna's shelter to help her or if you would like to send her kibbles or a check directly, please contact Vesna via the association's Facebook page. (Note: direct help is your own responsibility.)

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