In winter, Truitee tends to become more vulnerable...
Dry food offered
Dry food necessary
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Animal Webaction visited the site 28 January 2024 and confirms the situation described below.
"We have around 110 dogs in the shelter at the moment, that is a lot of dogs in our care. We have managed to find homes for many dogs rescued last year, but as always we've had to rescue more from the streets, and recenty 18 puppies. And it is still winter, with all the problems that come with that already, it is especially a hard time for older and sick dogs.
People don’t realize how much dogs actually eat and how much food we need. They usually think that the municipality must fund us and buy all our food, but that is not the truth. Everyone assumes we get other donations, but that is again not the truth. We sometimes get a little food, a little donation and that is it.
We try to ration the food so that it lasts a little longer, but allows the dogs to eat almost enough. However we now have around 8 bags of kibble left, which is enough for 6 days. That is not a lot of days! Things could change drastically if I don't find food soon, every day is a fight for survival."
"Rescuing new dogs while we don't have enough food poses a problem. If I can’t feed the dogs in the shelter, how am I supposed to help other dogs on the street? No matter how many dogs I save there will be new ones in trouble who need help.
Lack of kibble has obvious consequences on the poor dogs, who get sick and malnourished, in the worst case scenario they could die from it. And there are not only the physical side effects but the emotional ones too. The dogs get more nervous when they lack kibble, and they won’t get along as good as they do now.
Even though I am old and tired I can never stop helping them, I have to carry on. And I will do anything possible to make sure that they don’t suffer, cause if I don't help them, no one will, but we truly rely on donations and people's kindness to keep going."
"Fules has been with us for only just a few weeks, we used to feed her on the streets but were never able to get her, as she was very timid. Once we saw that she had puppies, we decided to follow her: it took us some time, but we eventually managed to get them all. She was very protective and didn't let us get near them at first.
Fules is now a trusting and very sweet dog, but she's malnourished and very thin. With 7 puppies of only 5 weeks old to feed and care for, she needs a lot of food to gain weight and healthy."
"I try to find solutions to find enough food, but it is very hard to plan for the long term, because I don’t have regular incomes to the shelter. Sometimes we get donations, sometimes we don’t. So even if I try to plan something ahead, the reality is that things might not go as planned. If we spend more on medication, than we need to buy less food, or the other way around, since we never have enough money or donations to cover all our expenses.
Everything is more expensive, the prices have gotten up, but the paychecks here haven’t, so people can’t donate that much. As a result, getting enough food and medications is even harder now then before, and we already have debts at the vet's office.
I am getting older and carrying on is getting more and more difficult. Getting enough food and enough money for the dogs is as always, a constant struggle. I cry often and worry how much longer can I carry on doing this. It’s so frustrating but I know that no matter what I can't stop helping these animals in need. "
"The shelter has been open for 13 years now and that is amazing for me. Every animal that I have saved from the streets is an accomplishment for me. I have seen so many difficult cases and suffering animals that no one could even imagine. My heart is full of love when I see these poor rescued dogs happy. It makes it all worth it, and I am quite proud of the number of dogs we've managed to get adopted.
I cry and I get sad a lot of times, I don’t know how to continue at some points, but when I get a call about a dog in need of help, I immediately go. I need to make sure that every dog gets the love that they deserve.
There are always problems to overcome, and I would love to get more people involved so I could finally rest a little bit and spend more time with my grandkids, but for now that is really hard. And we have to work every day to make sure the dogs have something to eat, in the shelter and on the streets."
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