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In Serbia, Ivana has no more kibbles for abandoned dogs, they will starve to death!
Following the SOS of two French associations, we went on the spot on October 3rd.
Ivana has just rescued 21 puppies in critical condition, her resources are at their lowest.
At the shelter and on the streets, 90 dogs depend on her for food, but Ivana can no longer buy kibble.
Her calls for help are not working, she is terribly worried.
We would like to send 1800 kg of kibble as a matter of urgency.
On September 18, 21 puppies were discovered abandoned in a garbage dump. Aged from a few days to 1.5 months, they had no chance of surviving alone in these conditions, some had already died. They were underweight, infested with parasites, and the youngest ones suffered from hypothermia.
Because it was imperative to act quickly, Ivana and a handful of volunteers took care of all the puppies, who were far too weak to be housed in the shelter. Improvised incubators, bottle feeding, tailor-made care: everything possible is being done, but despite their efforts, 9 puppies died in the space of 2 weeks.
A real challenge for Ivana and the volunteers, which draws most of their physical, moral and financial resources !
To date, Ivana and the few volunteers who support her finance more than 90% of the continuous food costs from their own salaries. A very significant sum, which is constantly increasing, as rescues are carried out and new street dogs appear, in ever-growing numbers.
"They are in desperate need of food beacuse they can’t afford it all by themselves, also the food they have is of very low quality but that’s the most they can afford" our agent Filip explained when he returned from the shelter.
If dogs are not starving, it is only due to the ever-increasing debt for food, which is already over 300€: the only store that now agrees to sell on credit will soon stop it if Ivana fails to pay...
Faced with a lack of resources and a growing number of dependent dogs, Ivana has no choice but to stop the rescues... "At the moment we rescue extremely urgent cases, since we already have a huge number of dogs taken to safety, and money for food and bills we can hardly raise." Ivana explains.
Located in an area dedicated to mining, the village sees the number of street dogs increase constantly as new mines appear, evicting the inhabitants and encouraging abandonment. "There are many street dogs here, and they are treated badly" Filip sums up.
With no food or resources, Ivana now has to leave them on the street!
The number of dependent dogs has never been so large, no less than 50 dogs are housed in the shelter and in an abandoned house... They have no other source of food than that provided by the volunteers, and cannot go back on the street!
We can take action, we have already booked a truck and pallets, but we have to pay it before October 13th.
If the collection fails, we will not be able to pay, the departure of the truck will be cancelled and none of the collected kibbles will be delivered...
If the collection fails, we will refund all donors.
"Right now I feel worried. There are several problems. Winter is coming, dogs need food that is of better quality which will provide them with more energy in order to warm themselves during the winter. Also, during winter there is always a greater number of abandoned sick or injured who need help and it’s much harder to look after them then." explained Ivana.
Our visit to Ivana follows a joint SOS sent by two small French associations: Les Gloutons-Garous and Une médaille à ton collier.
Both of them have been working with Ivana for a long time, and are doing their utmost to help her, but they are overwhelmed by the ever-increasing number of dogs and the costs to be covered.
The President of Les Gloutons-Garous already went on the spot at the end of September, and has helped as much as she can, especially with puppy costs, but she can't do more...
Ivana has always been committed to the animal cause and has learned to juggle her commitment with her professional/personal life a long time ago. However, this has become a real challenge to be met every day, with the number of abandoned dogs constantly increasing.
"When it comes to family and friends I can barely spend any time with them. Sacrifices are great. My social life is not going very well since I doesn’t have enough time to spend with my family and friends. Beside working for 8 hours, I need an hour to get to my workplace and then an additional hour to come back home. Leaving me with enough time to sleep and watch over the animals" she regrets.
Ivana continues to hope that one day there will be no more street dogs, thanks in particular to sterilization campaigns.
It is estimated that Serbia has about 100,000 stray dogs. Private companies were commissioned in 2012 to capture these dogs: their dogcatchers (the name given to the employees responsible for the capture) have been operating throughout the country since then.
Receiving bonuses for each dog captured, dogcatchers hunt dogs relentlessly, and use extremely violent capture techniques. Many dogs are killed, the others end up crammed into killing pounds, without care or food.
Volunteers believe that their actions, in addition to being cruel, do not have a beneficial impact on the volume of stray dogs in the country. Worse still, they greatly undermine the beneficial actions that have existed until now: the subsidies allocated since 2007 as part of a vast national sterilization program have been drastically cut, despite encouraging results when they were carried out....
This collection is organized by the French association Les Gloutons-garous, for the dogs taken care of by Ivana on the streets and in shelters. The 1800 kg of kibble collected will be delivered to Ivana to feed those 90 dogs.
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