Dry food offered
Dry food necessary
In Serbia, Zvezdana no longer has any kibbles to feed street dogs, temperatures will drop to -10° !
Following Zvezdana's emergency call, we went on the spot on 23 November.
Zvezdana can no longer feed the street dogs, they will starve this winter.
The situation at the shelter is not much better, her 46 dogs eat dry bread.
Her retirement pension is her only resource, Zvezdana is already depriving herself of everything, she cannot buy kibble.
The only foreign association that supports her, with very few resources, is also begging us to intervene.
We want to help them, by sending 1200 kg of kibble as an emergency.
"We have hungry dogs on the streets. Please, it's urgent, winter is coming" were Zvezdana's first words when she contacted us recently.
"There are a lot of dogs on the street that I can't take care of, of course I would take them if I could, but place is a problem," she explained with regret. Without an proper shelter, Zvezdana had to set up makeshift shelters points in 4 different places, all of which are now full.
Faced every day with abandoned dogs that she cannot get off the street, Zvezdana can now no longer feed them either...
"The situation is very bad. I fear for the lack of dog food" Zvezdana told us shortly before we came. On November 27th, she only had 15 kg of kibbles left, which she strives to keep as long as possible for the most fragile dogs, most of them only eat dry bread....
"I call bakeries and ask them if they are able to give us some of their leftovers. When they eat pastry and bread only , they get diarrhea. I have to do that, for them, I can’t let them starve. If the collection doesn’t succeed, they will have to eat bread"
With a harsh winter and poor health, the weakest will not be able to survive such a diet!
Zvezdana is now retired, and receives only a meagre pension to survive and maintain the shelter. She pays most of the costs herself, including food and medical care. "Sometimes I am forced to take loans in order to buy them food, it’s hard" she explained.
Without resources, Zvezdana has managed to set up 4 small shelters made of salvaged materials in 4 different places, and only gets around by bicycle, several kilometres a day, whatever the season.
Because she is already saving money by all possible means to keep her head above water, Zvezdana does not know how to solve her current difficulties: she can no longer afford to buy kibbles!
We can take action, we have already booked a truck and pallets, but we have to pay it before December 2nd.
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.
Zvezdana has been supported for several years by an association based in Denmark, which strives to do its utmost to help her in her daily struggle. But the help she can provide is very limited in the face of Zvezdana's need to take care of abandoned dogs.
"We try to help her as best we can. But it is difficult. We helped with a few puppies. Zvezdana is my hero. She is an amazing person and her heart is bleeding for the street dogs and the cruel world they live in" said Tina, President of the association.
For 18 years, Zvezdana has been acting through her association for abandoned animals in Serbia, and does so with extremely few resources.
But she is particularly worried about the coming winter: "They don't have enough houses, not enough rugs, not enough food... With winter it will be more difficult, they will need more rugs and blankets to keep warm. I fear the lack of food, I feel so bad when I can't provide dog food for them. Please stay with us so that dogs have to eat."
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 ALISA association. The 1200 kg of kibbles collected will be delivered to Zvezdana to feed the 46 dogs she shelters, as well as the street dogs.
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