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We cannot leave these 139 dogs starve!

Disaster! In Serbia, Sladja's 139 dogs have almost no kibble left! They will starve if no one helps.
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We cannot leave these 139 dogs starve!
Disaster! In Serbia, Sladja's 139 dogs have almost no kibble left! They will starve if no one helps.

1,200 kg
Dry food offered

1,200 kg
Dry food necessary

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Animal Webaction visited the site 20 February 2021 and confirms the situation described below.

1. In Serbia, Sladja is running out of kibbles to feed the 139 dogs at her shelter. They will starve if nobody intervenes!

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"I have 139 dogs at the moment, it is very hard to fund the rescue these days. There have always been lots of ups and downs, but it has mostly been downs for a while, and I am really struggling to feed the dogs.

I have kibbles left for a week and if I don't manage to find a solution rapidly, dogs will start being hungry and aggressive. 

I'm afraid they will starve, it would be heartbreaking to watch this knowing how hard it is for them, and not be able to do anything about it. I care for these dogs as if they were my children, I would give anything for them to have something to eat, but I don't know what to do anymore." 

2. Sladja no longer has enough kibbles to take care of street dogs. Starved and on their own, they risk dying at the pound!

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"Here, in this area, many people abandon their dogs on the streets and there is no one but me to feed them. Which means that when I no longer have food to share, they no longer eat either.

Not to mention that if I cannot rescue them due to the lack of kibbles, they will get picked up by the dog catchers and they will end up 350 kilometres away in a dirty and crowded shelter, which is legally borderline. In there, there is not enough food for everyone anyway and how they care for dogs is not human at all... and many dogs end up dead.

I am afraid of what will become of all these dogs and I am devastated by the idea of having to leave them to their sad fate."

3. Abandoned by his owner, Radovan was only skin and bones when Sladja rescued him. He has already been through severe malnutrition, and won't be able to cope with a new food shortage.

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"Radovan is a hunting dog that was abandoned by his owner at the end of the hunting season. He might not have been efficient enough in catching prays, as when I rescued him he was just skin and bones. Clearly he could not manage to feed himself alone.

He has already suffered a lot from the lack of food in the past and as per his breed, he is a very active dog and he needs to eat a lot. Shouldn't he have enough kibbles, he risks getting thinner and thinner and might consume all of his strength. I am afraid that I will lose him one day."

4. Sladja is dealing with the shelter single-handedly. But with no subsidies and only few donations, she can hardly cope and cannot buy kibbles anymore

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"I rely on donations from abroad, mainly from Germany, but these donations barely allow me to keep it together and I had to borrow money a few times to be able to buy some food.

I do have one employee, but rarely any volunteers and I find myself very isolated, doing everything on my own at 61 years old. People here don't feel concerned, they are not ready to give out some time or money, and they won't adopt any dogs either.

I no longer make ends meet and I have no means left. Can you imagine how frustrating it is to never know if you will have enough for food or for the vet? As much as I would like to give my dogs some treats, I don't even have money to buy them kibbles...!"

5. Sladja  isn't asking to receive any money, only kibbles to keep the dogs from starving.

"I started alone in 2010by feeding dogs on the street around 5:00 AM and 6:00 PM. I fought hard against the system in place here with the dogcatchers, and created my association, 'PUŽ', in 2013, with a land rented from the municipality. I committed to my work: at the beginning there were 13 dogs, now there are 139. 

It is hard for me to manage everything, but I do it with all my heart, even if there is only two of us. I am hoping for a better future for the dogs and for my association, I hope someone younger will be willing to continue my work eventually, and keep loving these dogs."

6. If this campaign succeeds, Sladja will not receive any money but 1200 kg of kibbles, delivered from Animal Webaction's logistics platform in Serbia.

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

7. Sladja relies on this campaign, it is her last hope.

"Two years ago, I received some food aid from ORCA, a local foundation with which I continue to collaborate, but the help they provide is no longer sufficient. The lack of funds and support is a real obstacle to buying kibbles.

People in Serbia are not interested in the condition of stray dogs and I feel tired and sad that people do not want to help... It's important that people support us, not only financially but in whatever way they think is right. Any help is welcome and we are infinitely grateful."

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

If you know of a foundation or NGO that could help Sladja, 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 Sladja's dogs, please contact us and we will put you in touch!

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

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Association P.U.Ž. pomoć ugroženim životinjama Vel Gradište
Dr. Boška Vrebalova BB
12220 Veliko Gradište
RS Serbia

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