The shelter was founded as an animal sterilization center. In September 2023, we will be 11 years old. Initially, the number of enclosures was calculated for 50 dogs, now there are 130 of them living in the shelter.
- The most difficult thing in the work of the shelter is
The hardest part is working with people's stereotypes. Care, adjustment, sterilization are all mechanical work for us. But it is very difficult to rebuild the worldview of people, even young people. We all the time need to prove to people about real, modern methods, rules and norms of keeping animals.
For example, that walking and feeding a dog is not about its upbringing, why sterilization of pets is important, why putting a dog on a leash is bad, why elderly people should not take a kitten or a puppy, why do you need nets on the windows in the apartment, why you should not sneeze a dog on a walk or to poke an animal into a puddle if it has not gone to the toilet properly.
- Monthly expenses of the shelter for keeping animals
Most of the funds for the maintenance of the asylum come from the administration's own pockets. We calculated that the share of donations from all costs is only 3%. That doesn't even cover the feed for all the animals.
If you count in numbers, the average maintenance of one dog (food + utilities + vet services, services of dog trainers and caretakers) costs 2,000 hryvnias per month. For 130 dogs, it is already 260,000 hryvnias, and we also have cats.
- What are you dreaming about?
So that people do not throw away their animals and do not breed dogs and cats that no one needs. We used to dream that there would be no animals in shelters. But now we understand that this will not change. There will always be animals. Therefore, the biggest dream is to change people and their attitude towards animals. So that the animal was not an addition to the interior or status, but was a member of the family for which the owner is responsible.