JELENA'S SHELTER IN NIS, SERBIA
shelter that Harborough Animal Concern is supporting.
Serbia is a country that has gone through the turmoil of war and unrest
and still has a very long way to go. What suffers most in a country
like this is the animal population, and in Serbia they are suffering
terribly for the sins of men. Dogs were abandoned during the time of
conflict and they survived as best they could and continued to breed in
Now they are considered a pest by the Serbian authorities and are
hunted, poisoned and stabbed to death. There is hysteria about the
threat of rabies, even though many animals have been vaccinated. There
is much hate and fear of dogs. Just ordinary loving dogs who would make
excellent family pets are rounded up by the shinters - dog catchers
employed by the government to catch and eventually kill
dogs by inhumane means.
In the midst of all this horror are a few people who are trying to make
a difference and working to change the cruelty in their country. One of
these people is Jelena Kostic with whom HARBOROUGH ANIMAL CONCERN is
working. Jelena has a sanctuary for dogs and cats rescued from the dog
catchers, and those that are dumped at her gates. REMEMBER THERE IS NO
RSPCA OR PDSA IN SERBIA.
I believe that we in our comfortable society have a duty to help
countries like Serbia to get a proper, humane system of animal care off
the ground. Since we and other like minded organisations have been
helping Jelena we have noticed that more local people are becoming
involved with looking after the animals and more local people are
making donations. It is very hard because lots of people in Serbia are
very poor, BUT WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!
We have a programme of neutering, building shelters, kennels and
sending money for food and veterinary care .
Please visit the pages on our website and see the individual
animals we have helped. Jelena has over 300 dogs and we need to build
more shelters for them, many of them are still on chains. Our aim is to
get all the dogs off chains, into large enclosures and neutered so that
they can be together in groups.
doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can
change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has. -