House for homeless animals
• Home for homeless animals
March 26, the distribution of animal exhibition "The Way Home", which involved 58 cats and 35 dogs from the shelter "Rzhevka". Home of them went 18 cats and 8 dogs.
I felt very badly that they need a home. How do they live and how they can be helped?
I do not like those people who collect round itself all living creatures and their childhood house is like a zoo. Nevertheless, I love animals, though now I live without them - almost a year ago my cat died, with whom we have lived 20 years (which is almost all conscious life). And for myself, I decided that if the head of an animal, it will be taken from the shelter.
And the day before I visited a shelter to get to know the animals up close.
According to the shelter "Rzhevka" As of March 28 has 147 dogs and 65 cats. The shelter is full, almost 150 dogs - it's a huge amount! In this case, the dog often live in a shelter almost all his life - they are rarely taken, guided by stereotypes of adult dogs and the fashion for miniature breed.
The tour we spent Kuzminska Victoria B., the shelter manager.
The shelter was opened in 2006 year, and before that took several years to build it. A huge help was People's Artist of Russia Petr Velyaminov - he went to the banks and the chain of command and put a lot of effort in the shelter existence.
But just a couple of years, a shelter had to close its doors to welcome animals - they turned out to be too much! The shelter does not advertise its address, but nevertheless, they constantly throw up (and even thrown over the fence!) Animals.
In the "Rzhevka" engaged in cats and dogs, but the dogs are so many that they gradually otvoovyvayut space, was initially supposed to house cats, or all dogs just do not vlezut the shelter.
So look shelter corridors - each enclosure lives a few cats.
They all have their names and their stories, shelter staff and volunteers are ready to talk about each:
All the places are equipped with:
Someone likes to be stroked, someone not very. Here is a cat, for example, is very gentle and affectionate:
And someone holed up in the house:
Of course, there is a doctor at the orphanage. Once planted in a shelter once 60 puppies, the doctors on duty constantly and feed the kids.
Information about cats in each cage:
This is the cat Luda:
This Svetik at an observation point:
You can come to the shelter and take away any animal. However, employees do not hide - the selection of candidates have very strict as in an orphanage.
Official reasons for the refusal to give the animal:
1. The acquisition of the animal as a present.
2. Unemployed people.
3. age of 23, after 70 years.
4. People in a condition of alcoholic or narcotic intoxication.
5. Lack of permanent residence in St. Petersburg.
6. Living in a rented apartment.
Terms of really tough, but justified. In each animal is put strength and spirit, they are treated and nursed. And if you give a man an animal, he must be sure that it will not appear again crippled and living on the streets.
For example, the shelter has a story: the night to carry planted cat to the door of the shelter. And a note: "Hello! This Sandy, his 7 years, he has kidney stones. Money-treated feed no. Former owner. Yes, I know I'm a goat. "
Big cat, red, quiet and with very sad eyes. He silently crawled on his knees, if summoned, and turned away, and looked at the man in the eye. Touching the cat, as a result he is now at home and happy.
It also happens that people take the animal in the shelter, and then want to get rid of it. Such stories are amazing and they could cause tears to my eyes. I just can not understand - if a person deliberately approached the issue, wanted to take an animal from a shelter, has won the confidence and prepare for the reception of the animal, then why are you in a week to throw out my dog out the door? Not mine, not pity or once the animal has lived on the street, and then it will be easy to survive there? How is it so? That people have in their heads and how do then believe in people?
This is a dog Alma. She was born in 2009, the year. She is a kind affectionate, loves to be in the company of people:
Every dog has such a "calling card":
This "baby" all year - he was in an orphanage shortly after birth and was vykormlen here:
Every dog at the shelter chipped, so it has already been partially prepared for traveling dogs have documents and necessary vaccinations, which makes life easier for the future owner.
On the "business cards" have information about the chip, too. A more about dogs is fairly written - who is good and who is aggressive and who require adaptation. This is where you will not lie to you, so here it is - will not praise the dog, if only you took it, on the contrary, all the talk, sheer colors for you to be prepared for possible testing.
shelter staff honestly say it will not be easy. Sometimes even too much is injected, but it is better to prepare a person for anything than a week later to see your pet on the street.
Therefore, we must be prepared that the dog did not immediately socialized (in the dog shelter live in the dog society) that do not immediately realize that the toilet you need to go for a walk (because then she can at any moment to go out), which can survive, be afraid not obey, gnaw your favorite sofa or sneaker. Indeed, many have lived here all my life and never know how it is - to live at home with the owner. Someone found abandoned, such dogs can remember how it was, but still a change of place - a lot of stress. To make it easier to adapt the dog can take the bowls and bedding, which she enjoyed at the shelter.
All of this may sound like something unattractive - you come away to work, and in the evening you will have to wait a puddle on the floor, and next to it a bunch. But not necessarily that it will be so, and even if it is, then a couple of weeks of educational work, you get a wonderful and loyal friend.
The main thing - to engage in a dog and then nothing is impossible.
The dogs often live in a shelter for life, so the shelter is full. Dogs do not want to take, because they are big and adults. The fashion for small dogs has made many other quadrupeds objectionable. But I remember our childhood when walking on the street with all of Newfoundland, Collie, Saint Bernard Dog, Shepherds and Airedales. Perhaps it was the most popular breeds, which I saw while constantly. And there were a lot of dogs.
And now, when I go somewhere and walk to European cities, I was struck by that people walk the dog, and it's the big dogs, not small. It evokes nostalgia and want to be and we have those times back.
In addition, it is not necessary to have a purebred dog, mongrel often smarter and more interesting:
Also, there is a stereotype that the adult dog can not raise. It is not true. Yes, you can understand that feeling when your hands little fluffy ball, and then it grows into an adult dog before your eyes and you are together all the time. Yet adult dog to take sometimes is much better (at least you save a stray dog - this is the default). Small puppy - it's much more damage is permanent pools in the apartment, the cutting teeth and the defeat of the apartment. An adult dog is much quieter and it is always possible to raise. The only thing that does not give in to training - is the alpha gene, he found it very, very rare.
And with older cats and do everything much easier. They are already accustomed in the toilet and the daily routine, have formed the character and appearance (which is important if you want someone fluffy and active or vice versa smooth coat and relaxing). Animal, most likely, will be sterilized, as well as all the necessary vaccinations will be made:
When you see a kitten, it is difficult to resist its mantle, but it has grown-up handsome men have to win love:
You walk through the corridor and shelter at the same time there are barking dogs 150! they bark for various reasons - some guards, someone asked someone for the company.
Someone does not bark - all different in nature. Someone even guests not very interesting and it otlozhivaetsya under the table:
A dog in the shelter at any time can go out through a special passage:
The shelter also hang pictures of animals who have left home to live, and their happy owners. The nearest exhibition, which was held on March 26th, a dog left home: Ball, Teddy, Rum, Honey, Lyusya, Faye, Rumba, Bounty.
And cats: Dania, Danube, Nanda, Lexi, Pelsh, Valdis, Abama, Romeo, as well as cats with overexposure: Tikhon, the Marseillaise, Knight, Bonita, Brandy Bentley, Olaf, Moore Moussya Fart.
But this does not mean that you can take an animal only with the show! You can come to the shelter and meet animals in person.
What can help a shelter?
Shelter volunteers are always needed. For example, the exhibition on March 26 to 100 volunteers worked without them, this exhibition would not have become possible. Volunteers are needed for socialization of dogs and communicating with them (as I have said, many live their whole lives in a shelter), for walks with the dogs, as well as for the less romantic work - cleaning cages and in the territory. For example, during our visit, I saw volunteers fix problems with sewage.
You can also become a curator of animal - to communicate with him, to know all about it and be the public relations manager of the particular cats and dogs, to tell everyone about it, advertise and do everything so that it quickly found a home. You can also take the animals to their overexposure.
But it is not necessary to live in St. Petersburg and have a lot of free time to help these animals. You can transfer money to feed and the content of the dogs and cats from every corner of Russia and the world.
Shelter exists only on donations (a charitable organization), but I can not even imagine how the shelter prokarmlivayut a horde of dogs, they eat 3 tons of dry food.