Whilst in Serbia we went to the opening day of the horse sanctuary 'Staro Brdo' . Here are of the adults modeling their posh shiny new headcollars thanks to KM Elite Products !
It was amazing to see the horses we rescued with your help! Some of the oldies looked VERY old but others surprised us! Drava and Arap are in worse condition than originally thought but they appear to be in high spirits so we hope for the best.
6 Horses Saved from Slaughter
We ran an appeal & were amazed & delighted that our it touched so many caring people & that we were able to save 6 'golden oldie' horses from a horrible fate.
Vote for us to win Charity of the Year!
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WE HAVE A POTENTIAL DISASTER. Some of our Serbian contacts have been leaked a document that shows the Serbian government is trying to make a dramatic amendment to theAnimal Welfare Act that would allow them to kill ANY dog within 15 days of discovering it!! INCLUDING DOGS IN PRIVATE SHELTERS WITH HOME OFFERS. This is beyond TERRIFYING. If this goes through we could lose ALL our dogs, and the document includes a 'goal' of 80,000 dogs.
We cannot let this happen!!! We will mount a major campaign over the coming days, but to start with PLEASE SIGN and SHARE this petition! We need 30,000 signatures by FRIDAY 27/3/2015 #stopthemassacre #FindARealSolution
UPDATE: We won - for now... The proposed amendments will NOT go through in the current form.
Petplan Animal Charity Awards
We have been nominated for THREE awards at this year's Petplan and ADCH Animal Charity Awards!
We have been nominated as Animal Charity Team Of The Year, and volunteers Jovana Ivastanin and Lisa Holt-Jones have both been deservedly nominated as Animal Charity Volunteer of the Year!
We have no idea who nominated us so we'd like to send a HUGE thank you to whoever you are!
We have more sad news to report, one of Jelena's long-term residents, Travolta, died. Travolta was a shelter favourite and SFP sponsor dog. He was a distemper survivor and the distemper left him with nerve damage that meant he 'danced' around the shelter all day as a member of the loose pack.
Sadly a fight broke out and tragically Travolta was killed. Serious dog fights are a very rare occurrence at the shelter, but sadly on this rare occasion it proved fatal for poor Travolta. RIP wobbly, grumpy, lovely boy.
We have some sad news residents and sponsor dogs, Cuki, has died Cuki was old, and his agression meant it hadn't been possible to vet check him on a regular basis. He appeared healthy, he was eating and drinking and barking as normal, but we can't be sure he didn't have an 'unseen' condition. The horrific drop in temperature on the night he died was -15. The night before that was -19.
At Home Magazine Article
Ask the Doctor with Dr Christian Jessen.
Thames Path Challenge
Here at SFP HQ we would like to say thank you to Douglas Shaw. In September Douglas ran the Thames Path Challenge*, a unique endurance challenge, covering an impressive 25 km. He raised a magnificant £375 for paws. Thank you!
*Would you like to follow suit and take up an action challenge? or raise funds for SFP? Check out our Donate page for more info!
We used to let all the puppies from Jelena's shelter run out each day so that they get to socialise, play and just be puppies! A couple of days after our return to England some evil person decided they didn’t like the puppies saying ‘hi ‘ when they walking by so they put poison down. Needless to say we lost some puppies as well as some adult dogs in the most horrible way imaginable. Since then, Jelena has been too scared to let the puppies out again. We feel its crucial for their socialisation as well as well being to be able to run around and play so we’ve had a plan.
We’d love to build a puppy run! 50 meters by 15 metres, giant enclosure that the workers could check out for poison and foreign objects, before letting the puppies out to play. Not only would the puppies be able to play but after a couple of hours of playtime we could for the first time ever start allowing the adult dogs out without a lead. They will learn what its like to chase a ball and be able to run and play, something they haven’t been able to do since coming to the shelter. Some of the shelter dogs have been there for 10 years now and it would be lovely to give them a chance to go out in small groups and share the exercise area, roll in the grass, basically enjoy all aspects of being a dog!
We have spoken to a couple of welders and the quote we have been given is 2000e which is about £1600. It’s a lot of money, especially with all the commitments we already have but we really feel that it would make such a difference to the dogs that we felt it was worth asking you to help us make this dream a reality!
Could you help? Maybe you’re good at baking cakes and can sell some at work? Or maybe you need to clear out your garage and do a car boot sale? Or you’ve always wanted to climb Ben Nevis and are ready to be sponsored now?
If you’d like to donate towards this goal, please click here: PUPPY APPEAL OR donate using any method on our Donate Page
Pennies for the Paw
Pennies for the Paw in Portsmouth returned for a second year. Despite the blustery weather everyone had a great time with the 6km sponsor walk, fun dog show, stalls and have a go agility. An impressive £2,300 was raised. Thank you to Robyn and all the team for all their hard work.
Direct Debit Big Break
Thank you to everyone which voted for Serbias Forgotten Paws. We are pleased to announce that WE WON £2,000! Special thanks to Lisa, one of our super volunteers, for all her hard work in reaching this goal.
Grand Union Challenge
A number of the paws team took part in the 'Grand Union Challenge' 50km walk from London to Watford!
Thank you to Adam Mackenzie, Daniele Dos Santos Chauvin, Sabrina Lotz & Jovana Ivastanin for your amazing effort, you deserve a rest now!
Total raised was £2,000. All money will be spent on providing the necessities such as food for 350+ dogs and puppies at Jelena's shelter.
London Pet Show
Since our registered charity status we were able to have a stall at the London Pet Show, Earls Court. Headed by Sarah Shepherd and a fantastic like minded team of volunteers visitors were able to ask questions and even meet some of the SFP resuce dogs!
We're a Charity!
We have some truly WONDERFUL news for you all!! Serbia's Forgotten Paws is now officially a REGISTERED CHARITY!
We are now Charity Reg Number 1156501.
This is, obviously, absolutely fantastic news for us. Aside from legitimising us as an organisation (all our finances and spending will now be monitored by a team of trustees and will be a matter of public record), it will open doors in terms of corporate support, we can now claim Gift Aid on all your donations, we are now tax deductable (so you can declare us on your returns) AND we can now get a text donation number/JustGiving accounts etc etc.
It will take us a little while to get our heads around all of the admin and potential opportunities, so please do bear with us! However, please DO let us know of anything we should/could be doing. This is all new territory for us, so all wisdom is welcome
As per the Charity Commission's requirements we will now be launching a membership drive (all will be explained in due course) and in the future we are required to hold regular general meetings for all members to attend.
HUGE thanks to David Shepherd for patiently wading through all the paperwork and laboriously answering all the Charity Commission's Qs. This was not an easy task by any means and has taken almost 9 months to complete!!
This is an emotional day for us all, and we are completely overwhelmed with excitement. But we - Serbia's Forgotten Paws - can now really look to the future and to having a serious, long-lasting, positive impact of the lives of strays in Serbia.
As always, thank you all for your unending support,with out our supporters we could not go on.
The SFP Team
EMERGENCY APPEAL The Irig Container Dogs
On the 12th January we were made aware of a terrible situation and we needed to urgently help 30 dogs.
The dogs were living in a metal container in the middle of the Serbian countryside in a place called Irig. The metal container was apparently being used as an official 'shelter' for street dogs, when in reality it was more like a rubbish skip.
The crate was unmanned and the dogs were locked inside with no food or water. They were living and sleeping on straw which was rarely changed and so was soaked in urine and faeces. The reality of the situation hit us: these dogs were not being cared for at all - they were being left to die cheaply in secret squalor out of public view. This was confirmed by the discovery of a mass grave containing the bodies of around 20 dogs.
On the 13th January, with the help of our Serbian volunteers, we began to get the dogs out, and over the following two days we successfully rescued ALL the Irig Death Container Dogs. Several of the dogs are pregnant, others have injuries from the fighting that will inevitably break out with so many dogs being shoved into such a confined space. Many dogs also have injuries sustained before their arrival, which have gone untreated.
This is a huge emergency, so several small groups across Europe and the USA have banded together to ensure the future of these dogs:Serbia’s Forgotten Paws, SOS for Serbian Animals, Tierschutz Sonneand The Harmony Fund have all come together to try and provide financial help for the Irig Death Container Dogs.
We URGENTLY need every single penny you can spare to fund vital medical care, spaying and neutering and boarding kennel fees for these poor dogs. The basics such as food, chipping, flea treatments and vaccinations will also be included in helping these poor dogs make a full recovery and find their forever homes with the help of the volunteers in Serbia who rescued them.
Once ALL the dogs have been removed from the container, further legal action will be taken to try and ensure the closure of this death container so no more dogs have to suffer.
It is with heavy heart we have some very sad news, Sebastian, who was rescued as a youngster in December 2002 has suddenly passed away He showed no illness and appeared well the previous day. Due to being a little unpredictable with people, he was chosen as one of your 'Sponsor Dogs'. By being one of the chosen few sponsor dogs he got to receive extra treats and toys on regular basis that made his life a little more enjoyable at the shelter. Thank you everyone who has sponsored Sebastian over the last couple of years. RIP Sebastian
EMERGENCY at Sasha's shelter
Thank you everyone who has signed and shared the petition HERE and those of you that responded to our #savesashasdogs photo appeal.
With just 3 days until the city takes action, please keep on sharing both the petition and the video, found HERE
The more attention we get , the more likely it is that the city of Nis will feel pressured to at least extend Sasha's stay!
Sasha's 450 dogs days are numbered, unless you help us put a stop to their eviction!
The city of Nis has issued an order stating that the dogs must be moved from the shelter within 15 days (19th of December) or they will be collected and taken away by the dog catchers. For once, the dog catchers are on our side, they have nowhere to place 450 dogs but they will have no choice but to collect them.
These dogs have done nothing wrong. Most have suffered terribly in the hands of men and have found their sanctuary at Sasha’s but now that is under threat and must do something to save them!
A petition is being created by one of Sasha’s main supporters, The Harmony Fund, USA that we will ask you to sign and share as soon as it is ready. We, along with SOS for Serbian Animals, Tierschutz Sonne, Puppy Rescue Belgium and Straydogs Belgium are busy writing letters to all those involved in making the decision and being able to change it but we desperately need your help and need it now!
For a template objection letter together with where to email it click here and follow the instructions.
For more information on how you can help please take a look at the facebook post