Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Kosovo Shelter for Stray Dogs

It has come to my attention, courtesy of an email from two vets (Petra & Toni-Maree, who volunteer locally, taking time away from their work in the UK) that there is now a functioning animal shelter in Kosovo.  It has been awhile since I've heard any news about an organized animal shelter.  One might recall that there was a shelter a few years ago established in the village of Lapje Selo but due to lack of funding and interest, the population was put to sleep and the shelter was closed.  However, the Kosovo Shelter for Stray Dogs is open and running near Sllatine with two vets from New Zealand and two local animal advocates volunteering their time and efforts to combating the stray problem in Kosovo.  Veterinary services are only available when a traveling vet is present however. 
The shelter relies on donations from quiz nights at the Phoenix Bar and private donations from the community in addition to the donations of parts of the salaries of those working at the shelter.  The shelter is working on re-homing and sterilizing the stray dog population in Kosovo along with providing care and sterilization for privately owned dogs of the local and international community.  Information about how to donate can be found on the shelter's website.

The Kosovo Shelter for Stray Dogs can be contacted via email or by telephone at +377 44 126 439 or +377 44 199 061.  The shelter can be found by driving a bit past the old airport road and is called "Qendra Kosovare per Strehim dhe Trajnimin e Qeneve Endacak" in Albanian.