NGOs ask for money all the time. But where is this money really going? Transparency is at the heart of JETA: Tier und Mench’s work and unlike large organizations, we have very little overhead. And – you can decide where to direct your money!
Read on to learn more about our programs.
A bitch and her puppies can give birth to 67,000 dogs in just six years. (Source). In Albania there are around 2,000 to 10,000 stray dogs per town and between 4,000 and 5,000 in Durres alone. Cat populations are even more difficult to assess.
To cope with such a number, it is imperative to set up aggressive castration programs, called CNVR (Catch / Neuter / Vaccinate / Release).
VStether animal humane
NOTeucrer the animal
Vaccinant (Rage and Versatile)
Rbringing the animal back to where it was found
CNVR is the most humane and efficient way to stabilize the wandering population (ie reduce new births and manage the health of the current population); lower costs (fewer dogs / cats equals fewer medical crises, fewer mouths to feed and fewer puppies needing shelter at project sites); reduce complaints from residents and alleviate public health problems.
If we hold back the population, we can begin to tackle some of the deepest cultural issues in Albania that create such a dangerous place for animals. Educational programs focused on responsible pet ownership; encourage a more progressive and respectful animal culture; policy / legal changes regarding cruelty and mistreatment of animals (example of mistreatment and similar case to Fier on July 13); and increasing opportunities for veterinarians are badly needed. But, CNVR has to come first.
At the CNVR a dog costs 6,805 ALL (around 55 euros). And while the state receives funds for it, it has become clear that they are not using the funds as promised. In addition, it is difficult to find international organizations that will grant money to Albania. We are extremely grateful to the partners who do this and hope to find even more funders for this essential work. In the meantime, private donors can make a huge difference!
For more information on castration, visit The humanitarian society.
Maintenance of project sites
CNVR programs naturally entail the need for shelter. If the animal is too young, needs time to heal, or exhibits behaviors that indicate that it has already had an outbreak but has been abandoned and therefore would not survive on the street, JTUM keeps the animal on. one of our project sites until it is adopted. (Currently we only have dog sites, so try to find foster homes for cats that cannot be released.) Unfortunately, adoptions are extremely rare in Albania and our sites remain full. As more and more people find out about our work, the number of abandoned dogs on our sites increases.
There are smaller shelters in Vranisht /Vlora but our biggest refuge is in DurrÃ«s, which previously served as a dumping ground that JTUM negotiated with the city to take over. Unfortunately, this site is extremely problematic and requires constant renovations, which the city should pay for but does not. In addition, they continue to throw garbage there despite the protests.
In addition to the maintenance of the physical sites, we also feed and care for the dogs under our supervision. If you wish to sponsor, welcome or adopt one of our dogs, do not hesitate to contact us!
Creation of a Veterinary Clinic with Sanctuary in Fier
Considering the problems of the Durres site and the refusal of the city to respect their part of the agreement, it is more efficient to create our own sanctuaries. We are planning to build our first vet clinic and our first shelter near Fier to be closer to one of our vets. The goal is to complete the most important part of the clinic by the end of 2022 and to expand as funds become available. Please contact us if you have land or resources to donate for clinics.
Feed the stray animals
A 20kg bag of dog food costs around 2,800 ALL (23 euros). The volunteers regularly feed the stray dogs and cats and we need both human and financial help to increase this work.
Large population. Limited funds. Few organizations without government support. The result? A heartbreaking number of emergencies. Larger, better funded organizations regularly refer people to our organization for help. The truth is, without funds for these cases, we are forced to turn them down. This is perhaps the most difficult part of our job and that is why we insist on the work of the CNVR in order to decrease the number of emergencies.
Helping Albanian Animal Lovers
When funds are available and a responsible Albanian pet owner needs help with a vet bill, we help. We also employ Albanians to take care of our sites and believe that the economic empowerment of the Albanian people is a key part of the solution for a happier and healthier Albania for all.
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