Friday, 15 August 2014

Paws for a cause – Serbia's Forgotten Paws
Formed in 2012 by a group of positive and determined volunteers from across the UK, Serbia's Forgotten Paws aims to improve the lives and welfare of the dogs and cats in two Serbian shelters, as well as neutering strays across the country. The first shelter, based in Nis, has over 350 dogs in its care. The second shelter is in Mislodjin, and provides care to around 80 dogs.

While there are groups and individuals who already assist with the provision of food, vaccinations,
kennels, and care of dogs and cats in Serbia, the volunteers of Forgotten Paws, motivated by the powerful images and distressing stories of Serbia’s strays online, felt they could make a huge difference by improving these animals' quality of life.

Primarily, the hope is to rehome as many animals as possible through adoption in the UK and Europe.
For those animals that are unable to be rehomed, Forgotten Paws hopes to improve their living conditions. The volunteers are busy raising funds to purchase land around the two sites to allow the construction of warm, safe, permanent enclosures, where the dogs can interact with each other and with their human carers.

Forgotten Paws also hopes to raise awareness in the UK and beyond of the terrible cruelty faced by
animals in Serbia, and to encourage the Serbian government to improve the current situation.

If you would like to learn more about the work of Forgotten Paws, adopt or sponsor a dog, or other ways you can help, why not visit the website.

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