Friday, 29 August 2014

ARIELA - 1 year old female crossbreed - on death row in Croatia

This is the gorgeous Ariela.

 Ariela was found in the streets in Croatia and got taken into the shelter by one of our lovely volunteers. Ariela would have had a dangerous life before, fighting for scraps of food and drops of water every day, living in fear of being attacked by other dogs and also humans. She has so far been overlooked in the kennels - most likely because she is black. Ariela is a great dog, loves children and other dogs, and all she is hoping for is a secure future with a family she can call her own, a safe place with ample food and water, cuddles and some basic training. Can you give her this home?

 Stray and abandoned dogs in Croatia are often brutally treated and abused.  A life on the streets is a miserable existence with the danger of starvation, being run down by cars (frequently deliberately), violence at the hands of people or other dogs and and suffering due to disease and lack of treatment but the dog who is picked up and taken to the pound has only 60 days and then by Croatian law they must be killed. 

However, we are fortunate enough in this kill shelter to have a resident vet who is also the manager as part of our network of animal rescuers.  He tries to get the dogs adopted and extends their time to do so but if the local city hall should order him to kill those who have reached their 60 days in the pound the law can't be resisted. This law is not the only danger of death in this pound, overcrowding is sometimes the cause of death and injury due to fights. 

The vet does his best with the limited resources available, local volunteers are recruited to come and walk the dogs on a Saturday afternoon. This is the only time of the week the dogs can leave the pens and there can be long periods when the walks are not possible and due to the ratio of dogs to volunteers some will not get exercised at all. 

These dogs have basic care but they suffer in the pound from stress, boredom, fear and sadness. They are all desperate to get out of their prison and be loved and part of a family.

DEFRA compliant for travel
Vaccinated: yes
Neutered: yes
Treated for fleas and worms: yes
Microchipped: yes
EU passport: yes
Weight: 11.8kg
Age: 1 year
Located: Beli Manistir pound