Monday, 11 August 2014

BUD - 2 year old male crossbreed - on death row in Croatia

This is beautiful Bud, a 2 year old male crossbreed on death row.

Bud has not had a nice life so far on the streets, with daily struggle to find food and shelter and being attacked by other dogs and even people. He is looking for his forever home, where he can relax in the knowledge that there is food and a safe place to put his head. He is looking for somebody to care for him and train him, so he can reward the person with loyalty and love. He will look at you with his adoring eyes, which say "Thank you!" every day. Bud is good with other dogs, people and even cats, as you can see.

Bud may not have much time left as his death date is approaching all to quick.  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.

Vaccinated: yes
Neutered: yes
Treated for fleas and worms: yes

Microchipped: yes
EU passport: yes

Weight: 21.2kg
Age: 2 years approx. 
Located: Beli Manistir pound