Tuesday, 2 September 2014

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

Meet Dodo

DODO is a  Shepherd Cross around 2 years young. Also another victim of the flood who spent days in the water until he was rescued. He was very lucky to be alive. At first he was not very good with other dogs but after neutering and socialising he is great now. He can run in a large pack, play with pups and other dogs. He is also children friendly. He has a very bad life before. Before the floods he was a back yard dog who never went to walks or played with other dogs or had any nice memories so far. He was just a door bell and a thing that will keep foxes away. He was an object not a pet. Now, fully recuperated and socalised he is looking for a REAL furever home.

Dodo may not have much time left as his death date is coming round soon.  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

Age: approx. 2 years
Located: Beli Manistir pound