Monday, 1 September 2014

SILVER - 2.5 years old male Husky/Malamute cross - on death row in Croatia

Hi, I am Silver

I am a Husky-Malamute cross saved from the flood and also horrible owners. At first I was not okay with other dogs, I used to bite them but now I am great with them. I am about 2 and a half years old. A home with no small children would be better for me and an experienced owner would be preferable as I still need to do some work and will need some training and lots of exercise. I am not okay with cats as they trigger my chase instinct. I need what all working breeds do and that is mental and physical activity to keep them fit and happy. Could you be the person for me?

may not have much time left as his death date is fast approaching.  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. 2.5 years
Located: Beli Manistir pound