“We put on the paws even hopeless ...” Interviews with owners of the shelter Republic Friend
The organizers of the Moscow Region answer frankly difficult WikiPet questionsCenter for the rehabilitation of homeless animals "Republic Friend" Irina Serebryanaya and Igor Molokov.
pictured: logo of the Republic Friend friend shelter
How old is the Center? Tell us about the story of its creation.
In 2003, Irina found a shoe box on the street. There are 4 puppies in it. They tried to attach - it did not work. So they stayed with us. This is where it started. At first they helped other volunteers. Money, hands, a car. Pretty quickly they began to take on the salvation of those in need. Gained experience, skills, acquired acquaintances among volunteers, veterinarians, dog handlers, etc. The concept of the Rehabilitation Center finally took shape about ten years ago.
And also, dogs from the shelter "Republic friend" know how to pose well :)
What is a rehabilitation center today?
We take animals from the street, conduct medical and behavioral rehabilitation and look for a new home for them.
Funding is carried out at the expense of the creators and charitable donations. The center now exists on the basis of our cottage and house territory. This is a serious limitation of opportunities, and our plans include the creation of a separate property complex for the full-fledged activity of the Center. We are looking for this land and financing.
Now the Center has more than 84 dogs and about 20 cats.
Most animals have complex fates. More than 30 of our wards are spinal athletes, that is, animals with spinal injuries, paralyzed limbs ...
How do animals get to you?
This is a favorite question of those who would like to give us a selected dog / cat.
Wards come to us in different ways. We pick up someone ourselves, find someone in the network space and decide: we take responsibility for the fate of the animal. There are times when people helping our pets ask them to help with something in difficult situations with their animals.
We do not have strict rules for the selection of “Republicans”, but one rule forced us to learn life, and we follow it implicitly. We never react to appeals such as: "The dog is in trouble, I can’t help with anything, save it, otherwise it will die!". You can always help an animal, there would be a desire. But we do not encourage Kindness at the expense of others, and we will not encourage it. We receive such requests several times a day.
In fairness, we note that there are many reverse situations: a person picked up a downed dog, wants to help, but does not know how. In such a situation, we are always ready to suggest, share experience, help avoid mistakes, provide possible support. The stories of such "advisory" help are already several dozen.
Who are they and what are your wards?
They are all different: dogs and cats, old age and puppies with kittens, healthy and not so, purebred and purebred nobles. What unites them is that they turned out to be unnecessary. And one more thing: our pets are united by benevolence and a cheerful attitude to life.
pictured: smile dogs of the Respublika Drug shelter
You are in Chernogolovka near Moscow. What cities and even countries bring pets to you. Who helps them with this?
Almost from the whole territory of the former USSR. Helpful people help. And each case is unique.
How many animals are in the center now? How complex are they?
Today we have 82 dogs and 16 cats.
in the photo: cats from the Republic Friend shelter
How complicated are they?
As a rule, we get the most difficult animals for medical and / or behavioral indications. Only spinalniks we have now - 24 dogs and 3 cats. Only disabled dogs (we call them special) can study the geography of the USSR.They come to us from Uzbekistan, Abkhazia, North Ossetia, Dagestan, Sochi, Armavir, Taganrog, Rostov, the Urals ... Why? Yes, everything is simple: we already have extensive experience working with heavy animals. We even put spinalniks on their paws.
pictured: spinal dogs from the Republic Friend friend shelter
Tell us about the fundraising mechanism for the treatment of animals? How transparent is “accounting”?
The center exists at the expense of the creators, over time donations from philanthropists have been added. At some point, we realized that our own resources were exhausted, and there were a lot of animals that needed help. Then they decided to seek help from animals via the Internet. We do not collect money for food or other running expenses such as vaccination or tick treatment. As a rule, we turn for help in situations of necessary large expenses for treatment.
Financial reports are laid out on our resources in social networks in the public domain and for the most part their balance is negative. That is, expenses exceed revenues. This means that the costs were funded by the creators.
What is the staff of the Center? Do you have a lot of volunteers, volunteers?
Four workers plus two creators. There are not many voluntary assistants, but they are all wonderful.
How are family pets sought after?
Through all available means of communication. Internet, media, announcements, word of mouth. Our “Show of well-bred dogs” stands apart. We bring this project to life with the help of a highly qualified dog handler. Already conducted a training course for 12 selected dogs. This is a general training course plus the Obedient Dog in the City course. The training lasted 5 months and ended, as it should be, with a graduation ball called "The Show of Raised Dogs". The event across the city turned out to be noticeable. Proud and well-mannered pets showed their skills.
How far from Chernogolovka can the “fate” of the wards “abandon”? In which countries do animals from the rehabilitation center live now? Do you keep in touch with their new owners?
USA, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, all of Russia from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok and Astrakhan. We take the pets to the new house personally (with rare exceptions). We maintain a connection with the new owners. And remotely and visit personally, but without intrusiveness. With many owners, we really became friends.
Speaking in the language of numbers ... How many animals managed to help find a chance to start a new life?
With our help, more than 500 animals have found a new home. Separately, we take into account attached spinalniks (6 dogs) and former spinalniks (1 dog and 4 cats).
On the photo: ward of the shelter Republic friend
We thank Irina Serebryany and Igor Molokova for an interesting conversation, as well as for the help they provide to the homeless, abandoned and sick animals. We hope for further cooperation, we will continue to support the activities of the Center for the rehabilitation of homeless animals "Republic Friend". Moreover, there are wards there who are treated more than once by WikiPet journalists.