October results

Here are our Group’s results for October and few pictures:

  • Programme “Shelter support”: we provided support to 9 shelters and 2 rescue groups supplying them with food, medication, cleaning products, dog and cat beds, and toys
  • Programme “Neutering”: we neutered 36 female cats, 3 male cats, 32 female dogs and 5 male dogs
  • Programme “Veterinary Treatment”: we paid for the treatment of 27 animals . The most notable cases this month were dog Parfusha (pictured) who was suffering from cataract and dog Zhuzha who was badly injured by car. Both have fully recovered
  • Programme “Education”: we conducted 60 lessons for 1273 children including lessons at a vegetarian food fair and case studies on how to help animals under the project “The school of good deeds”.
  • Programme “Education”: 500 adults completed the online educational course Designed for pet owners and shelter volunteers on the basics of animal care and dog and cat behaviour
  • Programme “Charitable Animal Taxi”: we conducted 75 trips including deliveries to shelters and transportation of 23 rescued animals from shelters to vet clinics and back.

Thank you very much to all those who support us! These are our joint efforts and results!

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Will you help us save these dogs from freezing this winter?

Will you help us save these dogs from freezing this winter? 

These dogs  live in a small private shelter based in a wooded area of Ryazan region (Central Russia). There are 60 dogs there. Private donations just about cover food and medical treatment for the dogs but no more than that. 

Dogs live in makeshift wooden kennels which are insulated by hay. It’s just about good enough for young and healthy dogs to survive severe cold weather which lasts for months.

But what about old or sick dogs, what about dogs recovering from an operation or treatment? They simply cannot survive in these conditions. 

This is what it’s like:

  • At the moment there is no room or any kind of facility in the shelter with heating in it. When dogs need an injection, volunteers prepare and administer the injections in their cars. Otherwise the medication will freeze.
  • Water supply is only available in the summer. In winter volunteers bring bottled water with them from home and use it very quickly before it freezes.
  • Dog food is too expensive and dogs need warm food in such cold weather. So volunteers cook meat based porridge for the dogs every day in large pans on an open fire.
  • Not to mention that volunteers themselves have to take refuge in their cars with the engine on in order to warm up and have a cup of tea.

We want to help these animals and their dedicated human helpers before it is too late. Winter is approaching fast in Russia. It’s already sub-zero temperatures there.

It costs £1,120 (=93,000 roubles) to buy a heated stand alone utility cabin (like a trailer on a construction site). Please help us reach this target! 

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Yukiko the fox

Yes, this is a Fox! Her name is Yukiko. She was bred for fur at a Russian fur farm.

Why does she have such an unusual coat?! Because she was bred especially to have this coat to meet the demands and tastes of customers who are prepared to pay more for an unusual colour and pattern. Yes, sadly that’s true.

Then while she was still a cub, someone bought her as an exotic pet/toy. When the novelty wore off, her owner decided to abandon her.

That’s how Yukiko found herself in a cat and dog shelter in Kaluga which we support.

She thinks she is a dog. She is completely tame, could never live in the wild, she likes playing with shelter dogs, walks on the lead and she gets a bit lonely because she sleeps alone in her kennel for her own safety. Not an easy one to rehome!

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How we helped Smoky, Brulle, Lera and Nochka

Here are some of the animals we recently helped. Beautiful cats – Smoky and blue eyed Brulle. Both arrived at our partner shelter in Kaluga in a terrible state.

Brulle took a long time to recover but now that she is feeling good and looking sleek again, she is ready to find a new and loving home. All that was left was to neuter her before she could be put up for adoption, so we helped Brulle by paying for that.

Smoky is not very socialised and we paid for her sterilisation on a TNR (trap, neuter, release) basis. But life in the street is very dangerous. Shelters have no choice other than to release some animals back because the space at the shelter is so tight and there are so few adoptions. But, while Smoky was recovering from her sterilisation op, a nice family saw her at the shelter and fell in love with her. Smoky has a new home and is now very friendly!

There are also two sisters -dogs Lera and Nochka. They were rescued when they were still pups. They must have been treated so badly before - they still don't trust people fully. They are happy at the shelter and well looked after but we hope that one day they will be able to trust a human again. Meanwhile we paid for their sterilisation to avoid any accidents at the shelter and to prevent nasty illnesses.

Thank you!

How the World Cup Is Killing Russia’s Stray Dogs

Our founder, Natalia Chumak, spoke with K9 Magazine about the upcoming FIFA World Cup and the work to save Russia’s stray dogs ahead of the games.

Across Russia, animal rescuers are fighting to save as many of the country’s stray dogs as the launch of the FIFA World Cup 2018 nears and fears grow that tens of thousands of dogs will lose their lives.

Sadly, it’s not the first time this has happened.

Many will remember the athletes who visited Sochi for the Winter Games and were appalled at what was happening to the city’s stray dogs and shared stories, photos and even fostered or rehomed dogs rescued from the wide-scale culling authorised by the local government. US stars Ali Fedotowsky (The Bachelorette) and Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy) also got involved, saving and fostering dogs.

This time however, animal rescuers working in the country fear that what’s happening now is on a far greater scale than the stray dog culling that happened in Sochi because Russia’s World Cup will host international football games in 11 locations across the country, with most of their local authorities working towards a target number of dogs to be captured and culled.

The World Cup is both directly and indirectly causing dogs to lose lives because of how the government wants the country to be perceived on the world stage.

“There are 11 locations for the World Cup. There are local government targets for the culling of the dogs in most of these cities. Some of these targets are directly connected with the World Cup, some are not.

"Where they are not, in some places the municipal authorities are more intent on executing the culls and meeting the targets because of the World Cup,” Natalia Chumak, who is the Founder and Trustee of a UK registered animal welfare charity LAPA (Helping animals in Russia), told us.

In Sochi alone, Natalia understands that the local authority is looking to target 3,500 stray dogs, “Unfortunately, there is a lot of deliberate cruelty against animals in Russia.

“The society is very polarised - whilst the animal welfare movement continues to grow and there are some amazingly dedicated and brave people there helping the animals, there are also people who deliberately target animals and kill them in very sadistic ways.

“I think it is fair to say that the World Cup culls have encouraged some of these individuals to do even more harm to the animals because they can see that killing is permissible.”
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School Year 2018

We have great news for you today! School year 2018/2019 in Russia is officially over and we would like to share with you the results of our educational programme.

 325 lessons6243 children reached (schoolchildren, pre-school and students) 34 schools and other educational facilities: 4 kindergartens, 28 schools (state and private), 1 university and 1 library

Nyusya and Chernichka, the sisters

Today we would like to share a story of two sisters – Nyusya and Chernichka (which means Blueberry in Russian). They are community dogs. Until recently they were having a reasonable life in the street but looked after by people who had created a shelter for them and fed and vaccinated them regularly. However, there is now a spike in cruel culls of dogs in Russia. The imminent World Cup  has given the authorities and dog-hunting groups an excuse to start killing thousands of dogs. 

Our long-term partner, a rescue group "MART", based in Pushkino in the Moscow region heard that there were going to be culls in their area. Nyusya and Chernichka were under threat. So the volunteers rescued them from the street, put them in a foster facility and are now looking for a more permanent arrangement for them. Meanwhile, we paid for their sterilisation. We wish the girls luck and happiness!

Sterilisation for Yasya

Yasya was found as a stray. She saw one of our volunteers and decided that she would follow her. Good girl! Yasya was only about 6 months old when she was found. She was still a kid – naïve and trusting. The volunteer just could not leave her behind which is how Yasya found herself in a foster home.  We paid for her sterilisation so that she can be adopted safely.



LAPA's birthday!

Today is a very important and emotional day for us. It is LAPA’s 5th Birthday! We registered LAPA as a charity in the UK and started work on 1 March 2013. At the end of September 2016 we also registered LAPA as a charity in Russia.

We would like to celebrate our birthday by sharing with you the results of our work over this 5 year period.

We have sterilised 1,962 animals.

Sterilisation stories

Today is International Spay Day. We would like to share with you one of our sterilisation stories. It is very typical for Russia and we think it explains very well why our work must go on.

There is a pack of stray dogs living on an abandoned industrial estate in Moscow region. They are fed by an old lady. Recently a group of volunteers started helping her. But the money is really tight. The dogs keep breeding and the pups usually die. The volunteers asked us to help them with getting the dogs sterilised. At the time there were 3 females – one had just given birth and the other two were about to get pregnant.

We paid for sterilising all 3 dogs. One of them, Anjechka (pictured), was adopted whilst she was recouperating from her op at the vet clinic. A lady who brought her own dog for a check up saw Anja and fell in love with her.

While catching and arranging for the dogs to be sterilised, the volunteers found an abandoned sweet little cat who had an ear infection! They could not just leave her there…

The cost of sterilising all three dogs (including their stay at the clinic) was £176 (=$246) . We initially budgeted £189 (=$265) for that so we spent the change on paying for the treatment of the cat (pictured). The cat got quickly rehomed and the new owners were able to pay for her sterilisation themselves.

So a happy ending!

Thank you for helping us help them. Please continue to support us so that we can carry on with our important work.