Dear Animal Friends
This is a call the AFC Network Against Animal Abandoning is sending out in order
to rescue the remaining dogs of the rescue center Spirit in Zagreb, Croatia.
The situation is very serious! For many years Spirit without hesitation rescued
dogs from Croatia's streets, but now the veterinary inspection ordered the
closure of this compound and the inevitable eviction is February 13, 2011. The
reason for this is that Spirit does not satisfy legal conditions for an animal
shelter and is located within a residential area. However, it has to be
mentioned that in the beginning the shelter was alone in that area and the
residential area developed around it during the years.
Some 150 dogs are now in danger but we are hoping that the number will be
As head of the project Network Against Animal Abandoning it is of course of
greatest importance for us to avoid the forced euthanasia, which is the threat
right now. This is why we are sending out the alert.
Please help, if you can, in any possible way to save the lives of these dogs, by
finding them a home or place to be, may it be in another shelter or even at a
friend's or relative's loving home. There is no more grateful dog than a rescued
one - s/he never forgets!
You may wonder why other Croatian shelters do not take in some of the dogs?
We have many other dog shelters in and around Zagreb, all over Croatia, who do a
lot, rescue and re-home numerous dogs and cats every year. But unfortunately
also they are at the limit of their allowed capacities and cannot take in dogs
This is the contact to the SPA "Spirit":
Monika Potocki (president)
Mobile: +385 95 87 17 053
Plus the Austrian volunteers from Dogs Voice, here you can speak to Edith
Illmaier who engages a lot for the dog shelter Spirit:
http://www.dogs-voice.com/ her email
Please do not hesitate to contact Edith or Monika directly and offer help to
rescue any of the dogs, if you have the possibility do to so. Their days are
Thank you so much!
The Network Against Animal Abandoning was founded on June 15, 2008 and is an
Animal Friends' project with the aim of networking organizations, individuals
and institutions to work on the issues of animal abandoning and their homing. It
is open towards all associations, civic initiatives, managers of animal
shelters, representatives of urban and communal administrations, and individuals
who are willing to contribute to the program of adoption and prevention of
abandoning animals. The Network has over 50 members, among them animal
protection organizations and lots of individuals, while it has the support of
the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishery and Rural Development. Membership is free
and everone that cares about animal protection can become a member.
With best regards,
Network Against Animal Abandoning
Animal Friends Croatia