Certainly, the problem of homeless animals exists in many countries. And, unfortunately, the beautiful Montenegro isn’t an exception. The uncountable quantity of homeless animals on streets of the cities became a pressing public issue.
There are a few reasons for that:
Difficult financial situation of the population in general, lack of education for children and youth on responsible treatment and love towards animals in families and educational institutions, the disinterest of the state makes most people indifferent to this serious problem.
Statistics shows that the majority of homeless animals were domestic pets in the past. Animals are adopted when they are small and cute, and then thrown out on the streets when they grow up or get sick. They can be handed over to a municipal shelter, even simply left on the street when owner moves to another city or if they disturb the visiting tourists. Thoroughbred dogs often share the same fate, especially if the dog got sick.
The main problem is that many locals don’t know elementary rules of animal ownership, like the need for vaccination, training and care. Sick dogs and cats aren’t treated often even if their diseases are curable and don’t constitute danger to people. Veterinarians of local clinics confirm that “it is easier for many owners to take a new cute puppy or kitten than to treat the one they have”. As a result the streets of Montenegro are full of sick, severely disfigured animals, doomed for a lonely, hungry death.
The uncountable quantity of homeless animals is also caused by a lack of culture of pet sterilization for prevention of undesirable posterity among locals. In Montenegro the tradition dictates that sterilization of animals is a “sin” and “against nature”. Then, in order not to take the sin of murdering week-old kittens and puppies upon oneself, it is accepted to simply throw them out in garbage cans or leave along the roads in dense bushes.
The state doesn’t show any interest in this problem. The animal shelter promised by administration of the city Bar has never been opened. There are no precedents of criminal prosecution or administrative sanctions on accounts of animal abuse. There are no programs of sterilization of homeless animals, no obligatory chip implantation for pets, no public service advertising aimed at development of humane and responsible attitude towards domestic pets.
As a result hundreds of dogs and cats, including thoroughbred, are compelled to survive on their own and feed from trash cans.
In some cities they are caught and brought to municipal shelters, but in those cities where municipal shelters don’t exist (for example, in vicinities of. Bar), dogs and cats are simply poisoned with cheap yet effective pesticides. Numerous complaints to such facts of poisoning and appeals to police in search of perpetrators had no result. Cases of mass poisoning of homeless animals closely before and after the tourist season are especially frequent. Unfortunately, even domestic “home” dogs often get into these millstones.
It is difficult to make big changes in a country alone without support from society and the state.
So for this reason we ask for your help. Only together we will be able to change this world which now doesn’t give much hope and chance to these abandoned and lonely little faithful hearts.