In the Croatian city of Dubrovnik, 300 dogs are still waiting for a municipal shelter, two years after Mato Franković, the new mayor, promised they would have one in less than 12 months.
The dogs live at the private Žarkovica Animal Shelter, on a mountainside just outside the beautiful medieval city where Game of Thrones was filmed. At Žarkovica, Sandra Sambrailo is taking care of the dogs until the new shelter is built. The problem is that Žarkovica is technically illegal. It lies on a UNESCO heritage site and the mayor is not allowed to supply it with electricity, water or proper buildings. The law forbids it and he would be fired if he helped.
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This means that every day Sandra and workers climb the steep mountain carrying food and water for 300 hungry dogs. New dogs arrive sick, wounded and hungry.
This is where Network for Animals comes in…
We help Žarkovica in every way we can. We pay for a worker to help Sandra; we help pay for spay and neuter programs and emergency medical care for the dogs. And we’ve been doing this for three years.
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Without us, the dogs of Žarkovica would have very little hope. Sandra is hanging on by a thread, she’s getting older, the weather is getting harsher, and the dogs ever more needy. Please help us today so we can continue to provide urgently-needed help.
There is some good news – Mayor Franković has found land to build the shelter and has commissioned architects to design it. He’s handed the project to Network for Animals, so our experts can make sure it meets the goal of making it one of the best shelters in Europe.
We’re working really hard, with the goal of helping the mayor start building within a few months. This is part of the crusade to help dogs around the world. We will help the mayor, we will help Žarkovica – all because we will do whatever it takes to help animals.
For the animals,
Brian and Gloria Davies (and Max and Flora!)
Founder and CEO
P.S. It’s really chilling when you think that 300 dogs depend on one woman’s love and on our financial support. It makes you think, doesn’t it? Please give generously to Network for Animals today, so that we make sure we don’t let them down.