Serbia: Some Great News From Danica – September ‘Felix’ Shelter News.

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Hi all;

Here below you will find the latest (September) information from Danica at shelter ‘Felix’ in Serbia, which provides a forever home to cats which originally endured a life on the streets as strays.  This is a message of hope and generosity, and it proves that despite all the animal abuse stories which we unfortunately attempt to inform people about – good people, better people, there are sometimes silver linings to dreams – and this is one such (in the words of Danica) “futile and hopeless” situation which now, via a more than kind donation by a supporter, somewhere (who wishes to remain anonymous) – the entire rof at the shelter can now be replaced.  Now the cats will have somewhere safe and warm to spend their winter this year.

We cannot thank the generosity of this anonymous donor enough in bringing the shelter back from the brink, as you will see in Danica’s letter below.  So a massive ‘Thank You’ to whoever the good Samaritan is, someone who has literally saved so many lives.

I love the statement by Danica at the end of her message:

“‘It’s impossible’, said pride. ‘It’s risky’, said experience. ‘It’s pointless’, said reason.

‘Give it a try’, whispered the heart.”

Even if you have tried and your work brings you back no dividends, you have given ‘it’ a try – and that is the main thing.

Remember the words of Edmund Burke – “Evil Flourishes When Good Men Do Nothing?”

Enjoy Danica’s message of hope and very good people;

Mark – SAV Founder.

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FELIX

DANICA’S MESSAGE For September:

Enjoy watching all the cats in the following videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4bIEwc11r8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BWuPPDz8Fc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZ5Tqg9lPAk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43Zb32dEtNo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4EcdmUCp4s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH1dDl6cPXU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKqsDvb-ge4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arVkRRgQ4nk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTbJkGoe-Hc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXbc-HWt_a0

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Frankly, a couple of weeks ago, when we published our latest update on the shelter repairs desperately pleading for help, things were bad to say the least and the overall situation seemed rather futile and hopeless. With 117 living beings to take care of every single day, with many sick kitties in need of vet care, medicine, special food, with a pile of unpaid bills and living under the shadow of the constant threat of the roof caving in, we literally hit the wall and there were no solutions to our problems anywhere in sight.  We were already giving up hope that the horribly damaged roof of the auxiliary cat rooms would be replaced before the onset of winter, as raising the $4,000 needed for the roof replacement sounded like science fiction, no matter what we tried.

When nothing goes as planned, I guess that people inevitably begin to question themselves.

Did we bite off more than we could chew? Is the idea of maintaining a cat sanctuary in Serbia totally unrealistic?

What are we doing wrong? Is there a point to posting yet another appeal for help if dozens of similar ones have passed almost unnoticed?

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Watching all of the shelter kitties lying around, carefree and relaxed, blissfully oblivious to the dangers ahead was truly heartbreaking.  Lulled into a false sense of security in their home, they had no idea that their fairytale existence could be cut short at any time and I somehow felt I had betrayed them, offering  and promising them safety I obviously could not provide.  I’ve been at my wit’s end for months now trying to find a way to get all of the kitties plus the shelter through another winter unharmed, but time was running short and each new day was just bringing bigger worries…

And then, when things were at their darkest and there was almost no hope left, a gift of incredible kindness and generosity from the other end of the world restored my faith in humanity. I’m thrilled to share the best news ever, the news that stunned me and left me breathless – a wonderful lady who wishes to remain anonymous sent us the entire amount of money needed to replace the roof!

The massive repairs will begin as soon as the weather permits and with a little luck, all of the Felix kitties will be warm and dry this winter!

They will still need food and vet care, and we’ll have to raise funds to buy gas for central heating, but our new roof, once finished, will certainly be able to bear the weight of snow and endure the upcoming winter and many more winters ahead. What a huge relief!

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There are no words to express our immense gratitude to this wonderful lifesaver of the Felix kitties, but also to all of our supporters who appreciate our work, share our appeals for help, contribute with their donations whenever they can and caringly show they believe in us! A huge thank you to all of you who are helping our dreams become a reality!

It takes a village to make a difference, I know, but with true friends like you, the sky is the limit!

And yes, we might be dreamers, but dreamers of a better future!

“‘It’s impossible’, said pride. ‘It’s risky’, said experience. ‘It’s pointless’, said reason.

‘Give it a try’, whispered the heart. “

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If you can give anything in the way of a donation to help with food or veterinary costs it will be very much appreciated.

Here are other links associated with the shelter:

PayPal button is on our blog:

http://novisadcats.blogspot.com/

and our website:

http://catshelterfelix.com/

Webshop:

http://www.cafepress.co.uk/catshelterfelix

Dinarske uplate: Felix-Felinolosko drustvo  355-1070729-96

 

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