Serbia: Introducing ‘Shelter Alex’.

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We want to ask you please to review the info here about Alex shelter; and if there is any way you can help.

Alex was originally founded as EPAR FRIEND shelter by SAV principal member Slavica – read more on her at:  – just scroll down quite a long way until you come to “Dr. Medicine Slavica Mazak Bešlić – Subotica, Serbian Republic”.


From 2010, Alex shelter was known as (EPAR) FRIEND shelter.

Here are a few SAV links from the past about this:

During this time the shelter was run by Slavica Mazak Beslic.

Now the shelter has been renamed as no kill shelter is ‘ALEX shelter’.  

Today it is run by a lady Mrs. Adriana Nadj; this has been the case since 2010. She acts alone with big help by her boyfriend – that is great, but very difficult.

It was the first ‘no kill’ dog shelter in Serbia, founded in 2003. So this shelter has a long history and was involved with the original formation of SAV in England.  As you can see from the above links, the shelter and SAV go back many years.

The shelter has a historical meaning for Serbia. There were up to 1000 stray dogs living there; some of which were re-homed and some which died at the shelter by natural death.

There are currently around 500 dogs at the shelter.

Past history – further reading:

The shelter was opened on 18.01.2003.

At the time, Subotica legally permitted euthanasia of dogs and on Fridays, people could bring their dogs to be euthanized for free. The shelter couldn’t allow this, so people from the shelter took those dogs and carried them to the shelter instead. This was the first no-kill shelter in Serbia. Its goal is protection of animals and the environment. The shelter covers the area of 12000m2 + an additional land of app. 3600m2 next to the shelter which Adrijana received as a gift to expend the shelter.

The shelter has 500 dogs, all spayed and neutered. Around 70% of the dogs are old (some have been in the shelter since 2003/2004). Old dogs often lose control of their legs or suffer from an illness of some internal organ.

The shelter currently does not have sponsors to cover medical costs. It is now looking for donations and / or sponsors to help with costs.

Small boxes at the shelter contain up to six dogs grouped by personality, to prevent fights. Dogs are also spread across six fields, also grouped by personality, around 10-20 dogs are on the fields. Each field also has a small pond. There are few covered boxes, which contain dogs known for attempting to jump over the box walls. The small boxes and the fields require repair of old covers and installation of new covers, to provide shade.

Since it was founded, the shelter has helped thousands of dogs, rescued, adopted and treated them. Dogs can only be adopted after a mandatory inspection of its potential new home. Adoption is not possible if the owner intends to keep the dog on a chain. Adoption also comes with a mandatory contract. In case the dog is found to be in inadequate conditions, the dog is taken back to the shelter. The owner is also allowed to return the dog to the shelter at any time.

The shelter is funded exclusively by donations, which are not regular or reliable. The City of Subotica currently only provides a free garbage dumpster.

Even though the shelter was officially registered in 2004, the state is requesting that the shelter re-registers to adjust to new regulations. 

The shelter also purchased a van to carry food three times a week from the nearby factory and the fuel costs vary between 8000 and 10000 RSD. Electricity costs are around 15000 RSD per month. 

The shelter requires building materials, cleaning supplies, food (granules and canned food, salami, bread, etc), blankets, fleas/ticks products and money to cover the vet costs, bills, etc.

For foreign donations:
“Alex Subotica”
Titogradska 53, Subotica, Serbia
IBAN : RS35160005400001012292
or via paypal/credit card:  

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SAV commentPlease help the shelter in any way you can; thank you.

In the past the shelter has also been home to ‘Klementina’ the pig, who was given as a sick and injured animal to the shelter to be killed and given as meat to the dogs.  NO WAY was this going to happen; instead we pulled out all the stops to help get Klementina as good as she could be.

We recorded this at:

Once she had been given veterinary treatment she was a very happy pig as you can see from the following link:

Today there is a Facebook site for the shelter  

Here you can get information and see lots of pictures of the dogs.

Please help in any way you can.  Things are currently difficult for shelters as we are constantly being forced to take action against the regional authorities who are NOT providing the facilities and shelters for animals that they should.

The events of today (10/12/14) are so very typical.  Read more about this at

Thank you all for your continued help and support for the animals in Serbia.  We are also doing what we can here at SAV in England, along with jean at SOS for Serbian Animals:

The fight is a very long and hard one for Serbian animals – but we never give up – WE WILL WIN for them !

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