Serbia: Overdebt for Food, Medicine and Kennels! – Please Help Thank You.

Overdebt for food, medicine and kennels!

From the beginning of this year stray dogs in Bor are facing one of the hardest periods; Cruelly low temperatures of minus 20 degrees and lower, hungry, frozen, helpless and left to fend for themselves on the streets of the town where unfortunately most of the residents absolutely do not care about them … among that crowd of people who is considering  stray  dogs as the ‘ugly’ part of the city which they should get rid of, there are people like Joja.  

Many people know the story about this man of enormous heart, his daily sacrifice  and unselfish willpower to help every single injured stray at every moment. During this Siberian winter many dog houses for strays were taken, many of which have not yet been paid, large amounts of food from pet shop that was not paid, stray puppies have been  vaccinated, which was left unpaid,  a couple of stray females have been spayed, etc.. so much debts as usual, and it is necessary as soon as possible to settle them, so that we can continue our work ..

This fundraiser below caters for the shortfall for kennel, food fees and vet services, which we are not able to cover..

Every single person involved  makes a big difference.

There are no happy endings without your help! 


Please donate now to help – any amount helps no matter how small – Thank You.








Turkey: Genius Machine Feeds Stray Dogs In Exchange For Recycled Bottles.

SAV Comment – Seems like a great idea.  Especially if an additive could be put in the food also to effectively sterilise the animal.  We understand that this type of sterilisation procedure is currently being trialled in some parts of Romania.  If Turkey and Romania can take action, then why not Serbia ? – this method below solves 2 issues; it recycles plastic waste (which we all want) and encourages the public to do it, and at the same time it helps to feed the stray animals of the city.

Will Serbia attempt something like this or is corruption in Serbian authorities still meaning that the only way they make corrupt money is to continue capturing and killing stray dogs ? – like a Medieval approach !


This Genius Machine Feeds Stray Dogs In Exchange For Recycled Bottles


One innovative company has created a vending machine that’s dispensing help for both the environment and our furry friends.

The Turkish company Pugedon recently introduced a vending machine in Istanbul that releases food and water for the city’s stray dogs in exchange for recycled plastic bottles, Big Think reported. Once someone deposits their bottle at the top, food is released at the bottom. The Pugedon Smart Recycling Boxes operate at no charge to the city, and the recycled bottles cover the cost of the food.

The simple machine will provide a steady source of sustenance to the animals, who often rely on the area’s residents to feed them. It’s also bringing some positive change to a place where the fate of stray animals has not always been a happy one.

Turkey is known for its large numbers of stray animals roaming its urban areas. The city of Istanbul alone is home to more than 150,000 stray dogs and cats, according to Deutsche Welle. While some welcome their company, others complain that the animals are sources of disease and danger.

These complaints have led the Turkish government to draft a law which would require thousands of stray dogs to be transported to a “wildlife park,” removing the animals from the urban environment which they have adapted to, Deutsche Welle reports. Dogs have also allegedly been the targets of poisoning campaigns, according to the Associated Press.

The Pugedon vending machines aim to give these stray animals a brighter future, while also encouraging its users to get in a healthy recycling habit.


Although the Serbian system promotes the Shinters (dogcatchers) to its citizens as the only way to keep them safe; when you look a little deeper you find there are lots of other solutions to orally sterilising stray animals:…7200.22029.0.22687.….0…1c.1.64.psy-ab..1.29.3919…0j46j0i131k1j0i46k1j0i22i30k1j33i22i29i30k1j33i160k1j33i21k1.0.x52ZqpPNOqo


A government Ministry and the vets and associates that advise it, should really be using public funds to research and develop strategies for the long term reduction of stray animal numbers – and by this we mean a ‘No Kill’ approach.

As the Serbian government and its authorities never seem to publish or provide details of these alternative ‘No Kill’ methods; one has to ask if the continual rounding up and killing of stray dogs (for a dividend) is the financially viable way for some, rather than resolving citizens concerns regarding the number of strays on the streets.

A decent government would look at all methods of reducing stray numbers over time; as per the oral sterilisation methods given in the above link.  As we have always said, the continual killing of strays never resolves the stray population ‘problem’; (after all these years, and if it was effective as the government tell their citizens; would this method have not shown dramatic results by now ? – we suggest they look at the above graphic – an additional 67,000 dogs from one pair in 6 years – we have been campaigning on this for 12 years; and there are more than 1 pair of dogs in Serbia !) as other strays enter a ‘cleaned’ area – filling the void left by catch and kill methods.

Simple but effective oral sterilisation should be addressed much more by the Serbian government.  If we can find the above through a simple web search, why cant they ?

Where is all the ‘continual kill’ policy money going ? – into misleading the public by telling them that this is the only way we, the government, suggest.

Not true; there are now alternatives as you can read above.

Will the Serbian authorities look at alternatives to resolving the stray numbers issue ? – NO; we are making money just fine thanks  – Status Quo !




Serbia: UPDATE – More Info and Videos Of The Protest Against Dogcatchers.

Regarding our recent post re protests in Serbia against the dogcatcher organisation –   – we now have some video footage which Serbian campaigners wish to share.


English translation complete with photographs and videos can be seen on the following link:

We hope the link works ok.


Protest was held in Vranje, Serbia , against unlawful tender, given to notorious Avenija MB, dogcatchers , tender worth more than 37.000 euros , to „ACCOMMODATE“ dogs, read KILL THEM.

More than 1.366 dogs are supposed to be killed, in spite the fact that The Law doesn’t allow killing and torture.
Link of our article where we describe the origin of this notorious business.

There is English translation also.

Many local Serbian Animal Welfare Org supported this Protest, together with many from the region and the world. It was organised by Borba za zivot Vranje(Fight for Life Vranje) and Koalicija za zivot Belgrade. (Coalition for Life). We would like to thank all for their support. This is just the beginning. We don’t expect fast changes, because this is just the part of horrible corruption which rules. But, we won’t give up.

The message of this Protest was- Avenija MB go away from our backyard. We will do everything we can, for these concentration camp in Novo Selo, to be closed for ever.

Our Concerns To The EU Over Serbia Becoming An EU Member State – Only When It Enforces The Law For Stray Animals In Accordance With Existing Serbian Laws.


Regarding our recent posts on the dogcatchers of Serbia; we are now in the final stages of writing a letter which we will be sending to the EU.

The EU is very keen (as we have seen with live animal transport to Turkey) to simply dismiss the concerns and pass the enforcement back to member states.  We call this a cop out and consider the EU Commission should be stepping in to prosecute.

If the EU wants to brag about all its legislation to protect, then it needs to step up to the plate and prove it is enforcing what it says.

This will be our case to the EU.

But back to Serbian dogs.


Serbia is currently an EU ‘Candidate Country’ –

The Treaty on the European Union states that any European country may apply for membership of the EU if it respects the democratic values of the EU and is committed to promoting them.

The first step is for the country to meet the key criteria for accession. These were mainly defined at the European Council in Copenhagen in 1993 and are hence referred to as ‘Copenhagen criteria’. Countries wishing to join need to have:

  • stable institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law, human rights and respect for and protection of minorities;


With these standards, set out by the EU itself, we can only assume that the EU will do as it says; both protecting the rule of law and citizens rights within Serbia.


·         Serbia – with from 1st January 2006, the Criminal Code of Serbia. Article 269,


And also Article 46 of the Serbian Veterinary Law  means that stray animals must not be killed but given protection by regional authorities.  We cover the legislation in more detail at –

And so we think the EU does have a responsibility under ‘Copenhagen’ to ensure that Serbia is enforcing the rule of law for strays before it is allowed to join the EU.

Serbia is not currently enforcing its own laws (Article 269 and Article 46 of the Serbian Veterinary law), and so we feel the EU should become involved with this.  We are currently writing a letter to the EU based on this information – and asking them to address the issue of stray dogs / Serbian law with the Serbian government.

Serbia needs to enforce its own laws way before the EU accepts it as a member state of the EU.  If necessary, we would be prepared to argue this case in a court of law.  If the EU states that candidate nations should show adherence to the Copenhagen Criteria, then the EU must ask Serbia why it is non compliant with enforcing its own national laws for the welfare of stray dogs and cats !


Serbia: Protest (on 28/2/18) By Many NGO’s Against Dogcatchers.

Hi Mark,

tomorrow , 28.2.2018.  at 14h  will be  protest against dogcatchers.

Protest will be in  Vranje, but it is in general against dogcatchers,  especially against a private firm Avenija MB.

I recommended  to them that  they show  names of  all serbian NGOs  who  supported protest  , they  promised to do it , so  authorities  would see  that we are  united in this. 


UPDATE 28/2/18

Learn more about EU – Serbia relationships here:

Note that this includes the statement:

political – it must have stable institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law and human rights 

 Use the drop down at the top to convert this to English text.


Thank you for sharing.

It is worse than you can imagine. Animal welfare activists are threatened , abused, attacked, just because, this is the source of corruption. Big money is in the question.

Local councils are the part of this Mafia business. This business is called Avenija MB, registered cleaners and pest control. However , employed by numerous councils, to “accommodate” dogs, which means kill them.

For thousands of euros, they probably share .

Here is translation.

The Raise of registered shop , YES SHOP, AveniaMB from PestControl over dead dog’s bodies and political connections to EUROS covered in blood and development of their own Crematorium where the  Dogs from Serbia will burn and disappear for ever.

This AvenijaMB , registered as Shop for Pest Control, is now registered , with no Training whatsoever, not only for catching dogs , but for caring for them and has own “shelter”, read concentration camp, where they drag dogs from all over Serbia, from municipalities, they signed illegal contracts with.

They share abnormal amounts of money from the budget of the councils , which is paid by citizens.

If PestControl can be hired to “humanely accommodate dogs, catch them, look after them”, but at the same time drag them, strangle them, transport them in small transporter over more than 200 km, with no water, on the heat and freezing cold, if it is all right and accepted by Veterinary Inspections, than…. All clear about corruption and unlawfulness.

But, that’s not all.

They registered recently also for collection of animal waste, what means, collection of dead animals and waste material of animal origin.

Animal Welfare Org Pancevo shared an information  about the quantity of the animal waste they delivered to be burned to local Crematorium in Cuprija. Unbelievable quantities. How many kilograms of killed dogs are included in this amount. 10.380 kg in April 2016. Please see all links in the text above.

How  easy it is to hide dead bodies, of the dogs killed in concentration camp. Mass Murder of the dogs from whole Serbia.

It is well known that the dogs don’t go out of their “shelter “alive and entrance is forbidden.  People who look for their own stolen, dogs, are not allowed in. And they are asked to pay at least 150 euros (average income is 200 euros per month).

Naturally, this is always flatly denied, but there are witnesses. Links above.

Continue reading this in the above link.


SAV Comment – You can see the EU – Serbia link immediately below ‘Update’.

We will now be taking this issue of alleged corruption to the EU Commission for Enlargement (new nations joining); as well as to MEP’s and other Commissions.

Especially relevant now as Serbia is an EU ‘Candidate Country’.  Everything should be done re EU membership according to the ‘Rule of Law’ – an EU requirement.   The EU makes major claims that it is wiping out corruption – so we shall see. 

There is obvious corruption here on a national scale; so the EU needs to know about it.



Serbia: 27/2/18 – The Campaign Against The Dogcatchers.


Marina Mo

February 27 at 11:28am

Using photos with no explanations like this one, makes me sick.

If you want to know more, Mark, and I do appreciate your willingness to help, pls read this.

There are so many articles in the same category.


SAV Facebook – Plenty Of Serbian Animals Requiring Help.