Thursday, February 27, 2014

Can you help Shelter "Jessica" in Serbia?

We recently received a letter from Sandra, a great supporter of Shelter Jessica, one of only two registered cat shelters in all of Serbia.  These pictures are some of the cats who need to find homes.

This shelter needs our help and support.  Despite their efforts, adoptions are hard and only 50 cats have found forever homes, mostly abroad.  Sandra writes "This shelter is unfortunately struggling to keep taking care of its 146 cats at the shelter made by the shelter’s owner, Ms. Zlata Korjenic , who has spent her whole life fighting a corrupt and abusive animal “welfare” system in Serbia. Her Cat Shelter Jessica is in her own house, which she so graciously donated to the shelter, and she is taking care of all the cats by herself and with an occasional help from a few volunteers. Ms. Zlata is a true hero that never got the recognition she deserved and help that her cats desperately need."

Ms. Zlata also wrote a letter, explaining that the donations of food from the city have stopped, which have put them in a desperate situation as far as resources go.  

If you can help, please contact them any of the following ways:
Cat Shelter Jessica
Zlata Korjenić, Predsednik Help Animals
Beograd, Sestara Janković 12, Serbia, Europe
tel. 011/2755-358
mob. 063/253-776

Monday, February 24, 2014

Washington DC vs. PG County

Recently, the blog "Out the Front Door", a blog that focuses on communities that report saving 90% or more of shelter animals did post in their "worth watching" category about Washington, DC.  The "worth watching" category lists communities whose animal shelter systems are doing substantially better than average, but have not reported a sustained (for one year or more) 90%+ live release rate. 

According to the post on "Out the Front Door"In a recent article the WHS vice-president of external affairs, Scott Giacoppo, said that WHS had its best year ever in 2013, with a live release rate of just over 80%, including wildlife. Giacoppo said that the shelter had an intake in 2013 of 10,474 animals, which is 17 animals per 1000 people in the district itself. Giacoppo attributed the shelter’s improvement in recent years to several factors, including new adoption policies, off-site adoption events, discounted and free adoptions, an expanded foster program, the community cat program, and a program to work with landlords. He also credited a new perception on the part of the public about the shelter, noting that in the past the shelter had been seen as “a dark, dreary place where animals come to die.”"

This is a stark contrast to the Prince George's County shelter, which has recently been making headlines because the shelter staff euthanized a healthy, pregnant dog just hours before a rescue group was coming to pick her up due to a paperwork mix-up. 

The article points out that PG County euthanizes twice as many animals as Washington, DC.  " Last year, the shelter euthanized 45 percent of the animals that came in. "

The dichotomy between these two programs is especially interesting to us because our office is located in PG county, but very close to the border of Washington DC, and it is important for us to keep up with what is going on.  

How can PG County catch up DC in terms of bringing down their euthanasia rate?  They have a model right next door for programs that work.  Let's hope that they take note, and those of us who live in and work in this area should push for our representatives in the county to fight for the animals here to have a chance.

Friday, February 07, 2014

Meet Julie

Julie is ACR's newest employee.  She is going to help with administrative work, as well as help with fundraising.  

Hi! I’m Julie and I’m new to Alley Cat Rescue. I’m originally from Oklahoma, and moved to the D.C. area

after college. I’m the mom of an almost five-year-old dilute tortoiseshell calico named Isabelle and a year-and-a-half-old pug named Henry.

Prior to coming to ACR, I worked at the George Washington University, but also worked as a kitten adoption counselor. I’m happy to be here with ACR and look forward to helping many cats in the future!