Strays in Albania

The purpose of Animal Rescue Albania is to defend animal rights through rescuing, raising awareness, education, lobbying and activism. 
Stray animals in Albania are mistreated every day. They are thrown in dumpsters as newborns, they are abandoned, abused, poisoned, tortured and killed. Some of them are used in illegal dog fighting competitions. These poor animals very often suffer from medical alignments such as tumors or skin problems that require immediate medical attention. Animal Rescue Albania is an Albanian non-profit animal welfare organization, run by a small group of volunteers. Our primary goal is to be the voice of the abused animals in Albania, who suffer every day in silence and are forgotten by everyone: citizens, local and central government and foreign organizations. We fight daily in order to protect stray animals in Albania through rescue missions, fostering, feeding, donations, denunciation and lobbying. We have been successful in finding homes for many dogs and cats which have been adopted locally or even outside Albania. However, we strongly believe that the only way to control the stray animal population is through spaying or neutering. At the moment we are focused in carrying out spaying/neutering campaigns that will bring long-term results to minimize the population of animals living on the street. We have been able to spay/neuter more than 1000 dogs and cats. Our goal is to do this in an ongoing basis, in every city in Albania. Apart from spaying and neutering the campaign consists also in de-worming, vaccination and tagging of the treated animals, which are then released back in their territories. Through volunteer work we have built a small shelter in the suburbs of Tirana, currently occupied by 30 dogs (among which there are blind and three-legged dogs and senior dogs). The dogs are free to roam and not caged but the conditions need to be improved and a lot has to be done in this direction. During our mission we have been involved and worked with many international organizations such as OIPA, 4 Paws, ENPA, LAV and Human Society International. In addition, we work very hard toward raising awareness about issues related to animal welfare. Our work towards animal welfare issues has been recognized by the US Embassy, which has awarded us as “Act Now Champions” for 2014. The work of Animal Rescue Albania is not supported financially from the government or any other non-profit or private institution. All expenses for the animals treated are covered from our own contributions and from very modest and sporadic donations from animal lovers who want to help end the suffering of stray dogs in Albania. THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF DOGS IN THE STREETS. We have just a few volunteers, and extremely limited financial resources. WE NEED YOUR HELP!

*** This fundraiser is created by Irma Butka on behalf of Animal Rescue Albania. All collected funds will be transferred through PayPal to Animal Rescue Albania.

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Animal Rescue Albania (ARsA) 
Oakville, ON
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