UPDATE June 2021
A year has passed since the purchase of two hectares. The plot is supplied with electricity and a road has been built. Kennels for 190 dogs and cats are ready. The slopes were strengthened, part of the passage ways was concreted. More than a hundred dogs were found, rescued and cured.
The construction of new enclosures continues. Construction sites and materials are being prepared for the construction of the perimeter fence and four houses: for quarantine placement of new animals, an exam/operating room, housing for staff and volunteers, winter premises for sick animals and puppies.
UPDATE June 2020
Two years ago we bought a plot of land of 600 square meters with a half-finished house in the middle of nowhere. We used both personal funds and private donations to buy it. During that time, the house was renovated and equipped with a water supply, electricity and drainage. We installed the dog houses in the yard and organised a room for cats on the ground floor.
The first donators of the project were tourists from various countries. The founders of ‘Dogs Ambulance’ own a travel agency that has been organizing trips around Georgia for seven years. Lots of tourists became our friends. During their trips, travellers noticed the terrible situation with free-roaming dogs with their own eyes.
Our main expenses are veterinary service, nutriment, construction materials, fuel and car service. The project is reliant on voluntary donations.
We have volunteers on a regular basis and full-time employees. We also accept volunteering support from overseas.
By now, we come up to the idea of buying a large plot of land for a purpose of expansion of the shelter. We currently have 69 dogs and 22 cats.
Why did not we buy a bigger plot right in the beginning? First of all, we could not afford it. Secondly, we found out that we were not able to work with the ‘pick –neuter –release’ approach. A dog, which spent two-three weeks with the people, gets used to them while being treated, spayed and vaccinated. In addition, we are upset to release it back to the streets. There are still lots of dogs with disabilities, and the releasing of them is out of the question.
So far there is no buy button on our website due to the imperfection of the Georgian banking system. Therefore, we publish the bank details as a text.
We are planning to buy 1-2 hectares of land and build there a shelter for several hundred dogs, a veterinary cabinet, the accommodation for volunteers and staff. The minimal price for a square metre of land here is $1. So, 1 hectare costs $10,000, respectively. We are unable to estimate the budget of the facilities until we buy the land. It is also necessary to organise the geological examination about the presence of water, et cetera. Another crucial factor is the region of Georgia, in which we find a spot for a future shelter. We expect $30,000 to be the cost of the first step. After that we transfer the animals to the new place and prepare our old building for sale. The plan is to invest that money into up-running construction process.
Thanks to everyone who helps us and who believes in us.
UPDATE January 2020
It’s winter here. In the place where we live this time of the year means terrifyingly strong winds. But our house is still standing and its inhabitants are doing well.
Last month we managed to find a new home for 3 cats and 2 dogs!
We still need almost a ton (2,000 pounds) of dog and cat food per month, funds to pay electricity and veterinary care bills, to buy petrol for the car, etc.
Our friends volunteered to make a film about our project: https://youtu.be/Hf6XlHvpmSc (English and Georgian subtitles are available)
Big "Thank You" to everyone who is helping us!!!
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UPDATE OCTOBER 2019
First of all we would like to thank all of you who help us with our job. Your donations literally saves lives.
For the last year due to your donations we bought our own house! Dog’s ambulance home located on the edge of a small village Zemo Tskluleti far away from neighbors not to disturb anybody and near the forest where we can walk with our dogs.
The great thing is that 10 of our dogs and 5 cats were adopted and found there families in Russia, Germany and Cyprus. Hope that one day each dog and each cat will find each own man.
Today we have 44 dogs and 20 cats in our shelter. Every month we need to buy 900 kg dogs food and 20 kg cats food, pay electricity and water bills, build and rebuild special facilities - warm and comfortable booths for dogs and puppies.
We took all our dogs from highways, roadside cafeterias, gas stations. Abandoned, scared, exhausted - they wouldn’t survive without human help. All of them needed treatment, sterilization and vaccination. Some of our dogs need medical support permanently.
Right now it become difficult for us to take more dogs in our shelter, so we hope to collect enough money to buy extra space.
Many thanks for all of you who helps our project. Your support, your contribution, your participation are the things our work is based on, what gives our dogs and cats the opportunity to survive and find their own home.
Hi, I’m Lena, I've been living in Georgia (a country in Caucasus) since 2014. Together with Tinatin Mzhavanadze we launched a travel agency tbiliclub.com , which turned into a community. Our guests become regulars, and then, friends.
I live with 9 dogs and 2 cats. Boosia, the nicest watchdog, arrived from Moscow, Khvanzala, Mengir, Fania, and Gandzee were adopted from the street. Mamai, the Patriarch Cat, came from St.Petersburg, Vaso Nadiradze the Duke appeared from under the fence.
Homeless dogs in Georgia need help. Unfortunately, in the rural areas, no one really cares about the unknown mongrels coming from nowhere. Lost or street-born dogs wander around the gas stations, cafes, roads – everywhere with a hope for a piece of bread from the people passing by.
Many volunteers rescue homeless animals in Georgia, but there is still a lot of work to do. Sometimes in Tbilisi or Batumi, you meet quite spick and span mongrels with yellow plastic tags on the ears (sterilized and chipped), while in rural areas you more likely meet walking skeletons and injured creatures. They approach people and seek for help because that’s in the dog’s nature – to be a friend of a human. When I look at them I feel ashamed of being a human.
I can't bring more pets home, as long as I don't own it, I rent it. However, I can come to the rural areas and feed the dogs.
That’s how the idea came.
The animal shelters solve only part of the problem – many dogs stuck there for years, and the shelters are working on a full capacity. Adopting dogs by people from abroad is a long process, it might take up for 8 months per dog because of the regulations.
We realize that we can’t solve the whole problem. However, if we can help some dogs to survive, we have to do it. Because we can.
So, dogs ambulance as a field service for homeless dogs.
We need the human ambulance's analogue. Food, medications, equipment for laparoscopic sterilization. Å place, where we can bring sick/injured animals, store food and equipment. The point for, volunteers to come.
Having all these, we can help homeless dogs in the rural area. We can bring the injured dogs to our venue for healing. Hopefully, they will find their luck and their families. If not, we bring them back after the treatment and sterilization and regularly visit them to feed, support, and try to find them a home.
It took me a long time to create some nice and convincing words to describe the mission and the goals.
I decided to keep it short and simple: the living creatures must not starve and suffer from pain.
Dogs are the living creatures. And that’s the mission.
HOW I SAW IT AT THE BEGINNING
House in the middle of nowhere, but relatively close to the civilization. Dogs bark and annoy neighbors, and we don’t want to have any conflicts.
A car for dog’s ambulance.
The dog food and medications.
HOW IT DEVELOPED
Since I first shared the idea with the world, it was like the universe heard me. I gained a huge support from my friends and travel club community. My son was the first one to send me money and texted “Go, mom!”
Then there were first money transfers and wishes of good luck.
In 3 days we raised over $2000 and found a house whose owners offered us to pay by installments till the end of the year. It’s quite in the middle of nowhere, but relatively close to Tbilisi (the capital of Georgia) and the veterinary services.
And even a car for the first months to get there.
The active help from the Facebook community and the guests who joined our tours amazed me and gave me the confidence that I’m doing the right thing.
CURRENT SITUATION AND THE EXPENSES
We have registered a non-profit organization “Dogs ambulance. Homeless dogs help club.”
The payment of $10 000 for the house is finally made. The house is ours. It’s at the edge of the village, with water and electricity supply.
We are currently fundraising to transform the house and to build kennels for the sick dogs.
An all-terrain dog’s ambulance car/van can be purchased for additional $8 000.
The expenses for the medical equipment are not clear yet, we are consulting with the vets at the moment. We will adjust the amount as soon as we confirm the numbers.
So, now we are raising another $15,000. And we are going to invest the profits of our travel agency into it.
SO WHAT ARE WE UP TO?
A “Dog’s ambulance” venue. A house, where volunteers can come, work and live. We already have people who are willing to come and help us.
A house to live with dogs and cats. The house where I can bring injured, sick dogs or helpless puppies I will meet during the mission.
We already have some community, supporters and potential volunteers.
We work with highly professional vets.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
I do want this dream to come true. And I need your help. Please, donate and share.
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