Please Help Rebuild Žarkovica!

Animal lovers, Žarkovica volunteers, adopters and well-wishers past and present. 

Can you help? The Žarkovica dog shelter is trying to rebuild after being almost devastated in a violent storm. The dogs and people of the Žarkovica shelter need our help. Can you open your heart and donate even a little?

Recently, hurricane-force winds of over 100 mph struck the open-air dog shelter on Žarkovica mountain above the city of Dubrovnik. When the winds subsided, much of the shelter was destroyed, leaving almost 300 dogs without homes, without shelter and unprotected in violent winter storms.

If you have volunteered here or adopted a dog from Žarkovica, you know how difficult the conditions are, how fragile is the existence of this shelter. 
They need donations for building materials. They need people to help.
They need us!

It took years to collect the funds and supplies to build the doghouses at the shelter. In just a few hours almost everything was destroyed, leaving the dogs and human helpers in shock at the devastation. 

Sandra and her workers and some volunteers are trying to rebuild, but it is an enormous job. The houses are destroyed, the water containers are broken, the kiosks are terribly damaged and teetering on the edge of the cliffs. 


The Dogs of Žarkovica 

This shelter is the work of a woman who has devoted her life to rescuing the strays of Dubrovnik with little help or acknowledgement from the city. She lives alone with the dogs on the mountain, helped by two day workers and volunteers from around the world. 

Despite the harsh conditions, the dogs are happy and friendly, welcoming everyone who visits the shelter. Their caretaker, Sandra, has made a home for these abandoned dogs. Now all of her work and the work of many many volunteers is in pieces, scattered over the mountain.


I have been a volunteer at this shelter for over ten years and adopted my own dog from Žarkovica. I know these dogs, many of whom have spent their entire lives on this mountain.
Now their houses are broken, their blankets blown away in the wind. Winter is still here and so are the violent winds and rains. 


What Can You Do to Help?

Please donate and share this link. The smallest amount will make a difference. 
The shelter has alway relied on donations to survive, but this is the biggest challenge they have ever faced. The shelter needs money for materials to rebuild all of the dog houses and structures that were damaged or destroyed. It is a huge project in very difficult conditions: steep terrain, no running water, no electricity. 


We need money, publicity, and volunteers.

Can you donate something, even a tiny amount?

If you cannot donate, can you share this on Facebook, in a text, in email?

You may know an animal lover who can help. We need help from people around the world. We need publicity for this little shelter.


All of the money raised will go directly to the shelter, minus the Go Fund Me fees. 

The dogs of Žarkovica thank you and welcome you into the Žarkovica family.


Do You Want More Information About the Shelter?

You can get more information about Žarkovica at their website or read about us on TripAdvisor.

About the Storm

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Kerry A. Jones 
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