Fuzzy Soul Animal Rescue, Russia

We are raising money for the largest non-profit donation-funded rescue in Russia.

A wonderful military veteran, Valentina Silich, established this rescue 17 years ago. Today, on a military pension, she cares for 1500 animals daily and more are dumped by the litter every day.

The West has heard of the treatment of stray dogs in Russia in the news - hundreds were killed every month before the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi and again more recently in the FIFA World Cup. These events weren't just a temporary fix, but symptoms of the deep-seated mindset and culture towards stray animals in the country. Rescues like this one do not even dream of government grants or funding.

Valentina didn't mean to start a rescue - she rescued one or two dogs, and then one by one she realised how huge the problem was in her country. Fast forward to recent months and she has had to deal with being kicked off her own property due to neighbour complaints - with the threat of murdering all her rescues if she doesn't leave, rebuilding the whole rescue after an enormous fire at the centre in January which burned all the food in stock, having to buy new land and build a large enough shelter for her 1,500 animals while a hundred or so of them were in need to emergency veterinary attention, running out of food every few days until volunteers pull through... and so much more. Valentina and volunteers do their best to reduce numbers at the shelter by adopting out dogs to other visitors from countries such as the USA, Germany, UK, Sweden, Switzerland. 

Today, they are trying to keep on top of several debts that began after the fire, and they continue to gather faster than they are able to ask for help in the form of donations. The debt they have yet to clear includes;

1 million rubles (£12,600) - Mortgage for land
1.3 million rubles (£16,400)  - Food debt
300,000 rubles (£3,800) - Veterinary debt

This doesn't include the daily care of all the animals.

We are asking for £4,500 to help begin to clear these debts so that Valentina can finally keep on top of feeding, caring and building enough enclosures for the dogs and cats without worrying about being kicked out again or all of them going hungry after every few days.

Valentina welcomes visitors to the rescue with open arms, adoptions will always be available for anyone interested. There are posts of available dogs on their website (below), which we are working on translating to English. Please do not hesitate to reach out on any of the social media links with any questions, queries or requests.

Social media links:





(videos will be subtitled and added as updates to page in next few days)


https://kaura2.ru (currently in Russian only)


Katya Gousseva

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