Food for Therapy Animals! Winter 2019

€2,148 of €2,630 goal

Raised by 38 people in 11 months
Created June 18, 2018

Who we are

Hello, friends! We are Centaur — first and only animal-assisted therapy center in Armenia. Our mission is to rescue, treat & train to treat: we help stray or unfairly treated animals recover from health issues and abuse, and they in turn help people overcome their physical and emotional issues.

We do Hippotherapy, Canine & Feline therapy. Centaur is home for 6 horses, 32 dogs, 4 cats and a turtle. Some of them are trained and participate in therapy with children, some undergo training, and others are looking for new owners or just live a normal  life in our non-kill shelter and animal sanctuary.

The reason to Crowdfund
We dream to make animal-assisted therapy more accessible in our country. That means we need to: train more animals; reach to remote villages; organise seminars — to change the attitude towards disabled children and animals in Armenia (still quite conservative). While at it, our furry therapists need to eat hay and dry food — let’s help them with that!
30677198_152930905738266_r.jpegCurrently, 17 out of 32 dogs and 2 of our 6 horses have sponsors who participate in our Proud-Parent project, where anyone can choose an animal and sponsor their food expenses for a year. Thus, we need to provide food only for the rest of the animal-folk.

What You Can Do
DONATE any amount you can spare to invest in live of therapy animals.
SPREAD THE WORD among your friends, colleagues, family and anyone else!
FUNDRAISE in your local community. What if people you live, work or throwing a party with would would love to be a part of the cause?

How We Will Spend the Money
Hay — Delicious green and yellow bales for horses
Dry food — dogs nutrition recommended by our vet expert
Hoof trimming (every 2 months)
Anti-worm and anti-tick medication
GoFundMe Transaction Fees (2.9% + 0.30 per transaction)

With your support we'll be able to run rehabilitation programs with more animals, go to more places and treat more people. Follow us on social media to stay in touch!

We have to buy hay during this and next weeks, because it is now that villagers cut the grass and prices haven't started to rise yet.

Every donation counts! Animals you sponsor will get:

* 5 EUR provides 3 horses or 8 dogs with food for 1 day;
* 10 EUR is enough for 6 horses or 16 dogs for 1 day;
* 20 EUR is enough to feed all our 6 horses for 2 days or fill bellies of 30 rescue-therapy dogs for 1 day. Yes, thirty! :)
* 90 EUR is the price we pay for anti-worm and anti-tick medicine for all dogs and horses — once in 3 months!
* 120 EUR means all our dogs are secured and well for the whole week. Miracle!
* 140 EUR — all horses secured for 1 week.


If We Exceed Our Goal
* If we raise 200 EUR more, our dogs will explode with excitement, because will give them a royal dinner ceremony with tastiest food and treats they could never imagine;
* Raising extra 400 EUR — way to spoil our horses completely. We’ll treat them with apples, carrots and raisin. Which is dangerous: who knows, maybe they’ll force us to make another fundraiser just for that!
* Additionally, extra money raised during campaign will go to the Emergency Veterinary Fund, which is important for paying the veterinary bills for our dogs and new rescues on time.

Your support facilitates life of animals and human volunteers at Centaur: we’ll be able to allocate more time for training, buy small things like collars and leashes, nail-cutters, brushes, etc. Even the smallest donation matters!

Don’t forget that even if you don’t support us financially, you always can share this page and spread the word. We are very, very thankful to each and every one of you, friends :)


More About US
Centaur seeks to cherish and strengthen the animal-human bond in Armenia.  Since 2008 we've treated thousands of children and adults with cerebral palsy, nerve system disorder, autism, different syndromes, spinal issues etc.

We Also:
* rehome strays'
* provide pet-sitting services for dogs, cats and horses'
* make seminars on animal-treatment and pet-therapy'
* teach volunteers to work in sphere of animal welfare and assisted therapy'
* treat animals with disorders — particularly dogs with behavioural issues'
* train horses for therapy and therapeutic riding
* AND train specialists in animal-assisted therapy so that they can contribute to making a change in therapeutic activities in Armenia or countries they belong to.


Why it is important
Unlike Western countries, Armenia hasn't seen much of public attention towards the problems of human-animal interaction. The atmosphere of mistreating and abusing domesticated animals has long prevailed in Armenian towns and villages where people keep animals to serve a certain purpose, and eventually get rid of them, sometimes in harsh and violent ways.

For 10 years Centaur has been fighting these relics of conservative parts of our society to create, nourish and harness the bond between people and animals, all for a purpose to grant a healthier and happier life for both.

We’re Centaur. Are you, too? :)


Join us
Centaur Centre is a well-established Non-profit organization known for its careful and caring approach towards people and animals alike. If you share same views as Centaur, join and support us on the way to the better future for all people.

Stay tuned! 
Please follow us for regular updates right here on our GoFundMe page or on our Facebook pages :)

Main: I Am Centaur
Dog shelter: CentaurDogShelter
Our website: Centaur.Im 

Much love,
Your Centaur Team

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Dear backers,
Thank you for every one of you who participated in our campaign so far. We appreciate it a lot, and without you it would be much, much harder to achieve what we have now.
We had in mind to post the next update on 2000 EUR mark and to celebrate it with a cinematic video report on our previous project. It didn't go as smooth as we thought! :) Which is normal, but it also means we have to double our efforts. We acquired a lot of hay (still not enough for winter, though), and we are yet to pay for part of it.
Summertime is over, which also means soon there will be no hay left for purchase. "Winter is coming", friends :) That's why we will appreciate if your share our campaign personally among your friends and relatives.
We exist to help people and animals in need. And so far we've been pretty lucky to receive from them in return, too, which proves this universe is awesome.
As always,
thank you <3
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Cinematic fundraising report! <3

Dear backers, here's a short report on the project that we raised 1000 USD for and completed earlier this year. We wanted to build a fence for the Dog Yard so that doggies wouldn't wander off into neighbouring fields without supervision due to the rat poison danger.
Our beautiful friends from Armenia and USA gathered the necessary amount of money just in one evening, and we were able to start working.
When we reach 2000 EUR we promise to upload another Cinematic report (I just like using the word "cinematic") here — it will be about the construction of a fence for the riding ring that happened shortly after.
Don't forget to share our campaign on every social network and support it if you can. Every donation counts :)

Centaur Team.
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Dear backers,
It took a while, but we have reached the first goal — 1000 EUR! We also payed for all hay that arrived and started to buy dry dog food for our furry therapists.
On the picture you can see 5 packs, which are enough for 10 days of feeding. This is but a tiny fraction of what the shelter requires, but with your support and the support of your friends we can reach the next goal quickly.
Thank you for participation!
Centaur team.
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Dear Backers,
Thanks for all of your amazing support so far. Here's a quick video update on what what we've been up to.
377 bales we've already uploaded and stored in our warehouse. On the video it looks easy & quick, but in reality it's hours and hours of work. Every bale weighs from 20-25 to 40 kilos. You have to unload them, put on wheelbarrows (5 each, so roughly 100-180 kg — individual bales weight varies), bring inside, and place them in strict order, one on another, until the warehouse is filled until the ceiling (9-10 bales high).
Meanwhile, you sweat and struggle to breathe, you pull, lift and tag, and also try to avoid being cut by sharp edges of dry grass (impossible).
Next cycle in hay's life starts when centaur volunteer team members cut ropes and deliver the horse food to our fellow four-legged creatures — from 10 to 30 portions (40-200 kg) a day depending on the season. Think it's over? :)
Once a day somebody — Gaya, Fedor, Anna, Armine or even Hasmik herself, even though her phone is ringing non-stop (way too much happening on president's shoulders!) — somebody has to clean what's left of day and night nutrition process. You might guess, there is a lot happening in a horse's stable...
That we take everything out and pack it in a dedicated place. One day of a hay bale is over. But not for us: this is but a tiny fraction of what we do here at Centaur Therapy.

But we don't complain, because our horses look nourished and well-fed, and that's thanks to your amazing support!
Just a 10$ donation is a day's worth of hay and makes a difference.

Thank you again!
Centaur Team
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Raised by 38 people in 11 months
Created June 18, 2018
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