New Home for Shaar Hagai Canaans
$32,400 of $35,000 goal
Shaar Hagai Kennels has for the last four years been in a serious legal suit by the Israel Government Lands Authority to evict us and the dogs from the place where we have been living for nearly 46 years. To anyone who is not familiar with the history here, when I immigrated to Israel I chose to live in an isolated and derelict spot, with a few buildings that were built by the British during the mandate years, and were abandoned from the time they left. This was my form of Zionism – to breed and preserve the Canaan Dog, the national and natural breed of Israel, and one of the few original breeds still existing in the world, in a place that was also worth preserving
We chose to live here, in an isolated place that was in a condition of near total ruin when we moved here, without electricity or phone for 17 years, because it was a place where we could breed dogs, the Canaan Dogs, without bothering anyone. We entered with a contract, and only after a number of years did we discover that the authority that we signed with had no rights over the place. For all the years we have been here, we have attempted to resolve the problem and legalize our position, with continued contact with the authorities – to no effect, in fact we have been ignored. And now they have decided, after total refusal to even enter into mediation, to evict us. Their only plans are to demolish the place.
The court, after 4 years of consideration, have ruled against us and have given us 90 days to leave.
Eviction will be a huge and disastrous blow to the breeding and preservation of the Canaan Dog, both here and in the world. I have dedicated all my resources to the breeding of the dogs and their care. My daughter was born here, and my grandchildren have been born here, and the family is united in their love for what we are doing here and the need to continue. We do not have the resources and financial possibility of buying new land and building new kennels. Just the legal costs of trying to defend ourselves is a huge burden.
We are turning to our friends and those that are aware of what we have been doing and the significance of it, to try to gain support. We need funds to be able to find a place to rent and to be able to build a new kennel, and to pay the lawyer's fees - we are still trying to appeal. Every little bit helps, if all our friends just help a bit, it will add up to a lot. Please pass the word on to anyone who may have some interest, and help us to continue with the Canaan Dogs.
On November 2, I will be going to Italy with the dogs (I think it will be quite a circus at the airport!), and although there is a lot of hard work ahead, I look forward to a new beginning that will give us a good life and the opportunity to go on.
Thank you everyone! Also those who contributed, and also those that sent us good wishes and hopes for the future.
My best to everyone.
There is a lot of planning, logistics, bureaucracy and stress involved in moving. The expenses are high, and we are still paying the lawyers, and have little chance of getting any compensation at all for the loss of our place. But your generous contributions have made a huge difference - without them, I don't know what I would be doing now! They have given me the possibility to make a new start, and with some good work possibilities in the future, I hope the dogs and I will be able to have a comfortable life again, without the constant fear for the future.
I will be closing this fund very soon. As expenses and still very high, and it will still be a while before I can start working, if anyone feels they can still make a contribution, no matter how small, it will be most appreciated! I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all you have done to help - and for your emotional support as well. It has been such a help to know that people care about what we have been doing. Thank you all again, and all the best! Come and visit us in our new home - guests will always be welcome!!!
Our appeal in court is still ongoing, but the chances of any reversal of the decision to evict us are infinitesimal.
I have been looking for months for a suitable place in Israel to move to, where I could go on with the dogs, and in particular, with the breeding and preservation program of the Canaans. Unfortunately, it has turned out to be just about impossible. There are many problems here – the extremely high cost of property, even as a rental, the fact that my resources are extremely limited and have been severely depleted by all the costs of the legal battle, the fact that people do not want to have a kennel in the vicinity of their homes, the fact that although it could be possible to establish a kennel on agricultural land, it is against the law to live on agricultural land, and I am not prepared not to live where my dogs are living. Permits and authorizations, and all the bureaucracy here in Israel are very difficult to attain. There have been a number of good friends who have really done everything they could to try and help, but it has not been enough to solve the problems, and most here, from the government on down, do not care at all about the future of the Canaan Dog.
Since I am in no way prepared to give up what I have been doing for over 46 years, which includes all the work with the Canaans, which has to date had great results in gaining recognition and appreciation for these dogs all over the world, and also in developing a line of collies that in the last years have proven themselves to be superior therapy and service dogs, it has been necessary to find a different solution.
So in a few months, all my dogs and I will be leaving for Italy for an extended period. My good friend Isabella has found a lovely place that we can share, with comfortable living conditions, and great possibilities for the dogs – isolated from neighbors, with wonderful fields and forests around and plenty of space for the dogs to enjoy. I also have some excellent work possibilities there, in projects that are of great interest to me and that also will involve the dogs, much more than I have presently in Israel. The rental is very affordable, cost of living is much less than in Israel, and the people are welcoming.
I do intend to keep in close contact with what is happening with the Canaans here in Israel. I will be coming back frequently, and will be a part of the continuing attempts to bring in desert stock and gain recognition for the breed as a national treasure and living heritage. I hope that people here will wake up to the necessity for this before it is too late.
I am very sad to have arrived at the point of having to leave Israel. I came here as an idealist and having spent most of my life believing in what was being done here. But things have been changing in Israel, it is not really a place for idealism anymore, and I don’t have the resources, in particular emotionally, to go on fighting. Should things change, I would be happy to come back.
So now I am looking forward to something new, and to being able to provide a great life for my dogs – and, I hope, myself. Keeping in touch with everyone these days is easy, so everyone will be updated regularly on what is happening.
This will be the fourth continent I will have lived on! Only three to go…
Thanks to everyone who has cared and helped! Without your help, we couldn't have had any chance of a reasonable solution.
I am working on finalizing a program which, although not what would have been an ideal solution, will allow me to continue to have the dogs with me and to continue with their breeding and development. It will not be at all easy, but it will give the dogs wonderful living conditions and also good conditions for me and more possibilities for work. There is still a great deal of planning involved, but there is progress, and once I have finalized the plans, I will inform you all - I am so appreciative of your interest and concern!
Of course, the preparation of everything and the costs of moving, and the still continuing costs of the legal side of things, although there is very little hope for anything positive there, is a great burden, so your contributions are very much appreciated. Please keep passing this around, and whatever you can manage is very much appreciated.
I hope to be able to give you all more details soon!
wishing you the best of luck on your new venture.shana tova.
B'hatzlakhah, Myrna and all your family! May this new year bring you and all the Canaan dogs a new start, a new home, and a life filled with blessings of health and fulfillment. Shana tovah m'tukah u'mvorakhat, shana shel briyut v'nahat. The souls of Keshet and Keren are with you all...
Kol Ha-Kavod, Myrna, for your persistence, strength, and courage in never giving up and finding a home for yourself, your family and your Canaan dogs. I know you'll save the breed and protect its genetic diversity. Sa b'shalom v'hazor b'shalom. May this new year be one of blessings and fulfillment. Shana tova m'tukah u'mvorkhat l'kulkhem. Carol
Hazak v'ematz--Keshet is always with us in memory, and may you succeed in finding a bayit hadash lihyot b'shalom im kol ha-Canaanim!
Never ever lose heart no matter the circumstances - many doors open & close -
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This is something ALL dog people need to get behind, regardless of what breed you own. Please give what you can, and give often.