October 2019 we started fundraising for the first phase of Vucjak Winter Shelter. We did so much in such a short amount of time....First we bought 1.4 hectares of land adjoining our old property; then fenced in and gated the entire property (WOW); we built a road into the new shelter area and updated our solar power; we put a set of 10 heated kennel rooms and 5 single heated kennel rooms to house 150 dogs; the Handicap Home & Vet Clinic was built; then we purchased approximately 60 new dog houses and made smaller outdoor enclosures for our new intakes and troublesome pups. A lot has changed, many great things are in place but there is still so much to do.
2020 has marked a critical year of changes; our adoption rate fell to an alarming rate from 300 in 2019 to 50 in 2020. Due to travel restrictions we could not get our dogs out of Serbia. Also, this years rescue intakes almost tripled bringing our number from 600 dogs at this time last year, to approx. 900 dogs this year. We feel a lot is due with the insecurity surrounding the virus: people thinking the disease would spread thru dogs; and the state of the economy with people loosing their jobs.
With all these changes we have yet to have adequate shelter for over 300 new rescues, and we still must renovate the old property for approx. 350 dogs. Our plans to build the large barn building which will hold approx. 400 dogs is still our goal but our donations since COVID have decrease by almost 50% .
In the interim we will be ordering (6) large dog houses to fit approx. 50 dogs in each and (1) large cat house with indoor and outdoor facilities for the 130 cats currently in our care.
Dejan, Tatjana and I would like to say thank YOU our supporters, our friends and the people who encourage us to continue our fight everyday!!! Because of YOU we saved over 1000 lives!! We are blessed beyond words.
Please SHARE his story, VOLUNTEER your time, or VISIT the shelter Dejan would be so pleased to see you, ADOPT one of these beautiful creatures, every one of them deserves a loving home, DONATE for every donation is a blessing no matter what the amount.
Thank you and God Bless !!
****Disclaimer: Dejan Gacic owner of Vucjak Shelter has asked Angela Saleta his Administration Director to set up this campaign solely for the purpose of funding WINTER SHELTER for all the new rescues this year. Dejan does NOT have access to Go Fund Me in Serbia, and although we would have preferred to open an account in Euro, rules state we must have an address and bank account in the country where GFM account is set up. All funds from this campaign will be withdrawn, sent directly to Dejan Gacic and every dollar will be accounted for. Thank you for your support !!
***The CANADIAN DOLLAR is worth much less than the EURO and less than the US DOLLAR. Please take this into consideration when donating for example:
To donate 100 EURO you have to enter $150 Canadian Dollars and your credit card will reflect 100 EURO or to donate $100 US Dollars you have to enter $135 and your credit card will reflect $100 US Dollar
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