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Animal Care

Animal careAnimal care is the main activity of our shelter. We take care of homeless animals, including their treatment, vaccination, grooming, feeding, walking and adoption, shelter maintenance, animals' transportation from the shelter to veterinary and back. We also take pictures and videos of our animals and gather and store information in our databases. To get a better idea of what we are involved in we kindly invite you to explore our website by clicking here.

All work at the shelter is carried out by our wonderful volunteers without whom our mission would not be possible. Our volunteers make a huge contribution to the work we do for animals.

In order to draw greater public's attention to homeless animals and to enhance opportunities for our animals to find a new loving home quicker, we participate in various projects. Between 1 December 2009 and 10 May 2012, together with “Ozas” (Vilnius) shopping and entertainment centre, we implemented the project “Animal Lawn”. We were very thrilled to find new homes for more than 2000 cats!

From 11 May 2009 to 7 October 2009 we ran a similar project which took place in another shopping and entertainment centre - “Panorama”, where more than 400 animals found their new owners.

It is extremely important to us to ensure that our animals live in the best possible conditions, therefore we continuously invest in acquisition of animal living spaces and their adaptation for animal use. In 2008, thanks to our generous donors who donated 2% of their income tax, we were able to buy a mobile house which was named “SOS Animal House”. In autumn 2009, after receiving another stream of 2% of our donors' income tax, we have started our biggest project so far – to build a shelter

Here is how we are doing so far:

  • Since its inception on 1 February 2008 until 1 January 2009 we housed and re-homed 600 animals.
  • Between 2009 and 2010 we saved and found new owners to 1395 animals.
  • Between 2010 and 2011 we have helped 2504 animals.

For more information, see the blog of animal care at the shelter.

Educating the public about animal care

Lesson on KindnessThis is a very wide area of activity, the aim of which is to raise awareness about the fact that there are too many homeless animals in our country, and that there are people who care about this issue and dedicate their time and effort to change this sad situation by saving animals and helping them to find new loving owners. We seek to educate people about the struggles that homeless animals go through, about our responsibility to love and care for them and we remind them what good friends animals can be. We talk about shelters and charities which, together with their volunteers, are dedicated to turning wrong into right – to rescue abandoned and malnourished animals and find them new loving homes. We give particular attention to children by giving them lessons about kindness to animals, we educate and train our volunteers, as well as consult people whenever we are being asked to or we feel it is necessary.

Our achievements so far:

  • Every day we receive and deal with dozens of calls and email enquiries regarding homeless animals.
  • In 2009 our lessons of kindness have attracted 5 children groups.
  • In 2010 we gave lessons about kindness to 17 children groups.
  • We now have over 20 certified volunteers.

Legal Protection of Animals

Legal protection of animals is another very important part of our work. The law provides protection for animals and punishes people behaving cruelly towards them. We work closely with decision makers and local authorities to prepare draft legislation and other proposals in order to protect animals. We are engaged in continuous correspondence with various agencies, official meetings and discussions. We lobby government, politicians and their staff with information about animal welfare issues based on our experience and research. We highlight issues that concern us and advise on how they can make improvements.

Our achievements so far:


  • Participated in campaigns against cruelty to animals.
  • In 2009-2010 made proposals to make amendments to the Animal Care, Maintenance and Use Act.
  • Our representative is a member of the group formed by the Ministry of Agriculture responsible for preparation of a new draft of the Animal Care, Maintenance and Use Act.

Public Relations

Dog show in VilniusOne of the most important goals is to disseminate the message about homeless animals which can make wonderful pets to as many people as possible. Another no less important task is to inform people about animal sterilization and castration in terms of reducing the number of homeless animals, as well as preparation for responsible animal breeding. For the goals mentioned above, we actively work with public relations: prepare articles and give interviews, participate in various events and hand out brochures and booklets.

Achievements:

  • Our shelter “SOS Animals” was mentioned or separate, regularly updated, columns were dedicated to us by websites www.alfa.lt, www.15min.lt, www.bernardinai.lt, www.lrytas.lt, daily and weekly newspapers such as "Lietuvos rytas", "Respublika", "Litovskij kurjer", "Obzor", "Alio reklama", magazine "Mamos žurnalas".
  • Reporting on the “SOS animals” and animal care was prepared by the show "Stilius" on LRT channel, show "Žalioji akademija" on channel TV3, Lietuvos Ryto Television and show "Kakadu" on channel LNK.
  • Christopher Summer Festival organisers helped to organise a concert in support of “SOS Animals”, where a guitarist DEDUSENKO took part.
  • The Director of “SOS animal” - Ilona Mezenceva – was nominated in Edita Mildažytė's project “Daugiau saulės, daugiau šviesos” (translation - More Sun, More Light) for enthusiasm rescuing and changing difficult current situation of homeless animals in Lithuania. She was also nominated in channel LNK project “Kilniosios širdies nominacija” (translation – Noble Heart Nomination) for the voluntary work and dedication in helping abandoned four-legged friends.
  • We have represented our mission and work in Lithuania's largest dog shows and exhibitions.
  • Our shop assortment is expanding – we now have caps with our logos, work apparel, magnets, reflectors and stickers. Every single purchase you make, however big or small, helps “SOS Animals” continue their work caring for thousands of stray and abandoned animals.

IT Solutions

Information technology (IT) plays a very important role in today's world, and we are not an exception. IT allows an easy and effective communication with both the public and volunteer groups, who sometimes work remotely and therefore it is essential for us to maintain our website. It helps to convey our message to the public easier and serves as a tool to show our achievements and most importantly – find new homes for our animals.

A continuous flow of homeless animals also requires a fast and convenient information storage, so that work with documents is time-efficient, and the necessary information is easily accessible at any time. This information must also be available for people looking to adopt an animal.

Achievements:

  • Our web site http://sos-gyvunai.lt was created which enabled effective communication between volunteers and different work groups. Its main advantages are (i) a specialized animal to animal bulletin board with an option to search by certain criteria, and (ii) social networking functionality - blogs, forums, photo albums, volunteer groups, interviews and correspondence with members of our site.
  • In 2009 an animal shelters computer management system was installed, in which all data about our animals and their new owners is stored.
  • In 2009 we developed a distance learning course and a test to our volunteers.
  • Since 2009 anyone interested can subscribe to a weekly newsletter that can be delivered via email.
  • In 2011 a Russian version of the site was launched.
  • In 2012 “SOS Animals” opened an e-shop. All proceeds go toward the funding of our shelter.
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