The action "Road home", which was held in Minsk today, was timed to coincide with the International Day for the Protection of Animals. Its purpose was to attract people to the problem of homeless animals. On this day, about 70 pets were present at the action.
During the day, everyone could find a four-legged friend.
As you know, animals get onto the street, being born from the same street animals, and also when people refuse pets for whatever reason. Yes, unfortunately, many tame a pet, and then throw it away.
It’s not a secret for anyone that some take them, for example, for the summer season, and after when the dog becomes unnecessary, they calmly take the pet to hell and leave it, hoping that he will not find his way home and do not worry at all about his fate animal.
Fortunately, not all people are irresponsible in acquiring pets. It is for those who love animals and who care about their future fate, who are ready to help those who need them, similar exhibitions are organized for them.
According to volunteers, today there are mostly already adult animals here, since it is easier to attach kittens and puppies according to the photograph. Adult animals are more likely to be taken when they are seen live, since you can get to know a pet better, pet, and if someone plans to take a second pet, you can come with your four-legged friend to see if they can make friends.
And photographs can not always convey the real look of the animal: somewhere, they may seem larger, somewhere, on the contrary, they will look small.
Animals are found in different places. According to one of the volunteers, Veronika, today at the exhibition there is a dog Bim, who lived in an aviary for 5 years and did not leave it.
When we were informed about this, at first small shifts were organized when we came and played with the dog. Someone was found beaten, someone was found left in the forest. It was clear that the animals were purposely taken out in order to actually get rid of them. Kittens were found in the garbage chute, which were also thrown out by people. Each pet has its own story.
Animals at the exhibition were given free of charge. They are healthy, vaccinated, sterilized by age, socialized, and were examined by veterinarians before the action. Everyone who purposefully came to the event and wanted to take a pet – took a leash and a collar (if they wanted to take a dog) or a cat carrier.
According to the rules of transferring the animal to the new owner, an acceptance certificate was drawn up. For all questions of interest, potential owners could get free consultations from veterinarians and dog handlers present at the exhibition.
The program of the action included photo zones, contests and entertainment for children and adults, it was also possible to participate in charity by buying any product. All proceeds from the sale will be used to help animals. If desired and opportunity, anyone could provide financial assistance.
In addition to acquiring a pet, for those who were not yet ready to have a pet, they could learn how to do it and what is needed for this. On the territory you could find information stands where you could find out about the action, information about castration, sterilization, and in general about the humane attitude to animals.
You could just come and chat with the volunteers, learn something for yourself and, perhaps, join a team of people who care. Everyone could help by bringing in goods that are necessary for keeping animals in shelters and in tents: feed, medicines, fillers, ammunition, carryings and much more.
Animals were given only to people over 18 years of age. The transfer contract was necessarily filled, so it was necessary to have a passport with you. Of course, it was advisable to come to the rally with a leash (in case someone purposefully wanted to go home with a dog. Or carry a carrying for the cat).
If someone didn’t have the necessary things, and they really wanted to pick up the dog or cat, then there were no problems – the volunteers gladly provided the necessary ammunition to the newly made owners.
As the volunteers themselves recall, meeting with the pet owners after 2 weeks (such a trial period), they usually returned the received ammunition.
From the very beginning of the action, there were a lot of people: someone came to talk with volunteers, someone wanted to get advice, and someone managed to get a four-legged friend. Olga, who leaves the exhibition with a kitten, shared her story with us.
I wanted to have a cat for a very long time, but all the time for some reason I put everything off in a long box. And by chance seeing the information about the event, I realized that now is the very moment that you need to go. And today they came right away with carrying. I looked at the clever face of the kitten and realized that I would take it with me.
Volunteers say that in order to find a house for animals, it will take time: someone manages to attach in a week, and someone needs 3 years. According to Olga, a big plus is that their animals are sterilized.
Volunteers also advise that if someone can not shelter a stray animal, you can take him to overexposure or just sterilize, feed, thereby doing a good deed.
Photo: © Belnovosti