Unfortunately, the shelter in the municipality of Prishtina is struggling for funds and labor since they didn’t receive any help from the government or the major of the city. Mentor has been given a notice to put all these dogs to sleep which is around 600 hundred but he is refusing to do so and going out of his way to get donations and volunteers. It is very hard to get people to donate money and Mentor is doing it all on his own, together with finding and transporting food and rescuing more dogs from the streets.
Apart from visiting the shelters I accompanied Mentor all day as he does his daily duties for the shelters with his pick up truck which broke down a few times. Seeing him handle all that stress without ever complaining or breaking down made me gain so much respect and admiration for this man who genuinely cares about the well being of these animals and the society. The moment he would enter the area of the shelter with his white pick up truck, all the dogs got so excited and were jumping up and down to get his attention. They could feel his greatness and the responsibility he feels for each one of them, which is what inspires him to not give up in keeping that shelter open for them instead of putting them to sleep.
This experience was so touching and eye opening to me in terms of educating myself about the struggles of stray dogs in country. It is really sad to see that something so great like that shelter lacks support and funds from the government and our society. Those dogs were so happy and healthy over there and sending them back to the streets or put them to sleep would be really cruel. If we all get together and try to help we can make it, we can keep that shelter active and have it foster more and more dogs every day because there are so many stray dogs in Kosovo. However, helping includes ACTION not just Facebook activism because taking care for 300 dogs at once is not an easy job to do. I highly recommend any of you to find some spare time and pay a visit to the shelter so that you could see closely what I’m talking about and figure out ways to help raising funds and volunteer work. Doing that will open your eyes to another world that the people living in the city are unaware of but will influence you positively to take action and save lives.
How YOU can help the South Kosovo Dog and Cat Shelter:
Start by liking their Facebook page: South Kosovo Dog and Cat Shelter
Bank Name: ProCredit Bank Kosovo
Bank Address: Prishtina, Kosovo
Account Number: 1110322587000154
Account Holder: SKDCSS North Mentor Gashi
SWIFT Code: MBKOXKPR
Pay pal donation can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org ensuring you state whether there is something specific that you would like the money to be donated in the text box.