Category Archives: After Surgery

Update – Kitten with a broken jaw (Button)

The kitten is doing great! The Volunteers named her “Button” (or Pugovka – in Russian) because of her make-shift wiring. The swelling on the jaws has subsided and now she can eat on her own.  Also the rotten odor that was coming from her jaws is gone.

Meet Button




Button is receiving shots of antibiotics daily and all her stitches are being disinfected after feeding.

The only problem Button faces is the emotional: when she  hears male’s voice, she starts crying very loudly.  We suspect that whoever physically abused her was a male.  The good news is that Button is in good hands and we hope that she will soon recover physically as well as emotionally.



Button is a very polite lovely cat, she uses her litter box, eats well on her own and snoozes all day long.  After her complete recovery the Volunteers will be looking for her forever home.

Please help us make a difference in  lives of many animals like Button.  Please donate.  Any amount will go a long way in Russia.

Sterlitamak Volunteers is an organization that exists and works directly off of the donations received from general public. All Volunteers and organizers of this group are working as unpaid volunteers and all proceeds go to cover the cost of medications, transportation, food and surgeries. 

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Update – Kitten with a broken jaw

The kitten with a broken jaw had a surgery this morning (December 29, 2014) and it went fine. The night before the surgery the kitten ate on her own but when it tried to lick its whiskers after the dinner the kitten cried with pain.

Kitten with a  broken jaw eating on her own. A day before surgery.
Kitten with a broken jaw eating on her own. A day before surgery.

In the morning the vet performed a surgery. The jaw was broken and had to be put into its place. The check up also showed that the kitten  has head injury.  Also both front paws missing 2 claws on each side, looks like they were torn out while the kitten was fighting for her life.  The paws are infected and now the kitten is on antibiotics.


After the surgery, December 29, 2014
After the surgery, December 29, 2014

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After the surgery the kitten woke up and tried to take off protective collar. The kitten is being fed via syringe with puréed food. The stitches should be removed in 2 weeks.

We hope that everything goes well and our little feisty kitten will get better soon! We also want to thank the vet who only charged us 300 rubles or $5.50 for the surgery!

The kitten is in need of good food like Royal Canine Recovery and medications to boost her health.

If you would like to help, please donate. Any amount will go a long way in Russia!

If you do not have a paypal account, please follow “Donate” link and below you can find a link to donate with a credit card. 

Thank you!

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Spay and Neuter by SV

Sterlitamak Volunteers are working hard to help reduce the population of homeless animals and find them good owners.

This week we scheduled spay and neuter surgeries for 3 dogs and 7 cats. The surgeries take place at the house of the SV leader and foster mom – Tamara.  Although it is a very simple makeshift clinic that might not follow all medical standards but it is the best possible option to have all foster animals together at the same place during after working hours.

The vet who was performing the surgeries is a well known in town and she worked for 5 hours straight.  In the meantime the Volunteers who foster animals had conversations over some sweets and tea.

It it is small group  of Volunteers with big hearts who do great things for well being of animals and society.

The small number of volunteers talk over some tea while the vet is performing surgeries
The small number of volunteers talk over some tea while the vet is performing surgeries



10 homeless  animals were sterilized today:











All these cats and dogs will be looking for their forever homes after the stitches are taken out in 10 days.  After being spaying and neutered they will have more chances of getting a home.

We need to schedule more surgeries for more cats, some of them are already pregnant and need urgent spaying.

Each surgery is about $14. The SV group receives no help from the government at all.  Each ruble and dollar is raised by Volunteers.

Please help us raise funds for the much needed spay and neuter surgeries and give homeless animals hope of finding a forever home.

Each dollar counts! Please help today tomorrow might be too late.

Thank you!

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Young Sterlitamak Volunteers

This post is to provide a glimpse into work of the Sterlitamak Volunteers. The volunteers are mothers, fathers, teenagers, students, elementary, middle and high school kids with their parents who support what they do ever single day – saving animal lives.

Despite homework, school, work, chores, and other problems of day-to-day life, the Volunteers devote their time and big hearts to homeless animals. As I have mentioned in my previous posts, in addition to taking animals from the streets and nursing them back to health, the Volunteers organize Adoption Events. These events take place outside of a Mobile Phone store near a local market. The management  of the store allowed the Volunteers to occupy a small space by the porch. They do not have any tent or seats, just the crates with fostered animals which they transport themselves from different parts of town and the country. Adoption Events usually run from 10 am to 6 pm. The Volunteers are on their feet for over 6 hours at a time without any shelter!

Adoption Events are hosted 3-4 times a week all year long! In Russia winter weather sets in around mid October and lasts until mid April. Summer weather lasts for just over 2 months. From June to September 1st school kids are on summer break. Some of them enjoy the hot wether but others, like our Volunteers, take care of homeless animals and organizing Adoption Events.

Please see a few pictures of Sterlitamak Volunteers at the Adoption Events:


Yes, it is very cold in the winter and Volunteers keep animals warm by wrapping them into warm blankets or tucking them inside their jackets.

The summer season is almost over now and many Volunteers will go back to school on September 1st. Unlike their school mates, Volunteers did not have time to rest this summer.

For example, just this week 2 Volunteers brought a former stray dog to be spayed. They already found a home for the dog in the country side, an hour away from the vet clinic.  The cost of transportation for the animals was paid by these girls. The dog weighs over 40 lb! These 2 Volunteers had a foster cat also who needed stitches removed after a surgery.

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As a result only this year Sterlitamak Volunteers found homes for 575 animals, please see pictures here.

As of today, 144 homeless animals were spayed and neutered, please see pictures here.

Everything from transportation charges/gas to vet bills, medications and food for animals is either fund raised by Volunteers or comes out of their pockets!  The Volunteers who are in high school don’t do it for Community Work credits, we simply do not have this type of requirement in our school system.

This shows a strong devotion to the cause of saving animal lives!

Please support Sterlitamak Volunteers by donating a small amount which will go a long way! Please share!

Thank you!

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Vita – the puppy from our profile picture, her story


A few months ago someone witnessed how a puppy was run over by a car on purpose!  The puppy had open wound on her hind leg.


A compassionate person who saw the puppy crying contacted the APAC shelter asking to take the puppy in. She was a stray and nobody knew anything about her, so she was called Vita (means “life” in Latin).

A few hours later Vita was in surgery for amputation of the injured leg, vets could not save the leg and decided on the amputation.

Vita after the surgery

Vita now is a gown puppy and she learnt how to walk and run on her 3 legs. She is a happy, easy going girl, in need of her forever home.

Look at her:




Vita loves people and everything around her! She is full of life and has not given up on people and finding a new home.

Please share her story to help her find a new home!

Thank you!




Beta was found abandoned in the woods, tied to a tree by her previous owners (as we found out later). She is 8 years old. Beta was in a very bad shape. You can read her story here.

Beta went through a treatment and a surgery. She is back in normal weight and health. Beta is up for adoption and looking for her new parents!

Here is Beta when she was found:

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Beta now:

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Beta has been through betrayal and hard treatment. She is a lovely girl who like everyone and everything. She loves kids, animals and anyone who gives her love and kisses.

It is a truly wonderful story of recovery.  Beta is at the APAC shelter in Tolyatti Russia and waiting for her new parents.


We have an update about Daisy. She is well now and waiting for her forever home.

Her story is the usual one – her previous owner did not want her any longer and she ended up on the street.  She was found on the side of a street in May dying (there is a post about her earlier). She could not move and stayed outside for a few days before a rescue group could find a foster care for her.

She was probably hit by a car, she had bone fracture and could not walk. Daisy got better thanks to her foster and treatment.  Look at the difference a kittle love does!


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Isn’t Daisy full of happiness and love?! She is 2 years old,  doing well with other animals, good on walks, with kids and strangers. She just wants to be loved! Daisy likes to talk, does not bark or squeal, just talks, you have to hear it! She is very obedient, she would never walk in front or pull you, Daisy waits until you let her go for a walk with you.
Daisy is looking for her forever home!



Story about Dina – two legged dog

Story about Dina (Graphic Content):

Dina was found in August 2013 with 3 broken legs (2 front legs and one hind leg) in one of the construction sites in Tolyatti, Russia. A man who found her says that she must have fallen from the 3rd floor of the building. After a few attempts to find a place for her at animal shelters in Tolyatti, she was accepted in one of them.

Her recovery was long and “bumpy”. Due to the non-sanitary conditions at the shelter, Dina’s operated legs became infected. The pressure of her body caused the skin to rapture in one of the legs and also she developed hot spots. APAC shelter decided to take care of Dina and provide a paid foster care with treatment. In January 2014 the shelter owed over $400 for Dina’s foster care, she survived 4 surgeries that left her with only one front leg and one functional hind leg.

Doctors were very impressed by her will to live. Dina’s foster mother who provided care, love and patience, took great care of Dina. She can walk now on her 2 legs. Unfortunately, Dina is back at the shelter due to the debt for the foster care. The shelter owes 5000 rubles or $150 for her foster.

The shelter is not a place for Dina due to her special needs. She needs clean environment of a house and extra care for her wounds.

It was recommended to get prosthetic leg for Dina in the future to improve her quality of life.

Please see her pictures below. Note: GRAPHIC CONTENT!

Dina when she was first found
Image of her broken legs


Dina at the shelter right after she was found and accepted to the facility.
After the first surgery


Dina developed hot spots and all her stitches became infected because she tried to drag herself on the floor


Bone was extracted from the front broken leg because it ruptured her skin and started to rot. The smell coming from Dina was very bad (due to the infection).
Dina with her foster mother – Marina


Dina learnt how to walk! She has an incredible will power! 2 of her 4 surgeries she had under local anesthesia (she was awake).

Please spread Dina’s story! She has been through a lot but ha not lost her taste for life. Please donate! Any amount will go a long way!

Thank you!

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Update – Dog tied to a tree and left to die

Beta a 8 year old pit bull mix has been abandoned by her previous owners and tied to a tree. She was very thin and had been very dehydrated when found.

She was first taken to APAC Shelter. After a few days and a vet visit, one of the shleter employees took her home because she was crying and it was heartbreaking. Now she is being fostered by Inessa Evseeva and she lives with 2 more dogs.

On Sunday  Beta had a surgery to remove her pyometra and a growth near her eye.

Beta is doing well, time will tell but for now she is in good hands and thanks to all the support she will survive.

Beta is in need of good food and medications. Please help her!



Beta loves car rides
She loves the daily walks
Beta after the surgery
Vet bill – 3600 rubles = $105

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Update (Graphic Content) – Kitten with 2 broken front legs

Today the kitten with 2 broken front legs was operated on. The wounds were about a week old and became infected.  The vet said that the kitten must have gotten stuck with his front legs and could not get out without braking his legs.

Unfortunately, the right leg has 2 fractures and the left one has one.

Both legs were treated during the reconstructive surgery. After the surgery the kitten had been throwing up which is a reaction after the anesthesia.

Now he will be treated with antibiotics to help him recover.

The necessary amount for the surgery was raised, over 10 people donated.

We will provide further update on this kitten.

If you want to help this kitten with further treatment, please donate.

Thank you!

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Pregnant Cat hit buy a car

This cat was found on the side of the road. She was pregnant, her front leg was injured.  After the visit to a vet clinic it was decided to operate on her because after the impact with the car all her kittens died.  Also the front leg needed to be treated.

The fund raiser started last week and the cat needed $170 for the surgery.  The surgery was performed on Friday, May 30th. The cat was spayed, all embryos were removed and also her front leg was treated (osteosynthesis).

Now the cat is in a good condition. She is awake and eats on her own.

She will need intensive care, medications and good food to be able to heal after the accident.

Please help us by contributing $5 for her recovery.

Thank you!

Before surgery:

After the surgery:


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Update – Puppy run over by a truck

The puppy is currently in foster care, which is not free.

It is $10 per day. Puppy also needs good quality food and medications to help him heal after the surgery.

1. He needs Royal Canin Recovery – $4.30 per can
2. He needs the following medications:

  • Sulperazon,
  • Levomikol,
  • Dioxidine,
  • Cefuroxime,
  • Amikacin,
  • Chymotrypsin,
  • Actovegin,
  • Solcoseryl (ampoules),
  • Riboxinum,
  • Ciprofloxacin,
  • Glucose and sodium chloride 0.9% (in bottles).

Please help us bring this puppy back to health. We rely on your help and we apologize for not having more recent photos of the puppy (we are taking in a lot of injured animals right now).

Thank you!

Before the surgery
After the surgery

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Puppy run over by a truck UPDATE

The puppy had his surgery May 23. One leg was amputated. The bones in another paw had been shuttered by the weight of the truck. The vet took out as many broken pieces of bones as possible and sewed it. Now we have to wait if the paw can be saved.

The puppy was prescribed a course of antibiotics and vitamins to help him heal. Please help us raise money for his treatment. Even $5 can help.

Thank you!

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Puppy after the surgery: