Category Archives: rescued and adopted

Happy Tails – Cat survived after being set on fire

On October 17, 2014 Valeriya was on her way back from college when she noticed a cat sitting next to a supermarket’s entrance with a head down.  There are a lot of homeless and stray animals roaming the streets of Russia, so this is not a surprising occurrence to see a cat or a dog or a puppy next to a house or a supermarket scavenging for food and warmth. But this cat was different than others. After the first glance at the feline, Valeriya thought that the cat was covered in snow but when she looked closer – the cat had burnt whiskers and her fur was burnt as well. Also the poor feline was very emaciated.

Valeriya could not just leave this poor thing there and she called her mother and told her with tears what hapened. Valeriya’s mother told her to take the cat to the vet and bring home after, and this is exactly what she did.

The vet confirmed that cat was previously torched and suffered some burns on her skin. After receiving a few injections the poor cat was released.  By the way this emergency care the vet provided for free.

Valeriya took the cat home where she continued taking care of the feline and decided to adopt her even though there was already a cat in the house.

This is a great story of a humane treatment of an animal! Thanks to Valeriya, her mother and the vet one more life was saved!

First hours in the house



Burnt whiskers and the coat. She slept very quietly in the house and started purring right away falling asleep on Valeriya’s lap.


Burnt skin

Now the cat is fully recovered and is about to be spayed by the SV group.


This is how she looks now




She still have some wounds on her ears and skin but doesn’t have any emotional wounds in her heart even after some human set her on fire.





People be kind and protect those who cannot protect and speak for themselves!





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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Adopted – Daisy, an injured dog

Daisy has been adopted!!!

It has been 2 weeks since Daisy is at her new place. She has an enclosure, a new cat-friend and a lot of farm animals around.

The new owners are happy with her and Daisy still “talks” funny.

Please see her story below:

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!







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.

We are happy for Daisy!

Update – Adopted puppy named Lana

I have an update on the puppy I gave to my parents. My parents have agreed to adopt a puppy from SV group.

This puppy was homeless like millions of other animals in Russia. She was picked up and fostered by SV group volunteers but she needed a home. After a few failed adoption events where she was passed by, now she has a loving home with bunch of farm animals, big brother Rex, barn cat, chickens and geese.

The puppy has arrived to my parents last night. She is a very low energy dog with a very good personality. She loves being a lap dog and  loves eating Russian Pelmeni.

My parents already have an elderly dog named Rex. When the new puppy arrived Rex did not even notice. He gets along well with cats and puppies.

This is one life that was saved yesterday and I am very happy my parents are animal lovers and they support me!

Please support your local animal rescues and adopt from shelters!

Puppy being picked up by my cousin to be transported to my parents’ house, 35 miles away.
She is at my parents’ yard, just chilling.

Adopted puppy named Lana

My parents live in the countryside nearby Steritamak (32 miles away). I have been looking and supporting the work of  APAC Shelter (Tolyatti) and SV group (Sterlitamak). Making a blog and a Facebook page for them and translating their posts and helping with fundraisers is the least I can do from afar.

So after I saw that many dogs, puppies, cats and kittens are being in constant danger living without owners, I have asked my mother to adopt one of the puppies from SV group. My parents currently have an old dog named Rex (also been adopted by my parents after they found him bleeding with open wounds, now all healed), and my 14-year old indoor cat named Ksyusha, a barn cat named Vasilisa and off course farm animals: 2 cows, 2 calfs, 4 sheep, geese, chicken and ducks.

So I convinced my mom to receive a “gift” from me in a form of a puppy to add to her farm.

The puppy is now about 4-5 months old. Her name will be “Lana”, she is the most quietest puppy one can ever meet. She likes to eat Russian ravioli (pelmeni) and sit on your lap.

SV group helped me with her spay surgery (I have paid for the surgery and a 10-day foster after the surgery).  She will be with my parents on June 16th (Monday).

Please see her pictures:

Lana at one of the adoption events (she thinks she is a lap dog). She was not adopted, she was waiting for me!


Adoption Event #172 SV

Another adoption event happened today and 13  kittens out of 18 found their new owners.

Sterlitamak Volunteers take their fostered animals to public markets  and spend there at least 5 hours each weekend day to find homes for their homeless animals. Today the event was from 11 am to 4 pm and turnout was great!

10 volunteers were involved in this event.

SV group cannot take in all homeless animals due to the fact that all these people are just regular people and do not have a designated shelter building for their animals, all of them take cats and dogs to their apartments or homes, usually fostering 10 and more animals at a time.

The ones SV cannot take in, the group spreads the word about and asks people for help to take in some of the injured and/or homeless animals to save them from every day danger on the streets, such as abuse, cars, infectious deceases, poisoning and shooting (shooting of homeless animals is unfortunately a common practice in Russia, as well as poisoning). Also, the group daily checks on homeless pets, they cannot foster, feeding them, providing with medical treatment and constantly looking for foster families.  This is a selfless way of helping animals and SV group hopes that what they do every day can change people’s attitude towards homeless and neglected animals from cruelty to kindness.

All animals are adopted out free of charge, unless adopters make a voluntary gifts/donations.

Here are the pictures from the event.











Adoption events are tiring, very tiring:)



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Adoption Event #166 SV

This week Sterlitamak Volunteers organized 166th adoption event called “The Road to Home”.

14 kittens and 2 puppies found their forever homes!

Here are the pictures:

Look at this beautiful fur ball! He was adopted!


This puppy and his sister were very popular at the event. They were cuddled and held by many animal lovers!








All adoption events have the donation box to help the homeless and injured animals.