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Name change – SV became BAGIRA

The SV group had to change its name to BAGIRA Sterlitamak. The decision was made due to constant pressure from the public of the city who assumed that if the group is called “Volunteers” they would have to take in and save all the animals in the city.

The group is still all volunteer based. The logo was changed to accommodate the name change:

 

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Please donate towards this group, anything will go a long way.

Thank you!

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BAGIRA  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. 

Results September 2015

In September 2015 the SV group has fostered 81 previously stray animals. 

79 animals found their homes.

14 animals were spayed and neutered.

The group has arranged 12 adoption events, pretty much haf of the month was spent driving animals to the adoption site.

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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. 

Happy ending

This morning Lisa, one of the volunteers of SV group, found a box with a month old kitten inside. The writing on the box says: “Take it, needs good hands”:

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Volunteer who found the kitten

Nobody knows who abandoned this kitten. It was raining all day and the poor little thing got soaking wet and cold. The volunteer took her home and made a post looking for a foster care or a home.

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A few hours later the kitten was chilling on a couch in her new home after a meal and playtime.

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This is one of the happy tails that we love to see all the time. Thanks to good hearted people like the volunteer Lisa one more life was saved today.  BIG thank you to all Volunteers and people who rescue animals!

Please be kind to all animals!

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. 

Update – RIP- Kitten with a broken jaw (Button)

Sadly Button has passed away on Friday (January 23, 2015)…

On January 21st she started throwing up blood and her stool contained blood.  She would not eat or drink.

Button had suffered abuse. She was found on a cold night outside crying for help. Her jaw was broken. SV group took her and fixed her jaws. As we all thought she was almost healthy for her forever home, but a few days ago she stared feeling sick and fading. Button had internal injuries, her liver raptured.

Her foster mom and the leader of Sterlitamak Volunteers is very sad and appalled by the cruelty people cause to animals. She hand fed Button during her recovery and was working on her fear of man. We all were so happy to see Button getting better…

RIP Button…

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Please read her rescue story in our earlier posts.

Animal abuse in Russia is unfortunately a common practice and there are almost no laws protecting them. The Russian government actually spends money on hiring firms with firearm licenses to kill homeless animals and it is a fact.  Also a self-proclaimed society called “Dog hunters” formed by morons is killing homeless animals (cats and dogs) and pets daily.

Animal activists in Russia are fighting for animal rights and we hope the government will respond to multiple petitions and letters to the president.

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.

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

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10 homeless  animals were sterilized today:

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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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Adoption Event #224 SV

October 4th is World Animal Day and Volunteers in Sterlitamak, Russia held their 224th Adoption Event which lasted for five and a half hours.

As a result 10 (8 kittens and 2 puppies) previously homeless and abandoned animals found their homes.

The adoption events are held outside all year around, and today it was very cold, but that did not stop the Volunteers from taking their foster animals and going to the event!

To celebrate the World Animal Day the Volunteers had painted posters to spread  awareness about compassion for all animals, especially the homeless.

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Pictures from the Event:

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Please, do not forget about animals not only today but every day; do something for them because it can be a difference between life and death for them!

Happy World Animal Day, all animal lovers!!!

 

 

 

 

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:

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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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