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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. 

Spinning kitten

A few days ago SV group received online post about little snow white kitten with blue eyes living on the street. The worried Samaritan wanted to make sure the kitten was safe before temperatures outside dropped (and they did, now it is snowing, yes, in October!)

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One of the Volunteers went to  the meet with the lady who caught this kitten and her orange tabby brother.  Both were taken into their foster home followed by a vet check up.  As usual they had flee infestation, bloated bellies and ear infection.

The same day foster mom started noticing that snow white kitten was making circles as if her head was dizzy and she was spinning in one spot instead of walking (video).

The vet prescribed treatment which will be 4 shots a day for 40 days!  Snow white (let’s call her that name) is crying and not liking the treatment. She had stomach issues after the first set of shots and did not eat anything, but 2 days later she is doing mush better and her movement has improved. She is not spinning that much and walks almost normally.  See the video.

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These kittens are two of many the Volunteers is caring for.

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

Thank you!

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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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Rescue Operation of 3 kittens

On July 23 Sterlitamak Volunteers were informed about a litter of 3 kittens and their cat mom living in the basement of a dentist clinic. The clinic has requested to seal all entrances into the basement and if the kittens and their mom were not rescued, they could be trapped inside the basement and die.

3 Volunteers went to rescue the cat family that day.  Upon arrival they witnessed 3 happy kittens playing in the sun right outside the basement.

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The rescue operation has begun:

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2 out of 3 kittens

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The kittens and their cat mom were not happy to be chased after and bothered. 3 hour later the Volunteers got 2 kittens out of 3. Their mother cat escaped from the basement.

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2 rescues are ready for a bath

The kittens were infested with fleas. The water they were bathed in turned red. They received flea medicine and medicated bath.

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Boys are very stressed and hissy

Their first night at the foster home was stressful. But they are getting all the medications, food and care they need.

The third kitten managed to escape.  The kitten was caught the next day and it was a whole new adventure.

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The 3rd kitten with cat mom

 

The kitten was outside running in the sun next to a shallow pipe that led into the basement. The Volunteers tried to cover one end of the pipe to trap the kitten and get it ou. But it was easier said than done:

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Running away from his rescuers

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This rescue operation finally ended when they got the kitten inside the basement the next day.  It turned out to be a girl and she was not happy, like her brothers, to be bathed and treated for fleas and worms.

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These kittens are now being cared for at the homes of the Volunteers. After they are socialized and adapted to the human interaction all 3 kittens will be put up for adoption.

This rescue operation is one of many that SV group does every day.  Please help us by donating a small amount, that will go a long way in Russia. Only for the month of July the SV group took into their homes over 60 animals, provided food and medical attention. The group does not have a designated shelter space or the means to rent out a place for animals and all Volunteers take the sick, abandoned, abused and homeless animals into their homes. After the animals are healthy and ready for adoption the Volunteers organize adoption events.

We need your help.

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Happy Tails: 2 years later cat reunites with owners

SV group received a call at 8am about a cat recently found by the Volunteers. The young male cat was found a few months ago in terrible condition – emaciated with matted dirty coat, infested with fleas. The cat stayed at the foster home where he was treated for fleas, gained weight and became a gorgeous cat with white and grey long hair coat.

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He was named Kesha by his foster parents and he knew his name.  As all foster animals, Kesha received a lot of love and support by the SV group and the foster. The Volunteers made a post on social media website about him and …it worked!

The person calling about Kesha turned out to be his owner. He said that Kesha (Gosha as they named him) was lost exactly around the area where he was found but 2 years ago! When fosters met with the potential owners they were questioned about the age of the cat because he seemed too young to be lost 2 years ago. The owner said that when Gosha was very little one of his claws on the hind leg had to be removed because it got infected. The foster parents were surprised to find out that Kesha (Gosha) did not have the claw!

The foster parents were happy that Gosha found their original owners and went home with entire family.
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We are very excited about this reunion and hope that we can see more of such happy endings!

 

 

Update – Cat with a string (Happy Tails)

Kolya, a cat with embedded string, is now in his forever home!

Kolya was found with deep wounds caused by embedded string all around his body.

You can see before pictures in earlier posts.

Here is Kolya now:

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He lives with another cat at home and  they seem to get along pretty well.

Help SV group make more happy tails come true! Please make a small donation which will go a long way.

Thank you!

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Update – Cat with a string

SV group rescued this poor cat with a string embedded into his body (see earlier posts). We do not know what happened to him. After treatment and a lot of love this boy is ready for his forever home.

Kolya (SV group gave him this name) is doing well. He is probably 1 year old and a very large cat. His wounds are healing nicely and he is just full of love to give. We hope to find very good parents for him.

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Please help us rescue more animals in need. It is not very hard to do. By donating just a few dollars you can save a life. Any amount will go a long way in Russia. For example: cost of a spay/neuter surgery for cats is just $6-8, cost of spay surgery for dogs is $25.

SV group is receiving no help from the government and all Volunteers who save animals, foster injured and homeless animals in their own homes. Most of the Volunteers of the group are teenagers who work on volunteer basis without pay after school and during school breaks. They are doing amazing work and it shows! Only for the fist month of 2015 SV group has rescued over 40 homeless injured animals and provided food for 3 litters of homeless puppies!

The food, medications, and cost of vet services are covered by donations.

Please be a part of a good deed and donate.

Thank you!

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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 for homeless animals. 

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.

Update – Cat with a string (Graphic Images)

The young cat was found this week with string imbedded deep into the skin around the neck and under the front legs.

After removing the the string, the vet decided not to stitch the wounds and  let them heal on their own with application of antibacterial ointments and regular shots of antibiotics.

He was someone’s pet before as his foster mom says. He is very thick and clean. Except for the unfortunate wounds on his body, overall he is a healthy young male cat who has already been  potty trained.

We hope he gets well soon and will start looking for his forever home.

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Please help us save more homeless animals in need. Any amount will go a long way.

Please donate.

Thank you!

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Update – Kitten with a broken jaw (Button)

Button was found by a good Samaritan before New Years Eve. The kitten was visibly in distress. She had a broken jaw and was outside crying for help.

Button’s jaw has been fixed, stitches have been removed.  SV group has raised money for her surgery and treatment. The surgery was almost free (thanks to the vet clinic) and the rest of the raised funds went towards her food and medications.

Button is a curious lovely 3-colored kitten.  She follows her foster mom everywhere and can be heard purring from a mile away. One thing that she is struggling with is her fear of man (males only).  Whenever she hears male’s voice Button starts meowing unstoppably and she also tucks in her head whenever her foster mom is trying to caress her head.  She has been doing a good progress and let the foster dad pet her when Button was almost asleep.

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Button is a very beautiful lovely cat with bright green eyes.
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Purring and not opening her eyes.

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SV group has already started looking for a forever home for Button. We hope she gets all healed up soon and get into a loving forever home.

Please help us turn more homeless animals like Button  into healthy happy pets!

A small donation will go a long way in Russia.  Please donate!

Thank you!

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Cat with a string (Graphic Images)

Today SV group found a stray cat in horrible condition.

The cat is in a lot of pain and has open wounds caused by string tightened arounds its body. The string is imbedded into the cat’s skin making it a gruesome scene. The odor coming from the wounds is unbearable which means the cat has been in this condition for a few days.

Please be advised that the images are graphic.

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The cat is in pain whenever you touch the string. The vet visit is schedule for tomorrow morning to remove the string and stitch the wounds.

The cat seems to be clean and well fed, the cat has good weight and good coat.

SV group started a fundraise for this cat. Any amount will go a long way. More post will follow.

Please donate.

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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.

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Meet Button

 

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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.

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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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Kitten with a broken jaw

This morning (December 28, 2014) a good samaritan found this little kitten on the way to work outside, the temperature in Sterlitamak (Russia) is 11F or -12C. The lady went to the store and bought dry cat food but as soon as she tried to feed the kitten, she could see the horrible condition of this animal.

The kitten had a broken jaw apparently because the jaws are not aligned and the mouth is not closing, also there is blood on its face.

This kitten was found on December 28, 2014
This kitten was found on December 28, 2014
Kitten with a broken jaw and signs of abuse was found on the streets of Sterlitamak, Russia. Outside temperatures: 11F or  -12C
Kitten with a broken jaw and signs of abuse was found on the streets of Sterlitamak, Russia. Outside temperatures: 11F or -12C

SV group took the kitten to their foster care later today. Right now the kitten is in a warm crate being fed soft cat food. The vet is scheduled to make a house call tomorrow morning to assess and diagnose the kitten’s condition.

At foster home. The kitten cannot fully close the mouth and cannot eat because of the broken jaw.
At foster home. The kitten cannot fully close the mouth and cannot eat because of the broken jaw.

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We all hope that the kitten gets healthy and vet’s prognosis for its recovery will be promising.

SV group started a fundraiser to help offset the vet expenses.

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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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!

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

 

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

 

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This is how she looks now

 

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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.

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

 

 

 

Adoption Event #186 SV Group

Sterlitamak Volunteers group had 186th adoption event on July 9th. As a result of standing from 11 am to 3.30 pm under the sun in a hot weather, the Volunteers adopted out 9 kittens from different fosters.

The dedication of these people is admirable. All of them have families and their own problems, but they invest their time and hard work in saving animals!

One of the volunteers lives outside from Sterlitamak and she has to take a bus at 7am (with her foster animals) to get to the adoption events at 11 am!!! Isn’t that a true dedication?!

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Note: The group adopts out previously cured animals which have been picked up from the streets. All of the animals have a note from the vet of clean bill of health at the moment of the adoption.  All adoptions are free of charge and people can donate anything they want (food, money, toys for animals and etc).

Most of the times, random people bring found animals to these adoption events and tell the Volunteers to take them in (usually in a demanding way).  The Volunteers foster over 200 animals, and fosters are not easy to find. The animals that were not so lucky to find their foster homes are being looked after in the places where they live by an assigned Volunteer who feeds and brings water to the animals daily. Also, the Volunteers provide medical care if needed. All this done by people with huge hearts and true love for animals.