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Animal Welfare Society and Animal Shelter
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals named Árvácska in Szentendre was founded by enthusiastic animal lovers in 1997. Since autumn 2002 we operate as a non-profit organisation, and since autumn 2009 as an emphasized non-profit organization. Operational area was originally Szentendre and its surroundings, but nowadays if necessary our animal shelter accepts animals from all over the region Danube Bend – Pilis, regardless of the premises. Our activity has been increasingly extended to the area indicated by settlements as Pilisvörösvár - Üröm – Budakalász – Pomáz – Csobánka - Szentendre – Pilisszentlászló – Leányfalu – Szigetmonostor – Tahi – Kisoroszi – Visegrád.
- promote compliance with the Animal Protection Act, take steps against abuse, starvation, cruelty to animals
- development of the culture and responsibility of animal keeping, and the task of educating young people to love wildlife
- improve the lives of dogs, encourage their adoption
- struggle to reduce the number of abandoned stray animals, control of excessive reproduction by spaying
The Society named Árvácska operates an animal shelter mainly for dogs and cats. In the shelter the animals are placed in ordered kennels, their daily care and provisioning is proper and continuous, regular veterinary care is provided, all required vaccinations are given. Animals are consistently spayed/castrated, and only neutered dogs or cats equipped with a registered chip are given to new masters/mistresses for good. The fate of adopted animals is followed up by us. We allow no anaesthesia in our animal shelter! We only agree with it in medically clearly necessary situations or in case of emergency.
President Jánosné (Edit)Sztakó
Deputy Attiláné (Ria) Horváth
Disciplinary and Ethics Committee head:
Dr. Zoltán Kovács, Veterinarian
Annual activity plans
- animal rescue, animal welfare
In accordance with the present need the intensity of animal welfare and rescue activity is still increasing, unfortunately, both in quantitative and qualitative terms.
Characteristics of quantitative growth:
a). Regardless of the premises, our shelter receives animals from all over the region Danube Bend-Pilis, especially in the winter months. The average daily number of dogs is 120-130, as for cats this number is 55 – 60.
b). Even with the increased number of animals all sick animals are treated, operated on and provided with the necessary vaccinations. Due to effective healing death rate is very low. All adopted dogs get chip registration, while female dogs are spayed before adoption.
c). There are channels organised to help search for new masters/mistresses, both at home and abroad. In addition to personal contact we advertise via our website, media, events and search this way for new host families.
d). Through continuous renewal and modernization of our existing kennels we improve the accommodation and the supply of the hosted animals. This year we aim at the professional leak-free designing of the new outdoor dog racing place bottoms, at the completion of the new cat house as well as at continuing the tiling of the inner kennels.
Thanks to its animal rescue, welfare and care activities the animal shelter “Árvácska” run by our Association greatly contributes in the settlements referred to both to the improvement of the liveable environment and the protection of the population’s natural environment.
Characteristics of qualitative growth
a). We consistently spay/castrate animals - bitches in all cases, male dogs on request – not only at the shelter, as depending on our financial sources we would like to provide partial financial support for the population for the costs of the veterinary surgical spaying/castration. We plan to communicate through a variety of channels the need and usefulness of spay towards broad strata of the population. In the second half of the year a spaying/castration campaign in relation to both dogs and cats will be announced towards the local population.
b). We only let dogs equipped with a chip be adopted.
- 2. Education for the protection of animals
As for education for the protection of animals our main target group are children and the youth.
a). We plan to introduce interactive animal welfare education in local elementary schools for each class, every term, as part of the Environmental protection class.
Last summer we started a summer camp for animal welfare at the shelter, where 10 to 14-year-old children were taught theoretical and practical animal welfare, and the concept and practice of volunteering. Every year a drawing competition with the topic of animal welfare is announced in the local elementary schools for the junior section.
b). We organise lots of open days and public events in our animal shelter and in the settlements. Our programs aim to promote the protection of animals, furthermore to find new adoptive masters, and raise funds.
c). In order to win for our cause the indifferent stratum still wide enough, to familiarize people with our activities, to recruit volunteers and promote donations we constantly strengthen our relations with the local and regional media. Our PR-activities are also strengthened both at home and abroad. We regularly advertise through the press and the online media, in local TVs, and we send out DM letters.
We are permanent member of the Britain-based WSPA - World Society for the Protection of Animals - an international animal protection organization.
(Translation: Szikszai Réka)