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Repair after unprecedentedly snowy winter

Direction: Shelter
Time span: Spring 2013
 

The winter 2012-2013 was remarkable for its hardness and extreme amount of snow. Thick iced layer settled on the rooftops because of repetitive snowfalls, frost and thaw. This scab, being driven by its own weight, slid along the roof and broke slates. Wooden elements of the roofing couldn't bear manifold overload either. As a result, the shelter started new season with unparalleled damages. Almost all roofs are affected, including relatively new main building roof. Many roofs can't be repaired and require full reconstruction. Moreover, Gostomel has neither money nor time: the renovation of completely destroyed cats' outdoor cages should start immediately to provide cats with fresh air and sunlight, and support their immunity that lowered over the winter.

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Walk for dogs in need

Direction: Shelter
Deadline: December 14, 2012
 

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Expansion of cats pasture

Direction: Shelter
Time span: 2013
 

Cats' premises in Gostomel shelter are equipped with both warm indoor rooms and summer pastures. The latter are to be expanded to the four new rooms built in 2012.

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Summing up year 2011

Direction: Shelter
Time span: Year 2011
 

Similar to the last year, the situation in the shelter was very different from the general situation with stray animals in Ukraine. Despite of permanent money shortage which has even worsened because of the crisis, we managed again to improve the conditions of pets' living in Gostomel. The shelter built new industrial refrigerator and new outdoor cages, deeply renovated indoor cages, extended cats premises. Ongoing efforts in the popularization of humane treatment of animals continued.

At the same time stray animals were murderously exterminated all over Ukraine in the course of "tidy up" action on the eve of european football championship Euro-2012. Kyiv, following the animal protectors' pressure, ceased to mass kill dogs in the municipal "shelter" in Borodianka. Nevertheless the matter stays hot because of the activity of individuals and their semiorganized groups that poison the animals on the streets. European animal protection organizations finally became worried about the sad destiny of ukrainian street animals: German PETA, ETN, Deutscher Tierschutzbund; Austrian Vier Pfoten; Italian OIPA; as well as Polish, Dutch organizations etc. 22 deputies of the Europarlament signed a letter to Ukrainian president where they request to stop inhumane activities, ETN handed over to Ukrainian authorities a petition with 500'000 signatures. Many organizations and citizens of european countries committed themselves to the solution of the problem of stray animals in Ukraine at their own expense, asserting immediate killing stop as the only prerequisite. Anyway, Kharkiw municipal authorities continue killing of 95% trapped animals absolutely officially up till now. Donetsk city budget for year 2012 assumes trapping of about 16'000 dogs and extermination of their vast majority on the spot.

Ukrainian animal protection movement obtained new dynamics when in the focus of international attention. The trickiest question remains open though. If Ukraine did not manage to definitively take the road of humane treatment of stray animals while being under that hard pressure of Europe before Euro-2012, will it ever do after the championship is over?

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Straw purchase for winter 2011-2012

Direction: Shelter
Time span: August 2011
 

The purchase of the straw for dogs' bedding is an important yearly necessity. Depending on that, the dogs that live in outdoor cages spend their winter time in warmth. In November 2011 the straw was purchased due to an [almost] anonymous sponsor, and the volunteers helped to dispense it.

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Summing up year 2010

Direction: Shelter
Time span: Year 2010
 

Gostomel shelter for stray animals celebrated ten years anniversary in year 2010. So much has changed here within this period! But "constructing communism in a single and separate shelter" turned to be easier than changing so many people's barbaric and cruel attitude towards animals. And situation outside the shelter stays pretty much like 10 years ago...
Anniversary year was signalized by an intensive construction. The shed over cats' outdoor cages, which did not bear rich snowfalls, was repaired exactly before the warm season beginning. The cages to the right at the entrance were expanded and reconstructed for a different function. Utility sheds along the east fence where extended to accommodate various goods and chattels stored within the farm building before. Glazed tiles were laid in the cats indoor cages. All worn out doghouses were replaced. Washtubs for dogs' bathing during summer heat were purchased. Plastic windows were installed in the rest of farm building for better insulation; thermometers were hung around. Garden hoses were led from the water tap in the building to some outdoor cages. And very important, new outdoor cages along the west fence were built.

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Shelter's 10 years anniversary

Direction: Shelter
Time span: June 1, 2010
 

Gostomel shelter for stray animals celebrates its 10 years anniversary on June 1, 2010.

Gostomel shelter wearing a festive decoration

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Direction: General activities
Time span: Year 2010
 
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