Report of 2020 Animal Shelter Székesfehérvár

The number of animals entering has reduced as compared to the previous year, and this was clearly during the March-April period, fewer animals were received during the quarantine period, while the rest of the year was similar to the previous years. Last year there were more cats than dogs again! The population of cats is growing at a very high rate, and the authorities are not dealing with it at any level!

Among the incoming dogs there was 1 confiscation, because of the bad conditions of the animal, most of them came as found animals, but 20% of the animals came from the owners. The main reasons for this were the death of the owner - keeping of the animal is a burden for the heirs - and moving. Only a fragment of the animals found had a chip, and even those who came from the owner had a lack of chip (the owner died, and the person, who took the animal could not be accounted for). The rate of chipping has been steadily decreasing since 2015, there is no control, so the owners

are not interested; it would be very important for the authorities to take advantage of the legal possibilities, to check the animal keepers. Until that happens, the animal shelters will be in a very difficult situation.

In the case of cats, the proportion of animals surrendered is even lower, at least very rarely the owner has undertaken to bring his own animal, as they do not have a mandatory chip, so it is not possible to check this at all.

The age of the incoming animal is a very important figure and it draws the attention to the importance of castration. 73% of the cats entering the house were animals under the age of half year, and among them the proportion of animals under 3 months was very high, and in the summer our temporary caretaker had 24 lactating cats at the same time!

50% of the dogs entering were puppies under the age of 1. If not only the animal shelter would perform castration, but the owners were obliged to it, there would be much fewer animals in the shelter every year.

With the virtual adopters and supporters of Caesar, with Teleki 8/A class

The condition of the incoming animals is not good, especially in case of cats, and in many puppies the immune status is also very critical. The cost of immunostimulators and serums is a very large item among our expenses. The most common causes of mortality in dogs and cats are immunodepression, infectious diseases caused by it and parasitic infections that appear as secondary infections. Incoming animals involved in accidents cannot always be saved, but we performed bone surgeries in several cases last year. Euthanasia is only used as a last solution, when the treatment of the animal is surely unsuccessful and the animal is in pain, agonizing or, in the case of cats, the serious infectious disease that threatens other animals. There was a case of a spinal fracture and ascites, a puppy arrived with worms eating all over his body, lying on his side, two of our elderly animals had malignant tumours, one had a

stroke.

60% of the dogs entering are male, but an important data is the comparison between age and sex, because the proportion of females is typically higher in puppies, but in adult dogs the proportion of males reaches 80%. This makes it very difficult to place animals in group kennels. In cats, the sex ratio is balanced on the whole, but the proportion of tom-cats is much lower among adults.

For every dog over six months, a drop of blood test is performed for microfilaria screening. Last year, this showed 189 cases, 21 of which were positive (11%), further heartworm screening in these animals was negative, fortunately we only had to treat skin worm disease.

Most of the cats entering are kittens, they cannot be screened for infectious diseases yet, but the proportion of adult cats is very high, and because of the cost of rapid tests, we cannot screen all cats, we do a FIV/FeLV test if it is justified by the condition of the animal or if the adoptive person requests it. In 2020, 33 cats were screened, 8 of which were positive (24%).

70 percent of the adopted animals were sent to Fejér County (including Székesfehérvár), 7% to other parts of the country, from Zala to Bács-Kiskun county. 23% were taken by our German supporters, 90% of them were dogs. 52% of the animals were sent to Székesfehérvár within the county of Fejér, the rest to other settlements of the county.

There were cats, domestic rabbits, oriental hedgehogs, European pond tortoises,

yellow bellied sliders among the other incoming animals.

 

We take great care of creating and caring for the environment of the animal home. If we have the opportunity of planting, we choose species that are indigenous, and their harvest provides food for our wintering birds. We also help the settling of animals in winter by placing feeders, in spring with nest and bat boxes.

Most of the hedgehogs were young animals, often of breast-feeding age, but among them there were animals who suffered an accident or were injured by a lawn mower.

We were able to heal and raise most of the wild animals, and then let them back into their natural environment. We found the two rabbits on the street. We found the owner of one of them and the other was probably disposed of by his soulless owner because of a strong infection of myxomatosis. Unfortunately, he arrived late, and we could not save him. Yellow bellied slider is an invasive species, and because it was found on the street, we announced it to the Ministry, and there the decision was made to place the animal in the Metropolitan Zoo; the ministry took care of its transport.

We had castrated 177 dogs (102 males, 75 females) and 117 cats (47 males, 70 females), and performed 37 other surgeries (bone, eye, hernia, tumor). We castrated 34 street cats in order to prevent forming of colonies. The castration of 40 female dogs was financed from the money won in the tender of the Ministry of Agriculture. Our veterinarian, dr. István Koller is very committed to the issue of animal protection, with him our animals are in good hands.

Adoptions worked well in 2020, thanks to the FB page and the website. The visitors arrived on the basis of an appointment, and they had the opportunity to get acquainted with the animals. We found a new home for 221 dogs, 136 cats and two companions. We were able to save 18 wild animals and put them back in their natural environment.

Covid clearly marked everything, the number of visitors was less than 1000, as compared to the number of visitors between 6000 and 8000 in the previous years. During the quarantine we have introduced the appointment system, it's the only way to visit the animal home. The number of volunteers is also limited on a daily basis, but of course there are always enough volunteers for dogs to ensure their walking and cats to be socialized properly, and we also pay attention to care of their fur, bathing after a walk in the summer, combing and fur cleaning. Belián comes regularly as a dog beautician and fixes tangles that can no longer be settled with a comb.

We set up a fundraising box in front of the entrance and asked everyone to place their donations here. This proved to be a very good initiative, the box needs to be emptied several times a day, donations are constantly coming. Only those can visit the site who bring animals or want to adopt one. Arriving without an appointment is not allowed. During the summer period, this was mitigated, but due to the lack of Sunday walks, there were still very few visitors. The number of programs also dropped significantly from 80 to 13 last year, and some of them were on-line events.

In January-February, we were able to hold the sessions of the Child Department. In January, the subject was Animal Intelligence in Széna Square. István Staudinger told the children about the fantastic world of bats in Teleki and László Németh schools, then Károly Banizs gave a presentation in the same place about the wonderful life of Butterflies in February. And at the Széna Square school, dr. Gábor Lorászkó gave a very interesting lecture on poisonings and their prevention in February. In March, we were only able to hold the sessions in the form of a quiz. In September, together with the teachers, we prepared with great enthusiasm to organize the children's school in the new school year, but unfortunately the schools cancelled the program.

In January-February we could organize Sunday walks and they were ended with an organized walk for Emerson employees on 1st of March.

In February in Budapest, at the invitation of Meta-inf Co. Ltd., Gyöngyi Krepsz, the head of our animal home, gave a presentation about Jira in animal protection and the animal registration system introduced in 2019. The audience consisted mainly of IT professionals, but the performance was a great success, we received very good feedback from the nearly 80 participants and the organizers.

During the year we had just one external event and we spent a good day in the Bory Castle. Thank you for the invitation of the Kids Club.

To our greatest pleasure we could organise the camps in the summer, all three shifts took place nicely, for the delight of children and animals. One of the important basis of our animal protection education is the summer camp. 50 children participated in the programs of the three courses.

In July we implemented an unconventional owner search project titled Dogs on the Stage of Ballet, with the help of two dancers of the Fehérvár Ballet Theatre and Helga Ostorházi photographer, we could show our dogs waiting for an owner very long, in a really special environment. The press was also interested in this program, and we even got into Blikk magazine.

In August, in the framework of a press release, we organised a signature-gathering action for stricter sentences in the field of animal cruelty and we collected nearly 500 signatures and delivered them to the Court.

In September we had another unconventional owner search project, and we wanted to introduce a lot of puppy animals, also in a special environment. We went to a gym and Éva Szarvas took great photos. Our invitation was accepted by many people and making photographs in a very good atmosphere brought its results. We thank all participants for their help and OxyGym Fitness for providing us with the location!

Many schools and kindergartens organized collections for the World Animal Day, so we received a lot of donations, and at this time we were able to receive a few groups.

We couldn't organise Animals Christmas as usual, so every Advent weekend we had a live login from the animal home and lit the Advent candles together with the viewers. Our volunteers made a very nice decoration. On November 30, at the first login, we have virtually shown all the spectators around, showing the buildings for the animals, and the animals themselves. The next time the Fidesz faction brought its donation, and the representatives lit the candle. On the third Sunday we sat in the cat house with the spectators, and then we presented the virtual adoption with the help of Caesar guard dog. And on the fourth Sunday, we took a look at the walk, and the children of the volunteers, the next generation lit the candles. And on Christmas Day, we came up with a video where volunteers, with their own adopted dog and cat, tell us why it is good to adopt.

 

Only 22 news were published on the website, 8 of which were about measures taken in relation with covid, several quiz games were uploaded to keep in touch, to maintain interest, but there were only a few reports because of the missed programs. Our facebook page was in a boom, we started the beginning of the year with just 10,000 followers, and we were able to raise it, almost double by the end of the year, to almost 18000 people. On-line presence during this period was particularly important, Edit Sohonyai, who is the editor-in-chief of the fb page constantly monitors and analyses the statistics. We have 4-5 appearances a day and we have more videos, and in the Advent period we drew attention to ourselves with live logins. Here, you can read about instructive cases and current animal protection problems told by the head of the site and of the veterinarian , some of the volunteers and workers also have their own section, they regularly present the animals waiting for their owners in a very personal tone.

 

Fortunately, the press's interest was not lost, we regularly published press releases, first a report of the year 2019, then a progress report on the new covid measures, and later a report on Animal Christmas at the end of the year. Fehérvár Television filmed several times in our animal home, and on the local online platforms our news and the animals waiting for their owners appeared regularly. Vörösmarty Radio had many difficulties, but apart from a long summer break, the owner search program with Csilla Sasvári appeared every two weeks. In Kossuth Radio in the animal protection programme of Andrea Benkő, Gyöngyi Krepsz performed every week on both general and local topics. In December, a longer interview was published in the Velence Newsletter about the situation of stray dogs and the actions to do.

The maintenance and renovation works at the animal shelter were also made difficult by the epidemic, but thanks to the diligence and perseverance of the volunteers, the work of expanding the individual kennels continued, the roof and the basement were completed.

Thanks to the Ministry's tender, the roof change was also carried out, and the refrigeration chamber was created, thus replacing the many freezers, and we could buy a new sterilizer from the tender.

We were also able to continue the renovation of the fence, the more than 30 years old worn fence was replaced in a significant length. We could replace the treadmills in the quarantine corridor with voluntary work.

The paving of the area where we can place the new waste containers, and a high bed was added to it.

 

Our German supporters were able to come without problems at the beginning of the year - at the end of January and early March - then there was a longer break, they had more visits again in the summer, and then after the autumn lockdowns only in December. Each time we received a significant amount of donation from them and they gave many animals the opportunity to start a new life in Germany.

Among our Hungarian supporters, the Municipality of Székesfehérvár, county town, should be highlighted. Besides the task performance contract, we received 1 million HUF extra support, and several of the representatives supported our work from their own resources. The donation of Konstruktor Co. Ltd. was a great lawn mower, and we really need it for the maintenance of this huge area. Nestlé Purina Co. Ltd. has contributed to high quality care for our animals with a significant supply of nutrition. The Vitál Club Bicycle Store collects for us regularly, and in 2020 they supported our work with 500,000 HUF.

 

The Fénykód Energia Co. Ltd gave us a large waste container in order to replace the old, worn out container.

Our Sponsorship Society has grown, even if not with a great number, but almost 1000000 HUF is received annually from the members. There are regular virtual adoptions and in addition to the donation box, in many cases we received support in a postal package, and many people support us with a transfer to the bank account.

Thank you for the work of our employees and volunteers, as well as the help for our partners and supporters.