Annual Report 2013

Annual Report 2013

2013 in numbers: 538 dogs, 138 cats and 19 other pets found new homes. 6327 visitors, 52 animal husbandry reports, 263 operations, 600 microchips, 118 programs, 2 brand new program series, 115 media appearances, more than 10.000 volunteer working hours, training for 3500 children, operating a dog school. These data are our most significant factors, while the background is based on the lives of many animals, works and enthusiasms of numerous people.

Please, read our report.

In 2013 we managed to ensure new homes or free lives to 538 dogs, 138 cats and 19 other pets. We cared 1500 animals yearly, and altogether we performed 263 operations, which included 229 castrations (131 dogs and 98 cats), emergency and accident cases. The animal home had 6327 visitors in 2013.

The standard vet service of our animals contains the combined and rabies vaccines, the constant disinfestations and killing fleas. The animals arrived at us with injuries and illnesses or because of accidents need many labour examines, X-ray and ultrasonic examines. We can look for new homes for the animals after complete recovery and vaccine series, thus an ill and injured animal has higher husbandry costs. Nowadays, there are more animals with food allergy, whose feedings are special challenges.

    

The new owners can take the dogs only with microchips. In 2013 approximately 600 animals got special microchips that caused serious financial expense to the animal home.

The significant part of the cats is found in streets or ‘unnecessary’ that means people who bring them to the animal home have fed and kept in the garden for a while, but when they stop caring them, they bring them to us as strayed ones. Unfortunately, many people do not know the fact that feeding strayed animals causes the growth of their population. They usually do not keep in contact with us when only one cat needs a new home but when there are 8-12 cats. The other consequence is that most of these cats are ill, they usually have cat flu or Helminthiasis. Their cure and recovery last for months and are not successful in every case.  

40 % of the dogs are brought in the animal home by their owners, and unfortunately, they do not always have the necessary vaccines. In many cases the owners keep the reasons why they do not need the pet an more in secret, and finding out the illness and behaviour problems means much time and money.

The biggest problem is that 70% of the cats and 55 % of the dogs are kittens and puppies, in other words they are unnecessary growth. If responsible husbandry existed, these animals would not be born and start their lives in animal homes. Unfortunately, we do not know exactly how many puppies die because of hunger, as many puppies are found in forests, streets, boxes or bins.  We have found half-dead puppies with desiccation and shock caused by stress many times.

30% of the animals brought into the animal home are old. They are over 10 years old and they also need more financial resources. Moreover, they can find new home with the help of our German supporters. Sadly, Hungarians often say good-bye to animals if they are old or ill. (‘We have got a younger one!’)

Adult animals have more behaviour problems. Socialization is very difficult for male dogs have been alone for many years and do not know other dogs. Rehabilitation of some serious ones can last for months. The other typical problem is that these dogs do not know leashes since they have never been walked. Fortunately, the regular walking the dogs on Sundays can easily help this.   

We also had rabies control in 2013. Unfortunately, we had 2 cases when the ex-owner forgot to mention that the dog had bitten someone. 

We had 52 public reports, in many cases we co-operated with the local authorities, but many of them are still waiting for being solved. 

Beside dogs and cats we provide shelter for other pets, in 2013 some rabbits and guinea-pigs arrived.  As for wild animals, 2013 was mostly about hedgehogs. We managed to bring them up, let them free to the wild again or overwinter some brought in late autumn.

We cared 320 wild birds with the cooperation of Wild Birds Hospital Foundation.

Besides managing the animal Home, we pay much attention to provide information to owners and animal friends: we often update our webpage and Facebook profile. We do not only present the animals searching for owners but provide opportunity to people to public news about lost and orphan animals.  Our webpage presented 98 news and 40 success stories written by the owners, which showed that the animals could easily fit in their new families. We also took part in Stop Vivisection campaign and collected signals against tests on animals. Our homepage is available in German and English languages, the lists of animals searching for owners are updated week by week, and  they are also available on many searching for owners pages, thanks for the volunteers.   

4Paws-HEROSZ Dog School helps owners to have more harmonic lives with their dogs. There are trainings for orphan dogs in the dog school, where the volunteers help a lot. 16 dogs participated in this program in 2013.

Dog Garden Pension was opened in the area of the animal home. There is a huge need for professional and quality caring of the pets for more than 24 hours. The trainers of Dog Garden performed trainings with 16 dogs, in which the students of Vasvári Pál Secondary School helped them a lot under the so called Public Service.  

We are often contacted in calls, e-mails, Facebook profile and personally to provide advice in animal protection.

Communication is an important part of our work as it helps to prevent the suffering of many animals. In 2013, we started a program series called Closer to people, and during this we had appearances in the city for 6 times with professionals in different highlighted topics in every month. Under the patronage of Mayor dr. András Cser-Palkovics and the supporter of Alba Plaza, we could reach for about 2000 people, thanks for this program.

Altogether we had 118 programs in 2013, thanked to our volunteers’ stamina and enthusiasm. Besides our own programs – the most important ones are Smoky Angels in February,

Rabbits Petting,

Open Day in June

and the Tradition Day in September -

we were invited to many other events. We always participate in the programs with animals in order to show how much happiness can have by correct animal keeping in reality. Due to lack of space, we cannot list all the programs here.

NGO's Day

Fressnapf

Hotel Szárcsa

 

Tatay School

Zoo Budapest

Nagyveleg

With the cooperation of the Children Faculty of Vörösmarty Mihály Library and Wild Birds Hospital, we started a 5-series program called ‘Save a book, save an animal!’. Under the scope of this, we organized steeplechases, lectures and drawing competitions for children.  The webpage linked to this program is still in operation. With the help of the program, we could meet 3000 children, and during the closing event for about 100 young students took part in watching a nature film titled Penguin King

Our Environmental Cultivation programs were constantly held in 2013. These programs focused on mainly young students, 3500 children took part in board camps, children faculties, lectures and classes in the animal home. Public Service helped us to reach students of secondary schools as we contracted with all the schools in Székesfehérvár and the nearby villages.

Under the motto saying ‘Do not run away, but run for them!’, Csaba Lajkó and his friends organized a national charity running in the summer. They visited 11 animal homes, the closing day was held in the animal Home in Székesfehérvár. The aims were to promote donation and volunteerism, and to pay people’s attention to orphan animals living in shelters.   

We also celebrated Global Animal Day with significant programs. We closed the year with Animals’ Christmas and membership meeting.

The volunteers had created many homemade decorations by Christmas that were sold and the incomes were used to support the animals living in the home. During an auction in December, you could bargain for many things provided by our supporters. Both programs were really successful, the incomes were used for medical treatments and operations.

Our volunteers did a fantastic job in 2013, too. Besides implementing 118 programs, editing the webpage and Facebook profile, they worked in the animal home every weekend. Saturday is the day of maintenance,

while Sunday is the day for walking the dogs, and cat petting.

The works our volunteers did is invaluable: maintenance, building gates, repairing the kennels, cleaning and socializing the animals. The much energy they put in cannot be seen from this list, but if you visit the Animal Home, you can see the clean and beautiful environment and the happy animals.

108 animals participated in the temporary owner program in 2013.

Besides physical caring of animal, we put huge focus on treating behaviour problems and socialization. Our workers and volunteers always develop their knowledge. As practical assistants, we happily took part in researches on dogs managed by Ethology Faculty of ELTE. In November and December, we had ethological tests on 30 of our dogs 3 times.  

We develop our knowledge with participating in different conferences, thus we visited OMÉK Animal Protection Conference and ELTE Family Dogs Conference.

Besides our environmental cultivation programs, we try to establish environmental perspective in practice. We also have selective waste collection. Moreover, we participate in collecting chocolate and chips paper, which means selective waste collection and recycling. Additionally, the animal home can have financial support with bonus exchange. We continue collecting chips paper for now on.

We had 115 media appearances in 2013. It is very important for us to inform more and more people about our work that helps prevention. Local media help us a lot with giving news about our works and programs. We had 6 press conferences and 10 press releases besides our appearances in TV, radio, paper and electronic media. We public our animals waiting for new owners in Vörösmarty Radio biweekly, while Fejér County Newspaper, Fehérvár Radio, fehervar.hu and Kossuth Radio inform the public about our activities every day.  

The volunteers’ enthusiasm and willing to work would not be enough without the supporters’ help.  However, we care 300 animals in the home every day, we manage to save animals, give them vaccines and find them new owners, we have constant expenses (feeding, electricity, gas supply, other and animal health costs). We would need permanent and calculative financial resources in order to provide these activities. We cannot calculate forehead with the temporary donations. It is very important that we have a task-completion contract with Székesfehérvár Municipality, and under this scope we are provided a given amount every year. The constant donations from our German supporters are significant to encourage stability, thus the supports of Tiershutzprojekt Ungarn, Hund und Katz Tierhilfe and Bonn Animal Home, Pocking Animal Home are essentials. Helped us with dog and cat food: Acana, Nestlé Purina, Cséfai and Cséfai Ltd. 

Acana food donation

 Cséfai and Cséfai food donation

Our Supporters Company has already 10 members, who support our works every month. Pizza Casa also supports us monthly. The local companies and supermarkets help us with payments in kinds (Julius K9, Metro Groups, Fressnapf Animal Store, Praktiker, Auchan, Oldrex Ltd. Füri Pasta Factory, Tesco Global Ltd.). German and Hungarian animal friends also supported us with financial donations or goods. Workers of Alcoa helped us as volunteers, and Alcoa Foundation gave us financial support.

We really thank for their supports and help!