Friday, 29 August 2014

REGINA - 2 year old female German Shepherd - on death row in Croatia

Meet Regina - the smiling German Shepherd

Regina was found wandering the streets of Croatia. We presume that she might have had an owner at some stage as she is a pedigree. We can only assume that she maybe got too large and was thrown out in the streets. This happens all too often. Nevertheless, Regina has not lost her love for people and we call her the "smiler", because that is what she does when she sees us. Regina is desperate for her forever home, preferably somebody who has experience with large breeds, who will give her the love and attention she needs and deserves. Despite her past, Regina gets on well with children and other dogs.

Stray and abandoned dogs in Croatia are often brutally treated and abused.  A life on the streets is a miserable existence with the danger of starvation, being run down by cars (frequently deliberately), violence at the hands of people or other dogs and and suffering due to disease and lack of treatment but the dog who is picked up and taken to the pound has only 60 days and then by Croatian law they must be killed. 

However, we are fortunate enough in this kill shelter to have a resident vet who is also the manager as part of our network of animal rescuers.  He tries to get the dogs adopted and extends their time to do so but if the local city hall should order him to kill those who have reached their 60 days in the pound the law can't be resisted. This law is not the only danger of death in this pound, overcrowding is sometimes the cause of death and injury due to fights.

The smile

The vet does his best with the limited resources available, local volunteers are recruited to come and walk the dogs on a Saturday afternoon. This is the only time of the week the dogs can leave the pens and there can be long periods when the walks are not possible and due to the ratio of dogs to volunteers some will not get exercised at all. 

These dogs have basic care but they suffer in the pound from stress, boredom, fear and sadness. They are all desperate to get out of their prison and be loved and part of a family.

DEFRA compliant for travel
Vaccinated: yes
Neutered: yes
Treated for fleas and worms: yes
Microchipped: yes
EU passport: yes
Weight: 24.7kg
Age: 2 years

Located: Beli Manistir pound