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Signing the official Agreement with the Deputy Mayor

It is important to note that whatever the strategy, it must be a long-term project. There is no quick fix to any stray dog problem if it is to be resolved in a humane manner

Jennie Rudd, Campaign Director


Helping stray animals in Lutsk

A Co-operation Agreement was signed between Lutsk City Council and Naturewatch Foundation in October 2014, paving the way for us to oversee the implementation of a humane stray control management programme for the city. The programme is called ‘Laska’. 

With help from approximately 100 volunteers, many of the dogs rescued from the streets are rehomed, or they are returned to the streets under a guardian scheme after being spayed/neutered and vaccinated.  The Laska team has also cultivated a very good relationship with the local radio, TV, and print media who not only help find homes for the shelter dogs, but also help promote responsible pet ownership. 

The Laska team go above and beyond the call of duty to help abandoned animals in their city. Their shelter, originally built using discarded building materials and unwanted furniture proves that.  Every day, they spend hours rescuing and treating sick, injured and abused animals, using additional patience and compassion to help those that are frightened

Following two appeals to you for help, we have carried out dog counts, training courses, transformed the shelters veterinary clinic with state-in-the-art equipment and provided many months’ worth of veterinary medicines.  



Click here to see some photos and read some stories about dogs you’ve helped to rescue.  

Laska operates a Catch, Neuter, Vaccinate and Release programme to help reduce the city’s stray dog population, releasing the dogs back on the streets under a Guardian Scheme. This means all released dogs are cared for by volunteers – they receive food, water, vaccinations and flea and worm treatments to ensure they remain healthy and safe whilst they live out their natural lives on the city’s streets. Only carefully selected, suitable dogs are entered into this scheme and only when they have fully recovered from their ordeal, have been vaccinated and sterilised.

They have 100 volunteers who are appointed as ‘dog guardians’ in the city.  Ten of the volunteers supervise one district each.  Each supervisor has about 10 volunteers who work with them in their district which ensures the entire city is covered.

Currently 47 dogs are cared for on the streets by ‘guardians’.

Your generous response continues to help save the lives of abandoned dogs in Lutsk by providing essential veterinary equipment and medicines.  Having made do with old, second hand apparatus for many years, the new clinic enables them to carry out their life-saving work much more efficiently and effectively in a sterile, and therefore much safer, environment for the animals.

The Laska team are incredibly grateful to you for your help so far and they really hope you will be willing to help them save the lives of even more animals. 






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