Additional information about our work in Lutsk
Upon receiving Dana’s appeal for help in autumn 2014, we agreed to visit Lutsk and the Laska shelter to learn about this appalling situation first hand.
We signed an official Agreement with the Deputy Mayor of Lutsk to become the city’s advisors on stray animal management and seized the opportunity to urge local politicians to fund the construction and maintenance of a permanent city shelter and veterinary clinic. We also used crisis funds to buy emergency veterinary medicines for animals we rescued during our visit.
With help from volunteers, many of the dogs rescued from the streets are rehomed. Dana 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.
ONLY untreatable, very sick, too badly injured or aggressive dogs are humanely put to sleep.
May 2015 to May 2016, you helped save the lives of 1,486 dogs in Lutsk. 437 dogs were sick/injured when rescued, many of them have found new loving homes and 1,049 dogs were released into the Laska Guardian Scheme after being treated and sterilized.
The number of dogs being rescued from the streets has increased since we were able to provide Laska with a reliable animal rescue vehicle and they have increased their advertising which means they receive more calls. Besides, Laska now operates not only in Lutsk, but also in villages around the city.
From 1st January 2015 to 30th September 2015, 1014 animals were rescued, 898 were rehomed and 43 dogs were returned to the streets under the Laska Guardian Scheme.
In 2014, 1749 animals were rescued with 1027 being rehomed and 115 dogs were returned to the streets under the Laska Guardian Scheme.
How does the Laska Guardian Scheme work?
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. 10 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.
150 to 200 dogs are cared for on the streets by ‘guardians’.
Each of the ten districts cares for 10 to 40 dogs with the average being 15 to 20 dogs.
The Laska team go above and beyond the call of duty to help abandoned animals in their city. Their shelter, built using discarded building materials and unwanted furniture proves that. Every day, Dana and her dedicated team spend hours rescuing sick, injured and abused animals, often using plenty of patience and compassion to catch those that are frightened.