Me and my wife are writing you from small country on Balkan called Serbia. We are here, living in this small region with all these people caring very little about farm animals. However they do exist here, and they live very miserable lives, especially farm animals. It's very hard to find an animal that you can actually save from torture because there aren't any standards for keeping "cattle" at all. There are laws for treating animals, but in practice nobody is obligated to respect them. So It's very hard to even save farm animals, not to mention that some animal welfare associations here (they exist only in big cities) are only interested in saving cats and dogs.
So my wife and I decided to move to the countryside and help animals as much as we can do physically and financially . We succeeded to save one goat, pig, two chickens and sheep (you can see some of their pictures and videos in links below). They live very happy lives now with our dogs and cats. Also we have 5 beehives saved from the industry. In our forest, there are hundreds of wild birds living on trees above us (usually small wild birds, but sometimes owls come in the spring time). On our small sanctuary we try to keep the environment as natural as possible and we keep the animals fully protected. Animals are free to walk all day and night. They are free to decide whether they'll sleep inside our outside in the forest. In this forest they show their true nature - Pig is making nests out of branches, chicken looking for food and climbing on trees, playing with cats and dogs, everyone is doing what they enjoy the most. First of all they need plenty of love and care as they lacked it in the past. We try to give them everything they need and work on their recovery.
However things are really hard here for farm animals because nobody really cares about them and no one is really interested in saving them. In legal sense it's almost impossible. We are surrounded by people torturing animals and we can do almost nothing.
Still we try to do our best and we are sure that animals on our sanctuary are happy in this environment no matter what happens right outside of our place. It is upsetting fact that the old "livestock scale" is located right across from the entrance to our yard. In the beginning, when we moved here few years ago, it was very stressful and frightening (still is). However, those sounds, the sounds of animals that the villagers measure and prepare to slaughter, additionally motivated us to create this small oasis of love and peace for all the animals that we manage to save! We hope that we will grow and bring the light of compassion and love for all living creatures in this part of the world!
We wish this will grow into one big animal sanctuary one day, even though in our hopes and dreams we are big anyway. We decided to fully dedicate ourselves to them and to the other animals that we could possibly save in the future. We get on ourselves and haven't asked for anyone's help except some family members. We thought about future of our small sanctuary and decided to ask anyone who is free will to support us. Also some good people told us It will be good to make Youtube account, Patreon, Paypal and Instagram. We did it, even though we are not very good with social networks and we are still learning.You can see our videos and photos in some of the links below.
After we made our first post on Reddit people answered us with a lot of nice words and support for our work. Since we are pioneers in our country and surrounding, it gives us great strength to work on developing our sanctuary. This motivated us to expand and make great efforts to make life for our animals better.
Our main idea now is to make more space for the animals that we plan to save. The idea is to make a grassland out of the field you see here - https://ibb.co/LQW1bRb
https://ibb.co/wCpzznx - so that the animals can go to graze grass next to the forest where they live. This would expand the space of the sanctuary by as much as 30 acres. There are about 40 acres of land around that area (70 acres in total), which we would afforest and thus make the ambience even more natural and prevent the daily deforestation that legally and illegally takes place in Serbia . This land was once used for raising farm animals and fodder, and we will do our best to turn this area into an oasis of peace and love for all innocent beings!
Our family and friends lent us money for a small barn that we plan to build, food warehouses, planting material and tree seedlings.
What we need now is 130 meters of fence around the future grassland. At the moment, we are missing 1800 dollars (1500 euros), which is the amount of the costs for fencing and making the gate. Good quality wire (or panel) is very important because of the wild animals that live around our sanctuary (jackals, foxes, dogs - due to terrible conditions and the environment, non-compliance with environmental regulations in every sense, the spread of illegal landfills, these poor creatures have multiplied and often carry with them various diseases, most often rabies). Once we raise the money, we will record every step of setting up the wire and the whole process of reviving this space.
We have just created a fundraise account (still learning to use it, so sorry if we miss something) and we hope to raise the rest of the money so that the works can start as soon as possible and make space for new animals by spring. We ask all people of good will to join us in this! <3
Look our photos and videos:
You can also support us via Paypal or Patreon.
Some of their photos:
*I'm amateur photographer and we firstly decided to sell their photos online to raise funds for developing our small sanctuary. You can contact us via email [email protected]