Here’s some basic information about Montenegro and its homeless cats.
Montenegro is the country which is opposite Italy, across the Adriatic sea. Montenegro used to be a part Yugoslavia, then a part of one country called Serbia and Montenegro. In 2006 Montenegro became an independent state.
Now Montenegro has a dream to enter the European Union. What does it mean for street animals? Well, Montenegro now has to meet some rules, for example, it must build a shelter for street animals in all of its regions.
Right now the situation has progressed to three shelters around the whole country, and all of them are for dogs only.
Although some people here are kind to street animals, try to feed them and do not harm them, there are also those who do the opposite. Sometimes street animals are taken to new homes, but it’s very rare.
Thus, local streets are full of homeless cats and dogs. I have neither power nor skill to care about dogs, but I’m able to provide some help to cats and kittens.
Any money I’ll manage to get from selling Usyaka products will go to help those cats.
Here are some of the local prices:
1) It costs 2,5 euros to feed 10 cats daily.
2) Flea drops cost 7 euros.
3) Basic vet checkup costs 10 euros.
4) Rabies vaccine costs 5 euros.
5) A vaccine against three main cat viruses costs 24 euros.
6) Antibiotic shots to cure an infection usually cost from 17 to 21 euros.
7) It costs 60-80 euros to neuter a female cat.
8) It costs 30-50 euros to fix a male cat.
Tremendous and inspiring work, Alexandra. Great photos of gorgeous cats, very best wishes in your endeavours, Victoria x
Thank you, Victoria!
Great work Alexandra, pics in top & bottom right squares look like my kitten Tiger 🙂 My Mum looks after 4 stray dogs & we now have 1 cat & 4 kittens!!
That’s great work, Alexandra!
Alexandra — after reading all last night’s Tweets can’t get this out of my mind.
@Lilly_Cat and me and you and anyone else Tweeting to the govt is good. Lots of people doing it often won’t cost any money or much time and would be even better. Doing it all at once every week or two might actually get attention.
Rest a while, because I know your heart is tired, and pat Osen, and think if maybe you would want to lead the rest of us by naming a random dates when all of your 200+ followers are invited to Tweet to the government and any other group that would be influenced by our grief and outrage at the conditions you have seen for animals. @visitMontenegro for instance, or @MontenegroWorld, or anyplace that cares what the rest of the world thinks? As many Twitter targets as will fit and a short link to your page or retweet? If big numbers of people speak out together at the same time, Monday of one week, Thursday of the next, two days in a row the week after that… maybe some attention happens?
Also could include outside agencies, with a quick check I found @ESDAW_Europe, and not to forget @HarmonyFund. Shame the people who do nothing by reminding them who is watching.
Sleep on it & tell me what you think. You deserve several good nights’ sleep.
we are currently staying in Kotor and have befriended a number of cats. We are trying to find local charities to help the cats but have found none so far (:
Can you help at all?
Keep up your good work!!
there are no local charities, the cats are on their own. I’m taking care of a few street cats in Bar, it’s another city. I have no place for them, and there’s no shelter for them in the whole country.
Hi! We are two families renting a house in Perazica Do, not to far from Bar, Montenegro. In the garden a cat, with four kittens, has taken shelter. She has a necklace/collar, but no one of the neighbors know anything about her. She is very social, and obviously not a street cat. But her kittens, who must be several weeks old, are very shy. We have been feeding them, but are leaving on Saturday for Norway, and are wondering how to solve the problem. Could you please help ? We heard that there should be a lady, living close by, who takes care of homeless cats, but we have not been able to find her.
As you know from my text there’s no help for cats in Montenegro. There are no shelters, no programs, and to find a foster (let alone an owner) for an animal is practically an impossible task.
The cat you mentioned might be officially someone’s, but her owner obviously doesn’t care about her, or she could have been discarded when her owners noticed that she was pregnant. Both variants are very popular here.
You can try placing an ad about her in these FB groups. They focus on strays in Montenegro.
You can also try and arrange with your host that you’d fund food for this cat, so the host would feed them when you go. Again, there are many chances that the host won’t do this, as taking care of animals is not among popular personal traits here.