Forgotten Animals is the closest to being an ASPCA for Russia as it gets. Neglecting and abusing dogs, cats and wild animals, and treating them as commodities, is still a widely common cultural norm in former Soviet countries. There are hundreds of traveling dolphinaria, animal circuses, petting zoos and no wildlife sanctuary to rescue those animals to.
When you find animals in need, there is usually nowhere to take them, no number to call for help, like there is in the western countries. There is no supporting infrastructure and unless you can afford to take the animal to the vet, pay the bills and look for a new home, there is usually nothing you can do, besides just watching them suffer.
We are changing the culture where people treat animals as things that are there for them to keep or use as entertainment until it suits them, and to get rid of, when they’ve had enough of them, often inhumanely kill or simply abandon.
Forgotten Animals does this through:
1. Neutering of cats and dogs, reducing the number of unwanted litters and abandonment.
2. Making veterinary services available where there are none and helping create and sustain the needed infrastructure
3. Educating the population through social ads and humane education
4.Lobbying for a legislation change, including drafting a variety of actual law proposals
5.Rehabilitating orphaned bear cubs and releasing them back to the wild
6. In 2021 we will start building the country’s first real wildlife sanctuary, where we can rescue abused wild animals to and finally start shutting down the industries, that are torturing animals for profit and so-called entertainment.
The work we do alleviates and prevents suffering and deaths and improves the lives of animals and people. Instead of merely fighting the consequences, Forgotten Animals targets the root causes by bringing the best practice and expertise from around the world to remote places in need. With deep understanding of the local culture and mentality and by keeping our overheads low, we work efficiently and effectively, where it is needed the most.
Why Donate to Forgotten Animals?
When the Soviet Union fell, no laws, systems or organisations were built to deal with animal welfare. There is no ‘Humane Society’ in Russia. Everything has to be created from scratch. Forgotten Animals was founded in 2011 to fill the gap, as no one was doing effective organised animal welfare work, while widespread cruelty and abuse were normalised and went unpunished. So we had to start doing something ourselves. We mostly rely on small donations from the public and occasional grants. Our founder Anna has been involved in crypto and thought the charity should evolve with the times, welcoming the changes that our financial system so desperately needs.
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