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Non-profit organizations protect animals in distress and bring them back to life. Read about four such projects in the mos.ru article.

There are more than 100 non-profit organizations in Moscow that are actively working to protect and rehabilitate animals. Charitable programs annually receive support from the city authorities: a network of NGO coworking centers has been organized for them, a grant competition for the Mayor of Moscow is held, and charity serviceon the mos.ru portal.

Sorry for the bird

The Crow’s Nest rehabilitation center rescues wild birds from all over Moscow and the Moscow region. It occupies only 10 square meters in office space on Preobrazhenskaya Square. Over the past year, the center has managed to receive 700 feathered patients. Caring Muscovites bring various representatives of our avifauna every day. Wounded owls are brought in from large parks, such as Losiny Ostrov and Bitsevsky Les, sick titmice and blackbirds are picked up on the streets, and falcons that have damaged plumage are taken from microdistricts. And the sooner the birds get to the center, the more chances they have to return to their natural environment. After all, the main mission of the center is to get the pet out and set him free.

The Crow’s Nest center was organized by the volunteer Vera Pakhomova, who nursed sick birds in her home for four years. Every year there were more and more of them, and it was no longer possible to place everyone in a separate room. Several years ago, thanks to donations, Vera Pakhomova rented a small room, gathered a team and opened a rehabilitation center – a hospital where birds are looked after 24 hours a day, and for surgical operations they are taken to a veterinary clinic in Lyubertsy. More than 30 volunteers help the center, but the project is growing, gaining popularity: in order to receive all the birds, there is no place or hands anymore.

Volunteers dream of moving from a cramped space to their own land: a city hospital is suitable for treating birds, but a country center is more suitable for preparing them for life in nature, where they will learn to fly again. Now volunteers are raising funds to buy land and build a house for birds. At the same time, the Moscow hospital will operate as before, performing the functions of an ambulance.

“We are rapidly developing and we hope that next year, with the support of caring people, we will be able to equip our country territory and build open-air cages where young birds will prepare for an adult free life,” says Elena Isaeva, a project volunteer.

New Year – at home

The Nika Charitable Foundation for Helping Homeless Animals began its activities in the summer of 2011 with the creation of a small shelter for 50 abandoned dogs and cats. Now 350 dogs and 50 cats live here. In parallel, the foundation has a second shelter – “Wet nose”, designed for the simultaneous presence of 500 tailed friends. A complex of 15 buildings is being completed on two hectares of land. The Foundation was one of the first to register on the charitable service platform on the mos.ru portal. Anyone can support the Wet Nose Center in a few clicks so that the construction can be completed faster.

Animals feel at ease here: waiting for the owners to come for them, they walk around the territory. According to the head of the foundation Vera Mitina, this is not a classic shelter with cages from the past, but a park created according to the best world standards. On average, about 50 animals move from here to new homes every month.

“When people are transferred to remote work, many people want to have a pet,” says Vera Mitina. – They have time, they study, and we help. For example, we provide a free consultation of a zoopsychologist who will tell you what a person will face and whether he is ready for such responsibility. Here is the last case: people doubted for a long time, but after talking with a specialist and online trainings, they decided and immediately took two large dogs of the Cane Corso breed. Now they all live together in a country penthouse. “

Volunteers are involved not only with their own foundation, but also help smaller-scale projects. Recently “Nika” launched a New Year campaign “Santa for the Tail” for collecting feed. The goal of the campaign is to collect 120 tons of feed and send it to 42 small private shelters, which the fund helps. On the sitein a playful way, participants can choose the amount of feed to donate, and the system will indicate how much money is needed to buy feed.

The foundation is also preparing an online project “New Year – at Home”: kittens and puppies will be given a New Year’s photo session, dressing them up in Santa Claus hats, and then the pictures will be posted on the website and in social networks. As planned by the organizers, each of the pets will have to meet 2021 in a new home. The main goal of the fund is to find the owners of the cured four-legged animal.

Live – tetrapods

Yulia Lyndina, director of the charity organization Dogs Who Love, previously helped the municipal shelter in Shcherbinka. In 2017, he and his partner realized that they needed to grow further, and came up with the concept of the fund. The most important task is holding summer festivals #DogsWhoLove, as well as treating four-legged animals in trouble. Eight shelters and eight and a half thousand of their inhabitants are now under the care of the foundation.

Due to the pandemic, the festivals switched to an online format, and the first of them, which took place in the spring, showed amazing results: more than half of the animals that took part in the exhibition were taken home by Muscovites. Another similar festival took place last weekend. Live volunteers showed their wards, told about them and gave advice on care and interaction. The online exhibition was attended by over one and a half thousand people. Negotiations are under way to move the pets to new owners.

Also, the “Dogs who love” fund organizes a charity tree to help stray dogs and cats. For two weeks, in the coworking centers of the Western District NGOs created by the Moscow authorities, all guests will be greeted by a Christmas tree decorated with toys depicting dogs and cats from the shelter, and on the reverse side will be written the wish of the tailed friend about what he wants to receive as a gift on New Year. Everyone can pick up a toy with an animal they like from the tree, buy a gift for him (food, diapers, toys) and give it to the coworking center (Rublevskoe shosse, 81, building 1).

“Anyone can help find owners for homeless animals, even if it’s a schoolboy who has no money,” says Yulia Lyndina. – We have our own training programs, we will tell you how to work in social networks. Everyone can do good deeds, the main thing is that there is a desire. “

Digital assistance

In Moscow next year the project “Zoomonitoring” will be launched, which will help to count the number of stray cats. Using a digital application, volunteers will find out the number of these animals and calculate how much money is needed for their feeding and sterilization. The project became possible due to the won grant of the Mayor of Moscow for non-profit organizations. The funds will be used to remunerate the leaders of volunteer groups, and the recruitment of employees is underway.

According to the project, 12 districts of Moscow will be divided into 54 sections. Volunteers will work at each of them. Anyone can join the project. It will be enough to sign up and fill out the form on the sitewhich is currently being developed by volunteers and is due for completion in February.

“The project is of great scientific importance for the study of the cat population,” says the head and creator of the project, Anna Feldman. – There are very few countries that implement such a project in principle. At the same time, similar counting systems in the world work only with dogs, and everyone has forgotten about cats. “

According to Anna Feldman, there are a lot of homeless cats in the city, and there are only about a thousand places in shelters. An oversupply of cats in shelters leads to animal mortality. “Zoomonitoring” will help to make accurate calculations of any assistance programs that are needed for stray cats. Graphs with numbers will present the city.

“The exact data on the habitats of cats will not be published online, so the breadwinners of the animals can rest assured of their pets. The program is aimed at helping, not catching, – says Anna Feldman. – For example, we have 300 thousand cats. Thanks to the calculations, we will find out how much feed is needed for such a number of animals. In addition, it will be possible to see the dynamics and compare whether their population is increasing or decreasing. “

How the city helps NGOs

Moscow pays great attention to the development of non-profit organizations. The capital’s Public Relations Committee is engaged in the development of social partnership and provides NGOs with consulting, information, resource and financial support, and also organizes joint events and actions. In addition, the committee’s specialists conduct regular training events for employees of public organizations.

To help socially oriented NGOs, the city has created a network of coworking centers. At the moment, these are 11 modern spaces located in different districts of Moscow. Volunteers can use presentation halls, lounge areas, meeting rooms, and workplaces free of charge. There are also facilities for coffee breaks and children’s playrooms. Any organization can reserve these spaces for their own events. All coworking centers, in addition to workspaces, provide a single set of services that are used by more than 1,500 organizations annually for free. NGOs can get professional advice on legal and accounting issues, undergo professional training, and use a printing house or a photographer.

Another form of support for NGOs is the annual Moscow Mayor grant competition. This year, the Moscow Government has allocated more than 13.5 million rubles for non-commercial programs in the field of animal welfare.

More than 120 socially oriented NGOs will receive grants from the Moscow Government Which NGOs in the capital need volunteer help

In addition, you can support the projects and programs of non-profit organizations in the capital with the help of the charitable service on the mos.ru portal. You can make a donation in the section “My payments”… To do this, select the line with the name of the payment “Charity”, indicate the organization and the amount of donation. You can transfer any amount, all operations are safe and transparent for both the donor and the non-profit organization: contributions will be received by appointment to the charitable organization.

Who can you help through the mos.ru charity service? More than two thousand donations: the results of the first month of the service on the mos.ru portal

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