The foxes were left without food. What difficulties did animal shelters and institutions face – Life – St. Petersburg News

Photo: Video clip / “Sirin – helping birds and other wild animals”

Fontanka spoke with representatives of organizations about how they survive in the new reality.

Ksenia Mikhailova, Director of the Sirin Wildlife Rehabilitation Center:

“We decided to have goats and dairy sheep. There was only one dog milk substitute on the Russian market that was suitable for most wildlife species. You can not make others wild: they cause glaucoma and rickets, the consequences are quite serious. Now only leftovers are sold, but practically none. Whether there will be new missions is not clear. We just have to have some kind of reserve in case of fire. That year we had 16 little ones, and besides them – a whole bunch of baby squirrels and hedgehogs. There are also moose. So I had to buy dairy animals.

There is another problem: goat’s milk is, of course, good, but not for everyone, because for some it is not nutritious enough. Especially with hares, it is also problematic for other small animals, who have enough nutritious milk and find it difficult to find a suitable substitute. Therefore, we also bought sheep, sheep milk is more concentrated.

There are more than a hundred goals in Sirin now. I can not say for sure at the moment, we have a lot of birds and just yesterday three more nutria were born. Very large volumes, so it is easier to get goats and sheep than to buy their milk. We have an area, a place to graze in the summer, so we hardly pay for the maintenance of these animals. We live mainly from donations. We are preparing that their number will decrease, but now, on the contrary, a sense of solidarity has increased. We have a fairly responsive audience, so in February-March, support increased. This helps not only animals but also people: they want to feel involved and do something good. There were more payments, but the average donation amount was reduced from somewhere between 2.5-5 thousand to 300-500 rubles. “Obviously the world is in an economic crisis.”

Lydia Bekina, director of the Rzhevka shelter for homeless animals:

“Donations have been reduced by about half. As for the pets, they started calling and writing even more often. Some say that now there is no money for the maintenance of a pet and therefore they want to give it to a shelter. [Иностранные] We bought medicated food several months earlier. Last month, they bought only one and were horrified by its price: 18 thousand rubles for nine packages of two kilos. This food is enough for a dog for a little over a month.

We can not say exactly how much the price has changed (but many times for sure), because before we bought only large packages, it turned out to be more profitable. Now they had to buy in such packages: there were no other volumes. Of course, in the future we will not be able to get food at such a price, we will have to turn to natural food. Fortunately, we now have less than 15% of pets on a medical diet. If there were more, then it would be impossible to prepare natural food, as this requires natural food, storage for it, stoves and a separate worker.

Olga Ulyanova, manager of the Ruta Rabbit and Rodent Care Team:

“We are now closed to entry. We take care of the animals we have, about 20 animals with all the children. Recently there has been an exceptional case of force majeure that we could not deny. A young man called and said that a cage with a rabbit had been placed at the entrance. He was very thin and did not eat. they have taken. We do not have people, but we make an exception only for the animals in need. Not because we can not afford it financially or physically, no.

So far they are coping, but we do not know what will happen next, such a state of uncertainty and stress.

We do not know how much the cost of veterinary services will go up and whether we will be able to afford it. Everything rises in price, respectively, the well-being of the population falls and we live only on sponsorship money. It is not clear who and how much will grant us.

In general, drugs have increased by about two and a half times. The same Heptral, a drug for the liver that is often prescribed in our wards, now costs about two thousand. The foreign food we used for babies and malnourished animals is gone. Everything else that can be found costs worldly money, we can not afford it. Then there was a break with another meal, which was ordered. There were no raw materials, now it seems they made the production, but the manager could not say how long.

That’s probably all. We are currently in this state of uncertainty. “Let’s see what happens next.”


Natalya Demenkova, head of the fund for abandoned rats in St. Petersburg:

“In early March, those who immigrated started giving us rats. They said they were leaving for the Baltic countries, Georgia. This wave lasted two weeks. In fact, someone was donated every day, although before that, throughout the history of the fund, animals were often stuck just because of migration.

It is almost impossible to transport rats by plane. Some airlines carry them, others do not. In the summer, our girl immigrated to Canada, there was no way to get the rats. I had to leave, although he loved them very much. But recently, at a veterinary clinic, I heard a girl write documents about a rat before leaving for another country. Why can’t others take it with them? I do not know. Maybe there is no accommodation there, conditions, maybe the flight is really impossible. We do not ask, it is not accepted with us. If they want to give the animal, we do not persuade anyone to leave. We take it and that is it. “


Alina Ampelonskaya,

Photo: Video clip / “Sirin – helping birds and other wild animals”

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