A Serbian man with a heart of gold couldn’t stand seeing the desperate conditions of the stray dogs in his hometown, so he took in 450 of them in a shelter that he established.
Living in the streets meant that these homeless dogs would end up dying from starvation, with sickness, or in the hands of a dog catcher.
Sasa Pejčić was compelled to do something about these poor animals’ dire conditions. With a few old riding stables he got a few years back, Sasa re-purposed the property and turned it into a dog sanctuary where his rescues could run, sleep, and play all day.
He took in as many dogs as he could, and he eventually ended up adopting 450 of them!
Of course, caring for and feeding this number of dogs don’t come cheap at all. With a budget of $15 per head a month, Sasa’s shopping bill for his rescues goes up to almost $7,000!
Thankfully, the Harmony Fund – an organization that works to help small animal rescues around the world – supports Sasa’s shelter by paying for the dogs’ food, medical expenses, as well as the compensation for his small staff of helpers.
On their site, the organization has this to say about their mission:
“The Harmony Fund offers a lifeline to so called “underdog” animal rescue squads across the planet. Our partners are the small but incredibly courageous and effective animal rescue teams who operate in parts of the world where funding is very hard to come by.
Our supporters are helping us to dramatically impact the capacity of these rescue teams to touch thousands upon thousands of animals who might otherwise be unreachable.”
Laura Simpson, the founder of the Harmony Fund, told The Dodo:
“Here they are loved and not expected to do anything other than to simply be dogs. Many are adopted out internationally to good homes, and others will spend their remaining days at the sanctuary.”
Without Sasa’s noble initiative and the help of donors, hundreds of dogs would still be out in the streets of Serbia waiting for their demise. Now, the world for them is so much different – they are cared for, loved, and have a giant pack to play with every day!
Take a peek at their life in the shelter in the video below.