War machine Russia becomes uncivilised towards stray dogs and cats

Shelter dogs shipped from Eastern Russia to the west to save their lives. "Shelter dogs await a train from Ulan-Ude, Russia, on Dec. 31. (Dog of Happiness)"
Shelter dogs shipped from Eastern Russia to the west to save their lives. “Shelter dogs await a train from Ulan-Ude, Russia, on Dec. 31. (Dog of Happiness)” The Washington Post.

In Putin’s big push to win the war in Ukraine he has increased the military budget to 30% of GDP. The average in the West is around 2%. In 2024, Russia is a war machine and a terrorist state. Most citizens of Russia are unaware of it except that they must be seeing substantially poorer public services across the board. Putin has taken Russia back to the Stalin era and that includes an expansionist agenda to seize countries that he considers to be Russia – the old USSR.

In 2020, Putin, a dog lover who owns two toy poodles, promised a more civilised Russia by rewriting the country’s constitution in respect of animal protection policies and laws. His intention was to stay in power until 2036. He wanted to shape “a sense of responsibility when treating animals” in Russia. He said that the new constitution at that time “allows us to feel like civilised people”. An admission that Russian society was uncivilised before 2020 in respect of its treatment of stray dogs and cats.

It is said that war can change the mentality of a country’s citizens. The background aggression can make people anxious which can lead to the degrading of relations with others and with animals. This seems to have applied to the Kremlin because on July 24, President Vladimir Putin signed into law a fundamental change in respect of animal shelters.

Where once it was a federal concern, Russia’s regions can now write their own rules about handling homeless animals which invariably includes matters concerning euthanasia.

The regions can have quite a basic attitude towards animal welfare. News media reports that sometimes stray animals are simply hit over the head with a shovel. That can be the regional method of administering euthanasia in Russia. Volunteers report seeing dogs with their throats slit.

Elana Rudenko from Moscow who’s been volunteering to rehome homeless dogs said that the new Kremlin edict is “like a death sentence for many animals.”

She added that “The new law can just drown people like me. We fully understand what euthanasia in the regions means. No one will spend money on humane euthanasia; there the norm is hit them on the head with a shovel”.

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Buryatia is a mountainous Russian republic in eastern Siberia north of Mongolia. Following the change, the head of the region, Alexei Tsydenov, announced that stray dogs will be placed in shelters for a certain time and if not adopted they will be killed. He said that he is in favour of euthanizing dogs. He believes that it is more humane. He even quotes the World Veterinary Association which he says recommends euthanasia.

But the World Veterinary Association only recommends euthanasia as a last resort. Buryatia is adopting the killing of stray dogs as a first resort. And they are mixing up euthanasia with killing. Both philosophically speaking and in practice.

Animal rights groups want to see a proactive approach to curbing stray cats and dogs including education to reduce ad hoc breeding and careless companion animal ownership. Buryatia is adopting a reactive approach which can never be as successful and is cruel.

The Washington Post has a photograph in their online report of January 20, 2024 entitled “Breaking protection pledge, Russian regions reinstate animal kill shelters”, which shows Russian women carrying dogs to trains to ship them out of Buryatia to western Russia where hopefully they can be rehomed.

The dogs are terrified and malnourished. Volunteers are shipping out 3,000 dogs held in Buryatian shelters in a mass evacuation to a place thousands of miles away.

Buryatia became the first region to adopt uncivilised laws resulting in ‘kill shelters’. The Kremlin’s new regulations allow the regions to set up temporary shelters. so-called, where stray animals can be put down (killed). They are meant to be humanely euthanised with two injections.

Animal rights activists say that in order to save money they use only muscle relaxants which suffocates the animal.

Before 2020 animal activists complained of brutal animal control methods in the regions. Buryatia leads the way in a more brutal world for stray dogs and cats in Russia’s regions. In order to get re-elected Putin in 2020 wanted Russian citizens to feel more civilised. It’s true that the way a country treats the vulnerable in that country meaning vulnerable people and all animals is an indicator as to how civilised country is.

There’s been a regression in Russia arguably because of Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, which was meant to be a limited conflict to capture Ukraine which has turned into a brutal, mass-murdering war of attrition where hundreds of thousands of animals have been killed, thousands of children have been killed as well as innocent, noncombatant, parents.

This cruel treatment of shelter cats and dogs in Russia will take many years to unravel going forward when Putin has left the scene and Ukraine war is over. Nathan Winograd, America’s expert on no-kill shelters must be pulling his hair out reading about the cruelty meted out to Russia’s stray cats and dogs. The methods employed in Russia are the antithesis of what he campaigns for.

On a separate but linked topic, you may have read an article I wrote a little while ago about the White Coat Waste Project’s work against the unethical spending of tax dollars to fund animal experiments in America. Shockingly, American tax dollars were used to support Russian animal testing facilities where cats were cruelly abused.

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Woman forced to sleep rough with her soulmate cat for about three years

NEWS AND COMMENT-CHESTER, UK: Gareth Olsen, a tree surgeon, was clearing a field near Chester for a landlord. He stumbled upon a woman in her 50s and her soulmate cat when she waved her hand and said: “I live here”. The area where she lived had been undisturbed for a long time. News media reports that she was living in a hedge. We don’t have details for her or her cat.

She had some basics such as a tarpaulin, a kettle, some plastic bottles and other bits and pieces to help sustain herself.

Mr Olsen was obviously surprised, perhaps shocked and fortunately he’s a decent bloke because he wanted to help. Equally fortunately he happened to have a friend who could help and did. Lucky lady. Good guys.

Olsen does charity work in Deeside but doesn’t have any contacts in Chester and scratched his head as to what to do to help. He decided to give her some money and some food and contacted a friend, Adam Dandy who works with a homeless charity, Supporting Homeless Assisting Refugees Everywhere (SHARE).

Olsen said: “I thought I would call my friend Adam Dandy as she does a lot with the SHARE charity, and they have sent their outreach team out to help this lady”.

He also said: “Bless her. When I first met her, I said I hope you don’t mind me asking but how long have you been here, and she said a couple of years – probably two or three. ”

The woman said she was “quite hardy” and that she was in need of a new sleeping bag as hers had seen better days. According to Olsen she wasn’t doing very well and needed help.

And she was nervous because she thought that she was going to be kicked off her patch of land which she regarded as her home. Olsen reassured her that he wasn’t going to do that and also that he wasn’t going to leave her. Clearly, he was determined to help.

He said that he couldn’t sleep that night because he wanted to make sure that she was okay. At the beginning she said that she would just move on and get out of the way. She even reassured Olsen that she would tidy up afterwards.

He found out that she had tried to find accommodation in the past over the years, but her cat had been an obstacle because lots of places wouldn’t take a cat. She described her cat as her soulmate, and she wouldn’t be separated from him. She was forced to live rough (until now). We’ve been told that Mr Dandy has helped.

He said that the woman is now receiving help to find housing. We expect her to be rehomed with her cat all being well.

It is a story of the beautiful and strong connection between an independent-minded and hardy woman who refuses to be separated from her soulmate and will endure extreme hardship living rough under a tarpaulin in a hedge in order to do so.

It is a reminder of that bond between human and cat. It is also a reminder that there should be more places which accept pets. This is an ongoing issue with landlords in the UK and probably in other countries.

They don’t like to accept pets because they think they damage their property but there are ways around the problem. One way is to demand a bigger than normal deposit to cover any possible damage.

Another linked problem is that women who are abused by their partners and who have a cat companion often cannot find a refuge for themselves that accommodates cats as well. This results in abused women staying with abusive partners to their extreme detriment and sometimes to the detriment of their cat. There are numerous instances of abusive men abusing cats to get at their former female partner because they are very attached to their cat companion.

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Cat sits on the sidewalk and swats at pedestrians. Why?

This is a said video for me. I can feel the sadness in this cat. And the loneliness. This must be a stray cat who was once a domestic cat. And they are sitting on the sidewalk or near the sidewalk watching pedestrians pass by. He or she desperately wants to interact with these people. She swats at the people with her left paw (most cats favour their left foreleg). This is not an act of aggression but an attempt to get their attention and perhaps to instigate some play or any form of interaction. These are the actions of a lonely domestic cat but nobody responds and nobody cares. I don’t blame the people because they are going about their business and there is nothing much they can do in that moment. However, I do hope that somebody eventually interacts with this cat, takes them home as their cat or contacts a local rescue centre through which they can be rehomed. This is my assessment. Above all else, this is not an aggressive cat looking to attack people. It is almost the opposite, a cat who wants to draw in people to live a normal life, a life for which they have been trained and socialised.


Stray Cat Sits on Sidewalk and Attacks Pedestrians

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It is a fallacy to believe that domestic cats don’t get lonely. They are socialised to be with people. This is their role. They’ve become used to it. Domestic cats have become quite social animals in fact. People have a misconception sometimes of domestic cats being independent-minded and solitary. That applies to the wildcat ancestor but not to the domestic cat after 10,000 years of domestication.

Stray cat sits on the sidewalk and swats at pedestrians. Why?
Stray cat sits on the sidewalk and swats at pedestrians. Why?

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Homeless man takes care of homeless cats

KOTA KINABALU, SABAH, EAST MALAYSIA-NEWS AND COMMENT: This extraordinary man, who might be educated but who has been homeless for a long time, cannot bear to let homeless and vulnerable cats suffer and so despite being in dire straits himself he helps them out. He lives near a dump site and because he helps stray cats, unscrupulous and exploitative people dump their unwanted cats and dogs onto him to look after them.

These might be ill or old companion animals which owners want to get rid of. It’s pretty uncomfortable reading but that, I’m afraid, is what people sometimes do and it doesn’t just happen in East Malaysia but potentially all over the world. However, it is the first time that I have read of a vulnerable homeless person looking after vulnerable and homeless cats.

Homeless man looks after homeless cats in Sabah, E. Malaysia
Homeless man looks after homeless cats in Sabah, E. Malaysia. Photo: Grace?

In fact, he somehow manages to get some of them vaccinated. He takes him to a veterinarian but people don’t know how he pays the bills. It’s probably that he is being given money by people to look after the stray cats.

And what has happened is that a 22-year-old woman, whose name is Grace Jorest Josip, has come to his aid. She said that some of the cats are kept in old cages as you can see in the photograph while others were left to roam freely. She has noticed that the number of stray cats had increased but through her efforts this deterioration in circumstances has been turned around partly because she has managed to get people to adopt some of the cats.

There are now about a dozen left under his care. She refers to him as her uncle. She said: “However, I have a feeling that he is actually a well-educated man, because when he speaks, he seems knowledgeable about many issues but he never wants to talk about himself much.”

She also said: “The uncle said he must take care of them; his heart breaks and he cannot sleep if he knew of one stray near him that he overlooked.”

Grace appears to have organised the burying of dead animals that were littering the place. It sounds quite awful. She is a fitness trainer and yoga instructor. She, herself, is the kind of person who cannot let vulnerable beings suffer which is why she is helping the uncle as she describes him.

Source: The Star.


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Homeless cat’s long journey to ‘furever’ happiness

This is the story of Bubby, a three legged, ginger tabby-and-white male cat with sad eyes and a charming character. He lives in Canada. Going back about eight years, he was a street cat enduring a difficult life. He showed up at the home of a man who had a cat named Seson and he let Bubby into his home. The two cats formed a strong friendship but one day Seson died. Bubby continued to visit and was loved by the man’s family but he was essentially an outdoor cat and so he visited often but did not stay. Bubby was well looked after by the man but he, too, died and at that point Bubby stop visiting.

Bubby. Photo: Sarah MacLeod

And then, some years later in the summer of 2019 he returned. A neighbour, Ray Pinsent, recognised Bubby and he realised that this charming cat needed veterinary help because the years had not been kind to him living through cold winters. Ray wanted to get him to a vet so he knocked on the door of the house which Bubby had consistently visited years ago. The new owner agreed to let Bubby in if and when he visited again.

He duly did this and called Ray who immediately came around to the house to pick up Bubby to take him to a veterinarian. He was dehydrated and in poor condition. Sarah McLeod, a volunteer at Exploits Valley SPCA Adoptables decided to foster Bubby but secretly she realised that she was going adopt him. She said, “I knew I wanted to keep Bubby for ever before I took him home”.

She said that she was “in the market” for a cat but she was concerned whether her boyfriend would accept Bubby. After she started to foster Bubby, one day she came home to find him on the floor with her boyfriend. Bubby had climbed onto him and she realised that Bubby had won him over.

Bubby has settled into a loving home where he can be happy ‘furever’ and where he will no longer have to endure harsh days living on the street. I forgot to mention that some of his tail is missing too. It sounds as if he had a car accident.

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