#ZooImprovement #Enrichment 

22/07/2016
13728981_1004331202998035_1744457856641436841_n2 young Chimps, Dora and Haus, are no longer alone, but socialising. Animal welfare expert Hilda Tresz, who we arranged to visit Rostov zoo in Russia, taught zoo staff how to responsibly introduce these complex animals to each other and improve their daily lives. They are social animals and need companionship like people. Dora also had a vital surgery to remove an iron pin from her body, left in by a street photographer. The zoo is also implementing habitat and enrichment improvements for other animals. We are hoping that the now infamous Kazakhstan zoo will respond to our calls to get Hilda there.

Full update on improvements in Rostov to follow. Stay tuned.
2 young Chimps, Dora and Haus, are no longer alone, but socialising. Animal welfare expert Hilda Tresz, who we arranged to visit Rostov zoo in Russia, taught zoo staff how to responsibly i

‪#‎UrgentAppeal‬ to ‪#‎Save17DogsAnd9Cats‬

19/07/2016
13680515_1002322756532213_2377319308626911644_nMarina Butolina from Astrakhan dedicated her life to helping animals in need. Today she is the one who desperately needs our help.
The amount of stray animals In Astrahkan, a city in southern Russia is huge, but it could have been a lot worse if it wasn’t for people like Marina Butolina. Find out more here
Marina Butolina from Astrakhan dedicated her life to helping animals in need. Today she is the one who desperately needs our help.

Our #SuccessStories

15/07/2016

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Our volunteers from Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan found this beaifitul Central Asian shepherd dog roaming the streets of the city back in June. Apparently, the dog has been living on the streets for a while and was already well-known to the locals. They were very happy that she was finally rescued by our team. The life as a stray for this once someone’s dog didn’t go without consequences, she had nasty excrescences on her paws and had developed an allergy to the food she was eating out of dumpsters. Our amazing vet Omar had her checked, treated and later spayed. Today, this incredibly smart and sweet girl is thriving. She is up for adoption and we are hoping for the best paw-rents for her! Find out more stories here

Big Hearts attended and presented at a first of its kind conference in Russia: ‘Problems of homeless animals: from theory to practice’

03/06/2016

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Big Hearts attended and presented at a first of its kind conference in Russia: ‘Problems of homeless animals: from theory to practice’. The main topic was ways that stray dogs and cats are dealt with in Russia and abroad.
Anastasiya Komagina, president of Big Heart Foundation, delivered a presentation called ‘Problems and paradoxes of animals welfare in Russia’. She stated that animals welfare foundations in Russia are often divided and are unable to communicate with the authorities on basis of compromise. Our charity main tasks involve helping and advising regional shelters and NGO’s on how to improve, become more effective and sustainable.
Vladimir Rybalko is the only one scientist in Russia who specializes on the problem of stray animals. He presented the analysis of global experience in regulating the number of stray dogs. Speaker divided all countries into two groups – with European and Asian style of dog keeping. Vladimir said that Russia belongs to the group of countries with European style dog keeping, but with some malfunctions in the form of uncontrolled dog walking, especially prevalent in rural areas, and accumulation of dogs at the territories of some enterprises. As an expert he recommended to start work on the prevention of neglect – implementation of dogs’ registration with the identification number, promotion of neutering, fight against uncontrolled dog walking (basically letting them run loose), governmental control in these areas. In addition, in Vladimir’s opinion, it is necessary to create, maintain and organise temporary shelters, and move to a non-returnable catching as the main strategy for working with stray dogs.

CHANGE IN ACTION: To prevent cruelty and foster a more compassionate society we had to start with the basics.

26/05/2016
13220887_971191176312038_4783988417853594144_nProvide children with Humane Education in schools seemed like a right move. But how would you do it when there is no one skilled enough to teach? Big Hearts created and launched an online course, which in the following year will prepare 160 qualified instructors across Russia and Ukraine. Being carried out online the course allows anyone to join and complete it wherever they are located. After completing the 3 months program, newly prepared teachers will be able to pass the knowledge to thousands of school kids. Our course teacher, Sasha Bogachyk from Ukraine, has 18 years experience in Humane Education and has developed Ukraine’s first curriculum on the subject. Currently it is being endorsed by the Ukrainian government as a highly recommended course for students to take. Interested Russian-speaking teachers and animal welfare activists can enrol here.

Uncovering the Russian Abuser of Infants

19/05/2016
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They borrow lion cubs from Russian zoos. They rent them out to the rich and famous as photo props. What happens to these cubs afterwards?! Find out here.
#‎cubpetting ‪#‎Russia ‪#‎animalabuse ‪#‎lions ‪#‎lenatemnikova ‪#‎celebrities
They borrow lion cubs from Russian zoos. They rent them out to the rich and famous as photo props. What happens to these cubs afterwards?! Find out here. 
#‎cubpetting ‪#‎Russia ‪#‎animalabuse ‪#‎lions ‪#‎lenatemnikova ‪#‎celebrities 

LEGAL CONCENTRATION CAMPS IN TODAY’S RUSSIA: ILLUSION OF HUMANITY AT NO-KILL SHELTERS.

09/05/2016
_bfoPpOTpv4Russia is raging. Not only animal advocates, but also the general public, who until yesterday didn’t seem to notice thousands of stray cats and dogs wandering around the streets, is scandalized about the recent discoveries at one of the municipal animal shelters. There are those, who are invoking “lynching” of Elena Petrosyan, the director of the org...Continue reading
Russia is raging. Not only animal advocates, but also the general public, who until yesterday didn’t seem to notice thousands of stray cats and dogs wandering around the streets, is scandalized about 

LATEST NEWS ON TIGRESS KURALAY

08/05/2016
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Deputy director of Almaty Zoo Akbay Azhibaev thought he was be more competent and experienced than the Senior Veterinarian of EARAZA (WAZA) Mikhail Alshinetsky. Zoo administration ignored clear recommendations to humanely euthanize Kuralay, as she had no chance of surviving. They decided to continue her “treatment” instead. 
Last night Kuralay’s body gave up not able to support the agony any longer. She is gone now and doesn’t suffer anymore.
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