BRATISLAVA’S Staré Mesto (Old Town) borough has founded a charitable project that offers locals the chance to pass a pleasant Saturday at the Horský Park forest park, while also helping abandoned animals. For the third time this year, the borough organised an animal welfare event called Nájdite sa! (Find Each Other!), held in the park on September 24. Four animal shelters took part, promoting the work they do around the city and offering animals to potential new owners. Personal contact is the best way for pets to enchant people, the shelters told the Staromestské Noviny website.
The event set a record, finding homes for three cats and 11 dogs, the SITA newswire reported. The project was initiated by Old Town Mayor Tatiana Rosová, whose was the first to sign a petition calling for the adoption of an entirely new law on animal protection that was launched at this latest Nájdite sa!
The day’s programme included a range of entertainment. There was a show of rescue dogs, a consultancy for pet-owners by a "dog-training school”, a demonstration of dogs trained for canistherapy (therapy by dogs), and a presentation of the skills of guide dogs for the visually impaired. There was also music, and a selection of celebrities came to talk about their love affairs with their pets. TV hosts Eňa Vacvalová, Erika Judínyová, and Lucia Hablovičová all gave talks.
The four shelters that took part were the civic associations Majme srdce, Pes v núdzi, and Záchranný koráb (the latter travelling 60 kilometres from Šaštín to attend), as well as the non-profit organisation Sloboda zvierat (Animal Freedom).
10. Oct 2011 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská