Posted by: balkansanimalsuffering | January 4, 2010

MACEDONIA: For European Union – Sample Letter to Copy and Send – re: Vardariste Holding Facility

Link for further information:  Macedonia Animal Welfare Website – Anima Mundi:

A sample letter has been prepared to the members of EU Eurogroup for Animals,  asking that they act immediately to stop the horror and animal abuses at Vardariste Holding Facility, Skopje.

EU Sample Letter to Copy and Send

Copy letter below and send to: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;


SUBJECTPlease, help the dogs in Skopje, Macedonia

6 rue des Patriotes B – 1000 Brussels
tel. +32 2 740 08 20
fax +32 2 740 08 29

To Whom It May Concern:

The reason we are writing you is to draw your attention to the suffering and killing of huge number of strayed dogs in Skopje, in facility which is supposed to implement a catch-neuter-release programme.

The city of Skopje has assigned a city communal services company, the public enterprise “Komunalna Higiena”, to run the facility and to be responsible for the process of catching and treating the dogs.  The treatment should include de-worming, spaying/neutering of the dogs and returning them to the location where they were caught. 

Unfortunately, not only is the programme not being carried out according to the plan (officially there is about 60% of euthanasia, unofficially about 90%!), but the dogs kept in the holding facility are being mistreated and left to suffer from extremely bad conditions (too many dogs in one cage, concrete wet surface, often hungry, without enough drinking water, many of them are sick and are in same cage with healthy dogs). Furthermore, the facility’s management is not allowing visitors for adoption to come every day.   Visitors can come only two days of the week, Fridays and Saturdays, from 9.00h-12.00h a.m.   We believe that without a proper adoption plan, the catch-neuter-release programme cannot be successful.

In addition to this, we would like to provide you with the following information:

There is only one veterinarian in the holding facility. However, the dog catching team is constantly increasing the number of its members.

Currently, there are 40 official dog-catchers.   The dogs are being caught non-stop, because the dog catching service works in three shifts!

 The cages are too full. In most of the cages, there are over 15 dogs in one cage.  

Very Important –  There is no evidence of which dog has been caught, sterilized or euthanized, signed by a veterinarian who determined the reasons why the certain dog has been euthanized.

The dogs are starved, the hygiene is intolerant, in fact, the holding facility is a source of diseases (Febris catarrhalis infectiosa canis and Parvovirosis).

The majority of the small dogs die in terrible pain, without any veterinary care being provided.

The dogs are treated like parasites, they are not being vaccinated against Rabies.   Also, adoption and health documents are not issued for the adopted dogs.

The majority of the dogs are never taken out of the cages.

When the cages are being washed, the dogs are not taken out of the cages.   They are forced to stand and stay on a wet and cold concrete floor.   As a result, many of the dogs, especially the little ones, die from Pneumonia.

There are barely any marked dogs, not more than 10 % of the caught dogs (dogs marked as sterilized and that need to be returned to their territory because they are healthy and non aggressive).

It’s strictly forbidden to take pictures (photographs) in the facility, or to record any video footage, everything with purpose to hide the truth and the real situation!

According to the information we have received backed up by statements and photographs, any alleged programmes are not being implemented as planned and the dogs are randomly being euthanized in extremely huge numbers.   The killing of numerous stray dogs has never been a successful way of dealing with this problem.

Today when animals have come to depend on us, this is a very cruel way to treat them.  We believe that in the 21st century we do not need to prove that animals feel pain when being abused or killed!

In relation to this problem, we have often discussed with city authorities (major of the city of Skopje, Mr. Koce Trajanovski) and with “Komunalna Higiena” about the implementation of the programme mentioned above.   Also all the biggest world association for protection of animals were informed and they reacted on this enormous killing and mistreatment of the dogs (PETA, WSPA, OIPA international, VIER Pfoten etc) but the situation is not changed.   We believe that this elimination is the political way of the city; who would like to “solve the problem” of dog uncontrolled population by implementing mass liquidation and officially killing more than every second dog they catch.

Addressing international organizations with a mission to help protect animals is our last hope, to be voice of the voiceless. Please help us to help these animals – the only solution is urgent international help, pressure and support – especially from the EU, a member state which macedonia is wishing to become in the future.  EU member states should not be allowed to abuse animals in this way, and this includes future EU member states such as Macedonia.

Please contact me by return  if you are willing to contact the city authorities of Skopje in order to react and to prevent the elimination and mistreatment of the dogs in Skopje.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours respectfully,





  1. Countries like Macedonia are seen as barbaricby the international community. They have lost their humanity, for to be human is to be humane.

    There are millions of people if not billions who have not lost their humanity and will stand up for the animals who have no voice, who are defenseless and suffer at the hands of man.

    It is the responsibility of the government that represents the people to take care of the animals that are part of their society. There is no excuse for murdering thousands of stray dogs when simple solutions are available.

    The EU should not allow countries like Macedonia to be part of the union until they can prove that they have lived up to their responsibility of humane treatment of innocent animals.

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