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Animal Kind International Partner Organization: Save the Animals Armenia (SAA)

Above: Save the Animals-Armenia's shelter, where all the dogs get their share of belly rubs

Above: Roofs at the Save the Animals' shelter were repaired and replaced with AKI funds.  Thanks to these new roofs, the dogs stayed warm and dry during the cold winter of 2012. 

Gudrun contacted AKI about 2 dogs living outside of Yerevan, who were chained and not well-fed or given water. She was hoping to bring the dogs to the Save the Animals' shelter in Yerevan, but the owner refused to give them up. Instead, she worked with him so that he would provide better care.

Gudrun tells us, "I never saw that people were bad to the dogs. Most were indifferent, but they were not bad to them." Read her article about her experience with the street dogs and owned dogs of Armenia. Click here.

ABOUT SAVE THE ANIMALS OF ARMENIA

Stray dogs in Yerevan are often killed by the municipality. Nune, a piano teacher, could not stand to see the dead bodies of dogs on the streets of Yerevan city and hear the shootings every night. So she took it upon herself to form a charity that would save the dogs from the killing. Save the Animals provides the only sanctuary these dogs have from this cruel form of “animal control.”

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Save the Animals: A registered charity in Armenia and the only animal shelter in Yerevan.

Save the Animals Requests:

Donations of $5 a month or more, so that Nune can rely on a regular “income” to feed her shelter animals, and provide for their other needs.

Donations of any amount to help Nune fund shelter repairs. See photos below of the shelter.

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▼ Please read this article about Nune, her shelter, and the situation for dogs in Armenia.
Saving the Street Dogs of Armenia

Ovsanna, an Armenian animal activist, sent these stories of animal rescues to AKI; click here to read them: 

Rally around the Armenian Gampr. The Armenian Gampr is the national dog of Armenia. It is a sheepherding dog, strong and proud. Save the Animals hopes to encourage Armenians to be proud of this national symbol of their country.

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▼ I came across this nice scene when I was working in Armenia....a vision of kindness.  -Karen

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Operating an animal shelter any place in the world is costly and time consuming. Even so, in 2003, Nune decided to start the Save the Animals’ shelter in Yerevan, Armenia. She rented a small, run-down factory, put her friends and supporters to work building the kennels, and repaired the existing building, making a space for the kitchen, with a small hub to cook food for the dogs. At that time, Nune probably never imagined she would have over 200 dogs at the shelter, and a staff that includes a manager, cook, cleaners, and a day guard.