Dogs are the sweetest, most forgiving, and loving creatures on the Planet. Yet, did you know that there are over 200 million stray dogs in the world?
Sasha Pesic is one of the inspirational people trying to do something about the problem. In the process, he has taken in over 750 dogs to his homegrown shelter in the Serbian city of Nis.
You heard that right. His shelter offers a safe and loving home to 750 dogs!
There was a time when he couldn’t have imagined it becoming so overcrowded.
Sasha’s journey began in 2008, when after a long day he came across four abandoned puppies on his way home. He wasn’t a rich man by any means, and he wasn’t sure how he’d care for four pupsters, but he knew he had to help them.
From there on out, he made the decision to open his heart and his door to any and every four-legged doggo who needed his help.
Day by day, his shelter grew, taking in more dogs all of the time.
Sasha couldn’t do it alone. He receives donations from all over the world and gets help from 6 volunteers who dedicate their time helping Sasha feed, clean, and love on the hundreds of dogs who now live at his shelter.
Sasha truly cares for each dog that lives in his extended family. He knows all of their names, and makes sure that each one is vaccinated, sterilized, and microchipped.
The shelter is currently housing over 750 dogs, but Sasha is personally responsible for rescuing around 1,200 dogs – 400 of which have been adopted by people around the world.
Sasha offers so many dogs exactly what they want, a chance to get off the streets and be a part of a loving pack.
While people from all over have banned together to help Sasha in his mission, he’s got some haters to contend with. In particular, the people who own the land where he operates the shelter are trying to evict him, along with all of his dogs.
People did not take kindly to the landowner’s requests. A petition went around that has already been signed by thousands of people. As a result, authorities have given up trying to remove Sasha and his pups from the property. Still, the matter is not permanently settled.
For now, the dogs have a home, but the future remains up in the air.
In addition, Sasha has concerns about how overcrowded the shelter has become and he knows he needs a bigger space.
“The problem here is in the system and the institutions that should be taking care of this,” Sasha told Bored Panda in an interview. “They are broken and corrupted and cause even more damage rather than actually helping the situation.”
“The other problem is in the irresponsibility of the owners who don’t neuter their dogs and leave them outside when they don’t want them anymore. Reasons vary from ‘I got a baby and I can’t take care of the dog’ to ‘I don’t need it anymore.’”
“There is confusion and carelessness towards animals here that causes a lot of problems of these kinds.”
The government provides zero assistance to Sasha, and many veterinarians actually overcharge him for their services because they assume he has a lot of money from donations.
“I’m all on my own and I cover the veterinary treatment and everything necessary out of donations and my own pocket.”
This man has saved over 1,200 dogs and you could help him save even more!
His monthly expenses are staggering, totaling as much as $20,000 some months.
You can donate to the cause via Sasha’s Patreon page patreon.com/sashashelter. One-time donations can be made using PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sasha’s goal is to build a sustainable income source so he can keep the shelter open for many years to come.
“These dogs just need a little love, food and care, many come to the shelter sad and scared but in time their joy is returned,” Sasha shares with pride.