VISITING POLAND, MARCH 2007
|We visit EMIRs dogshelter
On March 5 we, Ingrid, Monica and Pia flew to Poland
to visit Krystyna Sroczynska who is the manager at the shelter and Anna
Walentynowicz who works as a volunteer and who would also look after us.
Thank you Anna! She picked us up at the airport and drove us to the shelter
that is situated about 30 km southwest of Warsaw.
The dogs are curious and jump to get attention and a cuddle - we are overwhelmed by these dogs that, in spite of everything they have been through, are prepared to give us humans another chance Only a few keep their distance - but everyone goes to Krystyna. We are let in to every pen and get to meet all the dogs, the groups mix and all dogs seem to be able to mingle with everyone else - it is quite moving to see how well they communicate Everything is very well organized - every dog has a name, she pets and talks to every dog; especially those who will not come to us She knows where every dog belongs and cooks all the food for the dogs! Maybe that is why all dogs seem so well cared for; coats shining, eyes clear and clean. All dogs are wormed and vaccinated (including rabies), during summer they are treated with a spot-on remedy for ticks.
There is also a hospital area; indoors with central heating and divided into boxes. In one of the boxes are three puppies cowering in a corner, watching us and looking very scared In another box is a bitch that has just given birth to a puppy; she is very young and does not quite know what to do Just a few days earlier they were all picked up from Wegrow Krystyna has an agreement with the university hospital where she takes the dogs that require immediate veterinary treatment. A vet visits the shelter once a week. One larger pen is used as a "recreation area" - all dogs get to spend at least one hour every day when they can play, run around and also improve their dog communication skills
When we are quite dizzy from all new impressions
Krystyna invites us for tea and biscuits - for a long time we sit and
-After a while we bring out the gifts we have brought - and
Krystyna has some gifts for us! We are very moved by the mugs, the pictures
and the little poems - a moving moment filled with mutual understanding
-After that we are taken to a restaurant where Krystyna has booked a table
and she treats us all to a meal! We order pizza and they are so enormous
that we start giggling like little girls
After a guided tour of
"Warsaw by night" we go back to Anna`s flat where we are to
spend the night - we tumble into our beds
A short and very intense visit - we talked
a lot about what we will do next time we visit; maybe a visit to the university
Having met these people in Poland it feels even more urgent
to support their work and maybe bring some dogs to Sweden to be rehomed.
A lot of dogs are rehomed in Poland but for every dog that is rehomed
another dog in need gets a place at the shelter! Thank you Anna, Krystyna