Czech people are huge animal lovers. You may have noticed that many Czechs take care of dogs, cats, or other pets; that they have birdhouses on their balconies or in their gardens; that during the winter they bring food for forest animals or that they just love going to the ZOO. Love towards animals is basically a part of Czech culture. That’s why there are many institutions devoted to animal protection. And they offer ways for how you can participate and help. In this article, we’ll tell you how to help animals in the following situations:
1) You’ve found a domestic or wild animal in danger
If in the city or countryside you’ve encountered a domestic animal (dog, cat, guinea pig, turtle, etc.) or farm animal (cow, domestic pig, chicken, etc.) who seems abandoned, please contact Municipal police at 156 telephone number. Trained police officers will arrive and capture the animal. Then they’ll take them to an animal shelter or a capture station, or if an owner is found, contact them directly.
In your everyday life, you might encounter not just domestic animals, but also wild animals in danger. These may be wild boars, deer, swans, and more. If you encounter such an animal in a place that’s not their natural habitat (e. g. forest animals in a busy city street etc.) or the wild animal is hurt, please contact the nearest animal rescue station. You can find a map of animal rescue stations HERE.
2) You’re thinking of getting a pet dog or cat
There are hundreds of dog and cat shelters in the Czech Republic. These are places where good people take care of pets abandoned by their owners. Animals waiting for their new owners in these places are fed, sheltered, and provided with veterinary care.
If you’re thinking of getting a pet dog or cat, we recommend checking your local animal shelters first, where you may adopt your dream pet and do a good deed at the same time. Trust us, your pet will be forever grateful.
You can also participate in so-called foster care, which means you’ll take a dog out of a shelter and care for them until an owner decides to adopt them. Thanks to foster care, the dog will wait for his new owner in a cozy comfortable home environment and will be in permanent contact with people, which in turn increases their chances of adoption. In this case, all expenses for food, equipment, and veterinary care are covered by the animal shelter. You can find out about foster care possibilities from animal shelters in your vicinity. A list of animal shelters can be found HERE.
3) You want to support animals, but you can’t or don’t want to adopt one
If you want to help animals in shelters, but can’t get a four-legged friend for any reason, you can do one of the following:
Come walk a sheltered dog
Contact an animal shelter in your area and inquire about the possibility of walking any of the sheltered dogs. Most animal shelters welcome this because they themselves don’t have the time to walk the dogs. Pair this activity with a family trip and enjoy a weekend afternoon with a furry friend without any commitments.
Donate food or equipment to an animal shelter
Contact an animal shelter or a rescue station and ask what food or equipment are they missing. Then you just need to agree on the time of handover and deliver the items.
Long-distance animal adoption
You can also financially support animals and adopt them at a distance. You’ll regularly be sending a sum of money to the bank account of your organization of choice. Its employees will use this money to buy higher quality food, treats, and better equipment.
Long-distance ZOO animal adoption: https://www.zoopraha.cz/jak-pomoci/adopce
Long-distance farm animal adoption: https://farmanadeje.cz/virtualni-adopce-na-farme-nadeje/
Long-distance animal shelter and rescue station adoption: For more information, contact an animal shelter or rescue station in your area – https://www.pesweb.cz/cz/utulky
We wish you a lovely day and lots of joyous experience with animals! :-)