Annual report 2018

This is the third full year Angel’s Choice has operated. Sometimes you think it cannot get worse, but believe me, it can. It’s the gratitude of the dogs and cats that have been saved that keeps us going.
Apart from a number of individual handicapped dogs in other countries Angel’s Choice mainly supports several animal rescue organisations in Macedonia. This is a non-EU country and the situation for the (stray) animals is really bad. National and local government do not care about the wellbeing of animals. Abuse, torture, poisoning and other ways of killing stray animals are going on and on…. For many diseases diagnostic facilities, treatments and medication are not available.
The rescuers do what they can to save as many lives as possible by neutering as many dogs and cats as possible. Because the rescuers have no means and facilities to take all the stray animals, they have to restrict themselves to taking the ill, weak and injured ones off the streets. This means a lot of expenses (medical care, supplements, wound care, special food) and also a high mortality rate. Not all of them make it, by far not all of them, but at least they knew love and safety at the end of their lives. It is not possible to name all of them we have lost in Macedonia, but they have a place in our hearts.
In January handicapped Teo lost his battle. He was the first handicapped dog Angel’s Choice became involved with. He was adopted in Germany by a loving family and had the best time of his life with them. Black cat Madonna died due to an unfortunate accident near the home of her adopter in the Netherlands. Handicapped puppy Cipiripi died a few days before she was going to fly to her forever home in Belgium. Lunita, handicapped dog from Argentina, died shortly after her 11th birthday. In 2015 Angel’s Choice was involved in rescuing her from her abusive adopters in USA. After that she went to a wonderful forever foster home where she died despite a lot of medical care. Cat Adi travelled to her forever home in the Netherlands, but her new life with her loving mom and dad ended too soon due to medical problems. Femie, one of the first cats Angel’s Choice found a home for, died suddenly. Femie was a very shy cat and she had a very good life with her patient and understanding dad.

Organisations supported
In 2018 Angel’s Choice provided full support for:
– Angelcats Sanctuary, Skopje, Macedonia (mainly cats, but also some dogs) – supported since the beginning of 2015
– Animalia Ohrid, Ohrid, Macedonia (mainly dogs, but also some cats) – supported since spring 2015
Full support means trying to raise money for medical treatments, food and other necessities for daily care, trying to find a forever home for some of the animals and organising transport, networking, providing information and second opinion from vets and specialists, moral support, et cetera
– Full support of Dog Rescue Gastarovska, Skopje, Macedonia, ended in March 2017, but in the course of 2018 Angel’s Choice started supporting this organisation again by facilitating the fundraising for the often handicapped dogs.
Because it is not possible for residents of Macedonia to have a PayPal account (instrumental in fundraising) Angel’s Choice started facilitating the fundraising for the following two rescue organisations in Macedonia in 2018. Both are run by rescuers Angel’s Choice has been in touch with for several years.
– Masha’s friends
– Save the Angels in kill facility Vardarishte

Individual animals supported
Lunita, handicapped dog from Argentina, rescued from adopters in USA in 2015, long term fostered in USA – facilitating fundraiser for medical expenses. This support ended when Lunita died in the summer of 2018.
Doris, handicapped dog in Argentina, facilitating fundraisers for medical expenses
Manjar, handicapped dog in Chile, facilitating fundraisers for medical expenses. Sadly Manjar died in 2018.
Dora, handicapped dog rescued by Animalia Ohrid in 2016 and in foster care at Dog Rescue Gastarovska since autumn 2016.

36 dogs and cats went to their forever or foster home
For most of the dogs and cats in this list Angel’s Choice found a foster or forever home and organised transport. For others only transport was organised.
In 2018 more dogs than usual came into foster care in the Netherlands. This is not the policy of Angel’s Choice. Preferably they travel directly to their forever homes. But in 2018 it was urgent to take dogs out of paid pensions where Angelcats had put them, because this was too big a strain on the resources. Ado was on the urgency list, because he was still at paid pension whereas his two sisters had already left in the summer of 2017. And because the shelter of Animalia had to close in September 2018 as many dogs as possible had to leave before closure.
Apart from the newly arrivals Angel’s Choice has another dog in foster care in the Netherlands: Sharko. He arrived in the spring of 2017. He has leishmania and ever since his arrival we have been treating him for this. There is a lot if improvement, but his blood values are not 100% ok yet. In February he was treated for a sticker tumor with success.

Poppy, dog, neutered by Animalia Ohrid. After neutering she recovered for a couple of days at the shelter and she was supposed to be returned to the streets again. A family from the Netherlands fell in love with her and she was allowed to stay in the shelter until she was ready to travel. Organisation transport.

Fina, dog with crooked front legs, rescued by Animalia Ohrid. After almost all her life (many years) in the shelter she travelled to the Netherlands. Her adopters returned her after three days. She has been in foster care ever since. Mediation for adoption (including lots of info, pictures and video’s so the adopters would have a good idea of her ‘disability’), organisation transport and foster care.

Luck, kitten with three legs, rescued by Animalia Ohrid. Adopted in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption, organisation transport.

Zaga, dog, formerly paralysed dog rescued by Dog Rescue Gastarovska. She travelled to the Netherlands in 2017. Two failed adoptions in 2017 and finally in 2018 she went to live in her own paradise in Belgium. Mediation for adoption.

Bono, cat, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary. Adopted in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption and organisation transport.

Garfield, formerly paralysed cat but still incontinent, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary. Adopted in Belgium. Mediation for adoption and organisation transport.

Hippie, dog, rescued by Animalia Ohrid. Adopted in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption and organisation transport.

Joy, dog. Neutered by Animalia Ohrid and about to be returned to the streets after recovery in the shelter. Adopter was found and she remained in the shelter until she could travel. Adopted in the Netherlands. Taken from her adopter into foster care. Soon after adopted in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption, organisation foster care and organisation transport.

Bella, cat, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary. Adopted in Belgium. Mediation for adoption and organisation transport.

Adi, cat, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary. Adopted in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption and organisation transport.

Toto, dog, rescued by Animalia Ohrid when he was injured. Kept at the shelter of Animalia at request of Angel’s Choice. Fostered and adopted in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption and organisation transport.

Ayaan, cat, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary. Adopted in Belgium. Mediation for adoption and organisation transport.

Shiva, cat, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary. Adopted/failed foster in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption, organisation foster and organisation transport.

Holly, dog, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary. Adopted in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption and organisation transport.

Srekja, dog, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary. Adopted in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption and organisation transport.

Linda, dog, rescued by Animalia Ohrid. Adopted in the Netherlands after foster care. Mediation for adoption, organisation foster and transport.

Vaska, dog, rescued by Animalia Ohrid. Adopted/failed foster in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption, organisation foster and transport.

Leon, handicapped cat, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary. Adopted in Belgium. Mediation for adoption and organisation transport.

Bibi, dog with injured eye, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary. Still fostered in the Netherlands at the end of 2018. Organisation foster care and transport.

Baby, dog, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary. Adopted/failed foster in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption, organisation foster care and transport.

Masha, cat, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary. Adopted in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption and organisation transport.

Laura, dog, rescued by Animalia Ohrid. Adopted in Germany. Organisation transport.

Berta, dog with three legs, rescued by Animalia Ohrid. Fostered and adopted in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption, organisation foster care and transport.

Simba, handicapped dog, rescued in Macedonia. Adopted in Germany. Organisation transport.

Gene, cat, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary. Adopted/failed foster in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption, organisation foster care and transport.

Qyra, cat, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary. Adopted in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption and organisation transport.

Sticky, cat with malformed legs, fostered in Macedonia by Melita Ivanova. Adopted in the Netherlands. Organisation transport.

Madam, dog, rescued by Animalia Ohrid. Adopted in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption and organisation transport.

Ado, dog, initially rescued by Dog Rescue Gastarovska. Foster care in the Netherlands. Organisation foster care and transport.

Mona, pup, rescued by Animalia Ohrid. Adopted in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption and organisation transport.

Oscar, dog, rescued by Animalia Ohrid. Foster care in the Netherlands. Organisation foster care and transport.

Bina, dog, rescued by Animalia Ohrid. Foster care in the Netherlands. Organisation foster care and transport.

Gala, pup with burnt feet and tail, fostered in Macedonia by Ivana Miseva. Adopted in Belgium. Mediation for adoption and organisation transport.

Toby, handicapped dog, rescued by Animalia Ohrid. Adopted in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption and organisation transport.

Jasmin, cat, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary. Adopted in Belgium. Mediation for adoption and organisation transport.

Buckie, pup, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary/Ruzica Parsons. Adopted in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption and organisation transport.

Visits
In October Vildana Sadikoska of Animalia Ohrid visited the Netherlands for the very first time. Angel’s Choice organised a meet & greet and a lot of dogs from Animalia and their new families were present. It was an event with many happy reunions. The following dogs met their rescuer: Mona, Sakana, Duso, Pixie (not Animalia but Angelcats Sanctuary), Hippie, Fina, Mizo, Goldie, Vaska, Madam, Luna, Gina, Poppy and Blue. Vildana visited cat Luck at her forever home.
During the year Angel’s Choice visited several formerly adopted cats and dogs at their forever homes in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Finances
One of the main tasks is raising money for medical treatment, supplements, food, neuterings and vaccinations. There are various ways to do this. Both Animalia Ohrid and Angelcats Sanctuary have a number of loyal supporters who donate a fixed amount (mostly 10 euro) each month. This is a steady income but not enough by far. Regularly appeals had to be made to raise enough money to pay for food. Angel’s Choice has organised 12 auctions in 2018 and the proceeds are used to pay vet bills and medical necessities. Items for the auctions are donated by people and 100% of the proceeds goes to the rescue organisations. Another way to raise money is collecting coupons and fortunately people keep on donating them.
In 2018 17 resident cats at Angelcats Sanctuary found a sponsor who donates each month 5 euro or more. Resident cats are cats that will most probably never leave the sanctuary because they are too old, too weak or chronically ill. Taking care of them (food, supplements, medical care) costs about 10 euro per month.
On September 1st the shelter of Animalia had to close its doors, because the municipality reclaimed the land. No other plot of land had been found to start a new shelter. Because it was no option to put the dogs back on the streets. Many of them have been in the shelter for years and most probably will not survive the winter (and the humans). Luckily a pension was found willing to take all dogs that were left, 31 in total. And also luckily sponsors for all dogs were found. Every month 50 euro per dog has to be paid for pension. This does not include food and medical care.

Donated necessities
Also this year many necessities were donated by people, vet clinics and organisations in the Netherlands and Belgium. E.g. deworming tablets, spot on anti flea treatments, all kinds of medication, diapers, puppy training pads, blankets, towels, dog coats, collars, leashes, harnesses, vitamins and other supplements, snacks, toys, cages, baskets, carrier bags, bandages, gauzes, medical cones, food bowls and more. The main part of the donated items were transported to the animal rescue organisations in Macedonia by mail or taken by people flying to Macedonia. Items that could not be sent to Macedonia because of size, weight or contents were distributed amongst various private sanctuaries in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.

Thank you
Angel’s Choice (run by Adrie Beyen with moral support from Angel, adopted from a Dutch public shelter, and Belco, adopted from Macedonia) wants to thank all the people who have helped in all the above activities one way or another. Especially deep respect for the rescuers who have to deal with animal cruelty and misery every day of their lives and gratitude for all who have offered a dog or a cat a forever home.
With all the changes going on there and here the future is very uncertain. Let’s hope we can change the world for many dogs and cats next year as well.

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