Annual report 2017

This is the second full year Angel’s Choice has operated. And once again it was an emotional rollercoaster: immense sadness, anger, frustration, relief, gratefulness and joy painted the animal rescue landscape.
Angel’s Choice mainly supports animal rescuers in Macedonia. This is a non-EU country which means that adoption of cats and dogs abroad is more complicated than adopting animals from a EU country. Also sending money and donated goods is very difficult, sometimes impossible, and very expensive. The possibilities of transporting animals by plane are limited. Transport by road takes a long time and there are no professional transport companies that take animals from Macedonia to Western Europe.
The animal rescuers in Macedonia are getting exhausted by the continuing fight for animal welfare in general and the well-being of individual animals. Lots of horrific events take place: animals being murdered with axes, mass poisoning (even neutered stray animals are being poisoned), bestiality and mass abandoning of pets. Lots of medication and analytical tools are not available or of poor quality, which means a diagnosis cannot always be made properly and accurately, diseases and damage caused by trauma cannot be treated adequately.
Every life saved and every forever home found are the fuel to keep the animal rescuers going despite everything.

Organisations supported
In 2017 Angel’s Choice supported:
– 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
Support of Dog Rescue Gastarovska, Skopje, Macedonia, ended in March 2017, because communication had become impossible due to continuing personal problems of the animal rescuer.
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.

Individual animals supported with fundraisers
Lunita, handicapped dog from Argentina, rescued from adopters in USA in 2015, now long term fostered in USA – facilitating fundraiser for medical expenses
Doris, handicapped dog in Argentina, facilitating fundraisers for medical expenses
Manjar, handicapped dog in Chile, facilitating fundraisers for medical expenses

Special medical care
In 2017 two animals were brought to a foster home in the Netherlands to make better medical treatment possible. In January cat Pepper from Angelcats Sanctuary arrived. Due to a dog attack she had lost a hind leg and part of her ear. After that she developed severe gingivitis. She went to a specialised vet and had surgery: all teeth except the fangs were removed. She made a good recovery after surgery and after a failed adoption she finally found her true forever home.
Dog Sharko was rescued by Dog Rescue Gastarovska and treated with Milteforan for leishmania in the summer of 2016. Since then he had been in paid pension, but this could not continue. On arrival in April in the Netherlands it was clear the leismania was active again and his kidneys were not in good condition. He was treated with Milteforan in May and his kidneys recovered. However after several months it was clear the leishmania was still active and he was treated with Glucantime injections during December. We hope his leishmania will be under control. New bloodwork will tell us in 2018. He is still looking for a forever home.

39 dogs and cats went to their forever or foster home
For some of the dogs and cats in this list Angel’s Choice found a home and organised transport. For others only transport was organised, e.g. when tourists visiting Macedonia found a stray animal and wanted to take it home. This is not possible straight away, because the cat or dog has to receive a rabies vaccination, chip and passport. After that several weeks have to pass before an animal is allowed to enter another country. During those weeks the animals were fostered by Animalia in Ohrid or Angelcats Sanctuary in Skopje.

Goldie, dog, private rescue by Dutch tourists in Ohrid, went missing before she could be taken to the shelter of Animalia. She was dislocated by the hotel owner and turned up in another village months later. Organisation transport.
Pepper, cat, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary when she was tiny after a dog attack, lost a leg and part of ear, developed severe gingivitis. Had surgery during foster care in the Netherlands and recovered fully. Had a failed adoption (appeared not to be very fond of men) and found her true forever home later this year. Medical care in the Netherlands, organisation transport, finding foster home, mediation for adoption.
Zaga, dog, rescued by Dog Rescue Gastarovska when found paralysed, had bad wounds. After 2 years brought to the Netherlands to a foster home. Had a failed adoption and at the end of 2017 still in foster care. Full support from the moment she was found, mediation for adoption, organisation transport.
Molly, dog, rescued by Dog Rescue Gastarovska when she was still a baby. One hind leg or hip was not in the right position. Adopted in Germany. Mediation for adoption, organisation transport.
Dushi, cat, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary, had major surgery on disjointed hip. Adopted in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption and organisation transport.
Sharko, dog with leishmania, rescued by Dog Rescue Gastarovska. Went to foster home in the Netherlands, intensive medical treatment, still in foster home at end of the year. Medical care in the Netherlands, organisation transport, finding foster home.
Alice, dog, rescued by Dog Rescue Gastarovska. Went to foster home in the Netherlands, found forever home in the Netherlands. Organisation transport, finding foster home, mediation for adoption.
Alba, dog, rescued by Dog Rescue Gastarovska. Went to foster home in the Netherlands, found forever home in the Netherlands. Organisation transport, finding foster home, mediation for adoption.
Nika, cat, private rescue by Macedonian woman in Nigeria. Providing information and finding trustworthy animal rescue organisation in Nigeria
Lily, cat with three legs, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary. Adopted in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption and organisation transport.
Rory, CH kitten, rescued by Animalia’s Cat Sanctuary. Adopted in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption and organisation transport.
Gianna, dog, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary in cooperation with Iva Zafirovska. Fostered in the Netherlands, adopted in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption and organisation transport.
Ziggy, dog, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary. Fostered in the Netherlands, adopted in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption and organisation transport.
Bea, dog, rescued by Animalia Ohrid. Adopted in UK. Help with organisation transport.
Lian, dog, rescued by Animalia Ohrid. Adopted in UK. Help with organisation transport.
Roo, CH kitten, fostered by Melita Ivanova, Skopje. Adopted in the Netherlands. Organisation transport and temporary foster care.
Max, cat, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary. Adopted in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption and organisation transport.
Tea, paralysed/wounded cat found by a girl. Responsible animal rescuer: Tatjana Atanasova. Rescued from scam foster home in Skopje. Fostered by Angelcats Sanctuary. General support, fundraising, organisation transport.
Luna, dog, Private rescue by Dutch tourists. Fostered by Animalia Ohrid. Adopted in the Netherlands. Organisation transport
Aron, dog with three legs abandoned by owner. Fostered by Animalia Ohrid. Adopted in Spain. Arranging foster care, organisation transport.
Simba, cat with broken hip. Rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary and fostered by Melita Ivanova. Mediation for adoption and organisation transport.
Louisa, CH kitten, rescued and fostered by Melita Ivanova. Mediation for adoption and organisation transport.
Rostislav, cat with mild CH, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary. Mediation for adoption, organisation transport.
Lola, dog, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary. Adopted in Belgium. Mediation for adoption, organisation transport.
Rina, dog, rescued by Animalia Ohrid. Fostered in the Netherlands. Adopted in the Netherlands. Organisation transport and mediation for adoption.
Meglena, cat, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary. Adopted in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption, organisation transport.
Madonna, cat, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary. Adopted in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption, organisation transport.
Tommy, handicapped dog, rescued by Animalia Ohrid. Adopted in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption, organisation transport.
Pepe, cat, rescued by Melita Ivanova. Adopted in the Netherlands. Organisation transport.
Jiji, dog, rescued by Animalia Ohrid. Adopted in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption, organisation transport.
Marie, cat from Macedonia. Help with emergency rehoming in Germany after failed adoption.
Bolvi, dog, rescued at the request of a German tourist. Fostered at Animalia Ohrid. Adopted in Germany. Organisation transport.
Ani, dog, rescued by Animalia Ohrid. Adopted in Germany. Organisation transport.
Mimi, dog with leishmania and injuries after being hit by car and , rescued by Animalia Ohrid. Adopted in Belgium. Mediation for adoption, organisation transport.
Gamma, dog with three legs, rescued by Animalia Ohrid. Adopted in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption, organisation transport.
Garo, dog, member of Belco’s pack. Responsible animal rescuer: Tatjana Atanasova. Adopted in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption, organisation transport.
Piccolo, dog, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary. Failed adoption in Macedonia. Adopted in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption, organisation transport.
Roxy Marmalade, cat, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary. Adopted in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption, organisation transport.
Pixie, dog, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary. Adopted in the Netherlands. Mediation for adoption, organisation transport.

Visits
Maja Popovska of Angelcats Sanctuary brought animals to the Netherlands or Germany several times. The opportunity was seized to visit as many of ‘her’ rescued animals as possible. Also Adrie of Angel’s Choice visits adopted cats and dogs regularly. In 2017 some of the visited animals in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium were Teo, Mali, Lily, Mika, Lily Rose, Rory, Jane, Olly, Aya, Ava, Lajka, Marlo, Kees, Olav, Kaja, Mona, Civki, Freckles, Belco, Rainbow, Sarina, Tea, Dottie, Gianna, Lola and Little Prince. It is always a joy to meet them again.

Donated necessities
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, duvets, towels, dog coats, collars, leashes, harnesses, vitamins and other supplements, snacks, toys, cages, baskets, desinfectants, ointments, cleaning products, carrier bags, transporter benches, bandages, gauzes, medical cones, food bowls and more. The main part of the donated items were transported to the animal rescue organisations in Macedonia. Items that could not be sent to Macedonia because of their size, weight or contents were distributed amongst various private sanctuaries in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. 

Fundraising
One of the main tasks is raising money for medical treatment, food, neuterings, vaccinations and transport. All supported organisations and some of the individual dogs at their shelters or sanctuaries have loyal supporters who pay each month a fixed amount (10 euro or more). Unfortunately there has been a decline in the total number of loyal supporters, but even if the total number had been the same as in 2016, their donations would not have been enough to take care of all the needs. Fortunately there are also one off donations and fundraisers for special cases or urgent situations help getting more donations. The fundraiser for the new home of Angelcats Sanctuary that started in 2016 is still running at the end of 2017, because not enough money has been raised yet. The fundraiser for a badly needed car for Animalia Ohrid was closed because there was enough money raised to buy the car. But the fundraiser for food for all dogs in the shelter of Animalia Ohrid and lots of stray dogs in Ohrid is still running.
Other ways to raise money are collecting coupons and auctions. Once again in 2017 the coupons raised a few hundred euro’s. In 2017 seven auctions were organised. Items were donated by private sponsors and auctioned on a special page on Facebook. The money raised by the auctions, in total several thousands of euro’s, is mainly used to pay vet bills and other medical expenses.
In October 2017 Belgian organisation ARAS organised their second benefit event in Gent. It was visited by Maja Popovska of Angelcats Sanctuary and Adrie Beyen on behalf of Angel’s Choice. It was a big success. Maja went home with 90 kilo of donated items and Adrie drove home with a car filled to the brim with mainly blankets and baskets. Also the main part of the money raised was donated to Angel’s Choice.

 RIP
As the animals rescuers have to restrict themselves to helping the dogs and cats that need their help the most, they get a lot of ill, injured, maltreated, undernourished, abandoned and handicapped dogs and cats. This means quite a high percentage of them dies. This has always a huge impact on all involved and many many tears have been shed in 2017, but it is a comfort to know that the animal did not die alone and knew human love before it crossed the rainbow bridge.
We also lose animals because of their age, like this year poodle Leo and spaniel Mickey, both adopted in the Netherlands in 2016.
In 2017 we also mourned husky girl Hana, who lost her fight against leishmania, and handicapped cat Lily Rose, who developed scoliosis. Both were adopted in Belgium.

Thank you
Angel and I (Adrie Beyen) want to say thank you to all the animal rescuers for doing what they do every day of their lives. They are the first link in the chain to a new and happy life for a dog or cat. We really admire and respect them for their tenacity, perseverance, expertise and endless TLC.
We also want to thank all the people who have adopted or fostered a dog or cat, the people who were flight volunteer, helped finding the animals a home, donated money and items, helped running the auction, shared information and expertise, offered moral support and made it possible to go on.
I do not give the names of all those people because I am afraid I will forget some. When you read this and have helped one way or another: thank you ❤ And yes, this text is the same as last year, because in fact nothing has changed: we are still very grateful because without all of you nothing could have been achieved.

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Annual report 2016

After being founded on May 13th, 2015, the year 2016 is the first full year Angel’s Choice has operated. It was an enervating year with lots of happy and lots of sad and devastating events. Lots of disappointments, but also many unexpected offers of help. Many challenges and problems, many solutions found.

Organisations supported
In 2016 Angel’s Choice supported:
– Dog Rescue Gastarovska, Skopje, Macedonia
– Angelcats Sanctuary, Skopje, Macedonia
– Animalia Ohrid, Ohrid, Macedonia
– and the cat department of Animalia in Skopje, Macedonia
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.

Individual animals supported
Hope, handicapped dog, rescued by NGO Ruka-Sapi and fostered in Montenegro, facilitating fundraiser and providing wheelchair
Jack, handicapped dog, private rescue in Ukraine, facilitating fundraiser for medical treatment and transport to adopter in USA
Aron, emaciated staffordshire bull dog, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary Skopje Macedonia, fostered privately in Skopje Macedonia, adopted in Macedonia, general support
Lunita, handicapped dog from Argentina, rescued from adopters in USA in 2015, now long term fostered in USA – facilitating fundraiser for medical expenses
Diara, dog with amputated front legs, rescued in Ukraine, adopted in Germany, facilitating fundraiser for wheelchair
Doris, handicapped dog in Argentina, facilitating fundraisers for medical expenses
Corgi, handicapped dog from Kichevo, Macedonia, facilitating fundraiser for medical expenses
Cuta, abused stray dog with puppies, Kichevo, Macedonia, facilitating fundraiser for medical expenses, neutering and vaccinations
Mali, blind dog from Kichevo, Macedonia, helping with search for forever home
Fortuna, handicapped dog fostered in Germany, helping with search for forever home

49 dogs and cats went to their forever or foster home
For some of the dogs and cats in this list Angel’s Choice found a home and organised transport. For others only transport was organised, e.g. when tourists visiting Macedonia found a stray animal and wanted to take it home. This is not possible straight away, because the cat or dog has to receive a rabies vaccination, chip and passport. After that several weeks have to pass before an animal is allowed to enter another country. During those weeks the animals were fostered by Animalia in Ohrid or Angelcats Sanctuary in Skopje.

Mini, dog, rescued by Animalia Ohrid Macedonia, went from foster home in the Netherlands to forever home in the Netherlands, mediation for adoption
Hana, dog with leishmania, private rescue in Macedonia, adopted in Belgium, mediation for adoption and organisation transport, fundraiser for transport
Belco, dog (shot at with gun), private rescue Skopje Macedonia, went from foster home in the Netherlands to forever home in the Netherlands (failed foster)
Toto, puppy with badly broken leg, rescued by Dog Rescue Gastarovska Skopje Macedonia, adopted in the Netherlands, mediation for adoption and organisation transport
Kuku, private rescue by Belgian people in Macedonia, adopted in the Netherlands, mediation for adoption and organisation transport
Boni, privately owned dog, Skopje, Macedonia, organisation transport to adopter in Germany
Linda, private rescue in Skopje, Macedonia, organisation transport to adopter in Germany
Teo, handicapped dog, rescued by Dog Rescue Gastarovska Skopje Macedonia, adopted in Germany, mediation for adoption and organisation transport, fundraiser for transport
Sivki, very shy stray cat, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary Skopje Macedonia, adopted in Belgium, mediation for adoption and organisation transport
Ginger, FIV cat formerly paralysed, rescued by Blazevska in Bitola, fostered by Angelcats Sanctuary Skopje Macedonia, fostered in the Netherlands, went to adopter in the Netherlands, went missing and when found was adopted by his former foster family
Leo, old poodle, rescued by Dog Rescue Gastarovska Skopje Macedonia, first fostered in the Netherlands, then adopted in the Netherlands, mediation for adoption and organisation transport
Principessa, dog private rescue by German tourists, fostered by Animalia Ohrid Macedonia, organisation transport to German adopter
Srna, blind cat, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary Skopje Macedonia, adopted in the Netherlands, mediation for adoption and organisation transport
Tedy, handicapped dog, private rescue Skopje Macedonia, adopted in Belgium, mediation for adoption and organisation transport, fundraiser for transport
Tio, blind cat, private rescue and fostered in Skopje Macedonia, adopted in the Netherlands, mediation for adoption, organisation transport
George, stay cat, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary Skopje Macedonia, adopted in the Netherlands, mediation for adoption, organisation transport
Tomce, handicapped dog, rescued by Animalia Ohrid Macedonia, adopted in Belgium, mediation for adoption and organisation transport, fundraiser for transport
Cyril, dog rescued by Dutch tourists in Ohrid Macedonia, fostered by Animalia Ohrid, organisation transport
Mickey, blind and deaf spaniel, rescued by Animalia Ohrid Macedonia, first fostered in the Netherlands, then adopted in the Netherlands, mediation for adoption and organisation transport
Freckles, dog found with big lump on his body, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary Skopje Macedonia, adopted in the Netherlands, mediation for adoption and organisation transport
Aya, cat rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary Skopje Macedonia, fostered/adopted in Belgium, mediation for adoption and organisation transport
Anny, handicapped dog found shot on the first day of 2016, rescued by Dog Rescue Gastarovska Skopje Macedonia, adopted in Belgium, mediation for adoption and organisation transport
Rainbow, cat, private rescue Skopje Macedonia, adopted in Belgium, organisation transport, fundraiser for transport
Jane, cat with only one eye, rescued and fostered by Angelcats Sanctuary Skopje Macedonia at request of Belgian adopter, organisation transport, fundraiser for transport
Sarina, almost blind cat, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary Skopje Macedonia, adopted in Belgium, organisation transport, fundraiser for transport
Dionis, stray dog rescued by Dutch tourists in Ohrid Macedonia, fostered by Animalia Ohrid, adopted in the Netherlands, organisation transport
Sky, stray dog rescued by Dutch tourists in Ohrid Macedonia, fostered by Animalia Ohrid, adopted in the Netherlands, organisation transport
Sherpa, stray dog rescued by Dutch tourists in Ohrid Macedonia, fostered by Animalia Ohrid, adopted in the Netherlands, organisation transport
Dottie, very ill dog, rescued by Dutch tourists near Ohrid Macedonia, fostered by Angelcats Sanctuary Skopje Macedonia, adopted in the Netherlands, organisation transport
Duso, puppy, rescued by Dutch tourists in Ohrid Macedonia, fostered by Animalia Ohrid, adopted in the Netherlands, organisation transport
Sakana, puppy, rescued by Dutch tourists in Ohrid Macedonia, fostered by Animalia Ohrid, adopted in the Netherlands, organisation transport
Marlo, CH kitten, private rescue Skopje Macedonia, adopted in Belgium, organisation transport, fundraiser for transport
Lily Rose, handicapped cat, rescued by Pepa’s Rescue Team Veles Macedonia, adopted in Belgium, organisation transport, fundraiser for transport
Mona, very old stray dog, private rescue in Skopje, Macedonia, fostered in the Netherlands, adopted in the Netherlands, adopted in Belgium, mediation for adoption, organisation transport, fundraiser for transport
Kaja, dog paralysed (four legs), fostered by Dog Rescue Gastarovska Skopje Macedonia, adopted in Belgium, mediation for adoption, organisation transport, fundraiser for transport
Olaf, CH kitten, private rescue Skopje Macedonia, adopted in Belgium, mediation for adoption, organisation transport, fundraiser for transport
Lajka, paralysed dog rescued by Dog Rescue Gastarovska Skopje Macedonia, adopted in Belgium, mediation for adoption, organisation transport
Mama, paralysed dog with partly amputated leg, rescued by animal rescue organisation Stip Macedonia, fostered by Dog Rescue Gastarovska, mediation for adoption, organisation transport, fundraiser for transport
Kees, cat with partially paralysed leg, rescued by Animalia cat department Skopje Macedonia, mediation for adoption, organisation transport, fundraiser for transport
Vasco, stray dog rescued by Belgian tourists, fostered by Animalia Ohrid Macedonia, adopted in Belgium, organisation transport
Struga, stray dog rescued by Dutch tourists, fostered by Beti Shej Struga Macedonia, adopted in the Netherlands, organisation transport
Olly, cat found covered with oil and grease, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary Skopje Macedonia, was supposed to go to foster home in the Netherlands, but was adopted at Schiphol Airport by friend of flight volunteer from Belgium, organisation transport
Cleo, dog rescued by Animalia Ohrid Macedonia, adopted in the Netherlands, organisation transport
Mizo, stray dog rescued by Dutch tourists, fostered by Animalia Ohrid Macedonia, adopted in the Netherlands, organisation transport
Gina, privately owned dog Ohrid Macedonia, adopted in the Netherlands, mediation for adoption, organisation transport
Dini, cat rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary Skopje Macedonia, fostered in the Netherlands, adopted in the Netherlands, mediation for adoption, organisation transport
Ohri, stray dog rescued by English tourist, fostered by Animalia Ohrid Macedonia, adopted in UK, organisation transport
Tina, dog with severe scabies, rescued by Animalia Ohrid Macedonia, adopted in UK, mediation for adoption, organisation transport
Little Prince, handicapped dog, rescued by Anima Mundi Skopje Macedonia, fostered by Dog Rescue Gastarovska Skopje Macedonia, mediation for adoption, organisation transport, fundraiser for transport
Triny, cat with three legs, rescued by Angelcats Sanctuary Skopje Macedonia, fostered and adopted in the Netherlands, mediation for adoption, organisation transport, fundraiser for transport

Nearly 1,000 kilo donated necessities transported
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 medicins, diapers, puppy training pads, blankets, dog coats, collars, leashes, harnesses, vitamins and other supplements, a paper shredder, snacks, toys, cages, baskets, desinfectants, ointments, cleaning products, carrier bags, transporter benches and more. A rough estimate says that nearly 1,000 kilo of donated necessities were transported to the various animal rescue organisations in Macedonia supported by Angel’s Choice.

Neutering campaign Angelcats Sanctuary
Neutering animals is the best way to save lifes. Angelcats Sanctury started a neutering campaign in May 2015. In 2015 70 cats were neutered and in the first four months of 2016 another 32 cats were neutered. After this date no more donations were raised for this campaign and neutering the cats at the sanctuary was integrated again in the day to day business.

Fundraising
One of the main tasks is raising money for medical treatment, food, neuterings, vaccinations and transport. All supported organisations and some of the individual dogs at their shelters or sanctuaries have loyal supporters who pay each month a fixed amount (10 euro or more). Unfortunately there are not enough loyal supporters yet to raise all the money needed. Fortunately there are also one off donations and fundraisers for special cases or urgent situations help getting more donations. E.g. in 2016 Angel’s Choice organised a fundraiser for a badly needed car for Animalia Ohrid and the new home for Angelcats Sanctuary in Skopje. Both fundraisers are still running at the end of the year.
Other ways to raise money are collecting coupons (several hundreds of euro’s were raised this way and spent on vaccinations) and auctions. In 2016 four auctions were organised. Items were donated by private sponsors and auctioned on a special page on Facebook.

RIP
Unfortunately not all the dogs and cats that were rescued survived their ordeal. Sometimes their injuries were too severe, sometimes the medical facilities and knowledge were not available, sometimes they died of causes unknown, sometimes they had already been through too much and just gave in, sometimes they really had bad luck, sometimes… Sometimes a lot of money is spent on one animal and people say: “With that kind of mind you could have neutered 20 dogs.” Or: “You could have fed 30 dogs for 2 months.” And they are right, of course. But once you have seen an animal in need, you are committed. You cannot stop helping that animal. It deserves a chance to live after all it has been through. Corgi and Jack deserved this chance and we lost them. 😥
We also mourn cats Cali and Tokito and dogs Mila and Tedy that died at their forever homes.

Thank you
Angel and I want to say thank you to all the animal rescuers for doing what they do every day of their lives. They are the first link in the chain to a new life for a dog or cat. We really admire and respect them for their tenacity, perseverance, expertise and endless TLC.
We also want to thank all the people who have adopted or fostered a dog or cat, the people who were flight volunteer, helped finding the animals a home, donated money and items, helped running the auction, shared information and expertise, offered moral support and made it possible to go on.
I do not give the names of all those people because I am afraid I will forget some. When you read this and have helped one way or another: thank you!

Not up to date

Unfortunately I cannot keep this website up to date at the moment. So much is going on and I run the foundation on my own. But on Facebook you can find daily updates. Please join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Angelschoicenl/

Helaas lukt het me niet om deze website goed bij te houden. Er gebeurt zo ontzettend veel en ik run de stichting in mijn eentje. Maar op Facebook plaats ik dagelijks berichten. Wil je op de hoogte zijn en blijven: https://www.facebook.com/Angelschoicenl/

Disaster struck at De Kattenbrigade

In the night of February 15th – February 16th 2016 disaster struck at De Kattenbrigade in Belgium. They take care of about 60 cats, most of them handicapped. Cali and Tokito from Angelcats sanctuary went to live with them last year. In the fire 13 cats and 2 dogs died. Angel’s Choice raised money for De Kattenbrigadeand was able to send 48 kilo of Royal Canin gastro dietary kibble for their handicapped cats and some boxes of intrasite gel for wound care. Just to be clear: only money donated and earmarked for De Kattenbrigade was used for this. De Kattenbrigade.

In de nacht van 15 op 16 februari 2016 sloeg sloeg het noodlot toe bij De Kattenbrigade in België. Zij zorgen voor ongeveer 60 katten, de meeste zijn gehandicapt. Cali en Tokito van Angelcats Sanctuary gingen bij hen wonen afgelopen jaar. In de brand zijn 13 katten en 2 honden omgekomen. Angel’s Choice zamelde geld in voor De Kattenbrigade en kon 48 kilo Royal Canin gastro dieetbrokjes en enkele dozen intrasite gel voor wondbehandeling laten bezorgen. Voor alle duidelijkheid: alleen donaties die specifiek voor De Kattenbrigade werden gedaan, zijn hiervoor gebruikt.

http://www.hln.be/hln/nl/957/Binnenland/article/detail/2618489/2016/02/16/Tien-kittens-sterven-in-woningbrand-in-Buggenhout.dhtml

Garo needs a home

This is Garo, who was protected by Belco on the streets of Skopje, Macedonia. You can see them together in one of the pictures. Just like Belco he lived the first part of his life in his home until his owners got fed up with him. Wouldn’t it be great if he could live in a loving home again just like Belco and no longer be a stray dog?! He is about 2 years old, friendly, ok with dogs, not with cats. He is medium sized (about 15 kilo).

Dit is Garo, die door Belco werd beschermd toen ze samen op straat leefden in Skopje, Macedonia. Net zoals Belco woonde hij in het begin van zijn leven in een huis tot zijn baasjes hem zat werden. Zou het niet geweldig zijn als hij net als Belco bij lieve baasjes in een huis kan wonen en niet langer op straat hoeft te zwerven?! Hij is ongeveer twee jaar oud, vriendelijk, ok met honden, niet ok met katten. Het is een middelmaatje (ongeveer 15 kilo).

Wow – lots of goodies!

Greta De Laat from Belgium collected a lot of goodies and Miroslava Shorak brought them to the office of Angel’s Choice. All items will be distributed amongst the organisations that are supported by Angel’s Choice: Dog Rescue Gastarovska in Skopje, Angelcats Sanctuary in Skopje and Animalia in Ohrid, all in Macedonia.
Greta De Laat uit België verzamelde heel veel spullen en Miroslava Shorak bracht ze naar het kantoor van Angel’s Choice. Alle spullen worden verdeeld onder de organisaties die door Angel’s Choice worden gesteund: Dog Rescue Gastarovska in Skopje, Angelcats Sanctuary in Skopje en Animalia in Ohrid, alle in Macedonië.

You cannot save them all – RIP Orange

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Sometimes animals make a miraculous recovery and sometimes you have to let them go… On february 12th 2016 Orange of Angelcats sanctuary went over the rainbow bridge. She fought and we fought… Special medicines were taken to her, but it was not meant to be.
A few days before I talked with Maja and Ruzica about her and the probability she would not see the end of this week. And how we struggle and shed tears so often… Ruzica said Angelcats Sanctuary is like a hospital: they get a lot of ill cats, not healthy cats. And in a hospital it is not uncommon for people/cats to die… not all patients get better and can leave the hospital on their own feet.
RIP sweet Orange.
Soms herstellen dieren op wonderbaarlijke wijze en soms moet je ze laten gaan… Op 12 februari 2015 ging Orange van Angelcats Sanctuary over de regenboogbrug. Zij vocht en wij vochten… Speciale medicijnen werden ingevlogen, maar het heeft niet zo mogen zijn.
Enkele dagen ervoor sprak ik met Maja en Ruzica over haar en de waarschijnlijkheid dat ze de eind van de week niet zou halen. En hoe we worstelen en vaak tranen laten… Ruzica zei dat je Angelcats Sanctuary kunt vergelijken met een ziekenhuis: er komen veel zieke katten, niet gezonde katten. En in ieder ziekenhuis is het niet ongebruikelijk dat mensen/katten sterven… niet alle patiënten worden beter en kunnen op hun eigen benen/pootjes verlaten.
RIP lieve Orange