Veterinarian Radoslaw Fedaczynski from Poland has long dreamed of building not just a shelter for stray dogs, but a real village where they would be as warm and comfortable as in their own home.
Beautiful wooden huts, warm floors, heating, electricity, sofas and soft cots – that’s not the description of a room in a luxury hotel, it’s just an animal shelter.
The doctor called it the “Dog Village”, where the dogs that Radoslav once rescued live and are waiting for their new owners.
“Why the Dog Village? I dreamed of a place where the dogs wouldn’t sit in boxes with concrete floors or in enclosures with rotting boards. I wanted the dogs to feel at home and every handler or potential owner could spend a day with them,” he says.
There are now seven houses in the village, and they have all the conditions for the animals to live comfortably and safely. It is these houses that prepare the dogs in the best possible way for ‘adoption’ and a home environment.
The shelter employees devote 8-10 hours to the pets, including walks and feeding. And there is a veterinary clinic and an animal rehabilitation centre near the village.
In all, Radoslav plans to build forty houses in the village. Funds to build them are raised through donations.
It would be wonderful if in the future all shelters could be turned into such camps. In that way, even those animals who are not lucky enough to find a family will have a chance at a decent life.