March 9, 2019 - There are currently 226 animals in the Kavac dog shelter, which is one hundred more than the capacity of the asylum. Although the centre is planned for 130 to 150 dogs, many more animals live in this facility, Mladen Lucic, director of the Utility Company of Kotor told "Dan", announced the shelter enlargement.
Due to the growing number of dogs, especially puppies, the current size of the asylum is inadequate for the comfort of the animals, which is why, Lučić said, the Utility company Kotor turned to Kotor and Tivat municipalities, apart from regular, allocating additional funds for the extension of asylum. The assemblies of these two municipalities gave their consent providing 40,000 euros of budget funds for the expansion of shelter, so after the conducted geological surveys a significant project was drafted and a tender for the contractor was issued.
"Bidding for the extension of asylum capacity for 304 m2 of net surface opens on 5 March. By expanding the size, this shelter will have better treatment and greater comfort for dogs. Of course, increasing the number of dogs results in increased costs for food, fuel, and facility costs, which employs seven workers. Also, Kotor and Tivat municipalities increased their regular asylum grants on an annual basis, and now they amount to 50 thousand euros per city, while earlier they allocated 40 thousand. I thank the assembly members of the municipal assemblies who have recognised the significance and voted for the increase of donations," Lucic said.
The dog shelter was founded in the municipalities of Kotor and Tivat on the property of the Utility Company Kotor in Kavac in 2010. There are eight cages of 22.5 square metres and eight boxes of 13.5 squares at that location. The quarantine section with 20 entrance halls and a yard with auxiliary facilities make up a total area of 348 square meters.
"The shelter, made as a result of the joint project of the Tivat and Kotor municipalities, meets all the conditions required by the Veterinary Office of Montenegro. We have the necessary equipment for catching dogs and a professional vehicle, but it is imperative to continually work on the modernisation of equipment that will contribute to more efficient work. The dog catching service responds to every call of citizens," says asylum chief Sanja Marovic.
Last year, more than 80 dogs were fed, as a result of numerous actions and participation at various fairs and dog shows.
"All schools and kindergartens in the territory of the municipalities of Kotor and Tivat have been sent a letter to invite them to bring the children to see the dogs and play with them. We also opened a FB page. Asylum has agreed with an authorised veterinary surgeon for regular and, if necessary, exigent examinations of dogs. As part of the shelter, we have a room where dogs are vaccinated and sterilised. Porto Montenegro has set aside funds for the purchase of a second-hand shelter vehicle, which we recently purchased," Lucic said inviting all to support this animal service for two Bokelian municipalities.