Animalsicilia – founded in Castelvetrano (Sicily) by Gabriella Becchina – for the defense of animals, a better coexistence with people, growing knowledge about animals, and collaboration with authorities, charities and volunteers dedicated to the cause. Contact the Organizer
There is currently a "straydom" emergency in Castelvetrano and all of Sicily, as mismanagement and the economic crisis have hit public administrations forcing them to close down a number of kennels including their regular publicly funded sterilization campaign of strays (in Italy btw there is no euthanasia, all animals must be saved, sterilized, released or adopted if healthy and tame, held if sick or potentially aggressive) and to cut their support of shelters, foster care, rescue and adoption organizations. Even before the crisis hit, though, we were already facing a straydom emergency, not as bad as now, but bad enough: pet owners oftentimes do not spay/neuter their dogs or cats down south in Italy, which leads to many abandoned litters.
Therefore, every volunteer in Castelvetrano and surrounding area has now automatically turned into a rescuer and foster parent for strays who are often puppies, or hurt or sick dogs and cats. Rescueing first hand, as you may know, requires immense amounts of time and money. Volunteers like Animalsicilia (Gabriella rescues, fosters, finds adoptions, informs pet owners, helps other rescuers find immediate help and veterinarian care with a discount, does free consulting for public admin, etc) collaborate with non-profit organizations, shelters, and lots is done together: hundreds of dogs leave Castelvetrano every year to find new families (only a small percentage is sent into further foster care - we love our dogs and want what's best for them, always).
Fundraising campaigns are launched any minute to save furry lives, when their injured bodies need surgery or specialized care. Animalsicilia promotes awareness campaigns amongst citizens as well as all of the above by organizing successful monthly events in Castelvetrano entitled "A(ni)mali" (Love Them - a play on words: Animali = animals / Amali = love them). Yet there is no end to emergencies, whereas we reached the true end of our funds.
There isn’t any local fauna Gabriella-Animalsicilia hasn’t saved or adopted personally or contributed to saving. Further, Animalsicilia's shelter in Castelvetrano comprises an average of 20 furballs (cats and dogs) at all times, and Gabriella also looks after preybirds nesting on site too.
Support Gabriella's vocation and passion, and her effective efforts in favor of the souls she, and many volunteers in Castelvetrano, Sicily, come across and look after on a daily basis. This first fundraiser is dedicated to Ciccio-Baldo-Filippo-Peppa-Scimi, five rescues who are now doing great but whose veterinarian bills are in part still unpaid, despite the generous discount applied by the clinicians. Bottom line, unless these expenses are settled, it will be hard or impossible getting other recent rescues checked out, and given up for adoption.
To learn more about the details of this fundraiser event (itemized veterinarian expenses), please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/172260622970233.
Also follow Gabriella and Animalsicilia, by "liking Animalsicilia* on facebook: facebook.com/Animalsicilia.
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Note on the video we posted: Clara was rescued by a local volunteer, Loreta, from the street on 13SEP13 with a fractured hip. On 21SEP we were able to contribute to her surgery paying it in full thanks to a successul facebook-based fundraising event. We have since found Clara a new family who'll be adopting her on November 24, as she still needs to stay in the care of her foster mommy-rescuer Loreta for another bit. Today, 21OCT Clara walked on her 4 legs for the first time! Clara's fundraiser was launched and closed and is one of many examples of what we do.