Animal Welfare in Montenegro

Animal welfare in Montenegro is something that lies very close to my heart. Ever since I arrived I've spent a lot of time helping various animal welfare groups improve the lives of the huge number of stray animals in Montenegro. 

The Current Situation

This is me in the Kotor/Tivat shelter which has since been renovated and works well

To be honest, most of the groups here don't function at a high level and most of the on the ground work is done by motivated individuals. These people sacrifice their time, and usually plenty of their own coin, to help abandoned, abused and stray animals here in Montenegro.

Unfortunately the situation for animals in general is quite grim. Sterilisation is rare and kittens and puppies are abandoned in boxes by rubbish containers with enormous regularity. Even unwanted purebred pets are abandoned by road sides when they get sick, hurt or boring. I know this problem is hardly unique to Montenegro. 

What Is Helping

There is a foreign group who makes huge contributions to animal welfare in Montenegro. Tierhilfe Montenegro (meaning Animal Help Montenegro) is an animal welfare group from Germany who've been tireless in their efforts to improve animals' lives in Montenegro.

They buy food for the (woefully underfunded and poorly run) shelters, they rehome cats and dogs, they make donations of medicines, flea and tick treatments, building materials, pay vet bills and are now running their own spay and neuter programme.

Spaying and neutering is the only humane method of controlling stray animal populations.

Every year I get literally dozens of emails from tourists asking for help saving a box of abandoned newborn kittens or an injured dog. Unfortunately, there's very little I can do to help.

Shelter dogs eat bread and water mostly. 95% of the puppies succumb to Parvovirus and slowly die in the cages
Til (left - named for my favourite German actor Til Schweiger) and Arja were both rescued and went on to have wonderful lives in Germany.

Montenegro Pulse is proud to be sponsoring the sterilisation of the Bijela Shipyard dogs. The dogs survived on scraps from the shipyard's 1,000 or so employees, but when the shipyard went into bankruptcy, the dogs were left abandoned. 

Local animal lovers have been feeding the dogs, but without sterilisation the number of dogs increased and the puppies were dying gruesome deaths. 

Thanks to some very generous donations,ongoing support and local help from volunteers, vets and Herceg Novi animal control, Montenegro Pulse has been able to secure sterilisation for seven of the 20+ dogs.

Sterilising these dogs has far-reaching benefits for the whole community of Bijela because:

  • Sterilised females stop contributing more unwanted puppies to the stray dog problem.
  • Sterilised males are less aggressive and territorial.
  • Bijela Shipyard is on the preschool and school route for many kids. Sterilised dogs mean there is less chance of kids getting bitten.
  • Local children are traumatised and desensitised by seeing puppies and dogs maimed and killed by passing cars.
  • Locals are more tolerant of the dogs when they see they aren't producing several litters of puppies every year.
  • Local adults and children become more aware of the benefits and normalisation of sterilisation. Currently sterilisation is seen as 'unnatural' and even cruel.

We need more funds to sterilise the rest of the dogs before summer. If you can spare a few Euros, I would be so grateful for your support with this meaningful project!

If you're not able to make a donation, you can also support the project for free! Just book your next holiday accommodation anywhere in the world through any link on this site and a portion of the commission will go towards sterilising stray animals in Montenegro!

Instead, what I do is tithe part of the income from Montenegro to sterilisation programmes run by Tierhilfe Montenegro and Stray Aid Montenegro (SAM).

SAM runs a TNR (trap, neuter, release) programme for dogs in Bar and it's only through years of work that the city council's poisoning programme has finally been cancelled (2017). They've saved countless dogs and it costs €62.50 to sterilise a dog.

There is no sterilisation programme for cats and you'll see dozens of stray cats surviving on scraps from rubbish containers. Part of the donations from Montenegro Pulse are earmarked for cat sterilisations.

In 2018, in conjunction with Friends of Dogs Montenegro, we are sterilising all of the cats in Herceg Novi old town. There's a steady population of adults, with several litters of kittens annually. All of the cats and kittens will be sterilised by the end of the year.

The good news is that you can help too... and it needn't cost you a penny. 

How You Can Help

Book with us!

Book your stay through Montenegro Pulse and you'll automatically make a donation towards sterilising and helping abandoned animals in Montenegro.

And it won't cost you a thing!

Just use any of the accommodation search boxes you see around the site to book and you'll be helping without it costing you a cent.

You'll be getting the biggest choice and lowest prices guaranteed so it's a win-win!

You don't need to book accommodation just in Montenegro either. You can book anywhere in the world and know that you'll be helping the animals here.

Are you looking for help with an abandoned animal? Scroll down to find a list of organisations you can contact.

Sterilise an Animal

The one way we can help these animals is to reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies being born, only to die at a few weeks old from starvation, injury or disease. Sterilisation also astronomically improves the quality of life of the sterilised animal:

  • No more fighting.
  • No more being pregnant and giving birth twice a year - you can imagine the stress that puts on an animal!
  • No more mating - now I know some find that unnatural and even cruel, but I have a Zoology degree and I can tell you that cat sex is truly horrific - click here if you really want more detail.
  • Stops the spread of diseases like FIV and chlamydia.

Sterilisation also helps people:

  • No more being kept awake all night by randy animals in mating season.
  • No more packs of stray dogs roaming the streets or diseased cats wandering around.

It costs anywhere between €30 and €80 to sterilise an animal here and unfortunately it's a rarity. 

I've added a Paypal donation option to this page that will allow you to make a donation towards sterilising an animal in Montenegro.

Ray - a typical transformation of one of Tierhilfe Montenegro's dogs

Even just the few dollars you would usually spend on a coffee makes all the difference. You see, with a programme like this it's not just the animal that gets sterilised that's helped, it's all of their potential offspring who are spared suffering and pain.

Just one cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 cats in six years.

99% of these kittens wouldn't make it past a month here in Montenegro - they die of cat flu, herpes, predators and being thrown in garbage containers or abandoned in the woods.

I'd be so grateful if you could find it in your heart to help the animals of Montenegro. 

Please click the donate button below to donate to Montenegro's only spay and neuter programme.

This poor kitten was too starved and weak to fight off his infection
This is me applying a donation of flea treatment to a local stray cat called Mimi

Make a Donation

One Click Monthly Automatic Donation

You can make a monthly donation to help stray and abandoned animals in Montenegro with just one click! Choose your donation amount below and you'll make an automatic donation monthly. You can cancel any time through your Paypal account.

Montenegro Pulse Animal Welfare Monthly Donation

Take A Survey

If you've found this page, I assume you've felt upset by the plight of unwanted cats and dogs in Montenegro. We'd be so grateful if you'd take two minutes to fill in our survey and tell us about your experiences. This is your chance to tell local welfare groups and the government how your stay in Montenegro was affected and help change the situation.

Click here to take the 2 minute survey.

Find Help for an Abandoned Animal

Here is a list of groups you can contact to try to help a stray animal. These groups mostly don't have any fundraising or local business support. The members pay out of their own pockets. If you find help for an animal you've found, please offer to cover expenses or make a donation!

Friends of Dogs Montenegro - Bay of Kotor.

Ruka-Sapi - Podgorica.

NVO Spas - Podgorica and northern Montenegro.

Stray Aid Montenegro - Bar.

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Help us help the stray animals of Montenegro

Book your accommodation anywhere in the world through any of the search boxes on our site and we'll make a donation towards sterilising stray animals in Montenegro. 

It costs you nothing, and you get the biggest selection and lowest prices guaranteed. It's a win-win!

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