Improving Dog Welfare Within a
Difficult And Marginalised Community
&
How to Bring Municipalities Along
With You

Roma Set...
Short presentation of Pomurje
Society
•Small NGO in NE Slovenia with a large Roma
community in area (28 settlements)
•Work...
Roma Settlements
• History And Marginalisation:
– Moved onto private land, built illegal
settlements
– Never tried to “fit...
Roma Settlements – present day
• Illegally built settlements, poverty,
unemployment, poor education
• Residents weary of a...
Roma Settlements – present day
• Linguistic differences (some unable to speak
Slovene)
• Very marginalised community, issu...
SPA Pomurje in Roma
Settlements
How it all started:
• We received a report of neglected dog in
Roma setlement
• Found that...
SPA Pomurje in Roma
Settlements
At the beginning
• Mistrust (Settlements often avoided even by
police and veterinary servi...
Work With Dogs in Settlements

Beginning
Settlements overwhelmed with intact dogs
Example: Dobrovnik settlement (smallest)...
Work With Dogs in Settlements

Beginning
• Puppies were given and traded amongst
settlements and families
Enja
Work With Dogs in Settlements

Beginning
• Adult dogs in deplorable conditions
Work With Dogs in Settlements

Beginning
• No support from authorities
• If dogs would get culled (illegal today) or
confi...
Work Principles
• Work with, not against residents, basically
work with people
• Going for the root cause
• Treating resid...
Work Principles
• Following approach:
“Not re-homing an animal, but
changing its home – where applicable”
• Essentially ch...
Work Principles
• Gaining trust !!! Takes years!
(many very sweet turkish coffees  )
• Individual approach for every fami...
Work Principles

• Making them accept their dogs in another,
better way / raising the value of the dog
• Grooming:
Work Principles
• Making them accept their dogs in another,
better way / raising the value of the dog
• Training
Work Principles
• Walks – strenthening of connection with
dogs, dogs can be fun; walking clubs
Work Principles
• Presenting advantages of neutering –
good for them
• Fostering schemes
• Enforcement only with very bad ...
Work Principles
• Children education (reaching parents
through them )
Work Principles
• SPA P. never pays for microchipping and
vaccination to make them understand the
responsibility and costs...
• “Homework” video
• http://youtu.be/Kwn9XHAjjyA
• 16.7.2013 Domača naloga.MOV
Some stats
• Owerall about 70% of dogs spayed /
neutered
• There are several settlements that
haven’t had any litter in la...
Municipalities
• Based on results, SPA Pomurje started
approaching municipalities (27 in the
region), police and veterinar...
Municipalities
• Most were very hard to reach in the beginning
• Approached already with results (gaining their
attention ...
Municipalities
• Often municipalities used argument that there is
not even enough resources for “poor” people,
definitely ...
Municipalities
• Few numbers
– I.e. entire Pomurje region in 2010: 150.000€ of shelter
costs; municipalities didn’t know p...
Municipalities – successes
• Financial support (limited; poor small
municipalities)

Črenšovci municipality: “Tightening o...
Municipalities – successes
• Publishing of information in municipal
publications
• Donated offices for SPA of Pomurje (hug...
Municipalities – successes
• Co-financing of 3 staff
• Presence of mayors in Roma settlements
• Cooperation of municipal r...
Additional
• Cooperation with the police
• Cooperation with Veterinary service
• “Radio Romic”
Case Studies
Kamenci settlement
• Red dots: unspayed females 2009
• Pink dots: spayed females 2013
Case Studies
Suza
Case Studies
Suza
• Owner calls us every day to report
how Suza is, paid vet costs for his
sister’s dog, …
Case Studies
“Sharpei” family
• Owner’s plan: breeding and selling
(monetary gain)
• Loads of persuation + PATIENCE: Puppi...
Case Studies
Aika
Case Studies
Brina
Case Studies
Omica
Case Studies
Pika
Thank you for attention
Thank You, DogsTrust!
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  1. 1. Improving Dog Welfare Within a Difficult And Marginalised Community & How to Bring Municipalities Along With You Roma Settlements Urska Markelj SPA Pomurje
  2. 2. Short presentation of Pomurje Society •Small NGO in NE Slovenia with a large Roma community in area (28 settlements) •Working WITH, not against Roma community with the help of DogsTrust
  3. 3. Roma Settlements • History And Marginalisation: – Moved onto private land, built illegal settlements – Never tried to “fit in”, including no real respect for law; “ghetto” situation – Large cultural, linguistic differences from local residents • Different situations in different settlements, but all problematic.
  4. 4. Roma Settlements – present day • Illegally built settlements, poverty, unemployment, poor education • Residents weary of any “outsiders”, often quite aggressive Photo: Jure Erzen
  5. 5. Roma Settlements – present day • Linguistic differences (some unable to speak Slovene) • Very marginalised community, issues between Roma community, the rest of Pomurje residents and officials persist
  6. 6. SPA Pomurje in Roma Settlements How it all started: • We received a report of neglected dog in Roma setlement • Found that ALL dogs lived in deplorable conditions • Veterinary service refused to enter the setlement; too dangerous • From first settlement followed the trail of puppies
  7. 7. SPA Pomurje in Roma Settlements At the beginning • Mistrust (Settlements often avoided even by police and veterinary services), fear • Aggression (members threathened by axes, fireams, …)
  8. 8. Work With Dogs in Settlements Beginning Settlements overwhelmed with intact dogs Example: Dobrovnik settlement (smallest): 3 houses, 18 dogs. (Today there are 3 spayed / neutered dogs) Brina
  9. 9. Work With Dogs in Settlements Beginning • Puppies were given and traded amongst settlements and families Enja
  10. 10. Work With Dogs in Settlements Beginning • Adult dogs in deplorable conditions
  11. 11. Work With Dogs in Settlements Beginning • No support from authorities • If dogs would get culled (illegal today) or confiscated, new dogs would replace them in within days - no emotional attachments to animals; • If there was attachment, dogs would get hidden from authorities The situation called for a different approach Don
  12. 12. Work Principles • Work with, not against residents, basically work with people • Going for the root cause • Treating residents with respect, without prejudice; try to see it from their perspective
  13. 13. Work Principles • Following approach: “Not re-homing an animal, but changing its home – where applicable” • Essentially changing families.
  14. 14. Work Principles • Gaining trust !!! Takes years! (many very sweet turkish coffees  ) • Individual approach for every family, according to their “weak spot”
  15. 15. Work Principles • Making them accept their dogs in another, better way / raising the value of the dog • Grooming:
  16. 16. Work Principles • Making them accept their dogs in another, better way / raising the value of the dog • Training
  17. 17. Work Principles • Walks – strenthening of connection with dogs, dogs can be fun; walking clubs
  18. 18. Work Principles • Presenting advantages of neutering – good for them • Fostering schemes • Enforcement only with very bad cases or when the majority of community have accepted the value of their dogs • Gathering donated leashes, collars, brushes, etc
  19. 19. Work Principles • Children education (reaching parents through them )
  20. 20. Work Principles • SPA P. never pays for microchipping and vaccination to make them understand the responsibility and costs involved with owning an animal • Kids have to do homework for collars and leashes if they have lost (traded) them – train the dog (video)
  21. 21. • “Homework” video • http://youtu.be/Kwn9XHAjjyA • 16.7.2013 Domača naloga.MOV
  22. 22. Some stats • Owerall about 70% of dogs spayed / neutered • There are several settlements that haven’t had any litter in last 3 years • There are few settlements (probably the first  ) that have ALL dogs microchipped, vaccinated and spayed / neutered (even we never dared hope for this)
  23. 23. Municipalities • Based on results, SPA Pomurje started approaching municipalities (27 in the region), police and veterinary services First reaction: “One cannot work within Roma settlements” The authorities were VERY surprised something could actually be done
  24. 24. Municipalities • Most were very hard to reach in the beginning • Approached already with results (gaining their attention by success) • Principle of approach: long-term lowering of municipal costs by prevention – municipalities are saving money by donating it to SPA Pomurje; making them understand the importance of prevention
  25. 25. Municipalities • Often municipalities used argument that there is not even enough resources for “poor” people, definitely not for animals. – Lower costs due to prevention = more resources for people (municipalities are small). • Now some mayors have already gotten involved, visited settlements together with vet to explain the importance of microchipping and regular vaccination (an infected dog would endanger Roma children) • SPA Pomurje is using more succesfull municipalities as example in negotiations with other municipalities
  26. 26. Municipalities • Few numbers – I.e. entire Pomurje region in 2010: 150.000€ of shelter costs; municipalities didn’t know precisely what are they paying for – 2012: 100.000€ – Costs are progressively lowering
  27. 27. Municipalities – successes • Financial support (limited; poor small municipalities) Črenšovci municipality: “Tightening of belt – Budget adopted – The only approach is saving – 1.000€ for SPA of Pomurje” “with their activities they spared another 6.000€ of municipal money, as the Crensovci municipality’s shelter costs have lowered significantly”
  28. 28. Municipalities – successes • Publishing of information in municipal publications • Donated offices for SPA of Pomurje (huge!  )
  29. 29. Municipalities – successes • Co-financing of 3 staff • Presence of mayors in Roma settlements • Cooperation of municipal representatives in adopting new legislation • Cooperation between municipalities and other authorities (veterinary, police, …)
  30. 30. Additional • Cooperation with the police • Cooperation with Veterinary service • “Radio Romic”
  31. 31. Case Studies Kamenci settlement • Red dots: unspayed females 2009 • Pink dots: spayed females 2013
  32. 32. Case Studies Suza
  33. 33. Case Studies Suza • Owner calls us every day to report how Suza is, paid vet costs for his sister’s dog, …
  34. 34. Case Studies “Sharpei” family • Owner’s plan: breeding and selling (monetary gain) • Loads of persuation + PATIENCE: Puppies rehomed (for free); 2 (now) spayed “Sharpei” remained with the family
  35. 35. Case Studies Aika
  36. 36. Case Studies Brina
  37. 37. Case Studies Omica
  38. 38. Case Studies Pika
  39. 39. Thank you for attention Thank You, DogsTrust!

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