After the caretaker of the only animal shelter serving a large region in Bačka Topola, Serbia, died tragically when her house burned down, 500 dogs and puppies were left to fend for themselves for weeks.
A compassionate teacher who had taken her students to the area realized that the dogs were in trouble and called PETA for help. We put her in touch with a Serbian animal rights group, Freedom for Animals, who alerted the media to the dogs' plight. Within a week, the Serbian government had reconnected electricity to the shelter, people had donated food, a veterinarian had vaccinated the dogs, and the dogs were being spayed and neutered. Freedom for Animals is now working on getting the dogs adopted into homes.
Never doubt that just one person can make a difference. If you see an animal in trouble, get involved. Your actions can save lives.
Written by Michelle Sherrow