Hi, my name is Viktor Savoshchenko.
I'm 53 years old and manage a little animal shelter for homeless dogs in Daugavpils in Latvia. I have a higher school education, won prices with the Latvian team in weightlifting, have a medical and musical education and sang as a tenor at the opera of Riga. You see I had many different jobs.
But what I did all the time was helping animals.
How I got to open an animal shelter for homeless dogs?
Well, eight years ago employees of the city council came to out town because of a straying haggarded street dog, who was searching despaired for some food and annoyed some residents. Therefore the police was called which shot at the dog in front of Latvian children. The dog fled blood soaked from his murderers, but had no chance, he was caught and hanged alive.
Since then I started to look for homeless dogs and protect them as good as possible, get them away from the street, feed them, treat their wounds and and give them a somewhat nice home.
At first I propounded building an own animal shelter for street dogs to the local government if they stop catching and killing these dogs. I was just told to get away forever.
Hence I was not getting any financial support from the local government, but I didn't want to abandon the dogs so I sold my flat and built an aviary on open field near the town for the dogs and started working as a taxi driver to support them.
It was extreme stressful.
I had to care for the sick and mostly hurt dogs, built them warm shelters, feed them and had to work at the same time. There were no time to relax. So it happened that I had a car accident, broke my shoulder and foot and had to pay 428 Euro, all because of my overfatigue.
It was winter and very cold. A car I had anymore.
I removed the cast and put on a strong bandage, so I could go by bike to my dogs. I couldn't relax even though I was injured, because the dogs only had me looking after them. Finally I sold my house and bought an old one outside of the town, where I found a new animal shelter and was able to help them a better way.
I was asking for support at different administrative offices but got only rejections. I get no money because I don't have a job anymore. In Latvia there is no support for people without a job, 40% are jobless here. The only possibility to get needed money for my dogs is to beg for it.
I don't have health insurance and my wife only get 214 Euro pension per month. Currently I'm supporting 37 dogs and 11 puppies. When I die or will get very sick then all of my dogs will die too, thats the bitter truth.
I've got humiliated for my animal love for eight years now.
The street dogs in Daugavpils are walking across the street, exposed poor animals, hungry, sick, injured and breeding themselves, because their previous owner didn't castrate them. Feeding for street dogs is not permitted by law.
Nobody is noticing these helpless and despairing dogs. In Latvia emergency accommodations their killed after 14 days.
I'm hopeless overfatigued and don't even have time to relax. Seven o'clock in the morning I start with the first feeding, it takes me 90 minutes. Then I cook a charge for the next feeding, chop meat and bones and cook a soup with meat.
While the mash is cooking, I have my own breakfast. I let cool down the pans and clean up the aviary, this takes about an hour. Afterwards I get water from a lake, I don't have a tab or fountain there.
Then the dogs get their second feeding and they are going back to their places. I go to the city and wait in front of shops and beg for money to feed my dogs. I explain people what I do, but I have to listen to many revilements and insults.
I hate to beg, but there ain't no alternative, without it I'm not able to buy meat for my dogs. On good days I get about 50 Euro (the best result was 57 Euro). To achieve this I need about 5 hours. After this time I buy food and medicine for the dogs, fill the buckets on a petrol station and drive home. When I'm finally home it is about nine o'clock in the evening.
At two o'clock in the morning I can calm down, except a dog is sick and I have to care about him the whole night, so it goes every day.
It would be good if I could get some help, because nobody supports me here.
I badly need some money to let dogs be castrated and to buy medicine.
I also have a website, but only in Russian language:
Thanks for your attention.
If you want to support Viktor with a donation, please use following bank data:
name: Viktor Savoscenko
5403 DAUGAVPILS Lettland
IBAN LV 90 UNLA0050008106685
BIC UNLAV 2 X
It has to be like this on the money transfer form! The idn.-no. is needed because Viktor has to show his identity card to the bank's employees.
Dear Friends, it is bitterly cold here -20 degrees. My car won't start. Because of the cold weather there are only few people on the street, I'm standing in the cold for hours begging for charity for my dogs, but just getting some Euro. If you could help my dogs a little, also some Euro help too, I would be thankful.