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I'd like to introduce you Misina Nature and Animal Protecting Association which plays a significant part in Hungary with its complex activity. Our association was established in 1994, we opened the Education Centre and the Animal Shelter in January 1996 at a former manor, the territory of which is 6.5 hectares.

Personal background:
Our leadership consists of five professionals, who do voluntary work, they get no pay.

Gábor Gerentsér
Tamás Farkas
Zoltán Lemle
Katalin Vörös Mészárosné
Ferenc Orcsik

environment protecting engineer
teacher of biology, geography, human ecology
teacher and agriculturist
economic leader
sociologist, economist

A staff of thirteen full-time employees works at the Education Centre and the Animal Shelter. They are a zootechnical engineer, four agriculturists, a teacher of biology, an environment protecting technician and four people have got the qualification of a horse riding trainer or an expert in horse riding tourism.

Our targets were concretely made up in our fundamental rules at the time of the formation of our association. They are as follows:

General targets:
A animal protection, nature conserving and environment protection
A organizing the co-operation of people, who feel responsibility for the whole living world
A stopping exploitation of animals, promotion of their protection

Concrete targets:
releasing and solving problems in connection with animal keeping at our region
accommodation of ownerless and wounded animals (e.g. Making a home for stray dogs, repatriation)
spreading cultivated animal loving animal keeping
propagation of general knowledge, making scientific education more practical, spreading
up-to-date nature conserving attitude
presentation of Hungarian species of animals
getting people to respect the Animals Protection Act

We're glad to say that several of our targets have already been put into practice by now. We'd like you to know about these.

Operating the animal shelter

The following animals can be found at our animal shelter: domestic animals,especially dogs (their constant number is between 200 and 240), 24 horses, pigs, goats, grey cattle, a buffalo, rackajuh (that is a Hungarian variety of sheep), a donkey, fowls, small animals and birds. The number of dogs is 210 now including 30 puppies.

We managed to find a new owner for 1500 dogs until 31 December 1999. This number is increasing, now 40-60 dogs are bestowed at their new home a month. Naturally we're trying to follow the later portion of these dogs with attention. We hope that people's intercourse with animals is going to undergo a positive change and animals won't be kept only for making use of them, but they will be able to get the rights they are due to.

The situation of stray dogs means a great problem for our city, it's a great environmental and hygienic burden for the local authority. First of all we'd like to solve this serious problem with the help of our animal shelter.

We're continuously trying to improve the circumstances of our animals. During previous years a house for pups and outside runs for dogs were built and we managed to equip the veterinarian room and assure permanent health provision to the animals with the financial help of our German partner association "Bund gegen den Mißbrauch der Tiere e. V.".

In March we won a competition of RSPCA and as a result they supported the renovation of one of our buildings with 8.5 million forints. With this money and with the financial help of our German partners we were able to complete the realization of a very important plan of us, that is establishing a modern kitchen block, quarantines and a common shelter for old dogs after castration at the renovated building. .

Work of building has been finished by the end of July. We're glad to say this, because this way health condition of dogs and their keeping circumstances are going to improve and on the other hand we may set a positive example to Hungarian animal protecting.

Our next significant project is the construction of a new quarantine building: we've started its building in August 2000. We'd like to construct 40 boxes for the dogs, which get here and they can spend the compulsory 14 days ordained by the authorities. We expect a significant improvement in the state of health of dogs after the accomplishment and taking over of this building.The walls and the roof odf the building have been completed so far owing to the financial help of German sponsors and the association of Bund gegen den Mißbrauch der Tiere, but for the resumption of the building we would need further help.

One of the most important elements of our activity is in connection with domestic animals. It has got several functions. On one hand we display those animals that are protected domestic animals in Hungary. Such animals are for example mangalica from pigs, rackajuh (a Hungarian variety of sheep), grey cattles, Hungarian fowls, but Hungarian species of dogs belong here, too. For them we are planning to make a separate exhibition.
The other functions are education and propagating general knowledge. We have learnt in astonishment that children, but unfortunately even adults know domestic animals less and less thoroughly, though we consider this group of animals lends itself particularly well to re-establish and observe a positive relationship between people and animals. Nowadays in many cases even seeing a turkey or a guinea-fowl is an adventure for children and following with attention the birth and growing up of an animal could determine a child's development.

Knowledge of domestic animals is even part of the curriculum and visits of several schools and other educational institutions show the claim for the opportunity for children to see these animals not only in pictures, but in reality, too. We look at nature as a whole and treat animals living around us the same way. Our purpose is to make children be fully aware of the role of these animals in human life in the past and at present as well. We'd like to teach them why these animals were domesticated, what they were used for. This way we may be able to draw attention to the role of traditional agriculture and first of all the importance of ecological husbanding. We may show a model for a part of Hungary, which is currently wrestling with economical difficulties, as presumably agriculture is in the most acute crisis and the lack of experiences and knowledge about up-to-date, animal loving manners even increases the difficulties. We're trying to help this situation.

Keeping horses at our manor is of high priority, as this is the group of animals that children can be motivated with and a lot of people like and appreciate them as one of the closest friends of human beings. On the other hand there can be various ways of utilization and use of horses.

Repatriation of birds

The repatriation building of birds reached completion at the end of May. Since that time we have been able to cure wild-fowls undisturbedly under good circumstances, we're able to bring them up and release back to their natural environment. These activities are carried out under joint auspices with the local national park (Duna-Dráva National Park). We were able to refund the expenses of building with their financial help and the money we won in competitions. This project is a unique one in our region and even there are only three such kind of institutions in our country which are suitable for this task. That's why opening and operating this repatriation building was of great importance. According to our experiences we may expect the following species of birds: common buzzards, owls (barn owls, eagle owls, tawny owls, long-eared owl), storks, hawks, sparrow-hawks, eagles, falcons.

Operating the Education Centre

Special emphasis has been laid on forming young people's attitude. We consider children the most important target group, that's why we emphasize the education of animal protection. Children are the future animal keepers, so we dare to hope, that after a time the animal keeping culture of the whole country will positively change.

Our co-operators an professionals visit educational institutions and they hold lectures, give the children information about the work of the association. Children can get to us in different ways. They can come organically with their class or nursery groups and get acquianted with the animals and get into direct contact with them. From spring to autumn the manor is visited by different organized groups almost every day. There are a lot of groups returning regularly, among them even mentally defective and disabled children. These visits and the relation to animals can be a chance for a special therapy for them. Another form of occupation for children is taking part in the activities of our different circles and clubs. Members of the Club of Friends of Dogs may get into personal relationship with certain dogs and get information about animal keeping. The other popular clubs are our Horse Riding Circle, the Sheepfold Circle and the Eco-Club. This way our association plays a more and more important role in the cultural life of our city.

We organize occupations for children even in the summer holiday. They can choose among three programmes: a horse riding camp, a camp on keeping of dogs and an ecology camp. Besides these programmes there's free admission for anybody including children, who want to visit the manor. The number of visitors was 13.000 in 1999.
In 1999 our animal shelter won the award of "The Animal Shelter of the Year", which is assigned to only one animal shelter in our country every year.

Cultural programmes

Since 1995 we have organized different programmes for the World-day of Animals, the Day of Earth and the Day of Birds and Trees. They are very significant, because the local inhabitants have no other chance for spending their free time joyfully and usefully at the same time. There were 3-4000 participants at our last programmes.

Though our results and our above mentioned activities could be registered successes, we also have serious financial difficulties. Finding the money for the wages and the contributions of our employees and the expenses of upkeep is a great problem for us. The aids we have already been supported by should be allotted to definite investments, so we're trying to solve our problem by competing, finding sponsors and spending returned VAT when we have any.

We have been supported by the following foreign associations in 2000.

RSPCA :
20.000 pounds for a kitchen block, medical quarantines and a shelter for old dogs.
Bund gegen den Mißbrauch der Tiere e. V.:
Support for the remaining expenses of the above mentioned building and regular veterinary service.
Aktiver Tierschutz Steiermark:
3.500 DM for medicine

Our difficulties are as follows:

· Hungarian increases in price have raised our expenses.
· Possibilities for competitions have narrowed down and the amount of money we have already won has been far lower that we applied for, though we've had only one rejected application.
· We'd like to finish the construction of the new quarantine building, but the sum of money that would be neccessary for this is still missing.
· Assuring untroubled functioning would require 1.515.000 forints a month.


I. Planned expenses of operation for the year 2000

 
Monthly
Yearly
Wages and their contributions
755. 000 Ft.
9. 060. 000 Ft.
Telephone
60. 000 Ft.
720. 000 Ft.
Electricity
60. 000 Ft.
720. 000 Ft.
Protecting the territory
110. 000 Ft.
1. 320. 000 Ft.
Veterinary service
190. 000 Ft.
2.280. 000 Ft.
Food
300. 000 Ft.
3. 600. 000 Ft
Transport
40. 000 Ft.
480. 000 Ft.

Total
1. 515.000 Ft
18. 180.000 Ft


We'd like to ask you to help us with solving our problems within the bounds of your possibility.
If you need any further information you're welcome to us personally or we can answer your questions at the above given attainable places. If you need references we recommend you Mrs. Petra Zipp from our German partner association: 00-49-60-355916

Thanking in advance for your sympathy and assistance.

 

 

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Misina Természet- és Állatvédő Egyesület
7691 Pécs- Somogy, Pajtás u. 17.
E-mail: misina@t-online.hu
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