Hrvatska edukacijska i razvojna mreža za evoluciju sporazumijevanja - HERMES
Animal welfare advocacy, and most specifically re-homing of stray dogs from the Western Balkans into homes in Western Europe represents a cooperation that is active, ongoing, and that has sprung into existence on the basis of real needs. HERMES' PAWS idea proposes to push this cooperation further by providing an opportunity for a meeting and a wider-scale advocacy effort based on grassroots education in schools.
BiH, Montenegro, Croatia, Serbia, Netherlands, Germany and Belgium
Volunteers that work for the welfare of stray dogs are cooperating across borders in Europe to address a real problem and provide solution for it. They deserve acknowledgement for their efforts and public appreciation as they are inspiration and role model for democratic participation and organizing
Following the key workshop event in Zagreb, the activists would organize a series of educational workshops in classrooms throughout the Western Balkans countries' as means of public interest advocacy for the protection, welfare and re-homing of stray dogs and cats.
PAWS will bring together key animal welfare activists for a workshop of networking, planning, learning and sharing experiences with one another. It is an important step that will not only expand their reach and impact of their work, but it will also sensitize the public and raise awareness about the problem of animal welfare and re-homing of stray dogs. The follow up activities will further educate the younger generations about this, and generate animal welfare public interest advocacy effort.
Most of HERMES team has adopted animals off the street and has been privately active in animal welfare volunteering efforts throughout the Balkans. The ongoing cooperation between the East and West of Europe in this domain is inspiring to us, and we want to bring it to a more public, advocacy level.
PAWS may seem directly animal-oriented, but we are proposing this project for the benefit of animal welfare volunteers and activists, for the communities that will benefit from a public interest advocacy effort and for younger generations that are the primary target focus of the educational campaign
Any kind of comment and feedback is always useful!