Mission and Goals
To save as many animals as we can from despair in countries where animal welfare education, rights and resources are most deficient.
Forgotten Animals is the closest to being an ASPCA for Russia as it gets. Unfortunately, neglecting, abusing dogs and cats and treating them as commodities is still a widely common cultural norm in former Soviet countries. There are hundreds of petting zoos, animal circuses, and travelling dolphinaria and no wildlife sanctuary to rescue those animals to. We are changing the culture where people treat animals as things that are there for them to keep or use as entertainment until it suits them, and to get rid of when they’ve had enough of them, often inhumanely kill or simply abandon. When you find an animal in need, in most cities, let alone small towns or remote villages, there is nowhere to take them, no number to call for help like there is in the western countries. There is no supporting infrastructure. Unless you can afford to take the animal to the vet, pay the bills and look for a new home, there is usually nothing you can do, besides just watching them suffer.
To change that we:
- neuter cats and dogs to prevent unwanted litters and abandonment
- make veterinary services available where there are none
- help create and sustain the necessary infrastructure
- educate the population through social ads and humane education
- lobby for a legislation change
- rehabilitate orphaned bear cubs back to the wild
- working toward building the country’s first real wildlife sanctuary
The work we do alleviates and prevents suffering and deaths and improves the lives of animals and people. Instead of merely fighting the consequenсes, Forgotten Animals targets the root causes and brings the best expertise from around the world along with deep understanding of the local culture and mentality to fight the problems efficiently and effectively, where it is most needed.
A more responsible and accountable society where animal rights are protected and upheld by law.
To help people see animal welfare with new eyes, so they can become the driving force behind the societal change.
We Will Not Stop Until:
- The rights of all animals are respected, protected, and upheld by effective legislation.
- All companion animals have a home where they live a dignified life, free from abuse and neglect.
- Overcrowded animal shelters where animals suffer in atrocious conditions are outlawed.
- The number of wild animals in captivity is reduced to the minimum and, along with the private ownership of wild exotic animals, is heavily regulated.
- Baiting stations, animal circuses, travelling zoos and dolphinaria are banned.
Currently we are focused on improving animal welfare standards throughout the former Soviet countries – the world’s biggest territory overlooked by most organizations.