‘For one stray dog you change his whole world'.
In her spare time, Natascha Neubert, an account manager at Alpheios, devotes time to helping stray and shelter dogs from Bulgaria. ‘I volunteer for the foundation Alle Beestjes Helpen to help get dogs adopted. Our playground needed revamping. So I immediately thought of the Vebego Foundation.’
Dog pension Ovidefarm in Rijnsaterwoude works with the foundations Alle Beestjes Helpen and the Ohana Dog Center on a small scale to help Bulgarian stray and shelter dogs find a new home. Natascha: We work closely with the Paws of Justice Foundation Bulgaria, which provides on-the-spot assistance and shelter to neglected, dumped or injured animals.
The dogs are sheltered in Bulgaria wherever possible, but unfortunately that isn't always feasible. That's why dozens of dogs up for adoption are brought to the shelter in the Netherlands every year. We use money from donations mainly for basic necessities and sterilisation projects in Bulgaria, Natascha explains. ‘It makes perfect sense, but space to play and learn is also important. More fun for the dogs means less stress. Besides, with more challenging playground equipment, we can contribute to the training and socialisation of the dogs. This will increase their chances of being adopted. I really see the added value of good playground equipment. That's why I submitted an application to the Vebego Foundation'.
Playground equipment offers challenge
'Working with these animals is very rewarding,' says Natascha. You can't change the whole world, but you can change the world of one previously disadvantaged dog. And thanks to the Vebego Foundation's financial contribution, I was able to buy all the playground equipment I wanted, including slalom poles, pawns with obstacles, 200 balls for the ball pit and 4 treasure trails. It’s wonderful to see the animals enjoying the extra challenge'.
Do you work at one of the Vebego companies and also have an initiative that would benefit from financial support? Submit your project to the Vebego Foundation!