It has been a while since we last updated our news section. While we try to keep you updated via Instagram as much as possible, it is more difficult to keep this page as up-to-date, as it takes more time to edit / add posts, and we need a computer for it. Still, an update was absolutely overdue, so here goes:
As you saw in our last post, all hell broke lose. The good news is: With the help of friends and people who shared our plea, we managed to raise € 5,000. We could never even have dreamt of raising that kind of money – so once again, thank you to everyone who donated!
With this money, Danijela was able to start the necessary work on the piece of land that had been donated to Spaske. The following was needed:
- Access to water – for that, we needed a specialist to dig far enough to find water (more about this further down)
- Fencing – the whole area needed to be fenced off to keep the dogs safe. At the same time, the dogs needed individual areas inside the large area (e.g. you can’t put puppies with the large dogs, or the sick with the healthy, etc.)
- The hut that was on the land needed refurbishing, so that Danijela could use it to prepare food etc. for the dogs.
- The dogs needed shelter (kennels etc.)
- And so much more. Essentially, it was just a piece of land with an old hut on it.
So, before being able to bring the dogs over, we desperately needed water to be able to water and feed the dogs. Danijela called a “professional” in Kraljevo – you will see why this is put in quotation marks – who told her that they needed to dig 40m deep and there we’d be able to find water. He began digging the well. This went on for a few a weeks. Danijela kept asking him for updates and he would tell her he’d reached 20m, 25m, 30m, etc.
After a bit over a month, he suddenly didn’t show up to work. Danijela tried to reach him, but to no avail. A few days later, he finally picked up and told her there was no water. He had simply packed up his stuff and left with the caution money (around € 300), leaving a huge, unprotected 35m deep hole behind.
You might ask yourselves how this is even possible. Well, welcome to Serbia. While we have many honest and hard-working people, you will find just as many crooks and frauds. If you are unlucky – like we were – they will genuinely present themselves as professionals, have a ‘proper’ company, etc. The way the law works – extremely slowly and tediously – it is practically impossible to get that money back.
So, what were we to do? Danijela was lucky enough to find real professionals in Kragujevac (next big city to the north of Kraljevo) who could only shake their heads at the shoddy work the other guy had left behind. We were told that he had lied from the get-go – one would have to dig 120 metres to find water on the land, which would cost € 5,000!
We were neither willing to splash all of the donations on the project (but will have to somehow find the money in the long run to be able to finish the well, as we really need it) nor did we have the time to spend another few months on well-digging when we desperately needed to bring all our dogs over to their new place, so, instead, Danijela bought four large connected cisterns (each containing 1,000 litres of water) for a total cost of a bit over € 200. This should keep us going for at least one to two months, and then we can have water brought over for about € 40 for 1000 litres of water.
Phew, that was quite the update. Another update about the rest of the work will follow soon. Stay healthy everyone!