Utterly Pawsome! Animal-loving mum opens ‘window of life’ for abandoned dogs
An animal lover wanting to save dogs from a grim and lonely fate has opened a “window of life” where people can deposit unwanted and unloved hounds.
The “window”, which also accepts cats, opened for business on June 7 in the small village of Miłocice to the west of Wrocław and provides a similar service to those found in some towns where people can leave unwanted babies.
“I’ve opened a window of life for our four-legged friends,” Katarzyna Chruściel, the woman who installed the window, wrote on her Facebook page. “Instead of taking a dog to the forest, or kill it, bring it to me instead. There is no camera so you will not be identified, and the dog will get a second life.”
The ‘window’ is actually a cage on the edge of Chruściel’s garden where people can leave animals without being seen. Any animal left in the cage is examined and treated by a vet, and then put up for adoption.
According to Chruściel, the window has already turned out to be a success with seven dogs deposited, for which she is now looking for new homes. But she also expressed concern that some people will abuse the principal behind the window.
“I did not expect such a response,” she told the TVN 24 new channel. “I opened the window to save the lives of dogs in the area, not for people to get rid of dogs on a whim. It’s not as if I can take a 1,000 dogs. This provides a way out for those who have no other option.”
A self-confessed animal lover Chruściel already has seven dogs, 15 cats and a pony, all of which she rescued.
In an interview for the Wrocław edition of Gazeta Wyborcza she said that she lived in an area surrounded by forests, and that she would often find an abandoned pet when walking in the woods.
She also stressed that summer was the peak time for people abandoning animals.