Recently, we have discovered an amazing place for dogs and cats, the "Domashniy" (literally – At Home) shelter in the outskirts of Greater Moscow (https://takedog.ru/o_priyute/), which participates in A Happy Tails Planet international project. Every year Domashniy connects about 300 dogs with their foster families and provides vaccination and neutering to 3,500 stray dogs. Domashniy is "home sweet home" for several hundred stray and abandoned animals who are saved by the staff and volunteers and who enjoy "free" medical care, daily activities and, of course, nutritious meals.
Since its inception in 2003, Domashniy runs and grows thanks to the efforts of its charismatic founder, Ilona Bronevitskaya.
Ilona, an actress and TV personality, used her own savings to purchase a plot of land for the shelter, hire staff, and provide supplies, and she continues to finance most of the operation with her own funds. More importantly, Ilona uses her social status to educate the public about effective and humane methods of reducing the number of stray and homeless animals and to promote animal welfare. Due to Ilona's tireless efforts, Domashniy is growing fast and is currently housing up to 700 animals.
We were fascinated by the Domashniy story and invited Ilona to become our advisor and help us fulfill our mission - to promote respect and compassion for all creatures through humane education and to build together a Happy Planet for all!