The PCAS Animal Rescue Organization saves lives from kill shelters.
Our goal is the complete transformation of the currently legal, but inhuman animal control system,
because murder is not a solution!
Besides saving animals, the rehabilitation of our rescues is also part of our job, where we use alternative therapies in order to facilitate their speedy recovery.
In addition, we are doing background work to develop, test, and then deploy and coordinate effective methods of preventing animals from ending up at the pound, at which we draw the attention of the audience through prevention programs.
Our organization was founded in 2000
We have rescued animals from 26 kill shelters (ounds) so fa, and currently present at 9 of those
Due to our work and effort 10 dog pounds have officially stopped euthanizing animals
We have already saved more than 5000 animals
Each month we drive between 1000-4000 km for and with saved animals
At any given time there are 120-170 animals in our care
Up til now, we have organised more than 20 prevention programs
We often negotiate with local governments and councils, and we know from experience that while neutering and spaying animals is exceptionally important in terms of prevention, unfortunately it is not enough on its own, which is why we make an effort to point out the importance of the enforcement of laws and actions against irresponsible or abusive owners to facilitate long term positive change.
In 2018 we launched a big project by starting a petition, which you can access and sign here:
Pound reform 2018 - For changing the laws governing Animal Pounds
In order to map the operation and inner workings of the animal control centers – as there is no official and publicly available information regarding this – we are asking every city, town and municipality about their handling of stray animals. The findings, which are going to be available for everyone in a clear and easily understandable form, will be published soon. In the meantime, the official answers received from the local councils are available here, where everyone can take a look:
In addition, we are continuously working on rescue, education, and information-gathering operations in heavily poverty-stricken parts of Eastern-Hungary, where stray dogs are abundant, and while the results may differ from one area to another, there is a definite positive trend due to our continued presence.
Unfortunately, the constant rescuing of animals is an inevitable task, as this change is taking a long time. As a result, unnecessary litters are being born at a staggering rate, which leads to animals being thrown out on the streets by careless owners. These pets are endlessly filling the kennels at the pounds. It is the responsibility of the locals councils to make these strays – many of which once had owners – disappear from the streets, and they each use their own solutions. Remaining in the official version, the pounds (dog catchers, animal control centers) have served as the source of destruction and death for these animals, where the Hungarian law permits the admitted animals' extermination after a brief, 14 days observation period. So one of our main goals is the mapping of these pounds and changing their operation into an animal friendly one, with a focus on prevention. Unfortunately, in many regions, finding animal welfare activists who would take part in this has been difficult, so our job is not an easy one.
Another issue close to our heart is the rescuing of severely injured animals, whether victims of a car accident or abuse. Over the years, we have successfully given a large number of injured (missing limbs, spinal cord injuries, paralyzed, blind, etc) or physically challenged animals – that might have, at first, appeared to be unable to successfully integrate, sometimes even after multiple surgeries and rehabilitation – a chance at a prosperous, compassionate life that can be lived to the fullest. With each case we have become more experienced and more practical. In many cases, our doctors were amazed at the fantastic recovery of our rescues and compared it to nothing short of a miracle. We believe and maintain that we are the voice and the only chance of the animals in distress, so taking their life is not the only option. Since they are unable to communicate and express their clinging to life, we must do it for them and represent their right to life.
Animals are wonderful creatures that are remarkable in their willingness and ability to adapt to changed circumstances, and they never look back. We know from experience that a physically disabled animal can live a just as happy and high quality life as their perfectly healthy peers. Comparing and weighing their lives is just a human thing. We are committed to trying in every case, and we will try and try until the bitter end, as long as there is a chance of recovery – even if it's slim. We believe that pain in and of itself cannot be a reason for taking their lives, since every injury, accident is accompanied by pain. Pain is our „friend” that indicates which part of the body or organ is in need of protection, support, care or gentleness. Most pain can and will go away. Healing itself is a process, that is often accompanied by pain. It is always a huge responsibility to tell the real difference between pain and unbearable suffering, but we believe – and recent years have also proven – that it is worthwhile.
Our main activity is rescuing animals from the pounds, but we do not exclusively save dogs. We often help injured kittens, but we also save birds, reptiles and if necessary – in cooperation with other organizations –, wild animals and livestock. Unfortunately, the latter two are quite complex due to the differences in the legal environment and the infrastructure in place, but we try to overcome all obstacles when animals are in need of help!
You can get more information regarding out cat rescue operations here:
We are also trying to reach people through various media about the current state of animal welfare, responsible ways of having animals, the importance of neutering, our work, and our rescues. Our goal is to call attention to the non-negligible fact, that in most cases stray animals are killed, murdered, and exterminated, often with no good reason, and this process can only be stopped with responsible animal keeping and the right attitude.
President of PCAS, animal rescue activist, vegan.
I founded the organization in 2000, and have been leading it ever since. As a naturopath, I employ many alternative methods during rehabilitation. I have healed hundreds of animals over the years. We are always on the go, driving in all weather conditions, on every terrain where there is a need to save lives. I continuously work with rescued animals. I'm vegan and I aim to lead a life free of products that use animal testing. And while my weakness is fallen and elderly animals, we don't pick and choose when it comes to rescues.
My tasks: animals rescuing, transportation, care, healing, rehabilitation, logistics, organization of campaigns, marketing, online tasks, photography, communication, so yeah, everything.
Vice-president of PCAS, animal rescue activist, vegan.
I graduated with an education degree, with a major in Biology-Environmental Science, but after working in the private sector at various organizations and in a multitude of fields, I joined PCAS in 2013 after more than 10 years of work and volunteering, and have been an active member since. Rescue, organization, rehabilitation – I'm ready for all of it. Over the past few years I've managed to make hundreds of little lives more beautiful. Old, grumpy, big or small, problematic or in diapers, I don't pick and choose, I face everyone with the greatest humility.
Animals entering the pounds spend the last 14 days of their lives behind bars unless they are saved.
The pounds ARE NOT ANIMAL SHELTERS!
According to Hungarian law, after 14 days they can (in their opinion), kill the orphaned dogs, and they abuse this policy to no end! There is no uniform legislation for these places!
WE SAY NO
to the obsolete system of the dog pounds!
Prevention-focused, animal friendly shelters need to be established instead. The money spent on murder should instead be spent on spaying and neutering, while fines should be levied on the owners with a repeat behaviour of irresponsibility. There are already a few shelters and pounds in Hungary that are run by animal welfare activists. These should be the examples followed everywhere else in the country: Tatabánya, Kecskemét, Ajka, Tiszafüred, Budapest Illatos street.
We have been operating since 2000 and saving animals from death row since 2010. We have seen everything. We know the depths and loopholes of this “industry”.. The heads buried in sand, the eyes closed and the deaf ears. We have heard all the excuses..
.. but nobody hears the screams of death, nobody sees the begging eyes on these death rows, and make no mistake, these dogs know what awaits them, and they’re standing there, broken, resigned and waiting for the end. Some of them, hoping for salvation, will do anything to be taken out of there, and others, not noticed by anyone have already “died”, alone, in silence and agony and we save them from there – this place, which would serve as their grave when the release of death comes. We are the only chance for some, but for others, when we return for them,
We find nothing but empty kennels..
And their memory in our hearts..
Pounds, from where we have already saved
Pounds, from where we have already saved and where they officially stopped euthanasia due to our work
It is a peculiar feeling, going against a system like this. What we experience is that everyone just washes their hands of responsibility. In most cases, the pounds are maintained by the local councils. The acting authority is the notary or official veterinarian (now the Government Office) who is often present on the premises as a paid supplier. As of 2017, the state has made it mandatory for councils to contract with pounds to “solve” the stray dog problem. And they did... There are pounds which are contracted with over 50 cities, towns and localities, and they have only 3 quarantine kennels on their premises.
We often give lectures and presentations on the operation of pounds, the importance of responsible animal keeping, neutering and adoption at various events.
The pounds ARE NOT SHELTERS! Many people still believe, that the animals admitted to these places are safe, and it is not well known that the dogs are put down after 14 days if nobody comes for them (their original owner, someone to adopt them, an animal rescue organization), since the law sees this as the only solution to make the stray dogs disappear.
Catching the animals and running these pounds is big business to the contracted dog catchers, since the councils pay 15000-40000 HUF per dog (approx. 45-125 Euros) from the taxpayers’ money.
This incredibly cruel system can only be dismantled with responsible animal keeping and neutering. Neutering does cost money, but nowhere near the amount a dog catcher receives for killing the animal.
We also put an emphasis on the fact that people wishing to adopt an animal MUST NOT go to a breeder to purchase a dog, but instead go to a shelter and adopt from the dogs present there. This not only improves the life of the adopted dog, but also – by freeing up space – they help the work of the animal shelters in order to save even more dogs, since they can place another dog in need in the place of the adopted animal.
Breeders are only taking advantage of the animals for monetary gain.
However, the decision to adopt must not be taken lightly, either: it has to be a well thought through decision, where the importance, necessity, and benefits of neutering is clear to everyone involved.
We are also grateful to receive donations of food and other goods.
You can send donations via post or courier to the following address:
4400 Nyíregyháza, Krúdy Gyula utca 42/B
You can find a list of useful items here:
You can bid on various donated items or buy them personally at our current donation fair to support the cost of our animal rescue efforts. You can find our latest auctions and fairs at the link below: