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2023 in Purple Foundation
21/02/2024
2023 in Purple Foundation was a busy year full of changes, news, wonderful meetings and cooperation with our Purple team colleagues and all our favourite organizations. We managed to divide an amazing sum of 3 596 483 Kč (€153 305). Wondering which projects we decided to support in 2023? Check them out below! Nemocnice Milosrdných bratří, p.o. Sum donated: 1 110 137 Kč (€43 827) What a year we had with the NMB! We purchased two massage chairs for patients with chronic pain and a pocket ultrasound for the hospital; and equipped a beautiful new Purple room for mothers and their newborn babies. Find out more here . Janus, z.s. Sum donated: 224 000 Kč (€8 843) Offering help and guidance to children from children's homes on their way to adulthood - teaching them about finances, housing, relationships, and much more. Find out more here . Člověk v tísni Sum donated: 400 000 Kč (€15 793) The largest project helping both on the spot in Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees in Czechia. Find out more   here . Mezi námi, o.p.s. Sum donated: 270 000 Kč (€10 660) Purple Foundation is the single donor to the Brno branch of Mezi Námi, who run a program for seniors where they read and spend time with kindergarten kiddos. It is the cutest thing ever. Find out more here . Dětská nemocnice Brno Sum donated: 650 250 Kč (€25 671) We purchased a panoramic X-ray machine for the stomatology department of the Children's hospital in Brno. Find out more here . Krtek, nadační fond dětské onkologie Sum donated: 50 000 Kč (€1 974) The foundation helps children oncology patients and their families. Find out more here . PATRON Sum donated: 25 000 Kč (€987) The project connects children from children's homes with buddies who offer guidance in their lives. The sum helped find, establish and support a new pair for a year. Find out more here . Linka bezpečí, z.s. Sum donated: 100 000 Kč (€3 948) Assisting children and young people in dire need of help. Among other things, we supported recording of their podcast Utržené sluchátko for children, too. Find out more  here . Klub svobodných matek z.s. Sum donated: 100 000 Kč (€3 948) Helping single mothers in need with financial and material support. The NGO also runs three successful charity shops that we supported, too! Find out more here . Masaryk Institute of Oncology Sum donated: 380 427 Kč (€15 020) We purchased 12 new infusion pumps that are used to deliver chemotherapy drugs in oncology patients of the Masaryk Institute of Oncology in Brno. Find out more  here. Café D'Astra Sum donated: 50 000 Kč (€1 974) A café in Prague employing people with Down syndrome and mental disabilities and their assistants. Find out more  here . Cesta domů, z.ú. Sum donated: 50 000 Kč (€1 974) A hospice in Prague with exceptional services for their clients and their own publishing house we love to support. Find out more  here . Pozitivní zprávy z.s. Sum donated: 50 000 Kč (€1 974) A Czech news portal bringing positive news to brighten up your day and focus on the good around! Find out more here . SOS dětské vesničky, z.s. Sum donated: 100 000 Kč (€3 948) We are so happy   to support the amazing organization SOS Dětské vesničky, helping and offering guidance to foster and socially disadvantaged families. Find out more  here . Nový Prostor, z.ú. Sum donated: 100 000 Kč (€3 948) Helping unhoused people get back on their feet by employing them as magazine vendors and through their social support program. Find out more here . DOBRÝ ANDĚL, nadace Sum donated: 200 000 Kč (€3 948) Financially helping families affected by a serious illness in the Czech Republic. Find out more here . Dům pro Julii, z.ú. Sum donated: 107 641 Kč (€4 250) Dům pro Julii are building the first hospice for children in Czechia. We sent their employees for an internship in the Bluebell Hospice in England to find inspiration on how to run it! Find out more  here . ProFem, o.p.s. Sum donated: 204 000 Kč (€8 054) We are proud to have supported the reconstruction and opening of the first ever centre for victims of sexual violence and abuse in Czechia! Find out more  here . Společnost E - Aranžerie Sum donated: 100 000 Kč (€3 948) Employing people with epilepsy and mental disabilities in their flower arrangement studio. Find out more  here . Hospic sv. Alžběty o.p.s. Sum donated: 130 000 Kč (€5 133) Our support will finance the equipment of a new room for terminally ill patients and their family members in the largest hospice in Brno. Find out more  here. AND, OF COURSE, A HUGE THANK YOU! To our amazing Purple team. Without their hard work and dedication they show every day, none of this would be even remotely possible.  Love,  Your Purple Foundation team D + F + J +K
O sile pozitívnych správ s animátorom Martinom Smatanom
29/11/2023
Martin Smatana je nielen môj spolužiak zo strednej školy, ktorý neprepadol z angličtiny len vďaka mne, je to aj svetoznámy a oceňovaný animátor. V čase pandémie vyslal do sveta knihu Rok dobrých správ , ktorá každý týždeň opisuje niečo pozitívne, čo sa stalo doma alebo v zahraničí. Pri jednej knižke nakoniec neostalo a dnes si môžeme vychutnať celú trilógiu dobrých správ. Poďme sa s Martinom povyprávať o jeho knižnej tvorbe, dobrých správach, či plánoch do budúcna – tretie pokračovanie Roku dobrých správ sa objavilo v kníhkupectvách len 2 týždne dozadu! Autorka rozhovoru: Dana Ševčíková Odkiaľ prišiel nápad na Rok dobrých správ? Nápad prišiel v čase začínajúcej pandémie, teda v marci 2020. Pre mnohých to bolo obdobie zlých správ. Pandémia zasiahla negatívne do života každého z nás, vrátane mňa. Čas od času som ľahko začal upadať do predstavy, že svet je každým dňom horší. Cítil som, že u mňa začína prevládať negatívna nálada. Musel som si teda nájsť rozptýlenie, niečo čo ma potešilo, nadchlo a inšpirovalo v týchto neľahkých dňoch. Začal som preto aktívne vyhľadávať dobré správy z celého sveta, ktoré sa okolo nás stále dejú, len o nich nie je niekedy tak počuť. Každý týždeň som si našiel jednu dobrú správu zo sveta a vyrobil k nej obrázok. A keďže ja príliš kresliť neviem, vyrobil som obrázok zo starého oblečenia. Takto som si priebežne udržoval dobrú náladu. Keď som však videl, ako pozitívne medzi ľuďmi rezonujú, povedal som si, že ich skúsim novým obrázkom potešiť každý týždeň. Dobré správy sú nádherne ilustrované a je vidno, že sa v nich ukrývajú stovky hodín práce. Odkiaľ si mal všetky materiály a textílie na ich tvorbu? Kde si ich tvoril? Pri práci na textilných ilustráciách do knižky mi pomohli skúsenosti z práce na animovaných filmoch. Asi pred tromi–štyrmi rokmi, keď som pripravoval scény do môjho animovaného filmu Šarkan, som si uvedomil, že textil je skvelý materiál, ako na animáciu, tak na ilustráciu. Celé prostredie filmu je vyrobené z látok a oblečenia, ktoré som zrecykloval namiesto vyhodenia. Pri animácii sa dá pohybovať s jeho štruktúrou, vlasmi, a vzniká tak veľmi pekný pohyb. Rovnakou technikou je vytvorená aj táto netradičná knižka, ktorej trojrozmerné ilustrácie vyrábam z recyklovaného oblečenia. Tie potom pekne nasvietim, nafotím, doplním o text a vložím do knižky. Textilné ilustrácie vyrábam v našom štúdiu v Trnave. Vyrobiť jednu ilustráciu mi trvá približne 5 dní. Najviac mi paradoxne trvá nájsť vhodnú správu. Niekedy prelistujem aj desiatky či stovky správ, kým nájdem takú, ktorá vo mne vyvolá radosť, niekedy ma až dojme alebo mám z nej husiu kožu. Vtedy viem, že je to tá pravá, začnem si o nej čítať viac, hľadať k nej fotky, overovať si skutočnosti, potom k nej nakreslím pár skíc na papier a snažím sa hľadať kompozíciu a tvar. Keď som s ňou spokojný, vyfarbím ju, aby som vedel, aké farby látok mám hľadať. Potom sa hodiny hrabem v starom oblečení a vyradených látkach, a až potom sa pustím do strihania, šitia, lepenia. Následne už len všetko pekne osvetlím, nafotím, upravím a doplním o text správy. Koľko vydavateľstiev si oslovil s publikáciou knihy a aká bola cesta vydávania s vydavateľstvom Monokel? S nápadom na ilustrované dobré správy som prišiel sám, postupne mi začali kamaráti a rodina posielať dobré správy, ktoré čítali alebo počuli. Tak mi pod rukami postupne vznikalo čoraz viac príbehov. Keď som o tejto mojej aktivite povedal Petrovi Michalíkovi zo slovenského vydavateľstva Monokel, navrhol, aby som tak spracoval celý rok: 52 týždňov = 52 ilustrovaných príbehov. Monokel vydal všetky tri ročníky knižky a tiež zabezpečil vydanie v zahraničí - v Amerike, Anglicku , Nemecku a Južnej Kórei. Ktorá dobrá správa z tvojich knižiek ťa najviac chytila za srdce? Mojim favoritom je vždy príbeh, na ktorom aktuálne pracujem. Z poslednej knižky napríklad správa o tom, že keď sa 84-ročný vojnový veterán z Taiwanu dozvedel, že jeho rodná štvrť bude čoskoro zrovnaná so zemou, vymaľoval každý dom veselými farbami, čím sa celá štvrť zakrátko stala kultúrnym dedičstvom, ktoré nebolo možné zbúrať. Jeho dielo sa dnes volá Rainbow Village a hrdo reprezentuje mesto Taichung. Tiež som sa pri čítaní dobrých správ dozvedel, že ak chcem poslať poštou list alebo pohľadnicu na Island do odľahlej farmy alebo domčeku bez adresy, stačí, ak na obálku nakreslím mapku, podľa ktorej poštár nájde príjemcu. Túto správu i s ilustráciou nájdete, medzi inými, v najnovšom Roku dobrých správ. Ktorá recenzia, alebo ocenenie ťa najviac potešilo? Vždy ma veľmi poteší, keď čitatelia vďaka knižke povedia, že aj v tomto objektívne náročnom období sa udialo aj pár dobrých vecí, a pri listovaní knižkou nadobudnú pocit, že čas od času môžu urobiť malý dobrý skutok aj oni sami. Tu je jedna recenzia z amerického School Library Journal (preklad z anglického originálu): “Počas prvého roka pandémie, keď sa zdalo, že svet ovládol chaos, smútok a zlé správy, Smatana vyhľadával pozitívne správy a príbehy, ktoré dopĺňal originálnymi textilnými ilustráciami (viď. napr. ilustrácie Salley Mavora v My Bed od Rebeccy Bond). Príbehy sú krátke, zvyčajne popísané jednou či dvoma vetami s ilustráciou na vedľajšej strane. QR kód na konci knihy zobrazí zainteresovaným čitateľom pôvodný zdroj správ. Smatanove očarujúce postavy a scény sú vyrobené zo zvyškov látok, vlny, plsti a stužiek. Mnohé z príbehov sa týkajú priamo pandémie, iné sa zameriavajú na životné prostredie, komunikáciu napriek spoločenským spektrom a umenie.” Objavili sa v knihe postavičky, ktoré sme už mohli vidieť v tvojich predchádzajúcich projektoch? Myslím že nie. Pre každý projekt, či už animovaný alebo knižný, sa snažím vymyslieť a navrhnúť nové charaktery na mieru príbehu. Naučila ťa kniha sústrediť väčšiu pozornosť na pozitívne veci v tvojom živote a okolí? Áno, a veľmi to na sebe cítim. Hlavným posolstvom knižky je totiž posilniť vnímavosť voči malým, často nenápadným pozitívnym príbehom, ktoré sa dejú okolo nás. Pretože na to, aby sme videli pozitívne príbehy, sa často stačí rozhliadnuť okolo seba. Verím, že po tom, čo si čitateľ takúto knižku prelistuje, si uvedomí, že napriek záľahe negatívnych správ sa nielen vo svete, ale aj v našom bezprostrednom okolí, deje každý deň veľa dobrého. Ak by si mohol s niekým spolupracovať na ďalšej knihe dobrých správ, kto by to bol a ako by tvoju tvorbu obohatil? Veľmi rád by som znovu spolupracoval s niektorým európskym mestom a vystavil dobré správy vo verejnom priestore mesta. Prvé dve série ilustrovaných pozitívnych príbehov sa okrem knižky objavili aj na citylightoch a panelových výstavách vo viacerých mestách na Slovensku a v Česku. Vedenie hlavného mesta Bratislava sa rozhodlo potešiť pred vianočnými sviatkami obyvateľov mesta a skrášliť jeho rozmanité miesta dobrými správami zo sveta vo forme citylightov. Počas tohtoročnej veľkej noci boli vďaka spolupráci so žilinským primátorom a kultúrnym vedením mesta tieto ilustrované dobré správy vystavené formou dvojmetrových panelov na námestí v Žiline, aby mohli potešiť ľudí v týchto náročných časoch. A vďaka spolupráci so Slovenským veľvyslanectvom v Turecku si budú môcť túto výstavu pozitívnych správ pozrieť na jeseň aj obyvatelia Ankary a Istanbulu. Podelíš sa so mnou o nejakú dobrú správu z tvojho života z posledného obdobia? S mojou manželkou Simonou sme koncom septembra privítali do našej animátorskej rodiny syna Alberta, ktorý rastie každým dňom a i keď sa sem-tam nevyspíme, je to tá najlepšia správa tohto roku. Kniha Rok dobrých správ 2023 sa objavila v kníhkupectvách 16.11.2023 a lepší vianočný darček by ste ťažko hľadali! Zaobstarajte si svoju kópiu tu .
On the power of positive news with animator Martin Smatana 
08/11/2023
Not only is Martin Smatana my high-school classmate who had only passed his English classes thanks to me, he is now a world-renowned and much-awarded animation artist. His book trilogy A Year of Good News has been documenting one piece of good news every week since the pandemic times, bringing a little ray of sunshine to all of us when our days are feeling blue. Let’s dive into our conversation about the books, good news, his future plans and more! Interview by Dana Ševčíková Where did the idea for A Year of Good News come from?  The idea came to me at the beginning of the pandemic, in March 2020. For many of us, it was a time of one piece of bad news after another. The pandemics negatively impacted all of us, myself including. It was easy to get caught in a downward spiral of negative thinking and watch the world get worse day by day. I had to find something to take my mind off things, something positive to cheer me up and inspire me to move forward. Thus, I set up to look for good news from all around the world of which there is always a ton, even though we don’t hear about them as often.  Every week, I found a piece of good news from around the world and illustrated it. As drawing is not my strong suit, I patchworked the picture out of old clothing and this process helped me keep afloat. When I saw my pictures making people happy, I decided to do it every week.  A Year of Good News is a beautifully illustrated book and it’s obvious that it took hundreds of hours of work. Where did you get all the materials and textiles for the creation of the individual images? Where did you make them? When working on textile illustrations for the book, my experience from working on animated films came in really handy! About three or four years ago, when I was preparing the scenes for my animated film Šarkan (The Kite), I realized that textile is a great material, both for animation and illustration. The entire setting of the film is made from fabrics and clothes that I recycled instead of throwing away. With animation, you can move with its structure, the individual threads, which creates lovely movement. The same technique has been used to make my non-traditional book, whose three-dimensional illustrations are done using recycled clothing. When finished, I choose the best lighting for the individual images, take pictures, add the text and put them in the book. All of the illustrations are made in my workshop in Trnava. It takes me about 5 days to finish one illustration. What’s interesting is that it takes even longer to find the right piece of news to illustrate. Sometimes I scroll through dozens, or even hundreds of headlines until I find one that makes me happy, moves me or gives me goosebumps. That's when I know it's the right one. I start studying the story, looking for photos, verifying facts, then I draw a few sketches and try to find composition and shape. Once I'm happy with it, I colour it in, so I know what fabric colours to look for. Afterwards, it's time to take a deep dive in my huge collection of old clothes and discarded fabrics, and only after a few hours spent there, I start cutting, sewing and gluing. How many publishing houses did you approach with the publication of the book? What was your publishing journey with the Monokel publishing house like? I came up with the idea of illustrated good news myself. In no time, my friends and family started sending me positive headlines they had read or heard; and more and more stories thus came to life. When I shared this little project of mine with Peter Michalík from the Slovak publishing house Monokel, he suggested that I organize the book by weeks: 52 weeks - 52 illustrated stories. Monokel then published the first two editions of the book and also ensured publication abroad in the U.S.A. , England, Germany, and South Korea. Are you looking to publish more books of good news in the upcoming years? I am, indeed. Right now, I am working on the finishing touches of the third edition of A Year of Good News that is coming very soon, on 16 November 2023. Is there a piece of good news from your books you’d call your favourite? My favourite story is always the one I'm working on at any given time. Right now, it’s a story of an 84-year-old war veteran from Taiwan who learned that his hometown neighbourhood would soon be torn down. He decided to take action and paint all the houses in vibrant colours, and thus the entire neighbourhood became a protected cultural heritage. His project is called Rainbow Village and is still standing proud in Taichung city. Last week, while browsing the news, I learned that if you want to send a letter or a postcard to a remote farm or house without an address in Iceland, all you have to do is draw a map on the envelope, and the crafty postman will find the recipient! Every fan of yours knows that you got tons of great reviews and awards for your Years of Good News. Are there any that stand out for you? I am always very happy to hear that the readers of my book realized that even in the hardest of times, there are still good things going on. What’s even better is when the book inspires them to do a good deed from time to time as well. Here is a review from the American School Library Journal that made me very happy: During the first year of the pandemic, when it felt like “doom and gloom and bad news had taken over the world,” Smatana sought out good news, and illustrated the stories he found with marvellous textile art (think Salley Mavor’s work in My Bed by Rebecca Bond). The stories are short, usually just one or two sentences on a page, with a facing illustration. A QR code at the end of the book takes interested readers to the original news sources. Smatana’s charming characters and scenes are made of fabric scraps, wool, felt, and ribbon. Many of the stories deal directly with the pandemic, but others focus on the environment, communication across borders and barriers, and the arts. In your books, can we find any characters that had appeared in your previous projects? I don’t think so. I am trying to come up with new characters for every story, be it animation or illustration.  Has creating your book helped you focus your attention on positive things in your life and environment? It did, and it really shows. The aim of the book is to strengthen our perception of small, often inconspicuous positive stories. Sometimes, all it takes to find something positive is to take a look around. I believe that after browsing my book, the reader will realize that despite the flood of negative news, a lot of good is happening every day. If you could choose someone to collaborate with on your next book of good news, who would it be and how would they enrich your work? I would love to work with large European cities againand display the good news in their public space. In addition to the book, the first two series of illustrated positive stories were displayed in large format in several cities in Slovakia and Czechia. The management of the capital city of Bratislava decided to cheer up its residents before the Christmas holidays and adorn various spots with good news from the world in the form of city lights. At Easter time this year, these illustrated good news were displayed on two-meter-long panels on the main square of my hometown, Žilina. And, thanks to cooperation with the Slovak Embassy in Turkey, the residents of Ankara and Istanbul will also be able to see the exhibition of positive news this autumn. Is there any good news from your personal life you can share with us? My wife and I are extremely excited to welcome our first son Albert who is expected to join us at the end of September. (Albert is now a proud member of an animator family, growing every day and making his parents 99% very happy and 1%zombie-like.) The third edition of A Year of Good News is coming out on 16 November 2023, so make sure to get your own copy here !
Purple rescues III: Dusty and Ronnie
14/09/2023
Adopt, don't shop! Animal shelters in the Czech Republic and Slovakia are full of fluffy souls who have been abandoned, hurt or given up by their former owners. Adopting an animal from a shelter means bringing a new source of joy in your life and giving a second chance to a pet who wants nothing more than to love-bomb their new owners to bits, a.k.a. an absolute win-win situation. Some of our Purple colleagues decided to visit a shelter and adopt a pet for themselves; and even though the beginnings might have been a bit difficult from time to time, they wouldn't trade them for the world. Read about the Purple pets from shelters who made our colleagues' lives exponentially better and learn why shelter adoption is a great choice! Dusty (and his owner Elizaveta) What’s your pet’s name and how old are they? Dusty, approximately 3 years old. Which shelter does he come from? World of dogs – helping Bosnian dogs and the Sarajevo “death shelter.” Do you know what his life was like before he got in the shelter? He comes from a part of Bosnia and Herzegovina where there are a lot of abused dogs. Unfortunately, we don’t know anything else.  What were the adoption process and the adoption day like? How did you communicate with the shelter? I followed the shelter on facebook. Once I had decided to go for it and known what kind of a dog I can handle, I sent them a message and stated my criteria in detail. Then I received a picture of Dusty with a short introduction and main info: his weight, approximate age and fur colour. Afterwards we had a call where I learned about the adoption process and answered questions aimed at finding out whether I’d be a good dog owner. Then I waited for a month or so before they got him ready to go and brought him to me. On 22 January 2022, he was transported to Prague together with other dogs from Bosnia for a fee of 120 EUR. The communication with the shelter was good, they answered all my questions about the adoption process and were even supportive during Dusty’s first weeks in his new home.  What were your first days together in a new home like? The first days were really sweet and fulfilling, but also difficult. Dusty was very scared and went into a panic mode when I attempted to take him for a walk. I decided to give him as much time as he needed to adapt to a new environment and gave him a week or so without walks. He slept through his first couple of days and was afraid to lie down in his new bed, but then he started being curious and his trust in me grew stronger.  What surprised you most about adoption? I had taken care of a golden retriever puppy from a breeder from the age of four months before and I have to say that there is not much difference between taking care of a puppy and an adult, traumatised dog.  What should one be careful about when adopting a pet? I think that the crucial thing is that the new owner is kind and patient. It is important to have at least some experience with dogs and their mentality before adopting one. It helps you understand what characteristics of a dog you are willing to accept and what dog breed would prosper with you as their owner. It’s a two-way street. I knew I needed a calm and small dog that won’t stress me out and one that I can pick up in my arms if needed.  What are some of your pup’s bad habits that keep you on your toes? He doesn’t have any bad habits that I dislike or anger me, really.  And what do you love most about Dusty? The fact that he is a very special doggy who looks like a fox. It is funny how much he loves sunshine and always finds a sunny spot to have a little rest. He is very independent and calm, he is not attached to me at all times, which makes it a lot easier. He plays in a really funny way and it is amazing to observe the way he is changing and his trust in me grows. We are a team.  Ronnie (and his owner Lucie Anna) What’s your pet’s name and how old are they? His name is Ronnie and he is around 7 years old.  Which shelter does he come from? The adoption was organized by Ms Knápková, a vet in Brno who takes care of animals in Brno shelters. I don’t know which particular one Ronnie comes from. Do you know what his life was like before he got in the shelter? He was in the shelter for one year before I adopted him and before that, he had lived in the streets. It’s hard to say what kid of life he led there.  What were the adoption process and the adoption day like? Everything was organized by Ms Knápková, the vet, so I didn’t have to communicate with the shelter at all. She always accepts a couple of dogs into her office where they are getting ready for adoption for a couple of weeks. She also places them in foster care. Ronnie was a foster care puppy and he was a very scared and aggressive dog without basic hygiene habits. He had to learn all of it and how to socialize properly, too. The adoption itself was very fast – I went to see Ronnie for the first time, talked details with the vet and a week later I was driving him home. She said that he had been fidgety all morning, as if he knew something was happening. Ms Knápková is an amazing person, animals love her and there is something therapeutic in the way she communicates with people, too.  What were your first days together in a new home like?  The first six weeks were difficult. He only went potty at home or in the office, because he couldn’t go outside. After a few weeks, however, things fell into place. I could tell on the way home from the foster care that all he needed this whole time was love. We became inseparable. You can see that he appreciates everything he has and he doesn’t take all the care I am giving him for granted. He is coming from a troubled environment and that makes him even more grateful. It cannot be compared to a puppy born into a loving environment who considers all these beautiful things normal. We are never apart; we spend all our time together and I wouldn’t have it any other way. If I leave him at home by himself for a couple of hours, he is fine, but I am the one who finds it unbearable! What surprised you most about adoption?  That it all happened so fast! What should one be careful about when adopting a pet? It’s hard to say, because every shelter animal has their own painful story and many times not even the shelter staff know what they’d been through. The new owners have to be very patient and loving so that the animal can rebuild their trust towards humans again.  What are some of your pup’s bad habits that keep you on your toes? It doesn’t really make me mad, but Ronnie must have had bad experience with homeless people – he is scared of them and doesn’t want to get near them. Another thing we are still working on is his aggression towards unfamiliar dogs, but once he gets to know them, they become friends and happily play together.  And what do you love most about Ronnie? Absolutely everything! I wouldn’t change a thing about him, he is perfect the way he is. He came into my life just like it was supposed to be. 
Purple rescues II: Ella and Sheva
22/08/2023
Adopt, don't shop! Animal shelters in the Czech Republic and Slovakia are full of fluffy souls who have been abandoned, hurt or given up by their former owners. Adopting an animal from a shelter means bringing a new source of joy in your life and giving a second chance to a pet who wants nothing more than to love-bomb their new owners to bits, a.k.a. an absolute win-win situation. Some of our Purple colleagues decided to visit a shelter and adopt a pet for themselves; and even though the beginnings might have been a bit difficult from time to time, they wouldn't trade them for the world. Read about the Purple pets from shelters who made our colleagues' lives exponentially better and learn why shelter adoption is a great choice! Ella (and her owner Barbora) What’s your pet’s name and how old are they? Ella, 10 months. Which shelter does she come from? OZ Chlpáčik Snina:  https://chlpaciksnina.kapastudio.eu/ . Do you know what her life was like before she got in the shelter? Ellinka comes from a Roma settlement. The shelter knew of her owner for a very long time (they saw them together and hoped he would bring her to the shelter, as he was not even able to take care of himself, let alone a puppy). In the end, her owner threw her over the fence into a strangers’ house who had two giant dogs. Luckily, they didn’t cause Ella any harm. With a scratch on her nose and in a very neglected state, Ellinka finally got into the shelter and then into foster care.   What were the adoption process and the adoption day like? How did you communicate with the shelter? We stumbled upon Ellinka while browsing  https://www.pesweb.cz/ . We filtered out shelters closest to Brno and asked about a couple of dogs. In two days, a Slovak number called back. It was the owner of the Chlpáčik shelter who asked us why we were interested in Ellinka, about our experience with dogs and described the process of adoption.  Are you wondering why it was a Slovak number that called? In order for Czech citizens to adopt a dog from Slovakia, a Slovak shelter with the pet in question needs to be sheltered by a Czech shelter. The filter thus showed a Czech animal shelter, but in reality, Ellinka was located in the east of Slovakia! Because it wasn’t a regular shelter, but an organization more than 500 km away, the whole adoption process was quite strict.  The second call came from a Czech lady, who played the role of the bad cop we needed to get through to. She was asking pretty personal questions, for example if we had saved enough money as having a pet is not cheap, or how long had we been together with my boyfriend and who would keep the dog in case we broke up.  Looking back now I realise that their goal is to place the dog with good people without the risk of them being returned to the shelter, but this lady really had no mercy on us. She wanted to see pictures of our flat, offices where we planned to take Ella sometimes and even of our previous dogs.  Thank god we didn’t get intimidated and I told her openly that I didn’t understand why we felt like she’s trying to bust us and that we had previously had a shelter dog and thus know the responsibility it takes to have one.  The third round was a visitation by the Czech shelter lady. She came to check that the pictures of our flat were really of our flat and not, for example, our parents’. She also wanted to have a chat and get to know us a bit. The next day, we got a call from the owner of the shelter saying that we proved ourselves to be good adoptive parents for Ella. She also said there was a family driving back to Brno that day who would bring Ella home for us and we didn’t have to drive all the way to eastern Slovakia to get her.  It was just meant to be. What were your first days together in a new home like? Ella fit in immediately. She was only 5 months old back then and so it was enough to blackmail her with treats and tire her out before her first night. She was used to living in a flat. Because she was in foster care before, there were no shenanigans at home and she was taught all the rules of hygiene. It was like she had always been here.  What surprised you most about adoption? I think the very strict process did. But, as I said, you don’t have to be scared. Try to communicate openly. The reason the process is so strict is to filter out people who are not seriously interested.  What should one be careful about when adopting a pet? Don’t get intimidated, definitely don’t lie about anything. Don’t send any money in advance. What are some of your pup’s bad habits that keep you on your toes? Her reactivity – she is not afraid of bad-tempered dogs and doesn’t hesitate to start a fight. She is a hunting dog, too, which means cats and voles are like a drug for her and she almost managed to dislocate my shoulder a couple of times.  And what do you love most about Ella? I love everything about her! She is our little baby bat who loves to be active and adores being in the forest, just like her owners.  Sheva (and her owner Roman) What’s your pet’s name and how old are they? Sheva is almost 3 years old. Which shelter does she come from? She comes from the Tuláčik shelter in Brezno, Slovakia:  https://utuloktulacik.sk/ . Do you know what her life was like before she got in the shelter? She was found in a Roma settlement. Unfortunately, I didn’t learn anything more about her story.  What were the adoption process and the adoption day like? The process was quite fast. The vet administered the rest of the necessary vaccinations, I signed a contract, paid a €100 fee and that was it! How did you communicate with the shelter?  The communication was really easy. We talked through their Instagram page, where I actually saw Shevinka for the first time.  What were your first days together in a new home like?  Our beginning together was incredible, we were best friends from day one.  What surprised you most about adoption?  What surprised me the most was that I was not 100% ready for the adoption. Before you adopt a pet, you need to learn a ton of things – read some literature on the adoption, watch videos, etc. What should one be careful about when adopting a pet? It is very important to pick a dog who matches your lifestyle. Active dogs need a lot of exercise and action, they shouldn’t be locked inside for a long time.   What are some of your pup’s bad habits that keep you on your toes? As she has a bit of hunting gene in her DNA, she loves to disappear and hunt for hares and cats. Luckily, she hasn’t brought me any trophies yet! And what do you love most about Sheva? She is just an Energizer battery. She turned my life upside down and I am incredibly grateful to her for that.
Purple rescues I: Jake and Miata
03/08/2023
Adopt, don't shop! Animal shelters in the Czech Republic and Slovakia are full of fluffy souls who have been abandoned, hurt or given up by their former owners. Adopting an animal from a shelter means bringing a new source of joy in your life and giving a second chance to a pet who wants nothing more than to love-bomb their new owners to bits, a.k.a. an absolute win-win situation. Some of our Purple colleagues decided to visit a shelter and adopt a pet for themselves; and even though the beginnings might have been a bit difficult from time to time, they wouldn't trade them for the world. Read about the Purple pets from shelters who made our colleagues' lives exponentially better and learn why shelter adoption is a great choice! Jake (and his owner Ivana) What’s your pet’s name and how old are they? His name is Jake and he is 4 years old. In the shelter, they called him Cooper, but that name just didn’t fit him right.  Which shelter does he come from? He is from the Tuláčik shelter in Brezno, Slovakia: https://utuloktulacik.sk/ . Do you know what his life was like before he got in the shelter? Most of the puppies in the shelter have been rescued from an abusive environment. Jake was brought there from a Roma settlement. What were the adoption process and the adoption day like? How did you communicate with the shelter? The communication was amazing. I was originally interested in a different dog, but someone had already adopted him. The shelter then offered me puppies that hadn’t been posted online yet, because they had been rescued only a couple of daysprior. I have always wanted a puppy, as I didn’t dare to adopt an older dog, even though I had raised a couple of dogs before. Shelter pups are often traumatized and I was a bit scared of that. The shelter asked a lot of questions before the adoption – where will the dog live, who will raise him, in what conditions, and I also had to send the shelter pictures of the place where Jake would live so that they could decide if it’s the right fit for him. On the day of adoption, we picked him up, I learned about his vaccinations and medical appointments that needed yet to be arranged, I got a passport for him and after paying a fee, I could take him home.  What were your first days together in a new home like? Difficult. Because Jake came from a bad environment, he wasn’t your typical reckless and playful puppy ready to explore the world. He was really scared of us, as he had horrible experience with people, and kept hiding away. I was hand-feeding him granules one by one and slept by his side on the ground so that he would get used to my presence and start trusting me. What surprised you most about adoption? It is quite a demanding process, which is actually pretty great, as the shelter wants to ensure that the dog goes to good owners who won’t return him back to the shelter.  What should one be careful about when adopting a pet? Make sure to find out as much about the dog as possible. Ask if they are good with other animals and whether there are any traumas from their past. If you don’t know this, you risk a lot, because working with a traumatized animal is hard and requires 24/7 care to turn them around. In the end, however, it is absolutely worth it and the person gains the most faithful companion.  What are some of your pup’s bad habits that keep you on your toes? Not really a bad habit, but the trauma that he’s been carrying with him since puppyhood. He is scared of new people and other dogs before he gets to know them, but I am trying to get him to socialise constantly so that he can let go of his fear.  And what do you love most about Jake? Everything. Even though we haven’t spoken a single word in the 4 years I’ve had him, he is my best friend. If I don’t feel good, he will come to me and stay with me until I’m better. He makes me happy every day and is the best buddy one could ask for.  Miata (and her owner Daniela) What’s your pet’s name and how old are they? Miata celebrated her second birthday this year. Which shelter does she come from? From the Tibet shelter in Bučovice: https://www.utulektibet.cz/ . Do you know what her life was like before she got in the shelter? She was one of the many kittens saved from the tornado in Břeclavsko and Hodonínsko in 2021. Back then, she was not even a month old.  What were the adoption process and the adoption day like? How did you communicate with the shelter? One weekend we went to the shelter to take a look at their cats and this little minx completely won us over. We took her home two weeks later. The communication was amazing, there were no issues, we got very clear instructions and some dry food for the road.  What were your first days together in a new home like? She didn’t stop purring for the first two weeks and was the cuddliest little girl, always glued to someone’s side, she used to sleep on my head… She had no problems adapting to the new environment. William (her dog roommate) was the one who was terribly confused about the creature we dragged home.  What surprised you most about adoption? Not much, really, except the fact that we were fostering Miata for a year and only then she became 100% mine.  What should one be careful about when adopting a pet? To really adopt, not shop. What are some of your kitten’s bad habits that keep you on your toes? She is sometimes more stubborn than me and thinks she can do anything. These days, for example, she learned how to jump on the kitchen counter and when I try to get her down, she looks just about ready to call the animal protection services on me. And what do you love most about Miata? How chatty and cuddly in the morning she is. She is my cute little lovebug who accompanies me even to the bathroom and will let me annoy her as much as I want. 

Where We Helped

2024
Člověk v tísni
FENIX
yourchance
2023
Nadační fond KRTEKPATRONJanusCesta domůpozitivní zprávy
Mezi NámiProFemNový ProstorZajíček na koniSOS dětské vesničky
Dobrý AndělDětská nemocnice BrnoSpolečnost EHospic sv. AlžbětyLinka bezpečí
Nemocnice Milosrdných bratříMasarykův onkologický ústavČlověk v tísniDům pro JuliiKlub svobodných matek
2022
Zajíček na koni, o.p.s.Společnost EČlověk v tísniSpolečnost pro ranou péčireplug me
RATOLEST Brno, z.s.Linka bezpečíCanisterapia BELACesta domů
proFem, o.p.s.Hospic sv. AlžbětyFENIX Nový Prostor
Masarykův onkologický ústavDům pro Julii, z.ú.SOS dětské vesničky hedepy
2021
BuddyFenixJanusSpolečnost pro ranou péčiYour Chance
Cesta domůFakultní nemocnice BrnoKlub svobodných matekSOS dětské vesničkyZajiček na koni
DobrokarHospic sv. AlžbětyLinka bezpečíSpolečnost EZŠ Otrokovice
Dům pro JuliiIMPULZMezi námiVodicí pes
2020
AGAPIHospicová péče sv. KleofášenmbSpolečnost pro ranou péčiSdružení Tulipan
DobrokarLiga vozíčkářůNový prostorSOS Dětské vesničky
Dům pro JuliiFakultní nemocnice u sv. Anny v BrněPotravinové sbírkySpolečnost E
FenixMezi námiPráh Jižní MoravaSvětluška
2019
Cesta domůHospic sv. AlžbětySpolečnost E
DobrokarMezi námiZajíček na koni
Dům pro JuliiNadácia ADELI
FenixNevypusť duši
2018
DobrokarMuži proti rakovině
Dobrý AndělSpolečnost E
FenixHospic sv. Jiří
HAIMA
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