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White Dog Fund

To be truly successful, large carnivore conservation needs local acceptance.  You can help achieve this by sharing the burden of living alongside predators with rural communities by making a donation to the White Dog Fund. You will also be helping to demonstrate that the public are willing to share the financial responsibility for future reintroduction of wolves and lynx to Britain.

All donations over £10 will receive a White Dog certificate to show that you are supporting the Fund. Click at the bottom of the page to make your donation today!

With financial support from Wolves and Humans, the Slovak Wildlife Society recently helped a sheep farmer who had lost a number of sheep to wolves and bears and a bee-keeper who had suffered damage to his beehives by bears, by quickly providing and installing electric fencing to prevent further loss or damage.  

By doing this, we were able to demonstrate that people in rural communities can turn to conservation organisations for help and receive practical assistance, providing an alternative to complaining that there are too many wolves or bears and that numbers need to be controlled, which generates negative publicity in the local and national media.

Electric fencing around beehivesElectrified sheepfold

This action also shows the importance of having a local contact – in this case Slovak Wildlife Society biologist Robin Rigg – in the community so that relationships can be built with local people and they know who to ask for help and advice, rather than having to try and navigate their way through remote and faceless government departments or international conservation organisations. This also means that preventive measures can be installed correctly on site, training in correct use provided and monitoring carried out.

White Dog Fund - sharing the load

The White Dog Fund aims to provide people in rural areas who bear the real cost of co-existing with wolves, brown bears and lynx with prompt and practical assistance to resolve conflicts; a positive alternative to killing predators.  The Fund gives everyone, whether you live in a city or in the countryside, the opportunity to share responsibility for conservation of these species by supporting the people most affected by their presence.

The name White Dog comes from an old Slovak folk tale about a livestock guarding dog named Bodrík (click here to read the story). Many traditional livestock guarding dog breeds, including the Slovenský čuvač and Polish Podhalanski, are white, possibly so that they blend in with sheep better and are more easily distinguished from predators by both sheep and shepherd, so the white dog seems an appropriate symbol for our aims.  

The goals of the fund are:

  • To reduce conflicts between large carnivores and people.
  • To prevent large carnivores being unnecessarily killed.
  • To increase tolerance for large carnivores among rural populations.

How will the Fund work? 

  • A livestock or property owner who has suffered damage or is worried about damage contacts or is referred to SWS.
  • An SWS representative visits the site to carry out an assessment and make recommendations for protective measures if appropriate.
  • Protective measures are implemented and training provided by SWS fieldworkers and volunteers, and paid for by the Fund
  • Monitoring is carried out and if both sides are satisfied with the results after a trial period, then the livestock or property owner will be offered the chance to buy the materials at 50% of cost, and the revenue will be returned to the Fund.

A Fund for reintroduction...?

It is hoped the White Dog Fund will expand to other countries with populations of wolves, bears and lynx, and eventually there is the exciting prospect that the Fund will provide a way for the YOU to share the responsibility for reintroduction of wolves and lynx to the UK, by funding compensation for losses and implementing measures to reduce conflicts between returning carnivores and landowners and farmers.

 

Make a donation to the White Dog Fund using Paypal


Gift Aid
Using Gift Aid means that for every pound you give, we get an extra 25 pence from the Inland Revenue, helping your donation go further. This means that £10 can be turned into £12.50 just so long as donations are made through Gift Aid. Imagine what a difference that could make, and it doesn’t cost you a thing.

Don't forget to click 'Yes' to Gift Aid when donating.

Yes, please treat this donation as Gift Aid. I pay an amount of UK income or capital gains tax at least equal to the tax The Wolves and Humans Foundation will reclaim on my donation in the tax year.

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