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Michal Golan has not slept for two nights. Her biggest fear – the one that has
kept her awake for more than 48 hours – is that representatives from her
municipality will arrive on at her door next Tuesday, together with police
officers, and slaughter some 80 stray cats and dogs that she has cared for at
her animal shelter since 2004.
“I have no idea what will happen,” Golan
told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.
“I’m afraid they will kill all the
animals because we have nowhere else to go.”
Two months ago, the Ramle
District Court ordered Golan to vacate her animal shelter’s current premises on
Moshav Mishmar Ayalon, near Ramle.
Since then, she has been praying for a
“I’ve lost hope now and just don’t know where to turn,” said
Golan, who was first interviewed by the Post
last month and who has since
appeared on national television appealing to Israelis anywhere in the country to
come forward and donate a piece of land to help her and the animals.
the moment, I am writing to Knesset members to ask them for help,” she said.
“Even if I could find a dog kennel to take us in at a reduced rate, that could
be a short-term solution.”
Even though Golan told the judge in her case
that by evicting her, he was also evicting the 40 dogs and 40 cats that live in
the shelter with her, the court order was handed down on November 4.
invested NIS 150,000 of my own savings to build this place, and I need at least
that amount to move the shelter and rebuild it somewhere else,” said the
53-year-old, who calls her enterprise “Haklavim Shel Michal”
(www.michaldogs.com) and spent her life savings to start the shelter 15
According to Golan, the agreement at her current premises was
supposed to have lasted for 10 years, but after only three, the landowner
reneged and has been trying to evict her and the dogs ever since.
not let them be taken to a place where they put animals down,” said Golan,
explaining that nearly all the dogs and cats had been found abandoned or
neglected, and most are elderly animals that no one wants.
“But unless we
find a new home, 90 percent of the animals will die,” she went on.
I need right now is just some really good people who will help me out.”