The world isn't perfect. Though everyone deserves love, care, and a sanctuary, not everyone gets these things. Some get these necessities, but even then it might still end someday. And no matter what we do, we can't fix these problems altogether. Despite the world's imperfections that are seemingly impossible to solve, some people still have the heart and the will to try and make it better.

This loving mother and son duo is among those few good-hearted people who have made it their life's goal to make the world a better place. Though good deeds, as many of us know, are difficult to quantify, Svetlana and Degan from Serbia have no trouble counting their own: after more than 20 years running their shelter, they've rescued more than a thousand dogs, and more than a hundred are actively living in their sanctuary.

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hyperunknown
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1 month ago (edited)

Hank Schrader and his 2 dogs ( Breaking Bad reference there ;D )  

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Dejan and Svetlana started their charitable endeavors modestly: they began by just feeding the strays in Cumic, a village where they lived. The locals appreciated the kind acts that the mother-son duo did, and they began building a reputation, and along with it, a bigger network and more resources; in short, they started to expand, and increased the scope of their efforts.

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Hidrėlėy
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1 month ago

This is love 🥰

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Floofy Samoyed
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1 month ago

Amazing transformation

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Finally, in 1997, they established the Vucjak Shelter. Years went by, and Svetlana unfortunately passed. But Dejan decided to keep their mutual legacy going and worked to run the shelter all by himself. Yet it wasn't as easy as before, not only because he worked alone, but also because his shelter started housing hundreds if not thousands of animals at a time.

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Svetlana, the late mother of Dejan Gacic.

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Jackson Floof
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1 month ago

that's too much happiness for today.

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Dejan opened up about his mother and told Fashion Life about the impact she has made on his life. "My mother started all this in 1997. It was not planned, there was no specific reason. We found one puppy in an elevator and took him home, and that is how everything started. She just wanted to help a dog who needed help. My mother was a strong personality, strong character. She left everything in her social life and went to the village to live with the dogs. My mother and I were best friends. I'm still talking with her and telling her all the problems and challenges I am facing every day."

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Linda HS
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1 month ago

Smiley tiny faces

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Dejan also reported on the current situation at the shelter. "I don't know how many dogs we've rescued and how many dogs we've had over the last 20 years, but right now we have about 1000 dogs." Taking care of them is, of course, not without issues. "At the moment, we're struggling and trying to prepare the dogs for the winter. The situation with stray dogs in Serbia is not good. People leave their dogs every day. I receive several calls every day from people who want to get rid of their dogs."

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Linda HS
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1 month ago

Those doggos look very well taken care of! Bless you!

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But the whole shelter business isn't just focused on domestic animals. In 2014, they secured land in Gledic Mountains and constructed a sanctuary for the wolves. Why the wolves, you might ask? Well, though the wolf is the national animal of Serbia, it faces extinction and is constantly in danger due to poachers. Dejan brings fresh meat whenever he can and advocates for their protection.

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Samantha PandaNotBored
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1 month ago

How can I support this man ? does anyone know . I don’t have a lot, but I can go without to help him

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Samantha PandaNotBored
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1 month ago

Ooops , oh no been a mud S lotion

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Julia Jules Whitelegg
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1 month ago

They love him so much..x

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As you would suspect, running a shelter all by yourself is very hard, especially so when there are hundreds of animals to take care of, as it increases the costs of maintenance, and there's so much work ahead. For example, Dejan hopes to build winter shelter buildings and more dog houses in the near future. But the donations from kind-hearted people and organizations keep the shelter afloat, and let's hope that it stays that way for 20 more years!

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Pup_Fluffy
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1 month ago

sleepy doggo❤️

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Antonia
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1 month ago

he is definity loved

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Last but not least, Dejan has shown his determination to the cause that he chose. "I want to say that I will fight for animals until I die. It is my road to heaven and it's the legacy of my mother."

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Julia Jules Whitelegg
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1 month ago

Hahaha, like I said earlier, to be amongst them..x

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Tee Witt
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1 month ago

Group of oldies, bless them and this man for caring.

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Tee Witt
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1 month ago

It is so sad, I hate people, not him though.

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Janine B.
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1 month ago

❤️

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Floofy Samoyed
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1 month ago

Anyone else see that orange eye

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BoredHuman
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1 month ago

I see many elderly dogs. Sad that so many people dump their pets when they get old.

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Floofy Samoyed
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1 month ago

It's so smol

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Svetlana started this passion, and after she passed, Degan is carrying the torch of his family.

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Julia Jules Whitelegg
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1 month ago

A beautiful lady..

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Nina
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1 month ago

😘😘😘

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Julia Jules Whitelegg
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1 month ago

No one is left out in the cold..x

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Janine B.
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1 month ago

Doggo's kisses are the best.

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Tee Witt
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1 month ago

They are NOT rubbish, they are living , do not look in bad condition themselves. Why oh why don't people have their dogs/cats neutered?

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Tee Witt
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1 month ago

Can you imagine cleaning all that poop up every day?

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Tee Witt
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1 month ago

Is it a load of dumped puppies?

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Tee Witt
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1 month ago

Keeping them warm and cosy

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Tee Witt
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1 month ago

How can people do this?

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Julia Jules Whitelegg
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1 month ago

I sleeps anywhere..

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Susan Green
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1 month ago

These dogs love him so much 🥰

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