Project Proposal - Multifunctional Complex for Animals

Thursday June 17th, 2021

Georgian Society for the Protection and Safety of Animals - GSPSA

GSPSA Multifunctional Complex for Animals

Mtskheta municipality, village of Tsilkani

Project Proposal

In 2020, the Georgian Society for the Protection and Safety of Animals (GSPSA) for the construction of multifunctional complex of animals,  to Improve domestic and wild animal welfare in Georgia purchased adjacent plots of land with a total area of 15,900 sq. m.

The land is located countryside, in the Tsilkani village, Mtskheta Municipality.

Land Acquired and Owned by GSPSA - Videotaped:



The purpose of the construction and operation of the multifunctional complex is to manage wildlife and domestic animal protection, survival, rehabilitation processes, pet population in accordance with international standards, to establish best practices in this field, to implement programs to reduce the number of stray animals by internationally proven humane methods, raising public awareness etc.

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The project defines the buildings and spaces necessary for animal shelters, quarantine, veterinary-rehabilitation, boarding houses for permanent residence and their care.

Construction of the GSPSA multifunctional complex is scheduled to begin in 2021. According to the plan, the construction will be carried out in stages, which is primarily closely related to attracting appropriate funding.


Legal entities and individuals have opportunity to participate to participate in financing the construction of this complex.

You can transfer money to the accounts of the "Georgian Society for the Protection and Safety of Animals" using the method you prefer.

Please, specify when transferring:

"For the construction of GSPSA multifunctional complex"

Any legal entity / individual who is interested in funding or

different types of assistance can write to us or contact us.

Thank you for your support!


Georgian Society for the protection and Sefety of Animals
+995 593 322 159


Full information:

GSPSA -  Multifunctional Complex for Animals

Mtskheta municipality, in the village of Tsilkani

New project

Project proposal

There are significant problems in Georgia in the management of both domestic and wild animal populations. Due to the lack of relevant laws and imperfection, cruelty to animals reigns supreme. Many species of wild animals in Georgia are on the verge of extinction, including animals included in the "Red List" of Georgia.

The most difficult situation in Georgia is related to the existence of stray pets (dogs, cats). Due to legislative deficits, unprofessionalism, lack of appropriate government programs, low public awareness, and many other reasons, the number of homeless animals is particularly high across the country, especially in populated areas. Unfortunately, cruelty and mistreatment of animals is common among a large part of the population. In addition to the fact that dogs and cats need human care, they need essential veterinary services and vaccinations. But for the above reasons, the professional approach in this field and the regulation of issues are practically broken. Although a municipal multifunctional shelter is being built in several regions of Georgia, which is mainly intended for the dog sterilization program, this will not solve the problem for the regions as well as for the whole country, as:

  1. Homeless and privately owned animals are not monitored (quantified);
  2. No relevant government program has been developed;
  3. No relevant specialists;
  4. There is no law on restrictions, registration and reproduction of animals;

And for many other objective reasons, which are naturally primarily related to the legislative deficit.

The main reason for the unprofessional approach in this area is the complete ignorance of animal protection organizations and professionals by the central government. And the municipal services can not and will not resolve this issue independently. In the absence of the relevant law, an attempt by the municipal services will only lead to misuse of budget funds, and the result will be negative.

In any civilized, developed country, the population of homeless animals is managed by non-governmental (non-commercial) animal protection organizations. They solve problems easily with the right policies, programs, legislation in the country and professional staff. It is natural that the governments of developed countries allocate appropriate subsidies and provide technical assistance to regulate this area. The main funding of the programs is provided by international funds, which is a great relief for the budget of any country. In contrast to these countries, we have a bad practice of setting up a network of municipal shelters (which includes their active construction), which in itself casts great doubt on the personal interests of government officials in this area. In addition to spending many millions of GEL from the budget, the municipal multifunctional shelter project is being developed by people unaware of the area and is so low-level that if implemented, it is practically just a concentration camp for animals and a breeding ground for disease. With such wrong plans and technologies, no one will be able to provide humane services and welfare to the animals.

The status of the populations of most wildlife species in Georgia has not yet been assessed or the data have not been updated for many years. In 2006, based on reliable data available at the time, 43 species of endangered wildlife were identified. These species are included in the "Red List" of Georgia. The situation is especially severe for brown bears listed in the Red List. Although this species of animal is protected by a strict law, it is still destroyed by poachers, and the relevant structures do not respond properly. There is no investigation and execution. There are many facts of killed mother bears and captive cubs who are ultimately doomed to spend their entire lives in captivity in the best of circumstances. There are numerous facts of injury and torture of other wild animals. It is worrying that more than 100,000 people in Georgia get hunting licenses every year, and probably three times more poachers. Based on these data, it is natural that the fate of wild animals is unreliable and they again need help, survival and protection from humans.

Due to these difficulties, "Georgian Society for the Protection and Safety of Animals" has been thinking for many years about the construction of a multifunctional complex of wild and domestic animals and the development of appropriate programs in advance. Naturally, this issue requires the right decision and funding, which is possible only in close cooperation with relevant organizations of foreign profile. In order to achieve this goal, the issue of acquiring the relevant territory was raised at the first stage.

In 2020, the  “Georgian Society for the Protection and Safety of Animals” purchased adjacent plots of land for the survival, treatment, rehabilitation, reduction of birth rates, humane treatment of animals and welfare for the construction of a multifunctional complex with a total area of 15,900 sq. m.

Land Acquired and Owned by GSPSA - Videotaped:



Land acquired for the construction of a multifunctional complex:

  1. Cadastral code: - Area: 5,500 sq.m.
  2. Cadastral code: - Area: 5 000 sq.m.
  3. Cadastral code: - Area: 5 400 sq.m.

Total area: 15 900 sq.m.

(The exact location of the plots can be found at:

The plots are agricultural, adjoining and adjacent to each other.

The plots are located in the village of Tsilkani, Mtskheta Municipality, 25 km from the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi. It takes 20-25 minutes to travel by car from Tbilisi to Tsilkani.

Plot description:

The plots are located in the village. 700 meters from the main road in Tsilkani. The plots are 400 meters away from the houses of the population. From the main road to the plots is a sand and land road.

The plots are bordered on the north and south by an irrigation canal, and on the outer contour by a willow alley.

This place is also the best in terms of agrarian importance. The land is fertile and here comes a unique variety of agrarian culture, which allows us to bring some food for animal feed in the future.

It should be noted that the drinking water is very close to the ground, at a depth of about 6-10 meters. Other communications (natural gas, electricity) are close to the plots and their introduction to the plots is not related to technical problems.

The purpose of the functioning of the multifunctional complex

There is still no non-governmental organization in the field of animal protection in Georgia, which with its capacity, technical and material resources to fully ensure the resolution of issues related to animal protection and survival. Naturally, in addition to desire and purpose, it is related to material, technical and financial resources. All that is needed is a fully maintained technical base equipped with high international standards - a complex that provides animal rescue, rehabilitation processes, management of pet population management programs (sterilization, vaccination, identification, etc.), veterinary services, mutilated, damaged animals. Rehabilitation, animal donation, or return to the natural area, etc. Only this will guarantee that it will be practically possible to humanely treat, save and rehabilitate animals.

It is noteworthy that there are many stray animals in Georgia. According to the 2015 monitoring (counting) in the capital, 240 homeless animals per square kilometer were recorded in a city of one and a half million densely populated, with an area of ​​178 sq km, 43,000 stray dogs, which is actually about 70-80 thousand. Judging by these statistics, there are no less than half a million stray animals in the country as a whole, if not more. This is in a country where about 3.5 million people live and only a maximum of 1% helps homeless animals from the local population.

Based on these figures, resolving this painful issue in Georgia requires legislation, maximum involvement of government bodies, close relations with local and international NGOs, technical bases in the form of shelters, professional staff, world-renowned humanitarian programs to reduce the birth rate of pets, raising public awareness and more. Only a complex approach can address these issues positively. Based on the above statistics, it will take 5-7 years to reduce the number of stray animals to solve all the issues.

Although there are only a few animal shelters in the country, they are unable to provide the services needed for all stray animals due to the large number of animals. Of these shelters, three are municipal and 5 are private. Private shelters are mainly for commercial structures and individuals. It is owned by entrepreneurs.

In 2006-2020, a structural subdivision of the Georgian Society for the Protection and Safety of Animals - GSPSA, a shelter for homeless animals, was functioning.

Which was founded by GSPSA founder Teimuraz Tsikoridze in 2003 before the organization was registered to protect and rescue stray animals in Georgia.

During these years the shelter received, rescued, cured and found many animals with a owner and a home. In 2013, GSPSA, with the support of the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, launched the first sterilization program for stray animals in Georgia. From 2015, only injured animals would be admitted to this shelter. From March 2020, the shelter was closed because the shelter was overcrowded with injured animals and it was technically impossible to get new animals. Over the years, GSPSA has received more than 3,000 animals in the shelter and has extensive practice and experience in shelter management.

The situation of domestic stray animals in Georgia is extremely difficult and there is virtually no technical support for wild animals. That is why it is expedient and necessary to establish, build and operate this type of large-scale multifunctional complex. The purpose of the multifunctional complex is also to train specialists: cynologists, zoopsychologists, shelter staff (caregivers), animal support specialists and provide relevant staff. Naturally, the solution to these issues will initially be entrusted mainly to foreign specialists and professionals. Importantly, GSPSA has received EU program - EVS accreditation since 2017 and can host foreign volunteers in the shelter under the Erasmus + program.

One of the main directions of the complex will be the involvement of the population and especially young people in charitable activities in the field of animal protection and survival, organization of seminars, conferences, and other public events.

The purpose of the construction and operation of the multifunctional complex is to protect animal protection, rescue, rehabilitation processes in Georgia, domestic animal populations according to international standards, to establish best practices in this field, to implement programs to reduce the number of stray animals by internationally proven humane methods and etc.

The establishment and practical perfection of this complex will allow us to help the animals as much as possible. The main activities of the complex will be to reduce the birth rate of domestic (companion) animals through sterilization / castration operations, vaccination, identification, finding a new owner, adoption and subsequent control; Veterinary and psychological assistance to animals injured, tortured and damaged as a result of human cruelty, ill-treatment, violence, environmental disasters, road accidents and other causes; Rescue and care of helpless animals: conservation and adaptation of animals to return to their natural environment, etc.

For perfect service it is necessary to create rescue and veterinary crews of passing animals, which will be staffed with appropriate equipment.

The services of the complex will include mobile veterinary clinics, veterinary ambulance for animal transportation, special equipment and uniform.

Provided by the project proposal - the multifunctional complex for animals is a temporary and / or permanent location for both domestic and wild animals.

The main function of the complex will be:

  • Receiving pets for their veterinary services and rehabilitation;
  • Sterilization / castration / vaccination / identification program for pets (dogs, cats) and their adoption or return to their original place of residence;
  • Veterinary services for traumatized domestic and wild animals and their rehabilitation;
  • Arranging spaces for domestic and wild animals that are not subject to donation or return to the natural area for their permanent residence;
  • Rescue, treat, provide psychological care and care for animals that have been traumatized, maimed, injured in an environmental disaster, mutilated as a result of human cruelty, torture or violence;
  • Caring for puppies, kittens and other helpless animals, putting them up for adoption or returning them to their natural habitat;
  • Arranging appropriate spaces for bears, wolves and other wild animals, caring for them and subsequently adapting them to return to the natural area;
  • Arranging appropriate space for wild birds in need of care and rehabilitation in order to return them to the natural environment;

The design of the multifunctional complex, construction and technological norms, their operation will be carried out by the international organization Association of Shelter Veterinarians with close relations, with their consultation and involvement -

Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters

GSPSA plans to work closely with the various international organizations, that express their desire for support and assistance, for the successful implementation of this project and the subsequent operation of the complex.

It is advisable for the Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources of Georgia and relevant services to be involved in the design, construction and further operation of the complex and within the scope of its competence; As well as local (Mtskheta) municipality and other government structures, which within their competence have the right and responsibility in the management and protection of animal populations. At the initiative of GSPSA, the project proposal and detailed information for evaluation, consultation and comments will also be sent to non-governmental organizations and specialists registered in Georgia in the field of animal

The name of the complex will probably be:

“GSPSA - Multifunctional Complex for Animals”

Scheme of zoning of land plots and functional distribution of buildings:

  1. The administrative building of the complex (Administration, management, training and conference spaces, etc.)
  2. Staff building
  3. Temporary Residential Building (Hotel) for Volunteers
  4. Veterinary clinic with preoperative and postoperative block
  5. Receiver of animals
  6. Buildings and spaces for dogs
  7. Walking and entertainment areas for injured dogs
  8. A building and space for permanent residence for dogs
  9. Living building and place for nursing dogs and puppies
  10. Cat Reception and Shelter
  11. Farm building and place for farm animals and birds
  12. Spaces and aviaries for wildlife and birds
  13. Warehouse
  14. Waste treatment building

The master plan is only the distribution of buildings and spaces (zones) on land plots.


The complex will include:

  1. Buildings and spaces for various purposes for animals:
  2. Premises for domestic animals (dogs, cats) for temporary, permanent residence and veterinary-rehabilitation purposes:
  • Pet shelter
  • Shelter for nursing dogs and cats
  • Appropriate spaces for puppies and kittens
  • Hospital for sterilization / castration program
  • Boarding house for injured animals
  • Special blocks and spaces for aggressive animals
  • Quarantine spaces (for receiver observation)
  • Training spaces for pets
  • House for permanent residents (50-60 animals)
  • Special space for cleaning / bathing / grooming animals
  • Spaces and playgrounds for animal walks with appropriate attributes
  • Etc
  1. Spaces for wild animals (aviaries and protected areas)
  • Bear spaces (aviaries and protected areas)
  • Spaces for wolves, foxes and other wildlife
  1. A cage suitable for birds (aviary)
  2. Appropriate stalls for missing, confiscated, injured ungulates
  3. Appropriate spaces for pets (for farm animals)
  4. Veterinary building Premises and spaces:
  • Veterinary Clinic
  • Recipient
  • Therapeutic, surgical, infectious block
  • Research and X-ray room
  • Laboratory
  • Various
  • Preoperative and postoperative spaces
  • Appropriate space and infrastructure for traumatized and injured animals

The veterinary clinic should be equipped with modern medical (veterinary) technologies. The clinic should serve both homeless and privately owned animals.

  • The administrative building of the complex
  • Administration
  • Chancellery
  • Recipient
  • Various service spaces
  • Appropriate space for staff and wardrobe with showers
  • et al

Space for guests, volunteers and others

  • Guest rooms for guests
  • Training and conference space
  • Leisure space
  • Dining room
  • et al

Buildings and spaces for agricultural and technical purposes

  • Agricultural building and space
  • Warehouse building
  • Autoparking and equipment disinfection space
  • et al

Architectural appearance and infrastructure of the complex

The goal of GSPSA is to arrange the infrastructure, architectural look, planning and technologies of the complex in such a way as to provide the animals with the best possible and perfect conditions. Emphasis will be placed on hygiene norms, temperature regime of pets, lighting and arrangement of appropriate sleeping area. It is stipulated that underfloor heating, ventilation and air conditioning will be provided in the dormitories for pets. Shadows, pools, playgrounds and walking areas will be arranged for both wild and domestic animals. The authors of the project will try their best to use ecologically clean and natural materials for the buildings and small architectural elements of the area. It is planned to arrange solar collectors for the complex to receive electricity and hot water. It is also possible to get the required amount of water by arranging a well (drinking water can be obtained in the mentioned area at a depth of 6-10 meters). Bio-treatment facilities will be arranged for sewerage and wastewater. These technologies allow us to get rid of any electricity, water and sewage bills, which will be a great benefit for the organization. At the same time, it is planned to supply electricity and natural gas, which will be allocated for additional resources.

Design, construction and deadlines of the complex:

The construction dates of the complex depend on the complete project, the funds raised and the specifics of the construction. The project must be agreed with the international (foreign) organizations that are proven in the specifics of the shelter. The project must also be agreed upon and registered with the relevant municipal office, after which a construction permit will be issued.

According to the GSPSA decision, it is advisable and desirable to design and then carry out the construction in stages, first it is desirable to approve the composition of the complex, and then the cost of design and construction work should be determined. Based on these factors, the terms of construction works will be determined.

The design documentation period of the complex as a whole is 12-18 months. And in case of full financing, the construction production period is approximately 2 years.

Composition of project documentation:

  • Engineering-geological survey
  • Architectural part of the project
  • Constructive part of the project
  • Power supply
  • Water supply, sewerage, treatment biothermal facilities
  • Technology
  • Fire protection alarm
  • Expenditure documentation

Stages and deadlines of design-construction works:

Design and construction work should be carried out in stages.

  1. At the first stage, it is defined to make a fence of 3000 sq.m. with a part of the land plot (cadastral code: - area: 5,500 sq.m.), to arrange communications, to design and build a building and a permanent residence for 60 dogs. Completion of the design-construction works of this stage is scheduled for the beginning of 2022.
  2. In the second stage, it is defined to make a fence of 2500 sq.m. with a part of the land plot (cadastral code: - area: 5,500 sq.m.), to arrange communications, to design and build appropriate aviaries and spaces for wild animals. Completion of the design and construction works of this stage is scheduled for the second half of 2022.
  3. The third stage defines the design and construction of the other two plots (cadastral code: - area: 5 000 sq.m. and cadastral code: - area: 5 400 sq.m.). Buildings and spaces for pets, veterinary clinic, administrative buildings, hotel and other buildings will be arranged on the mentioned plots. Landscaping, roads and communications. Completion of the design and construction works of this stage is scheduled for the end of 2024.

Financial issues related to design and construction:

The cost of the whole complex, project-construction orientation is about 3-4 million US dollars. The exact amount will be calculated with the project-expenditure documentation.

The cost of project-expenditure documentation is about 100 - 120 thousand US dollars. Among them, the design works of the first stage amount to 10 thousand US dollars.

The organization will try to raise funds for the construction of the complex from international organizations and foundations. We have high hopes that individuals and legal entities will also be involved in subsidizing the construction of the complex. Naturally, one of the main sources of funding will be grants and donations. Any legal and natural person will have the right to participate in this program and make some contribution to the construction of the complex.

The funding program will be published on the organization's website. To this end, the organization will launch a targeted campaign.

Preliminary indications of animal turnover in the complex:

The productivity of the complex, the turnover of animals, the number of animals at the same time significantly depends on the project, the number of employees, technical and financial support.

The complex is designed to orientate the following number of animals simultaneously:

  1. Pets:
    Dog:      150- 180 units;
    Puppy:  30-50 units;
    Cats:      50 units;
  2. Domestic (farm) animal:
    Miscellaneous (horse, donkey, pig, goat, etc.): about 10 units
  1. Wild animal:
    Miscellaneous (bear, wolf, fox, roe deer, etc.): about 10 units

Total number of animals living at the same time:
Maximum quantity: 300 units.

Indicative indicator of animal turnover (entry-exit) in the complex:

  1. Sterilization / Vaccination / Treatment / Care:
    In one month: 400-500 animals
    Annually: 4800-6000 animals
  1. Mobile veterinary clinic services:
    In one month: 150 - 200 animals
    Annually: 1800 - 2400 animals

Services, financial and technical support:

The design of the multifunctional complex, construction and technological norms, their operation will be carried out in active cooperation with international organizations, specialists and professionals. GSPSA believes that in order to start the operation of the complex, it is advisable to invite foreign specialists who have experience in managing a facility of similar specificity to certain management positions in the complex. The organization will be mainly guided by a guide developed by the International organization Association of Shelter Veterinarians: Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters

The number of staff in the unit is determined by the organization, depending on financial and technical resources.

The operation of the complex, respectively, monthly and annual costs will depend on many objective and subjective factors, the legislation of the country and technical resources. It is expected that the complex will serve 25-30 employees in case of total workload. Significant attention will be paid to attracting and interesting volunteers.

In case of full load of the unit, the annual expenses should amount to about one million Euros. Financial resources will be attracted:

  • Grants from international and local foundations;
  • In the form of donations from legal entities and individuals;
  • with various revenues from services;
  • Revenues from state procurement;
  • with membership fees;
  • and in all ways and means that are not prohibited and allowed by the legislation of Georgia.

Legal entities and individuals have opportunity to participate to participate in financing the construction of this complex.

You can transfer money to the accounts of the "Georgian Society for the Protection and Safety of Animals" using the method you prefer.

Please, specify when transferring:

"For the construction of GSPSA multifunctional complex"

Any legal entity / individual who is interested in funding or

different types of assistance can write to us or contact us.

Thank you for your support!



GSPSA – Georgian Society for the Protection and Safety of Animals
+995 557 923 910          +995 593 322 159

3 a building, I quarter, 2 district of Nutsubidze Plateau, Tbilisi, Georgia.
Postal code: 0183


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