English - History




How we began ....

On 26th February 1862, 13 influential citizens of Bergen put an advertisement in the newspaper, Addresseavisen, with the aim of starting an animal protection society in Bergen.

Bergen's very first animal welfare organisation first saw the light of day on 26th February 1862.  Later that year on 26th April, the new committee was formed and consisted of the following members:

Police Commissioner Magelsen - chairman

Priest Hersleb Birkeland - vice chairman

Tradesman Lorentz Wesenberg

Michael Iversen

H. Lampe

Veterinary Surgeon A.D. Knudsen

Doctor Danielsen

Tradesman Wiberg Olsen


Historical Facts:

1894 - First Animal inspector

1898 - 1910 - Travelling inspector in the Bjørgvin province with police powers

1894 - The first drinking troughs for horses were erected

1904 - The government was asked for a national yearly sermon in all the country's churches, so priests could remind the people of their responsibility regarding the treatment of animals

1917 - Animal protection Bergen's very first office was set up in the Telegraph Building, where they received reports of animal cruelty

1923 - Bergen's first stable for sick horses and a vehicle to transport them was acquired

1933 - Membership charges were kr 2 (25 cents euro) or kr 20 (2.5 euro) for life membership


Where we are today ......

In August 2003, we opened our rescue centre after being approved by the district veterinarian.  We have since gone from strength to strength.  Even though we are still a voluntary organisation without regular state funding, we help over 300 cats per year find new and loving homes, in addition to a number of smaller animals.  This year (2008) veterinary surgeon, Kristin Gjerde, joined us and so now we can offer our animals veterinary care onsite, which helps reduce unnecessary stress caused during transport.

The future .....

To continue providing professional care and re-homing of homeless cats and small animals in Bergen. 

Encouraging the neutering of cats and providing information on how to care for them and other animals

Supporting and building awareness of animal rights issues

With your help we can continue to fulfill our aims!