THE HISTORY OF ANIMAL PROTECTION BERGEN
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
Veterinary Surgeon A.D. Knudsen
Tradesman Wiberg Olsen
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 ......
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
and building awareness of animal rights issues
With your help we can continue to fulfill our aims!