Sterilization of stray animals and after an operation in the city of Yakutsk

In order to regulate the number of stray animals, our organization Aibolit Veterinary Clinic at the Yakutsk State Agricultural Academy offer

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I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria and terms of the Purina BetterwithPets Prize and, based on its description, I am eligible to apply:

  • Yes, I’m eligible
  • Yes, I’m 18 years old or older

Should you be successful, please confirm your availability to attend:

  • Additional Skype interview(s) during the week of March 16-20th 2020
  • The Purina BetterwithPets Forum in Paris, on 3-4th of June 2020

Initiative's representative name

Tarabukin Nikolay Iliich

Initiative's representative date of birth


Initiative's representative gender

  • Man

Headquarters location: country

  • Russia

Headquarters location: city


Where are you making a difference?

Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) city Yakutsk Tchaikovsky street 32/1 k1

Website or social media url(s)

Date Started


Focus Areas

  • Re-imagining the role of pets in society
  • Revolutionizing veterinary care for pets

What is your current yearly budget for the initiative? If you are an idea stage, what early budget you would need to kick-off and run operations in your first year?

  • €10k - €50k

Organisation Type

  • educational institution: an organisation dedicated to teaching and learning, including primary, secondary, tertiary institutions, and vocational schools

1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this project to succeed.

In Yakutsk, stray dogs attack three people every day — more than a thousand inhabitants a year who require the help of doctors, long-term treatment, and psychological rehabilitation. In 2015, in Yakutsk, the first station for the detention of street animals was opened. Animals are caught by hand, net or net. If dogs are aggressive, use darts with a sedative. Trapped dogs are delivered to the overexposure point. But still, the number of stray dogs is not decreasing. Our clinic offers to sterilize and stigmatize (chip) then, after healing the wound, let go free. After sterilization and castration, most dogs become calmer and not aggressive.

2. The problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

the problem of stray animals, the regulation of numbers.

3. Your solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

"Capture - sterilization - vaccination - return to the previous habitat", moreover with an indelible mark.

4. Innovation: How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solve the problem?

application of new x sterilization (castration) techniques, training for students of our Academy.

5. How does your project harness the pet-human bond to help people develop important social competencies (For example: emotional intelligence, collaboration, empathy, resilience, inclusivity) and overcome serious societal issues (for example: violence, abuse, trauma, isolation, abandonment)?

Our project teaches students to veterinary practice and animal handling techniques, carrying out preventive, anestiological and surgical measures, and also helps to overcome serious social problems of increasing the number of street animals.

6. Impact: how has your project made a difference so far in terms of both business outputs and social impact? How do you plan on measuring progress?

sterilization - a humane method of reducing the number of stray animals

7. Growth strategies: what are your main strategies for scaling your impact?

The main idea is to reduce the number of stray animals within the administrative territory of the city. The priority plans will be the conclusion of agreements with the district administrations of the city on the joint solution of problems on street animals (cats and dogs) as well as the acquisition of fixed assets

8. Creating shared value: How does your initiative create value for different stakeholders?

Our idea will be aimed at creating a favorable and safe social environment for people and stray animals in the administrative territory of the city. The solution of social problems with stray animals will also have a positive economic impact on stray animals.

9. Financial sustainability plan: can you tell us about your plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?

The main financing of our project will be based on the working capital of the veterinary clinic, in the long term the conclusion of commercial agreements with the administrations of our city and other neighboring territorial entities

10. Team: what is the current composition of your team (types of roles, qualifications, full-time vs. part-time, board members, etc.), and how do you plan to evolve the team’s composition as the project grows?

Our employees are experienced specialists in the field of veterinary medicine. Highly qualified specialists trained in agricultural higher educational institutions. The total number of employees is currently 5 people. As the project grows, we will organize small branches in neighboring settlements

11. How do you plan to influence your field of work if you are a winner of this edition of the Purina BetterwithPets Prize?

We will develop in the field of veterinary medicine to achieve previously set social and financial goals and promote Purina products, as well as conduct tests of Purina products in the Far North, and maintain further cooperation.

12. How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Social media
  • Search engine
  • Recommended by others
  • Purina page or contact
  • Ashoka page or contact
  • Article in the news
  • Email

Evaluation results

7 evaluations so far

1. OVERALL Evaluation

Yes, absolutely! - 57.1%

Yes/maybe - 14.3%

Maybe - 14.3%

Maybe/no - 14.3%

No - 0%

2. Is this entry INNOVATIVE?

Yes, absolutely! - 57.1%

Yes/maybe - 0%

Maybe - 0%

Maybe/no - 28.6%

No - 14.3%

3. Does this entry have SOCIAL IMPACT?

Yes, absolutely! - 57.1%

Yes/maybe - 14.3%

Maybe - 28.6%

Maybe/no - 0%

No - 0%

4. Does this entry have potential to GROW & demonstrate LEADERSHIP?

Yes, absolutely! - 42.9%

Yes/maybe - 14.3%

Maybe - 14.3%

Maybe/no - 28.6%

No - 0%

5. Is this entry VIABLE?

Yes, absolutely! - 71.4%

Yes/maybe - 0%

Maybe - 0%

Maybe/no - 28.6%

No - 0%


Yes, absolutely! - 50%

Yes/maybe - 16.7%

Maybe - 0%

Maybe/no - 33.3%

No - 0%

7. FEEDBACK – Highlights

INNOVATION: You have a great understanding of the problem, have researched existing solutions, and have developed unique, thoughtful new solutions or used an old model in a new way - 66.7%

IMPACT: You use specific numbers and evidence to describe what your project has achieved so far (or plan to achieve in the future) and you have a plan for measuring impact - 100%

GROWTH & LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL: You have a thoughtful plan for growth and your founding team has a strong combination of leadership and knowledge-based skills - 0%

VIABIBLITY: You have given a great deal of thought to not just the idea itself but how to make it work from a financial perspective in the present and future - 66.7%

CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: You value thinking around how to activate changemakers and empower them to innovate through your product or programming - 33.3%

POTENTIAL TO CREATE SHARED VALUE: You have a clearly defined plan on how to maximize shared value across multiple sectors and stakeholders - 0%

WRITING STYLE: Your writing style is concise, descriptive, clear, and specific - 66.7%

Other option - 0%

8. FEEDBACK - Areas for Improvement

INNOVATION: Be more specific in your description of the research you have done into the past solutions to this problem and focus on how your solution is unique and innovative - 100%

IMPACT: Provide specific instances of your social impact and how you plan to measure impact – it may be helpful to describe the beneficiaries, products and programming, and provide evidence of (or plan for) how to measure impact - 40%

GROWTH & LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL: Your plan for growing the organization can benefit from more specifics. How can you round out the various skills of your current leadership team to make the project a long-term success? - 60%

VIABILITY: Make sure you have provided descriptive information about your financial sustainability plan. Where do the funds come from now and do you have a concrete plan for future sustainability? - 60%

POTENTIAL TO CREATE SHARED VALUE: Your plan can benefit from more thought on how to create value for all stakeholders, not just immediate beneficiaries - 40%

WRITING STYLE: Try to be more concise, descriptive, clear, and specific. Avoid jargon - 40%

Nothing – I thought everything was great! - 0%

Other option - 0%


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