About Bestie Split
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The Animal Protection Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2011 with the aim of improving the care of abandoned animals in Split and the surrounding area. The foundation promotes NO KILL orientation and education of citizens and encouragement to keep pets responsibly. The Foundation for the Care of the Residents of the NO KILL Shelter Animlis Centrum in Kaštel Sućurac supports their work. Visit us and meet our protégés!

Split and its surroundings have never had a registered, public shelter for abandoned animals. Today, the team gathered around the Bestie Foundation has been trying to find a way to better, better, more organized help as many abandoned, neglected or abused pets.In 2011, the Animal Protective Foundation was established with the aim of establishing the first NO KILL shelter, caring for abandoned animals and educating citizens about responsible ownership and problems of abandoned animals.

Our Team

Zdenka Filipović


Vanja Perić

Foundation manager

Šeila Balić Svalina

Board Member

Nenad Sermek

Board Member

Since 2011, the Animal Protective Foundation has been working to care for, protect the rights and promote abandoned, neglected and abused animals, support the work of NO KILL shelters for abandoned animals and educate citizens about responsible pet ownership. Since Split and its surroundings have never had a registered, public shelter for abandoned animals, the team gathered around the Bestie Foundation has been trying for years to find a way to better, more systematically and organized help a large number of abandoned, neglected or abused pets. In addition to pets, we often encounter "wild" animals that find themselves in trouble in urban areas, so we help hedgehogs, seagulls, turtles, rabbits and birds, and it is important to protect aquatic and marine animals in our environment.

Since its founding in 2011, we have protected and housed over 2,000 animals, mostly dogs and cats, and in 2019 and 2020 alone, we found more than a total of over 900 happy homes. We want to reduce the number of our protégés in the long run by educating and promoting sterilization and castration of pets, but it is important for us to be able to provide assistance to all who need it today. a suitable, durable home. We are overjoyed that a growing number of great, enthusiastic animal lovers and volunteers are joining our mission to help us achieve our goals and promote this topic. We work with schools, kindergartens, associations, sports organizations, institutions and companies that visit us or us and teach about the responsible ownership of pets and their problems.

From the first day, we uncompromisingly help all the "beasts" that came under our care, so we acted for so long without our visual identity being defined and recognizable, so the public primarily recognizes us by the emotion we emit. Our visual story started from the word “beast”. The name by which Dalmatians name almost every animal, whether in a sympathetic or derogatory context, is what the foundation is about. Beasts, unwanted, rejected, neglected, abused animals, deprived of value and emotions, from beasts to besties, best friends.

Our Partners


NO KILL sklonište Animalis Centrum
Veterinarska ambulanta FIlipović
Šapama od srca Makarska
Eco Hvar
Spas okrug
Fellnasen e.v.
Streunergluck e.v.
Battersea Dogs and Cats
Donkeys are great


ESN Split
OŠ Pojišan
OŠ Kamen Šine
Gimnazija Mioc
Prirodoslovna škola
studenti MEFST
Split Maraton
Skac St
72 sata bez kompromisa
Remote year
Atlantic grupa
Autoškola Marušić
Plesni klub Clique


Radio Dalmacija
Radio Split
Tv Jadran
Mreža TV
Kate Ševo Photo


Dina Levačić
Blanka Vlašić