Center “Key” is a non-profit, non-govermental, all-volunteer based animal rescue center located near Sisak in Croatia.

We focus on active protection of animals and the environment, as well as education and research on animal behaviour and practical ways we can help animals in our everyday life.

Centar “Key” was founded by Dubravka and Mariana Vidmar in 2015.

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For the last few months we have invested a lot of effort, time and work in the planning and organization in order to realize a long-standing wish and desire but also to launch a concrete idea which we think is more than necessary and useful.

We believe that standing for animal rights and the protection of their rights only in theory is not enough. For years we have been working on educating about and promoting animal rights through theories and now it’s time to include a practical component.

We believe it’s necessary for animals to have more safe places and homes where they will be free and able to live a peaceful life free from exploitation.

We also believe that we need more educational and primary (field) researches (studies) which will provide us with specific information and better insight into the lives and habits of other animals so that we can better understand and thus respect their needs, and convey our theoretical and practical knowledge to current and future generations with the goal of creating a new social paradigm and community which recognizes the rights of animals and the importance of their protection and the protection and conservation of the environment and a suistanable life and development.

In the Center for Active Animal and Nature Protection “Key”, our theories about animal’s rights to lead a life free of exploitation, with a peaceful coexistence between humans and other animal species come to practice.


Due to the lack of human coexistence with other species, our separation from nature, and the lack of information and understanding, from an early age we are socially conditinioned to believe that other species and nature are just resources for our use.

In the Center for Active Animal and Nature Protection “Key” we think and live on a different principle. We work, live and educate on the principles of equality, freedom, justice, non-violence, and mutual respect and protection between humans, non-humans and nature.

When working directly with animals, taking care of the protection and implementation of their rights, spending more time in nature and working on the protection and restoration of the environment  and natural habitats of animals, we begin to observe and experience other living beings and the world around us differently.

The Center for Active Animal and Nature Protection “Key” primarily works as an educational-research center which conducts a variety of desk and field research methods, as well as observation of animals in the natural habitat, with a strong emphasis on an undisturbed observation.

Taking into account various scientific, social, environmental and economic factors, we want to get concrete and relevant information about the current state of protection and implementation of animal rights, and effective ways of implementing their protection now and in the future.

The Center for Active Animal and Nature Protection “Key” is also a place where all our theories about the protection of animal rights and nature, and a peaceful co-existence of man, other animals and nature are applied in practice. Because a different world is possible – and it’s not just a theory.

Everyone interested in our work can contribute and/or volunteer in the Center.

This includes everyone interested in learning more about other animal species, working on the preservation and conservation of the environment, conducting desk or field methods of research or participating in the work of the Center in some other way.

In collaboration with the veterinary experts, the Center for Active Animal and Nature Protection “Key” also provides a safe place for recovery and rehabilitation, appropriate veterinary care, and a temporary or permanent home for injured or abandoned animals. Center “Key” promotes adoption of animals and the very important segment of personal commitment to the protection and direct activism for abandoned, injured or otherwise endangered animals.

Center for Active Animal and Nature Protection “Key” is located on a private estate near Sisak in Croatia, near a forest, river, and a protected area for animals, and extends to almost 1 hectare of land. This location was also chosen because we wanted to implement a very important ecological and suistanable aspect in the Center. In the process of construction and planning of all facilities at the Centre, we have consulted with specialists in the area of enviromental sciences in order to build the Center on the principles of ecology and sustainability. This includes renewable energy, free flow of water, and an ecologial and non-violent land renewal.

The aim of the Center for Active Animal and Nature Protection “Key” is also to create an environmentally sustainable institution and community, which focuses on recyling and the use of renewable materials and prevents environmental pollution.


– Mariana Vidmar
Founder, coodinator.


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