Month: June 2013

Fundraising Auction now live!

We are very happy to announce that our official fundraising online charity auction is now live on Facebook.   Through this auction we hope to raise some additional funds to add a puppy enclosure at the shelter (we have permission to do and a €700 donation from Pro Dog Romania we just need a bit more to cover all the costs). This will help reduce the high rate of puppy deaths by keeping them separate from the adult dogs, so they will be less exposed to disease but also less likely to be attacked.  We also still have a €500 debt from our neutering programme which we would like to pay off, and a number of sick and young dogs who’s medical bills need to be covered.

There are some very interesting items that have been donated, for example designer jewellery and original Chinese silk products.

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And then of course there are the various animals items, such as the famous catnip filled “Whitey” mice, handmade and a huge hit with any cat that has ever been given one.  Or the renowned “Bighead Jazzpaws” Poodle Blanket, modelled here by Don, also very popular for pets who like to snuggle.  There are also a range of other handmade options, such as handmade toiletries made to your choice of scent, a professional pet portrait, key rings, and original artwork from Suffolk artists.

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For the business people there are also great business services and options that have been donated.  These include a day of strategy consulting (worth €1200), a business twitter lesson, career and CV advice and business coaching.  All these services are offered by highly skilled, professional experts who have donated their time and expertise to help us raise money through this auction.  This is a great way to access some business services whilst helping stray dogs and at a great price!

Given that one of the objects is to help the puppies at the shelter, and also some we are fostering, we thought it would be a great idea to allow people to bid to name one of these puppies.  All in all there are 7 puppies who you can name – 3 girls and 4 boys.  The highest bidder will get to officially name the puppy and we will keep them posted of the puppies progress.  All bids for puppy naming will go to that puppy – so here you know 100% were your money is going.

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So how does it actually work then?  It is very simple.  All you need to do is go to the Facebook event and if you see an item or service you like simple write your bid in the comment box.  At the end of auction the highest bid wins the item and once money has been paid the item will be dispatched to you.  Items come from all over the world (USA, UK, Germany, Australia) and often postage is covered.  Payment can be sent to Hope for Romanian Strays either through paypal (hopefostrays@yahoo.com) or via a € bank transfer to or a £ transfer.

So go and have a look at all the great items available to bid for – and please share with friends and family.  Every penny bid goes towards helping the dogs and puppies and it is a fun way to help out some very desperate animals.

Sterlisation programme in the shelter

You may, or may not, be aware that in Romania there is a big problem with stray dogs on the streets.   There are estimated to be around 2 – 3 million strays in Romania, with over 64,000 in the capital alone.  One of the reasons for this huge population is that Ceausescu moved many suburban residents into high rise flats, with no room, or permission, for pets.  This meant many pets were thrown out on the streets, often not neutered.  The result is a huge stray population in a country with minimal animal rights laws, very low respect for animals,  high levels of corruption and limited financial resources.

There are government “funded” shelters where strays off the street occasionally get rounded up and sent to however these are very badly run and have very high death rates (90% for puppies).  These are often run by people with no regard for animals and with no concept of animal welfare.  Dogs are left to die in corners, in their own excrement, and often the veterinary care is rudimentary, even barbaric in some shelters.  The government has in past held “culls” of stray street dogs – whereby they paid contractors (often family and friends) to “cull” the dogs in the cheapest possible way, including shooting, poisoning and beating to death.  A very drastic and barbaric way to treat strays – and generally more expensive than getting them neutered.

Given the huge stray problem sterilisation is a vital requirement.  The government spent over €200,000 to neuter 6,500 dogs, a drop in the ocean given the number of strays on the streets.  The authorities are clearly failing to tackle the problem, partially due to lack of funding, but also partially due to high levels of corruption.  Looking at the numbers above it comes out at around €30 per dog – the cost of neutering is however around €21 (and I suspect the government should be able to get even cheaper prices).  Where did the extra €9 per dog go?!  Every penny we get through donations goes to the dogs – we make full use of every €1.

We are trying to do our bit by running sterilisation campaigns with dogs in the shelters.  Unlike in many other countries, a dog that ends up in a shelter does not get neutered automatically, thus also leading to puppies being born in shelters and further aggravating the issue.  We try to run regular neutering initiatives in the shelter, when our fund allow us.  We recently were fortunate enough to have some supporters raise some funds for sterilisations.  At the end of May we had 30 dogs from the shelter neutered, and in the first week of June we had 31 dogs neutered at the shelter, and then a further 3 neutered at the vets clinic, when Dr Bratu the vet kindly agreed to take 3 more emergency cases the next day.

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The vet kindly did more than we had funds for – doing the rest on debt for us to pay off.  We are very fortunate that the vets agree to work with us like this – some vets will only treat the dogs with upfront cash.  Our vets however allow us to owe them – and in this case the debt is €500.  We now need to repay this debt before we can get other dogs treated or “done” so as always we are reaching out to our supporters and asking for help.  Please share our work to raise awareness so we can get more funds and if you can please donate €20 or more to help cover the costs for our sterilisation programme.  You can donate via paypal: hopeforstrays@yahoo.com or via the bank:

Accounts Hope for Romanian Strays Organisation :

Euro Account: RO24RZBR0000060014905466

Swift Code: RZBR ROBU

Ron Account: RO30RZBR0000060014905455

Please contact us if you have questions or can help us in anyway: hopeforstrays@yahoo.com

 

Here are some of the dogs from May and June’s sterilisation campaign:

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As always on behalf of all the dogs thank you for your support!