Month: November 2013

Some of this month’s Romanian strays in our care

Whilst the media furor around the new law legalising the murder of stray dogs has died down the situation on the ground had not improved.  We carry on taking in injured strays from the streets and rescuing injured shelter dogs, left to die with no hope other than us.  In this post we will also give you an idea of some of the costs we face for treating these injured dogs – and why we desperately always need funds.  If you would like to help towards the costs of any of our rescue dogs’ vet bills below please donate via paypal (hopeforstrays@yahoo.com) and mention which dog you are supporting in the subject line.
Piciu was a  happy, full of life, playful little puppy in the shelter.  We had him de-wormed  and were due to have him vaccinated the next day. However on the next day when Aniela returned to the shelter she found him lying in the grass, in the yard of the shelter, with his legs hanging in a weird position.  As is always the case for emergency cases Aniela rushed him to the vet clinic in Bucharest.  It turned out he had multiple fractures in his legs and needed to have surgery on three legs – we can only presume he was attacked in the shelter or escaped and was hit by a car.  He will have a long recovery period but he is a brave, chatty chap and his outlook – if he eventually finds a home – looks good. Piciu means small boy in Romanian but after so many surgeries and a long hospitalisation this small boy will have a huge bill – estimated at around €600
Little boy Piciu

Little boy Piciu

Piciu with his three injured legs

Piciu with his three injured legs

Perhaps the saddest rescue though is Maya who our founder Aniela came across through a video showing her dragging herself and her poor back legs along in a parking area.  It was heartbreaking to see her in so much misery so we went out and found her and took her to the vets.  She was in a  horrific state with a broken spine and severely damaged legs.  We considered euthanasia but she had such a will to live and had been fighting to survive for weeks despite her horrific injury we felt she deserved a chance at life.  She ended up getting one leg amputated.  She has now been in the clinic for a month and will soon be well enough to leave and she will be able to walk with the use of a wheel chair.  The cost of her treatment and clinic stay is around €500 and we will also need to pay for her wheelchair.
Maya post operation

Maya post operation

Another dog we came across injured in the shelter was Oskar.  This very skinny chap was found in the big kennel with a fractured leg.  The conditions in the shelter are dreadful and injured animals do not generally receive treatment – they are left to either recover and survive, or die. We took him out of the shelter and he was hospitalised for surgery.  This initial treatment will cost around €300 and then he will need a second surgery in a few months.
Poor skinny Oskar waiting for the vet

Poor skinny Oskar waiting for the vet

Fatmy was a little chap who Aniela found on sterilisation day and she made sure he was kept  in the puppy kennels along with the other babies as he looked very frail. We  vaccinated him but unfortunately shortly after he then became very ill with distemper. He was so ill and emaciated that Aniela could knew he would not survive in the shelter so she took him home with her (even though she has very little room in her small flat).  After many days under treatment,with perfusions and everything he needed to help him recover, our skinny boy started to feel better.  He started to eat more and to bark and to sleep, snuggled up with Aniela.  His treatment cost came out at around €300 – the cost of Aniela’s love … priceless.
Skinny bag og bones Fatmy

Skinny bag of bones Fatmy

Skinny little angel Fatmy

Skinny little angel Fatmy

Just with these four cases we are left with vet’s bills of around €1700!  That is a huge amount of money for a tiny charity like us – and these cases are just a specific examples.  We also have many other cases such as tiny little Maria, fighting the terrible parvovirus,  or cute little Ciufy who has a broken foot or poor Kenny found blind and injured on a field.  We have no idea how we will pay for this next batch of emergency cases but we will not abandon them.
With your help, support and donations we will continue to be there for the injured and abused dogs of Romania.  We will do all we can to provide emergency care and hope to these poor animals who would otherwise be left to die or live in pain.  We know it is worth it – we have enough happy endings to give us hope for these new emergency case.  Remember Anda one of our special needs dogs?  She was in our care for one year, being nursed back to health, before finding a forever home in Germany where she continues to receive special care.  As her photo testifies there is a very bright light at the end of the very dark tunnel for some of these injured dogs – let’s all work together to help pay for their care and find them forever homes where they can live in peace and free from fear, pain and persecution.
Tiny Maria in good hands

Tiny Maria in good hands

Ciufy and his broken foot

Ciufy and his broken foot

Ciufy with his broken foot

Ciufy with his broken foot

Kenny - injured and blind

Kenny – injured and blind

Anda looking very healthy and happy in her new forever home

Anda looking very healthy and happy in her new forever home

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Roll up, roll up – The Don has fundraising news

814Hello everyone – The Don here. Once again I have been asked by the wonderful Hope for Romanian Strays guys to do a guest blog post and I have also been asked to officially launch the winter fundraiser. It is sometimes quite hard work being an online celebrity like I am but I really feel honoured to be asked to help out in this case.

We are now coming into winter, which is not good news for the stray and shelter dogs in Romania. As some of you may remember from the posts last year the conditions for the stray and shelter dogs in Romania are very harsh, with minimal shelter against the freezing, wet weather. This year however, as a result of what is happening in Romania (read previous post for more information) the conditions for the stray and street dogs will be horrific. This means that this year we need to double our fundraising efforts because there is so much more work to do.

Sitting all snug and warm it can be hard to imagine what it must be like for a stray dog in Romania but let me paint you a picture. Imagine living out on the street, with inches of snow and temperatures dropping to well below freezing. Your fur is wet and caked in mud and the only shelter you can find is under a bridge – but you are not safe here because if the men see you they will chase you and beat you to death with bricks and iron poles.
A few weeks ago someone deliberately ran you over in their car and left you to die. The pain was excruciating but you did not die. You survived but now you have a bloody stump where your left leg used to be and your right leg tortures you when you walk on it – but you have not choice, but generally all you can manage is to drag yourself around using just your front paws. You have to move to survive or you will freeze or starve to death. But the pain is horrific and you are so cold – you cannot stop shivering. You do not understand why the men hate you or why you were born into this horrific conditions.

This story seems too horrific to be true but it is – it is based on Maya’s story. Fortuantely for Maya she was hit by a car before the winter hit and so was able to survive for weeks without her back legs. She was also one of the lucky ones because we found her, in extreme pain but clinging to life by the road. We have no idea how she survived for so long but she did and now we will give her every chance for a better life.  Sadly she had to have the badly injured leg amptuated and she will need a considerable recovery time but we will pay for this  somehow because we cannot abandon her after all she has endured.  We hope that maybe someone will step forward and off to cover her vets bills but most of all we really hope that someone will step forward and offer Maya a loving, forever home when she is better.  Could that someone be you maybe?

Maya post operation

Maya post operation

Maya when we found her

Maya when we found her

Maya is just one of many dogs living in extremely bad conditions, fighting daily for their lives. It is because of dogs like Maya who will not make it through the winter without help that we are launching this fundraiser. We will be launching a number of activites including selling items for Christmas and I presonally will be writing a book to raise funds. Yes that is right – you will be able to buy my book and help strays! So as you start to think about Christmas gifts please come and visit this page and look at some of the options here. Every cent goes straight to the dogs as we do not take any admin fees and we desperately need every cent to help dogs like Maya and other dogs like her. Please support us through this fundraiser by donating (paypal: hopeforstrays@yahoo.com), buying gift, sharing our posts and helping us find homes for dogs that will die if we do not get them out of Romania.  And if you have anything you would like to donate to sell as part of the rundraiser please email us.

Thank you in advance for support.