Month: December 2013

A puppy is not just for Christmas … but can we at least give them a Christmas?

Puppies clinging to life

Puppies clinging to life

We have yet again had a big batch of puppies that we have taken out of the shelter to try to save them.  As you know if you follow our posts the chances of a puppy surviving in the shelter unaided is 90%.  This is the tragic reality of the over-crowded Bucov shelter.  On the streets things are not much better – with the winter weather conditions in Romania puppies often freeze to death.  Those that do not have a high chance of being beaten to death by the inhumane Romanians in the area.  For every decent person who feeds the strays and shows them a bit of love and respect there is a monster, with no heart or soul, who thinks it is fine to beat and maim dogs to death.  The psychological impact this must be having on Romanian children is huge – how can a child witness such brutality and not be marked for life?  Through its treatment of its strays Romania is building a problem for the future by de-sensitizing children to violence and torture.

 

15.12.13_8It is in this climate that we do all we can for the dogs we find.  It is in this climate that we rescued 26 puppies that were in very poor shape and the fantastic Irena, took them in to her foster home, despite already being totally at capacity.  Like any young animal, be it a human baby or a puppy, there is a fagility mixed with hope, that touches the hearts of people – at least those with hearts and souls.  We were filled with hope when we rescued these puppies, even if for the case of some of them it was slim – but hope is hope.  It is therefore very distressing when these bundles of life and hope die.  This is unfortunately what has happened to 11 of the puppies.  Of the 26 only 15 have survived so far.  We are doing all we can to save the rest but we are at our maximum capacity with debts at the vet and are about to run out of funds to pay for anymore treatment.  Whilst at least those that died spent a few days in the warmth, with food and surrounded by love, it was not enough.  It will not be enough for some of the remaining 15 that are still alive.  We need funds.  They need vet care and medicine.  We need your help.  Please help us keep them alive and help us give them their first Christmas.  Please help us show Romanian children that there is another way.  Please help us fund some hope for the future -for both dogs and children in this cold country.

 

Some of the survivors in foster care

Some of the survivors in foster care

Sick puppy - will you find her care?

Sick puppy – will you fund her care?

Two particularly weak puppies receiving special food to try to build them up

Two particularly weak puppies receiving special food to try to build them up

A bundle of hope and joy that deserves to live

A bundle of hope and joy that deserves to live

 

Help a dog for Christmas

As Christmas nears and you start thinking about buying Christmas presents spare a thought for the poor. cold and hungry strays dogs in Romania. Winters are very harsh and many of the dogs will not survive the cold. For us as a charity winter is the hardest time of all – there is so much misery and pain in the shelters and on the streets, and with each shelter visit we see more dogs that have succumbed to the cold. Unfortunately they do not have the food, treatment or shelter required so only the strong survive. Puppies born at this time of year have virtually no chance of survival. This is why each year we have a winter fundraiser. This is why we ask that you consider giving a gift of love this year.

We have a number of “items” for sale to raise money for the dogs and these are gifts that brings joy in three different ways – to you the purchaser by reducing your need to hit the shops and knowing your gift will be saving a life; to the recipient who knows they have been given something more valuable than a normal shop bought item and feels they contributed to something good; but most of all to the dogs whose lives this gift will save.

So what heartwarming, life saving gifts can you buy? Here is a selection for you:

2014 Calendar for €5 + PP

The 2014 Hope for Romanian Strays Calendar, featuring a selection of this years happy tails.  Please contact us directly at hopeforstrays@yahoo.com to purchase this and to send us your postal details.

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Puppy vaccination for €10 

Help a puppy survive in the shelter by paying for a vaccination.  The shelter does not vaccinate puppies (one reason 90% die) but we pay for vaccinations when we have the funds to.  You can of course pay for as many puppy vaccination as you want – there are more than enough puppies waiting to be vaccinated!

Just a few of the current shelter puppies

Just a few of the current shelter puppies

Puppy rescued from shelter at the vets

Puppy rescued from shelter at the vets

Puppies being rescued from the shelter - each will need to be vaccinated

Puppies being rescued from the shelter – each will need to be vaccinated

 

 

Sterilise a dog €20

For €20 you can pay for the sterilisation of a dog.  This helps reduce the number of puppies born, thereby reducing the problem, and also increasing the chances of a dog being adopted. With hundreds of dogs in the shelter that are not sterlised this is a big issue but we are working with the shelter to neuter the dogs but we need funding for this.

Dog being neutered

Dog being neutered

Help pay off some of our vet’s bills €25

We regularly rescue dogs from the streets and from the shelter that have been injured.  Without our intervention they would get not veterinary care and would die or live in agony.  We have mounting debts with the local vet and by helping us pay off our current debts you can help pave the way for other emergency medical cases.  The cases we take in range from broken legs through car accidents (often deliberate) , injuries sustained in the shelter and sickness such as distemper.

Amma who we found on the street with a broken leg

Amma who we found on the street with a broken leg

Fatmy who was close to starvation and needed emergency care

Fatmy who was close to starvation and needed emergency care

Give our puppies a Christmas meal €30

We have a number of puppies in foster care as well as in the puppy enclosure at the shelter.  If you would like to buy them an extra meal for Christmas they would be very happy!  It would also help build up their strength and chances for survival.

Puppies getting food at the vets

Puppies getting food at the vets

Rescue puppy having much needed food

Rescue puppy having much needed food

 

Improve conditions in the shelter €40

We are one of the few charities with access to the shelter.  The conditions there are terrible but we work with the shelter, when they allow us, and part of what we try to do is improve conditions for the dogs.  Last year we funded a whole load of new huts and this year we paid to replace broken fencing that was potentially dangerous and could injure the dogs.  We also bring additional food to the dogs as they do not get enough through the shelter.

Dogs getting food

Dogs getting food

Broken fencing

Broken fencing

Help us invest in the future €50

We are starting a separate fund to start putting money aside for some bigger projects.  Currently all our donations go straight to pay off our debts and pay for emergency cases.  We have however some long term vision and dream of being able to provide some better shelter and foster options for injured and vulnerable dogs.  To do this we will need substantial funds and so we are starting to save towards this goal.  If you would like to donate to this then please contact us directly and we will send you the bank details for this.

Help us give dogs a better option than the misery of the public shelter

Help us give dogs a better option than the misery of the public shelter

To purchase any of these “items” please donate via paypal to hopeforstrays@yahoo.com and state which item you are purchasing.  For an additional €3 we will provide a personalised card sent either to you or directly to the recipient (please include in your donation). To do this please email us at hopeforstrays@yahoo.com after you have purchased an item with details of the item, any test you would like written in the card, name and address.

Thank you for any donations and contributions made.  We such a great need and these dogs deserve better than the cruelty they get in Romania.  They deserve some hope for Christmas too.

Larry – a Romanian stray with an very embarrassing injury

Hello – The Don here.  I have been asked to do a rather embarrassing interview.  As you know Hope for Romanian Strays often steps in when dogs at the shelter are injured.  A couple of weeks ago we got a call about poor Larry, who had a really tear-terkingly wince-worthy issue.  Chaps be warned – content will make you wince!

The Don: Hello Larry.  Thank you for taking the time to talk to me.  Now I know this is something that is really really really embarrassing for you to talk about so thank you also for being so brave to do this interview.

Larry: Thank you Don,  Yes this is going to be tough to talk about ….

Poor poor Larry

Poor poor Larry

The Don: I know, oh boy do I know!  But you know Larry hopefully someone reading this will take pity on you and give you a forever home!

Larry: Oh boy yes!  That would be awesome!

The Don: So lets start and get the embarrassing stuff over with then.  Can you tell me what happened to you and tell us about your really awkward injury.

Larry:  Ok here goes.  I was just minding my own business in shelter but as you know the shelter can be a dangerous place for us dogs.  Well one thing led to another and all of a sudden I was injured!

The Don: This is where our male readers will be about to wince right?

Larry: Yes ….

The Don: But you be brave and don’t be ashamed – tell us what happened

Larry:  Thank you Don, you really are very supportive.  Well anyway I had this accident in the shelter ….. I broke my penis!

The Don: Woah!  That’s just made my eyes water!  That must have been mega painful!

Larry: Oh you have no idea! It hurt so bad and I was in so much pain.  But I was lucky because Hope for Romanian Strays stepped in and took me to see the vet.  Unfortunately there was there nothing he could do so ….. I had to have an amputation.

The Don: So let me get this straight – they had to amputate your penis?! OMC!

Larry post-op

The Don: OMC you poor chap!  But are you alright now?

Larry: Yes thank you.  I am healing up nicely and will be able to lead a relatively normaly life, just no longer as a total chap.  It’s a shame really as I am quite a handsome chap.

The Don: Yes you are indeed – and a lovely friendly chap too.  So what happens now?  I believe you had been staying at the vet’s clinic while you healed from your horrific ordeal.

Larry: Unfortunately I am now going to have to go back to the shelter.  Now that I am healing I am no longer an emergency medical case so I can’t stay at that vets and there are just not enough foster places for dogs like me.

The Don: Oh no – but surely after such a nasty injury you could get foster care?

Larry:  If only Don, if only.  Sadly there are so many emergency cases and so many sick little puppies who woudn’t survive in the shelter that they get priority when it comes to foster care.  A big chap like me, even after such a nasty injury, couldn’t possibly take one of the few foster places when these little chaps need places.  So I am going back into the shelter where I will have to fend  for myself, which is very scary as I have no idea how the other dogs will accept me back in the shelter.

The Don:  That is so sad Larry, it really is.  I do think after going through such a traumatic thing that you have to go back into the shelter.  You really deserve a family who will take you in and won’t make fun of your lack of appendage.

Larry: Oh Don that would be so awesome!  Do you think anyone out there would want a dog like me – even though I am no longer a “complete” dog?

The Don:  I do hope so Larry.  Perhaps one of our readers know someone who would like to give you a home?  What do you say readers?  Anyone got a place for poor Larry?

Larry