Month: February 2014

We survived … but now what?

Puppies in the puppy enclosure

Puppies in the puppy enclosure

We often have medical cases from the shelter and we try all we can for them. Sadly sometimes it just is not enough they still die. Our last post was about the puppies at the shelter who urgently needed foster care – these were the survivors from a larger group. Being so young and frail means that most of them do not make it as there is little we can do against viruses in the shelter. Those that do survive however we try to support against other pathogens and we try to build up their strength so that they can survive. Unfortunately we had virtually no one who stepped up to help them so their fate remains shaky as we just cannot afford to do all that we would like to.

There are however happy stories too from survivors.

Piciu with his three injured legs

Piciu with his three injured legs

You may recall little Piciu who we rescued from the shelter. He was a tiny little pup with three broken legs and in a very bad way with his legs being held together really just by his skin. He would definitely have died – relatively quickly but in extreme pain.  We rushed him to the vet where he had surgery and had his legs reset.  This little tiny boy showed us how strong of a will he had to get better – as you can see from the video he is a bundle of joy and energy now!  Yes little Piciu has recovered and can walk – indeed run – again.  We are so happy for him and he really is a joy to see.  However having survived he now has a new problem – he has no home.  After all this trauma he will end up back in the shelter where he was injured unless we find him a home.

Can you think of anyone who could give this little monkey a home?

Fatmy when we found him - nothing more than bones covered in fur

Fatmy when we found him – nothing more than bones covered in fur

Another survivor who fought really hard to survive is Fatmy.  I remember first seeing the images of Fatmy and thinking this dog would not make it.  When we first came across Fatmy he was skin and bones – you could see his hips sticking out and he was just a bunch of sharp bones coverd in fur.  It was touch and go.   Fatmy had distemper – a dreadful disease which many dogs in Romania do not survive.  There is little one can do but pray.  What these sick dogs need more than anything to survive is strength and hope – but this is something in short supply for stray and shelter dogs in Romania.  Fatmy however had hope on this side.  He fought hard and he hung on.  We prayed and supported him – hoping that prayers and love would win the day.  We paid for vets bills and special food to build his strength.  Mostly however we prayed and stood by this bundle of bones and held his paw as his fought for his life.  He won!  Yes – the skeletol dog fought this horrific disease and won!  You would not recognised Fatmy now – gone are the bones and instead a handsome, wonderful boy with a desire to live.  We congratulate you Fatmy on winning your life – but we are still praying for you.  We are praying that someone will give this boy a home.  After such a tough battle he should be in a home, surrounded by love and life but instead he is back in the shelter, surrounded by death and an ongoing battle to live.  This boy deserves more – he fought for more.  Can you help find him a good forever home?

Fatmy today - a handsome survivor

Fatmy today – a handsome survivor

We need to find homes for both of these survivors and we know there must be a home for these dogs out there.  There must be more for them after their terrible battles for their lives than living in the cold and heartless shelter, where they have to continue to fight for their lives.  We hope that someone out there sees this post and can open up their home for one of these boys – and that is why we ask that you share this post with as many people as you can.  The more reach this has the higher the chances that someone will give these survivors a home.

And perhaps someone reading this thanks to you sharing it will wish they could help – but they cannot take a dog.  Then perhaps they will decide to foster or sponsor one our many puppies and help them become a survivor too?  Perhaps reading this you see that it is worth supporting a small charity like Hope for Romania Strays because we do make a difference.  Without us there would be no happy survivor story for Piciu or Fatmy.  Both dogs would be dead by now – just another set of dead dogs in a land full of death for strays.  Please help us save more dogs and please help us find more homes for our survivors.

Will you sponsor us?

Will you sponsor us?

We need puppy food - the shelter does not provide it - will you pay for it?

We need puppy food – the shelter does not provide it – will you pay for it?

Will you help me become a survivor too by sponsoring me?

Will you help me become a survivor too by sponsoring me?

I dream of life outside of the shelter - will you help to fulfill that dream?

I dream of life outside of the shelter – will you help to fulfill that dream?

Will you save my babies?  Please?

Will you save my babies? Please?

I won't be able to provide milk for much longer - who will pay to feed my babies?

I won’t be able to provide milk for much longer – who will pay to feed my babies?

When I grow up I want to keep my family safe - will you help me grow up?

When I grow up I want to keep my family safe – will you help me grow up?

Look at my little face - don't you just want to sponsor me?

Look at my little face – don’t you just want to sponsor me?

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Winter Romanian puppy appeal – help us save them

Puppies born into snow, cold and hunger

Puppies born into snow, cold and hunger

Winter is always tough for stray and shelter dogs in Romania with freezing weather and snow.  These conditions would be difficult for a healthy adult dog but they are impossible for young and frail dogs.  The death toll for puppies rises sharply in the winter as the weak die not only of illness but cold.   While we have invested in dog houses that protect the dogs a little they are not enough for small puppies when the temperatures drop below freezing.  The puppies just freeze to death – their little bodies to weak to fight the cold.

Fortunately we have been able to maintain good relations with the shelter and they let us take some of the puppies out and keep them in more sheltered conditions indoors.  These indoor pens however are only suitable for a few and are temporary reprieve from the outdoor shelter, and they do not offer much warmth either.  The very sick puppies we take out of the shelter alltogether.  These puppies we take by car to a vet in Bucharest where they are treated and where they are kept inside in the warmth of the vet kennels.

Little Ermerelda at the vets - she is very sick with a bad cough and high fever.

Little Ermerelda at the vets – she is very sick with a bad cough and high fever.

Two of three puppies abadonned at the shelter & taken to the vet by us

Two of three puppies abadonned at the shelter & taken to the vet by us

There they are looked after, fed and kept warm until they are better.  This however costs money – money which we do not have.  We are able to take the puppies there on debt.  Donations help reduce the debt – meaning we can bring more emergency medical cases or sick puppies from the shelter.

However this is not enough.  What is heartbreaking for us is the choice we need to make with the puppies once they are better.  Once the vet deems them recovered and well the only option for them right now is to either stay in the vet kennels – for which we have to pay per dog per day – or to go back to the shelter.  Every extra day a puppy stays in foster care with the vet gives it a better chance of survival back in the shelter.  But we need funds to pay for this foster care.

Survivors from the shelter in one of indoor kennels.  They are still cold and scared and need help

Survivors from the shelter in one of indoor kennels. They are still cold and scared and need help

The puppies that are not sick, and do not end up the vets, are kept at the shelter.  There we try to bring them extra care and food.  We also get them vaccinated so that they have a better chance of survival.  Again this requires funds that we do not have.  What can we do however?  We could not turn our back on these young innocent souls who have had the misfortune of being born in a cold, unforgiving land like Romania.  So we do all we can – we struggle on.   We try to help these young puppies.  Our founder Aniela dedicates her time and life to these dogs and visits them in the shelter, bringing them love and hope.  Our volunteers send gift packages for the dogs and give some of them foster homes in other countries such as Austria or Switzerland.  Most importantly our supporters raise funds and donate to our charity Hope for Romanian Strays, they foster individual dogs to give them a chance to live and they raise awareness so that we can raise more funds and find homes for these poor souls.   We ask that you join our cause –  we ask that you share our posts, help find homes and donate.  Most importantly right now – we ask that you consider sponsoring one of our puppies.

Will you take pity on me and sponsor me?

Will you take pity on me and sponsor me?

Please look at the faces on these photos.  Is there one you would like to try to help?  Is there one of these souls that you would like to give a helping hand to after the bad hand that fate dealt him or her?  We are looking for people to step forward and join us in trying to save these lives and give them a hope of a better future and a forever home outside of this land of death.  We need people to help fund the care for a puppy for the next month or two.  Can you sponsor a puppy?  Can you help?

This weak puppy stands no chance in the outdoor shelter - will you give it a chance?

This weak puppy stands no chance in the outdoor shelter – will you give it a chance?

You can donate either a lump sum for a puppy like Esmerelda to cover her medical costs or donate a lump sum to clear the debt with the vet so we can keep treating other puppies.  Take a look at these photos and let us know if you want to save one of these souls.

Alternatively could you perhaps spare €10 a month and become an ongoing sponsor?  We need funds urgently now but also on an ongoing basis to keep caring for the puppies from the Bucov shelter.    €10 a month will pay for 1 vaccination a month – and this small sum each month can mean the difference between life and death for one puppy each month.Will you sponsor me so that I can get vaccinated and be healthy?

Whilst we urgently need funds now for the puppies you see in these photos sadly  puppies are constantly born in the shelter and our work is never done.  Once our winter crisis is over we will go back to our ongoing vaccination and neutering programmes.   This means you can also opt to sponsor one of these puppies now and another one in a couple of months time.

I don't want to live behind bars forever - will you help find me a forever home?

I don’t want to live behind bars forever – will you help find me a forever home?

Last but not least all of these puppies will need loving forever homes.  Can you share their photos with your friends and family? Perhaps you can put up their photos in your office or home and see if anyone can offer a loving home to one of these young dogs?  We ensure that all puppies that are adopted are vaccinated, chipped and ready to travel with an EU passport.

Romania’s puppies need your help now.  Will you step forward and sponsor one of them?

Contact us now by email (hopeforstrays@yahoo.com) or through the form below if you can – let us know if you would like to:

  1.  Sponsor a specific puppy now (let us know which one – we can provide more photos)
  2. Become an ongoing monthly supporter with a €10 donation to go to general medical costs
  3. Sponsor a different puppy each month
  4. Give a puppy a home – either short term through fostering them or long term by adopting them

Please for the sake of these innocent souls support us in our quest for a better future for these young lives – in the immediate future as well as long term.

Abandonned in a box at the shelter - we could not abandon them to their fate - can you?

Abandonned in a box at the shelter – we could not abandon them to their fate – can you?

We are cold, scared and hungry - will you help us?

We are cold, scared and hungry – will you help us?

Can you  sponsor us so that we have a hope of survival back in the main shelter?

Can you sponsor us so that we have a hope of survival back in the main shelter?