Month: April 2014

The Don interviews Lorry about her hopes for adoption

The Don

The Don

Hello everyone – The Don here again! I was told that it has been far too long since I did an interview for Hope for Romanian Strays so here I am again – back by popular demand woot woot! It was of course very hard to decide who to interview as there are so many dogs who want to share their story. Some of them, like our dear old friend Larry, are still stuck, miserable, in the shelter in Romania and are still desperately looking for homes. Others like Fanny are mega excited to have found forever homes and would love to share their happy story.

 

Lorry in the shelter

Lorry in the shelter

It was a tough call but in the end I decided that I wanted to talk to Lorry. Little Lorry is a young short-legged lady who my mum was particularly worried about. She was recently caught by the dog catchers and brought to shelter, like so many other dogs. However unlike so many other dogs, Lorry is partially blind and this meant that potentially she would be euthanized. We have previously written about how the shelter is now more than 300 dogs over-capacity so any dog that has a disability of any sorts is likely to be added to the “euth” list. But let me stop yabbering on and let us talk to Lorri and let her tell her story.

 

Lorry in foster care

Lorry in foster care

The Don Hello Lorry – great to talk to you.

Lorry oh wow how Don! Oh I’ve heard so much about you – it’s an honour to talk to a mega superstar like and famous blogger like you!

The Don Oh my cat – I’m flattered but I’m really not that famous or anything!
Lorry Oh but you are in the shelter Don – we’ve all heard about you and your Romanian sister Ninja
The Don – wow – well that really is awesome! But enough about me – we want to hear your story Lorry!
Lorry Well it’s quite a story but it’s not yet over …
The Don Before I ask you why that is perhaps you can tell us a bit about yourself. How is it that you ended up in the shelter and how did you survive for all these years with your disability?
Lorri Well I wasn’t born partially blind but living on the streets in Romania is so dangerous that I was injured and lost an eye. I was lucky really – there is a horrific story of a very evil Romanian lady who took scissors and gouged out a stray dogs eyes … just like that … for no reason!
The Don Are you serious?!!
Lorri Yes. It really is unbelievable that someone would do that to a friendly stray dog just because they are a stray, through no fault of their own, but also that people  just stand by and do nothing. I don’t know what happened to that dog but I pray that someone helped it.
The Don That really is so terrible and so horribly sad and shocking.
Lorri Yes. So like I said I was lucky. I only lost one eye and I managed to survive on the streets okay until finally the dreaded, evil dog catchers caught me and brought me to the shelter.

Lorry in foster care

Lorry in foster care

The Don Ah yes …. The dreaded dog catchers. We’ve heard horror stories about them too and how they kill dogs cruelly as part of their “job”. They really are just a bunch of sadistic, mentally challenged thugs if I may say so.
Lorry Yes, sadly you are right Don.
The Don But in the end the fact that they caught you and brought you to the Bucov shelter turned out to be a good thing, am I right?
Lorry Yes! So I was at the shelter and really really scared and when I saw Aniela I was yelling and yelling, saying “get me out”!!! I didn’t think I would ever leave – well not alive anyway – I mean who would be interested in a short-legged one-eyed ugly duckling like me? But then a miracle happened and there was a spare space on one of the rescue trucks to Germany and next thing I knew I was being got ready for travel! I was neutered, chipped and vaccinated and then sent off – out of Romania, the land of death, pain and despair, to Germany a land of hope and life!
The Don Oh wow – that is so fantastic to hear! So you have found a forever family of your own then?

Lorry in the shelter

Lorry in the shelter

Lorry No sadly not yet. A great foster family took me in and gave me a place to stay until I find a forever home. So I am safe but my story has not ended yet – I still need to find my forever home. But who will want to adopt a partially sighted girl like me?!
The Don Oh no I am sure someone will fall in love with you and take pity on you! You are a lovely looking lady and you have the most fantastic personality and character, and get on with people and dogs, and most of all you deserve a happy forever family after all you’ve been through.
Lorry Thank you Don. I do hope you are right, not least because if I can find a forever home my foster spot will be freed up for another Romanian shelter dog meaning one more life could saved. I do hope someone wants to give me a home …
The Don I am sure they will and I will keep my paws crossed for you. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us and I really think you are a fantastic lady
Lorry Thank you Don – you’re a great guy too!

 

Lorry out of the shelter in foster care

Lorry out of the shelter in foster care

 

Once Lorry has been found a home her foster place can go to another stray from the shelter and there are hundreds of dogs waiting to be saved. If you are interested in giving Lorry, or any other stray from the shelter, a home please contact us at hopeforstrays@yahoo.com.

 

Dogs in the overcrowded shelter hoping for a better life

Dogs in the overcrowded shelter hoping for a better life

One of the new arrivals - old and with a poorly eye his hopes of survival are low unless he is found a home

One of the new arrivals – old and with a poorly eye his hopes of survival are low unless he is found a home

 

 

 

 

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Easter update

Our visit to the shelter on Easter day

Our visit to the shelter on Easter day

As the Easter break draws to a close we wanted to provide an update on some of the work we are doing and also some changes that we are hoping to make to the website.

Thanks to donations we have had a number of successful improvements to the conditions of the dogs in the shelter.  Thanks to donations via Pro Dog Romania we were able to provide the dogs with extra food for three days in a row over Easter.  Given the over-crowding in the shelter being able to provide this extra food is vital to keeping the dogs alive and healthy.  The shelter authorities are now stretched to provide enough food and without our support in feeding they would have to start euthanising the dogs – or let them starve – neither of which is an option in our mind.

Seas of mud in the shelter

Seas of mud in the shelter

Another improvement we have been able to make to a few pens is add extra gravel.  Again this may not sound very exciting or important but as you can see from this image thanks to very wet conditions the pens have turned into seas of mud, leaving the dogs covered in mud and wet and even more miserable. One truck of gravel costs €100 and sadly we only had enough donation to bring gravel to some of the pens.  We hope for more donations to add some more.

One of the kennels with new gravel

One of the kennels with new gravel

 

We also  continue to look support and funds for the many strays and puppies in the shelter.  The stream of puppies that gets dumped at the shelter is never ending and they all need to be vaccinated, and need additional food, for which we need funds.  We also continue to need funds to neuter the shelter dogs that get brought in on and to try to stem the tide of homeless puppies being born.  Again for this we need funds.  With this in mind we shared some Easter images and we hope that you will continue to share these, and other photos from the shelter, to try to help raise awareness of the work we do and help us raise more funds.

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The final big task we have is to find foster and forever homes for the dogs in the shelter.  Again we rely on people, like you, to share the photos of dogs looking for homes, like Larry, in the hope that someone will take pity or fall in love with one of the dogs and give them a home.  Do not underestimate the power of sharing – sharing really does end up in dogs finding homes.  To this end we will also be investing in this blog and will be adding a page with dogs needing homes.  We hope to build this up and then also add a Happy Tails page to showcase all the dogs that we have found homes through.  Once these pages are up please visit and share – with the over-crowding and precarious political situation the only guarantee that the dogs in these pictures will survive is if they are rescued from the shelter and from Romania.

Thank you again for all your support and please continue to support us and help us to improve the conditions for the dogs that are in the shelter and to help find more homes for these poor souls.  Happy Easter from all of us at Hope for Romanian Strays!

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Little bundle of hope

There are so very  many dogs and puppies at the shelter that all need love, care and help but from time to time one dog in particular will grab our attention.  Sometimes this is because of their particularly tragic situations, such as Larry the dog who had a penis amputation or Piciu with his three broken legs, but other times it is just by chance or simply because they give us a look that melts our hearts and makes us cry out.    This little chap is just such a dog.  As Aniela put it “he  is not our most beautiful baby , it is not our bigest baby” but there is something about seeing this little chap, clearly ill with a skin disorder and worms, that just touches us so very deeply.

Struggling to live and hoping for a life

Struggling to live and hoping for a life

Again in Aniela’s words “Each day when I go to the shelter and I see this tiny baby waiting for us full of hope and joy , I only think : you will survive.  He is our sweet fighter and seing him daily it gives us hope and makes us believe that sometimes miracles are possible for such tiny babies also!!!”  I cannot imagine how hard it is to see a young baby like this every day and not be able to do much for him – I do not think I could cope.  Aniela however has more strength than anyone I know and she goes daily to the shelter to provide what comfort and support she can with the meagre funds that a small charity like us can glean from donations.  Even without funds just being there she helps the dogs – shows them that they are loved; shows them that they are not just disgarded rubbish that no one cares about; shows them that there is hope and there is something worth wagging your tail for.

A small bundle of hope

A small bundle of hope

We hope that other people will see this little angel’s photo and take pity.  We hope that someone out there will decide that they can find a small space in their heart and in their home for him, or another Romanian “reject”  like him.  We hope that maybe his little distended belly and mangey fur will melt more people’s hearts and they will come forward and support us so that we can help him and others like him.  We hope that people will share our photos and spread the word – we are so few and want to do so much and the only way we can do this is if more people join our cause.

And so it is that I ask that you please pray for our baby, and all the others like him in the shelter, and if you want to help him a little in his fight for life please donate a penny or two towards  his vet expenses using:

Paypal: Hopeforstrays@yahoo.com
Accounts Hope for Romanian Strays Organisation :
Euro Account: RO24RZBR0000060014905466
Swift Code: RZBR ROBU
Ron Account: RO30RZBR0000060014905455

On behalf of him and all the others like him THANK YOU!

 

So many Happy Tails!

Recently we have written plenty about the projects we are running in Romania and the dogs desperately needing support as well as the dogs urgently needing homes.  We thought perhaps it was also time to share some of the Happy Tails again.  This weekend another group of our dogs made it to safety and out of Romania.  Many of these dogs have spent years of misery in the shelter and as long as they remained in the shelter their lives were in danger.  As previously written we are constantly battling to try to keep the puppies alive and also work at convincing the shelter management not to euthanise dogs.  Even dogs in private foster are not safe anymore as was recently shown by the action of the dog catchers against the Vier Pfoten dogs in a private shelter which led to the death of 8 dogs destined for homes in Germany.  It is therefore always fantastic when we find foster or forever homes for these dogs outside of Romania as then we know they will survive and they will be free for the rest of their, hopefully very happy, lives.

Lorry clearly relaxed and enjoying life outside of the shelter

Lorry clearly relaxed and enjoying life outside of the shelter

And so it is with great joy that I can share the news that some of the dogs we were trying to urgently find homes for have left Romania.  My personal favourite is little Lorry, who is blind in one eye, and who was brought to the shelter three weeks ago.  Whilst she had not been in the shelter long her impaired eye-sight meant she was in danger in the shelter and we had to get her out.  It would have been highly likely that a disabled dog like Lorry would make it on the euthanisia list when it comes.  Fortunately she is now safe in Germany in foster care and as you can see she is already nicely settled and relaxed in her new home.  She is still looking for a permanent home but she will be safe and loved for until one is found for her.

 

Eddie smiling at becoming a German citizen

Eddie smiling at becoming a German citizen

There were also though other dogs who had been in the shelter for much, much longer than Lorry who have now made it to safety.  Eddie spent six years in the shelter.  He not only beat all the odds by surviving this long in the shelter but he also has now beat all the odds by making it out of the shelter and to safety in Germany.  I think his very big smile says it all!

Another wonderful photo is of Samo and Raymond.  These two dogs are finally able to enjoy life and play like young dogs should.  In the shelter life is too much of a struggle and young dogs have to fight to survive and have little energy left for play.  But Raymond and Samo are now free in Germany where they will hopefully soon find forever homes.

Finally free to enjoy life

Finally free to enjoy life

 

 

Other dogs that made it to safety include the cute little Moflea, who was rescued as a very sick, tiny puppy with his three siblings.  They did not survive but he did and now he is free and happy.  Then there is the tiny little Suky who struggled to survive in the shelter but as you can see is now very happy and relaxed in her new home.

Being a happy free puppy

Being a happy free puppy

Little Suky happy and free

Little Suky happy and free

Gypsy - clearly loving freedom

Gypsy – clearly loving freedom

 

 

 

This photos are wonderful and make all the heartbreak and sadness worth it.  The happiness of these dogs, after all they have been through, after all their pain and misery, is truly brilliant.  These dogs are finally free, safe and happy.  Most of them are still looking for forever homes but they are safe in foster care and no longer have to fight for their lives.  We cannot thank all of those who made these happy tails possible.  We thank the wonderful people who have offered these dogs foster places – offering them safety until they can find forever homes.  We thank those who offer these dogs the happiness and freedom they deserve.  Thank you with all our hearts.  And thank you to those who take this dogs out of these foster places and give them permanent homes – freeing place up for more dogs from Romania.

Sadly there are still so many dogs in need and who desperately need to get out of Romania to safety.  They are still battling every day for survival in the shelter or on the streets.  They are constantly in danger of being euthanised or being killed on the streets.  For these dogs we need more foster and permanent homes.  We need more people to come forward and be part of our Happy Tails!  We need more people to give these dogs and chance – and find out how rewarding and amazing it is to see the pure joy in the eyes of these dogs who have finally made it safety and the love their give back to whoever gives them that bit of warmth and comfort.  Why not have a go at being a foster?  It is not a committment for ever – simply until a forever home can be found.  And who knows perhaps you will fall in love or find your best friend in the process?  Why not step forward and help us make more of these wonderful happy photos?

In the shelter Franz doesn't get the cuddles he loves - can you help him?

In the shelter Franz doesn’t get the cuddles he loves – can you help him?

Poor old Larry is still waiting to get out of the shelter - please help him!

Poor old Larry is still waiting to get out of the shelter – please help him!