Month: May 2014

Breaking news!!! Larry is leaving Romania!!!

Larry post penis-amputation

Larry post penis-amputation

It has been over sixth month’s since we first wrote about Larry – the dog with the unfortunate amputation.  We all felt so moved by this lovely chap’s misfortune and we hoped that the blog post would generate more interest in

Larry waiting in the shelter in Romania

Larry waiting in the shelter in Romania

him.  Sadly the first post got very little response, so we wrote another and when that didn’t work we wrote a 3rd post about Larry.  This was back in May and despite our best efforts the months continued to tick by with no one showing any interest in this special, unlucky dog.

Now we finally have some fantastic news – Larry will finally be safe!  On June 6th he will travel to Tierheim Lingen in Germany where he will be cared for until he finds his forever home.  Tierheim Lingen is an animal shelter but unlike the shelters in Romania the dogs are loved and cared for and in no danger of being killed and are far less likely to come in contact with nasty diseases or get injured.

I can’t tell you how happy we are.  This is a dog that has had his fair share of bad luck and he is a lovely chap that deserves a chance at life.  His journey will not end at the German shelter – he will have one final journey to make to his forever home, but the chapter of his life that was full of pain, suffering and constant danger will now be closed.  We still have so many dogs desperate for homes but Larry now will no longer be on our list for those that we want to save from the jaws of death in Romania.  Safe travels Larry and good luck with the new chapter in your life.  We didn’t quite find you a home for Easter but this was worth the wait!

Larry's Easter appeal

Larry’s Easter appeal

 

Larry in the shelter waiting for a new life

Larry in the shelter waiting for a new life

Advertisements

It’s not all about dogs – we rescue cats too!

Don & Ninja (at back) chilling

Don & Ninja (at back) chilling

As you know we work tirelessly to rescue stray and injured dogs in Romania.  What you may not know is that we also sometimes rescue cats.  Whilst the stray dogs and the barbaric way they are abused and mistreated in Romania has made headline news, cats also got mistreated, abused and abandoned.

My very own little Baby Ninja is a great example of one of our rescues.  She was part of a group of 16 kittens and cats that we urgently needed to rehome a couple of years ago and I ended up adopting her.  You can read her story here  and while Don, my other cat, was not initially overjoyed at her tiny little presence now they are great together, playing, cuddling and washing each other.  I always say adopting Ninja was one of the best the best things I did (the other one was adopting Don).

Sophie with her new set of wheels

Sophie with her new set of wheels

Now again we have some recent rescues.  First there is little Sophie.  This beautiful, little lady came to us injured – no doubt the result of being hit by a car – and unfortunately as a result her back legs are paralysed.  We worked really hard with our Vet Team Praxis Vetlife as well a PetHelp Proteze Veterinare to help this little lady and as a result she is now doing well and her her own set of wheels.  She is still very shy and scared but as always we don’t give up on injured animals, but work with them until they are better, or in Sophie’s case comfortable with her new wheels.

Four tiny lucky little kittens

Four tiny lucky little kittens

The next batch of rescues are 4 tiny survivors, abandoned but fortunately found when they were 1 day old.  This is another sad reality of Romania – people don’t bother to get their pets neutered and when they give birth they just dump the babies and leave them to starve or freeze to death, or just kill them (drowning, beating to death and so forth).  These little babies were incredibly lucky that they were found when they were.  They were taken in, hand fed and now, 6 weeks later, we have 2 lovely healthy boys and 2 gorgeous little girls.  They have now learned to eat alone and will soon be needing to get them their first vaccines.

Here of course is the rub.  As always we are struggling to pay vets bills and we could do with some Godparents to volunteer to sponsor our little kittens and help fund their vaccines, and when they are old enough their sterilisation.  Of course we will also be looking for forever homes ones they are big enough to travel.

Would you be interested in sponsoring a kitten?  Or perhaps helping with Sophie’s vet bill?  Or how about giving one of these adorable little souls a loving forever homes.  Or perhaps you know someone who would be?  Either way please let us know at hopeforstrays@yahoo.com or donate at the same address via paypal.

 

The fate of a long term shelter dog like Larry

As previously written the Bucov shelter is full to bursting point, with over 1000 dogs living in cramped conditions, hoping against hope to be adopted and find safety in a forever home outside of the shelter and ideally outside of Romania.  Some of these dogs have already been through very traumatic experiences, some have been born into the shelter and know no better, while others are slowly getting old and losing all hope of being loved.   Regularly dogs get injured in the shelter as a result of fights, escaping onto the street where they are hit by cars, or simply through accidents.

 

ImageOne such dog is Larry who I have written about on a couple of occasions.  Larry had a very unfortunate accident resulting in a penis amputation.  Despite the numerous blog posts and sharing of his story one year on Larry is still in the shelter.   I do not know why no one has stepped forward to adopt Larry.  He is a lovely gentle, friendly chap whose only downside is his unfortunate amputation (which does not really have much of an impact on him).  I cannot believe that people are put off by this amputation, but I can’t think of any other reason as to why no one has responded to our requests to give him a forever home.

Larry's Easter Campaign - which got no responses :(

Larry’s Easter Campaign – which got no responses 😦

Larry’s fate if not adopted will look grim.  He will live his life in horribly over-crowded conditions, where the shelter is limited and the food supply is scare.  In the winter there is little warmth in the few dog houses that make up the shelter, and the winters in Romania are bitterly harsh.  In the spring and autumn the dog pens become a morass of mud and the dogs become covered in the wet, cold and sticky mud, with no way of staying or getting clean, and the water troughs also become dirty as a result.  In the summer the heat comes, and with it again the dog houses provide very little comfortable shade and the dogs have to suffer the heat with little respite.

The over-crowding means that there are more dog fights and dogs like Larry are often the brunt of these, and end up getting injured again.  Indeed shortly after he had recovered from his amputation Larry had to go back to the vet as a result of being attacked by another dog in his pen.

Finally Larry’s long term chances of survival are low.  The over-crowding means that sooner or later the shelter will probably start to euthanize some of the dogs and the sick, disabled and elderly will be at the top of the list.  Larry will also eventually make it on that list.

Sue - another dog waiting for months for a home

Sue – another dog waiting for months for a home

When you look in Larry’s eyes, and the eyes of other dogs like him such as Sue you can see the desperate sadness.  These dogs just want to be loved.  They want to be able to go for walks in the free and not be penned up in a tiny fenced-in area.  They want to share all their love with someone and be part of a family.  They want to live and be loved.

I have heard people say they can’t take a dog as they live in a small apartment.  This is still an improvement from the shelter.  I have heard people say they can’t take a dog because of work – but have you really looked into this?  I know that if I didn’t have cats I would adopt a dog straight away – and I work as a consultant so my work is pretty hectic and busy – I have worked out that I could travel with the dog to lots of the client sites and also that I could sometimes bring the dog to work.  I am aware that the perfect home would be with someone with a huge house and garden and who doesn’t work – but frankly nearly any home would be better than the misery of the shelter.  These dogs really just want to be loved.  You can see the difference in their eyes when they are adopted.  The life and joy comes back – their eyes light up.

I want Larry to know what it is like to be loved and to have a home.  I want him to spend the rest of his life not in wretched misery but in the warmth and comfort of a loving environment.  I want this for all the dogs in the shelter, but right now I want it most of all for poor Larry, the dog no one seems to want.  Will you help Larry?  Will you share his story with everyone you know?  Will you actively ask and encourage people you know to consider giving him a home?  For the sake of this poor, unfortunate dog, and of all the others like him, please step forward to try to find a home and bring hope for the future.

Will you help handsome Larry find a home?

Will you help handsome Larry find a home?