As part of our birthday celebrations we organised an online auction to try to raise urgently needed funds. We asked and received lots of items donated to the auction which was fantastic -without these very kind donations we could not have held the auction at all. Items ranged from art work to jewelry to toys and included a very exciting donation from Webbox. For those who do not know Webbox they make the world’s best cat and dog treats (that is the official opinion of our master blogger The Don and his friends) so we were overjoyed when they made the very kind offer. In fact The Don was so excited by this he wanted to be included in this blog!
Interviewer: So Don can you share your thoughts on the Hope for Romanian Strays fundraising Birthday Auction?
The Don: Mum needs to place another, higher bid on the Webbox. *Don stares at his mum*
Interviewer: Erm … right. Any other thoughts you would like to share?
The Don: Yes. Mum needs to make sure a higher bid gets placed on those handmade little baby booties to make sure they do not end up on my footsies. Or anyone out there *Don stares at our followers* Please?
Interviewer: Right. Okay. So any final thoughts?
The Don: Well yes. I want to say that there are some really cool items in the auction, some of them still with no bids or very low bids. I think people need to remember two things:
- Every penny from the bids goes to help save stray dogs, and a few kitties, in Romania. The winter is approaching and this year we are expect a particularly brutal winter for the dogs – there are not enough kennels or food to see them through the winter. So many will die. *Don wipes away a big tear*
- Secondly Christmas isn’t that far away peoples! Why aren’t people using this as a great way to buy some Christmas presents now & avoid the rush in December?! It’s a double gift really – to whoever you give the item to but also to the dogs you help save. Simples!
Interviewer: Great points there Don thank you so much!
And really those are indeed two points that we want you to think about, in particular the first one. As you know the shelter we support, in Bucov, is well over capacity now, over 700 dogs over to be exact. There are not enough kennels now to provide shelter from the extreme cold and wet so many dogs face a winter outside in the open air. These dogs will die as they will also invariably be the weaker dogs who cannot fight for a kennel. The same will go for food. The shelter has for a while now not been able to provide sufficient food to feed all the dogs. We have been helping out thanks to our supporters such as Pro-Dog Romania but with winter approaching we need to keep up feeding the dogs and if at all possible offer them more support to survive the extreme weather. As it stands we will see very many dogs die a very, very miserable death. We want to do all we can to reduce that number and save as many as we can. The money raised during the auction – either through bids or through donations made as a result of the auction PR – will go along way to help.
Don’s other point though is also true! Christmas is not that far away and there are some lovely potential gifts in the auction. Why not bid for one and make a particularly special Christmas gift by also saving a dog too! You still have 1 day left to bid!
As our auction draws to a close we therefore ask for you to have one last look and place one last bid. In doing so please think of those dogs that so desperately need your help. If you do not see an item you like why not bid to help a dog or a cat (one of the auction items) or simply make a donation via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember every cent goes to the animals and even a small amount can make a big difference – €10 for example pays for a puppies vaccination or a bag of food. So go have a look and show your support for Hope for Romanian Strays and the work we do to bring hope to these poor, abandoned strays. Thank you.