Month: July 2016

We rescue cats too – Ninja reports

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Ninja

It has been quite some time since our stellar guest blogger The Don has done an interview for us but as he is busy napping today we thought we would ask our very own Hope for Romanian Strays rescue Ninja to step in.  Ninja came to us in the summer of 2012, along with over 20 other cats and kittens, and Don very kindly gave his mum permission to adopt her. Ninja now lives in Zurich, Switzerland where she enjoys playing with feathers, snuggling with Don and eating treats.  Today Ninja will be interviewing some of our recently rescued kittens.

Ninja:  Oh cat oh cat I am so excited to be doing my very first interview!!!  I am here today with a little gang of kittens and an awesome mum that Hope for Romanian Strays recently rescued.  Some of these guys were found on the streets and others were dumped at the shelter – the DOG shelter mind you so lots of dangerous dogs and a very dangerous place for little kittens to be dumped.

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Ninja:  Okay so I’m going to be talking to Bobby and Ginger who have really kindly agreed to take a break from playing to talk to me about their story.  ….. erm guys?  Time for the interview – we can all have a good play afterwards!

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Bobby

Bobby: Sorry!  Come on Ginger stop mucking around!  We have a really important job to do and mum said that if we do this interview it might help us find our very own forever family!

Ninja: Yes – you never know perhaps someone reading this might fall in love with you guys and want to give you a home.

Ginger: Really?!

Ninja: Or at the very least maybe someone who can’t give you a home might want to help

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you by sponsoring you so that you can buy new toys and kitten noms and treats.

Ginger:  Oooooh I love toys!!  Can I get some toys?  We don’t have many toys here and mum gets really annoyed when I keep playing with her tail.

Bobby:  But her tail is soooo cool to play with!

Ginger: It is it is!  But I hear there are tons of fun kitten toys out there too.  I’d love to get to play with some of them.

Ninja: Toys are pawesome!  I’m so lucky – I got adopted by an awesome mum and she buys me tons of cool toys and I also get lots of treats too.

So now you guys are just chilling at Hope for Romanian Strays’ Sanctuary at Hope?

Bobby:  Yes. It’s really cool here!  There is room for us to run around and play safely.  On the streets it is hard to play safely because there are so many dangerous things, like big stray dogs, cars and nasty people who want to hurt us.

Ninja: Hurt you?  It’s hard to believe anyone would want to hurt you guys – you are so cute!

Ginger: Yes I know but it’s true!  There are people here in Romania who kill cats and kittens like us – they do horrid things like put us in bags and throw us away like rubbish!!  Fortunately for us Aniela found us and brought us to the Sanctuary of Hope where we are safe.  She is also making sure that we get enough food and that we will get our vaccines.

Bobby:  Hmmm but I don’t like vaccines – they hurt!

Ninja:  But they are also really important.  Without vaccines you could get sick and even die.  Food is also really important for you to grow up big and strong.  When I was a little kitten I did not always have enough food and my mum says that’s why I’m so petite today. Fortunately for me I now get plenty of food which is awesome.

Ginger: That sounds great!  We are getting food here and the Sanctuary is a great place to live but we dream of having our very own forever home too – and of getting more treats.  We would love to have our own human to play and cuddle with.  Do you think any of your readers would like to give us a home?

Ninja:  Maybe – that would be great!  Perhaps someone hearing about your story and seeing how cute you guys are might come forward and give some of you a forever home, perhaps even here in Switzerland like me!

Bobby: Oh my cat that would be a dream!  We’d love to have a forever home all for ourselves somewhere safe outside of Romania.  I do hope someone sees this post and comes forward to adopt us.

Ginger: Me too!!!

Ninja: Me three!  All they would have to do is contact Aniela at hopeforstrays@yahoo.com and she could give them more details about you and how to adopt you.  I will keep my paws crossed for you guys!

Bobby:  Thank you!  We have to go now – it’s time for a little nap and then we’re going to have a little play.  We love playing!

Ginger:  Yes thank you!  Yay let’s go play!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A life in the day of a stray dog

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In the early hours of a wet spring morning life began.  By the side of a road an emaciated, flea ridden and scabby stray female dog gives birth to a litter of puppies.  A few miles down the road another female, also not particularly well fed, and chained up in a back yard with virtually no shelter from the morning drizzle, gives birth to her litter of puppies.  This second litter, unknowingly, are lucky.  The first mum and her puppies are found by a passing man.  He hits the mother over the head and hangs her body from a nearby tree, leaving her to die a slow and miserable death.  The puppies he bundles up in plastic bag and throws in the trash where their brief little lives come to a miserable end.

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Mum with her puppies in the shelter

Meanwhile the second little of puppies are scooped up by the female dog’s owner and he drives to the Bucov shelter where he unceremoniously dumps them in a cardboard box at the shelter gates.  Their mum pines for them and searches for them but they are gone.  The little bundles of new life shiver, wet from the rain in their box, and still less than a day old.  They are too young to survive alone and too young to understand or see what is happening to them.

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Little baby dumped at night – now in our care

 

 

But they are lucky.  They are lucky that they were not killed and that they have been given a chance by being brought to the shelter, albeit a very tiny chance.  Without their mum and without round the clock care they have no hope of survival but the shelter employees will not be there to help them.  Fortunately Aniela sees them as she arrives at the shelter and scoops them up and takes them under her care.  Now they have a chance.

Aniela nurses the two little angels but sadly one of them dies while still too young to be vaccinated.  As the “day” progresses more new born puppies are dumped and our little puppies now have to be moved to the over-crowded puppy enclosure as there is no more room with fosters and Aniela has to focus on the next batch of new born puppies.  Fortunately for the puppies Hope for Romanian Strays had funded special puppy enclosures so they do not end up in the main enclosures with the adult dogs.  If there were not the special puppy enclosures they would not survive for long at all – dying from either disease, starvation or injury as the large adult dogs eat their food and attack them.   Sadly though despite the vaccinations that supporters have paid for one more of the puppies dies.  This is the reality of life as a puppy at the shelter – despite all the help the death rate is still far too high.

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As the “day” progresses our surviving puppies are moved to the adult enclosures.  Here they have to survive in the pack.  They have to fight for their food and they are to survive with very little shelter.  The morning drizzle has now turned to a downpour and the floor in the kennels is a sea of mud and faeces.  To try to stay out of the mud and rain they move into the old wooden kennels, but the cold wind still comes in and no matter how they try they just can’t get dry or warm.

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Sick and scared

As the afternoon turns to evening, our remaining dog, huddles at the back of the kennels, wet and covered in mud from the autumn raid.  She is listless and clearly depressed.  When Aneila comes to visit she no longer even manages to raise her hear or wag her tail.  She has given up.  During her short life she has known nothing but the misery of being unwanted, of growing up and living in the shelter.  Aniela and the Hope for Romanian Strays supporters have tried through this “day” to find her a home.  Sadly no one wanted her as a puppy and as she grew into a young dog her chances of adoption get lower and lower.

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Old boy Natan 

Now she sits in the dusk of the day and her life.  Old, broken, unwanted and all she has is her own misery.  She has given up on her miserable life.  Her joints are aching with the damp and wet and her own old age.  She has known so little life other than the horrors of the shelter.  From the moment she was born into this Romanian life her chances were so low.  She survived but only to have to live out her life in more misery than she could ever have imagined. All those she knew and loved are gone.   There is nothing for her left in this life but more misery and an old age which promises only worse to come.  Soon she will be too weak and old to be able to fight for her food.  She will slowly starve to death or be mauled by one of the other dogs.  She has never felt the warmth of her own home, of her own family.  She can only dream of love and of spending her last days curled up on a warm rug by a fireplace, safe inside and sheltered from the winter snow, and with enough food.  She just stares at the back of the old kennel she sits in.  She does not even come out anymore when Aniela visits.  Her life is over.  As the day comes to a close she closes her eyes and waits for her painful death.

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Sick and injured dogs wait for treatment and hope

This is a “day” in the life of a shelter dog.  Whatever age they are when they come to the shelter the prospects are grim.  The young puppies dumped have no hope unless we can provide them with food, safe segregated shelter and vaccines.  The adult dogs must struggle to survive in over-crowded kennels where there is never enough food or adequate shelter, from the cold or heat.  For the elderly dogs life gets even worse.  They can no longer defend themselves and they feel the cold even more than the others.  They face a very miserable end to their lives.

This is why we beg you to get involved.  We beg you to help us raise funds to provide better shelter, better food and better care.  We beg that you talk to your friends, family and Facebook friends.  Can they find a small warm place for one of these dogs?  They do not need huge gardens or stay at home mums – they need love.  They need a forever home where they can grow old in safety and warmth.  Perhaps you know someone who does not want to commit forever but can offer a foster home?  For each home we find we can save a poor soul and get one more soul out of the hell that is the public dog shelter in Romania.  Each and every one of you can help dogs like these so please do not look away.  Please take that moment and help save a life.