We recently launched an appeal for donations to feed the many puppies in our care but sadly we had very little response. As a result we have now extended this appeal and we are hoping that more people will see our campaign and donate to this very worthy cause.
Every week puppies are dumped at the public shelter in Bucov, sometimes with their mothers other times unaccompanied. The chances of their survival are very low, with the death rate of un-supported puppies hovering around 90%. Thanks to our amazing supporters, for example through our Austria Division and Pro-Dog Romania, we were able to improve conditions for some of the puppies in the shelter through building seperate puppy enclosures. These were sadly very quickly full to capacity and the number of puppies dieing is still very high, but for puppies that make it into the enclosure more than 10% now survive. But we wanted to do more.
This was one of the reasons Aniela, the founder and leader of Hope for Romanian Strays, dreamt of building her own shelter, her own sanctuary of hope. Again thanks to our supporters this dream has now become a reality and the Sanctuary of Hope is now a reality and in the process of being built. Already there are around 200 dogs that have been brought here, including many, many puppies. These are the lucky ones that are now able to grow up safe, out of the over-crowded and dangerous public shelter, and able to run and play.
The costs however of running this shelter and feeding this many dogs and puppies is high and we are constantly desperate for donations to pay the bills. The monthly rental for example if €2700 and a bag of 15kg food costs €35 (and we need many bags to feed the 200 dogs). These are large figures for a charity run entirely by volunteers and dependent on donations. It is disheartening this early on in the fullfilment of this dream to already be struggling so desperately to cover the costs. This sanctuary really is a small island of hope in a sea of despair and we need to fight bitterly to maintain this dream. This is why we are reaching out to each and everyone of our supporters to ask for help.
We need help now to pay for the food for the puppies, the elderly, the sick and disabled dogs that have been lucky enough to find a place at the sanctuary. We need people to make donations today but also to consider becoming regular donators. Perhaps you would like to sponsor one of the puppies or other vulnerable dogs? Perhaps you have friends who would love to help too? Please take a look at some of these images and open your purse to help these poor souls. Please also take a moment to share this blog post and our campaign images to reach a broader audience. It is only through increasing our number of supporters that we can really ever hope of increasing the amount we can do. So please donate but also help spread the word of the great work Hope for Romanian Strays does. #SavePuppies by sharing and donating via firstname.lastname@example.org