Category: Cats in need

Be my Valentine!

pizap-com14867248511831It is that time of year again when we are inundated with love and hearts, and those of us lucky to be in a relationship may look forward to romantic dinner and gifts.  For our cats and dogs in the Sanctuary however it will be just another normal day, a day of dreaming for a forever family and love.  In our Sanctuary we now have over 60 rescue cats, many of whom with medical conditions, and all of them desperate for their own home and their own “Valentine”.

We would like to use Valentine’s day to share some of the love that is going around with these cats.  We would invite you to become one of our cat’s “Valentine” and donate towards a “Valentine’s dinner” for one (or more!) of our kitties.  Through this fundraising drive we hope to raise enough funds not only to cover the cost of food for the kitties for the day but also help cover some other, exciting, costs that we have.

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Our exciting Valentine’s news is that 15 of our cats have been offered places in Germany!  However for these lucky ones we need to cover the cost of travel which is €100 per cat (preparation + transport).  This is a large sum of  money for a small charity like ourselves so we really need your support in helping pay for these cats to go to a better life in Germany, and subsequently free up space for other cats at the sanctuary.

So if you would like to do something good for Valentine’s why not offer to become one of our cats Valentine and donate towards them?  All we are asking for is €10 per cat and in exchange we will send you your very own “Valentine’s ecard” to say thank you.  You can help support our cats through donating via paypal: hopeforstrays.paypal@gmail.com and quote “Valentine’s Kitty”.

 

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Four years of Hope

30.08.16-8Four years ago the amazing rescue work that Aniela Ghita was doing was formalised through the foundation of the charity Hope for Romanian Strays.  She started her work on the streets in Romania and through the public shelter in Bucov and her goal, now the charities goal, is to try to save and rescue as many stray dogs as possible.

The situation for stray dogs in Romania was, and remains, dire.  Stray dogs are routinely killed in the most inhumane ways, for example through poison or clubbing to death, by dog catchers who are paid per dog, and last year around 300,000 stray dogs were killed in a cull.  Strays are also rounded up, again often in a very inhumane way resulting in trauma, and thrown into public shelters where they “live” in horrific conditions, often left to starve to death or die of illness and injury. 90% of puppies, for example, die in public shelters.

Fortunately the conditions in the Bucov shelter are better than in some others, in part thanks to the constant work and effort of Aniela and the charity over the last few years. That is not to say however that conditions are ideal – the shelter originally had a capacity of 700 and now homes around 1500 dogs, with new dogs dumped there daily.  As a result the conditions are incredibly over-crowded and there is not enough food for all the dogs.

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An elderly dog dumped this week at the shelter with little hope

 

As such one of the goals of the charity has been to work with the shelter administration to try to improve the conditions in the shelter.  The charity has been involved in improving conditions there through building new kennels and providing additional food and paying for vet care for injured shelter dogs. The other goals and activities of the charity include:

  • Find strays foster or forever homes
  • Organise and pay for sterilisations
  • Rescue inj
    ured or vulnerable dogs off the streets or from the public shelter
  • Provide food to shelter dogs
  • Improve shelter conditions e.g. through providing new kennels
  • Organise and pay for vet treatment for injured strays
  • Work with the local community to educate on the importance of animal welfare and steralisations
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Older puppies in one of the Hope for Romanian Strays funded enclosures

 

Over the last four years thanks to the amazing work of Aniela and our supporters the charity has accomplished an incredible amount.  Thousands of dogs have been helped, including hundreds who have been found forever homes outside of Romania. Many of these dogs are now living happy lives, full of love, in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and other EU countries.  Hundreds of dogs have also been sterilised thereby putting an end to the stray cycle.

But perhaps though one of the  highlights of this year has been the building of our Sanctuary of Hope.  It was Aniela’s dream for many years to be able to build her own sanctuary – a sanctuary of hope for the injured, sick, young and old dogs that had little hope in the large public shelter in Bucov. Work on the shelter finally started in Spring this year and the shelter now already houses around 200 of the most vulnerable dogs, including elderly dogs and mum’s with their puppies.

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Puppies enjoying life at the Sanctuary of Hope

30.08.16-2The hope that the sanctuary brings is not to be underestimated.  For the lucky 200 dogs that now call the shelter their home it really does mean life. Elderly dogs, for example, have little hope of survival in the public shelter.  Often they are pets that have been dumped and are ill equipped to deal with the packs in the shelter, and often get injured or starve as they cannot get to the food. Puppies can run around and play in safety, with no fear of being mauled by adult shelter dogs or catching one of the many diseases that are prevalent in the public shelter.

The sanctuary also houses our rescued cats.  Whilst the bulk of our work is focused on rescuing dogs, we do also rescue cats, who face an equally dire situation on the streets in Romania.  At the sanctuary they too can live safe and free of fear.  Of course just like the dogs our hope is always to find them their own forever homes, but until those homes are found they receive the love and care they deserve at the sanctuary.

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Ginger and “mini-me” both looking for homes

Running the sanctuary however costs money – rent alone costing €2700 and on top of that come the costs for food and vet bills.  For a small charity like Hope for Romanian Strays this is a huge amount of money but it is money that we simply have to find so that we can continue to offer these vulnerable animals safety and hope.  Our only way to raise these funds is through our amazing network of supporters and volunteers.  As part of our birthday celebration we also want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to you – to the individuals who work so tirelessly to raise funds and find homes, as well as the organisations like Pro Dog Romania.  Without you we could never have saved so many dogs.  Without you this charity would be nothing so please accept our gratitude and continue to support us!

If you would like to show your support for the work we do you can follow and support our activity on social media through the official Hope for Romanian Strays page Facebook page, through   Twitter and  Pinterest .

You can also help us celebrate our birthday by making a donation through paypal via: hopeforstrays.paypal@gmail.com.  Every penny goes to rescuing the dogs and the more donations we get the more dogs we can save … and there are hundreds that need our help! So please join us in our birthday celebration and help us raise birthday funds and help us carry on this vital work.  Thank you … and happy birthday Hope for Romanian Strays!

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Help more dogs and cats live in safety and peace by supporting Hope for Romanian Strays

 

 

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: 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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Ginger

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!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s raining cats and dogs

02.08.15-5I am probably starting to sound like a broken record but sadly things just do not change in Romania. We are yet again overwhelmed – but not just with puppies but also kittens and cats. Just as puppies get dumped at the shelter so do kittens. This is particularly bad for the kittens as the shelter is surrounded by stray dogs and their chances of getting attacked, injured and killed are very high. Fortunately we generally manage to get to them in time. We also rescue kittens we find on the streets or are asked for help from our vet or people in the area.