Category: Cats in need

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.

Saving lives by fostering – thank you ladies

15.09.14-1With all the sick, injured and young strays we try to help, one vital bit of support we could not do without is our foster carers.  Every foster place we have is a true blessing, but particularly in Romania.  Many animals are too sick or young to travel so having somewhere local where we can look after them is invaluable.  We thought therefore that it was time to introduce you to three amazing Romanian ladies who have saved so many lives – ladies Mioara, Octavia and Sylvia.  We are so blessed to know them and we are so grateful for all that they do to help us save Romanian strays.

Happy puppies checking out the food delivery

Happy puppies checking out the food delivery at Mioara’s

Puppies waiting for food

Puppies waiting for food

Lady Mioara has been, for over one year now, one of our silent colleagues, a very modest lady who chose to support us after we first helped her and her many dogs.  With her help we have saved many poor souls, difficult medical cases and also lots of babies rescued from shelter or from the street. Currently we have over 15 sweet souls in foster care with Mioara, including old and almost blind Mozart , 2 tiny new born puppies, 10 bigger puppies, and last but not least 4 rescued cats.

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One of lady Octavia’s foster puppies

A handful of puppy

A handful of puppy

Octavia is another fantastic lady, who we also first came in contact with when she reached out to us to help her with her own dogs and their puppies which she was struggle to support.  We helped to vaccinate and rehome most of them.  She is a wonderful lady with a big heart, and while she may not have much money herself she has opened her home and her yard to take in our foster cases.

One puppy claims his food

One puppy claims his food

Without our financial support she would not be able to do this.  But with our help she has so far fostered over 70 souls in need, mostly rescued puppies, saved from the shelter or street, some with their mummies others without.  She helps out of her love for animals and makes no financial profit (unlike some other fosters in Romania)  – for her the profit of helping animals far outweighs anything financial. Currently Octavia has over 20 little bundles of joy under her care – some of whom as you can see are quite mischievous!

Little lab like puppy wondering when she will find her forever home

Little lab like puppy wondering when she will find her forever home

Sylvia's foster kittens ... looking for mischief!

Sylvia’s foster kittens … looking for mischief!

Foster kitten ... waiting for a forever home

Foster kitten … waiting for a forever home

Silvia is also close to our heart and she is the great foster mommy that helped us save Andra, Cornel and many other souls ♥  As a new activity , our dear Silvia is fostering …cats!  As some of you may know we had a big emergency when foster mommy Laura had to leave the kitties in our care when she had to leave the country.  We were desperate but Silvia with Mioara together helped us make things possible, fostering with love all the souls that were in care of Laura before ♥  Without them we do not know what we could have done with the little kittens and puppies that were too young to travel or put into the shelter.   We are happy to say that sweet Diva, also known as Lottchen by now, traveled to Germany, where she will start a new wonderful life , just like it her sweet sister Queen.

Kitten cuteness looking for a home

Kitten cuteness looking for a home

One of Octavia's pups waiting for a forever home

One of Octavia’s pups waiting for a forever home

As part of our commitment to the poor stray and injured souls that we save, as well as these three wonderful ladies, we provide support through food donations, paying vaccinations and other vets bills.  We can only do this with support and donations from our supporters.  We need your help to fund their vaccinations and to find loving forever homes.

Will you help fund a kennel for me to keep me safe?

Will you help fund a kennel for me to keep me safe?

We also need to provide Octavia and Mioara some additional support.   Because they have a number of puppies in their care they have some issues with the neighbours.  The little puppies are noisy and love to play and run around in the front of the house. We would like to repair the fences, and build proper kennels and facilities for them at the  back of the houses.  As well as improving the conditions of the dogs this should also help keep the neighbours happy and thereby not jeopordise our foster care options.  This is a specific project that we need to fund and again we need supporters to help cover these costs.  Can you help?

It's not just puppies who need help - their mum does too

It’s not just puppies who need help – their mum does too

Finally all of these puppies and kittens will need forever homes once they have been vaccinated.  We need people to share our posts and our photos.  We need people to ask friends and family if they have room in their homes.  We need people to consider rescuing a Romanian Strays rather than buy a puppy from a breeder.  These little guys need your help.  They deserve happy, forever homes, outside of a country which has abused them and a country where they have no future.

Please show your support for our three amazing foster angels.  Support us in helping them through donating for the puppies and kittens in their foster care and in helping to find them forever homes.  Join us in saluting these wonderful ladies by making a donation to support Mioara, Octavia and Sylvia.  Donate via paypal mentioning their names through hopeforstrays@yahoo.com or contact us if you can home one of these wonderful rescues.  Thank you!

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Puppies checking out donated food

Puppies checking out donated food

I dream of my own forever home - will you help?

I dream of my own forever home – will you help?

Kittens looking for sponsors and forever homes

These kittens were by foster mommy Laura after being dumped with as newborn and now that they are big enough to be vaccinated we are trying to find sponsors to help them with their veterinary expenses but also a warm loving family to take good care of them
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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.