Category: Cats in need

Special needs strays – happy endings

Hope for Romanian Strays often has to step in the rescue and save injured and abused strays.  Our team of volunteers on the ground will never walk by an injured animal and just leave it to die alone in pain.  Often we come across this poor animals by the side of the road and at other times we get calls from locals who know we will help.  We have numerous examples of these, such as Mishu the dog found with head trauma in a coma by the side of the road, to Allegra, one of the rare survivors of this summer’s mass poisoning of street dogs.  We always take these poor souls into our care, take them to the vets and we thanks to generous donations we pay for their medical care.Amongst some of these rescues we also then find injured animals that need more than just nursing back to health but also require ongoing treatment and special care.  Again we do not abandon them just because they will be more work or effort, or because they will require more financial support.  We stand by these dogs too and do all we can to help them, but then also to find them a forever home, with people who can provide them with the ongoing care they need.

Within the last few weeks a couple of our special needs dogs have left Romania to go to new foster or forever homes in Austria and Germany and so we wanted to share some of their stories, and their happy endings.

Mishu

When we first found Mishu he was more dead than alive, and we did not know if he would survive and if he did survive if he would ever fully recover.  Slowly though he came round and started to get better, but at first with some difficulties in walking and orientating himself.  It was a slow, and expensive process, but Mishu was such a fighter and had such a strength of character that he pulled through and made a full recovery.  When he was fully recovered we found Mishu a foster home with a wonderful lady called Anna, in Austria, where he was a pure joy to watch.  He was a fantastic, bundle of energy and joy and you would never have known how close to death he had been.  We then found him a forever home with an Austria family, but unfortuantely after just one week they decided he was too “puppy like” and returned him into foster care.  We were devasted, and very angry with the family for having adopted a young dog and not had the presence of mind to think things through.  We were also worried about the emotional effect this would have on a young dog who had already been through so much.  Fortunately however we found Mishu another – permanent – forever home and he showed us just how amazing a dog he really is.  He adapted with his new situation and carried on being a pure joy – showing no negative effects of all the bad luck he had been through.  Mishu had a very tough start to life, and went through so much bad luck, but we stuck by him and he provided us with insipiration to carry on helping other dogs like him – in a way he stuck by us too!

Mishu pre-adoption

Mishu pre-adoption

Mishu enjoying life at his new home

Mishu enjoying life at his new home

Mishu today

Mishu today

Allegra

A few months ago I wrote about the mass poisoning of strays (and unlucky pets outside at the wrong time) which was very upsetting for all of us.  Now of course we are braceing for the next round of mass killings, including more mass poisonings and beatings, thanks to the recent law change in Romania which has provided the death knell for thousands of strays.  We wish we had more happy endings to share from these incidents but unfortauntely we only have one.  Allegra was one of the few dogs we managed to find alive post-poisoning.  We rushed her and the other few to vet for emergency treatment and did all we could to help.  Unfortunately she was the only survivor which was devastating and really demoralising.  It is fortunate therefore that we have found her a forever home, and she has now left the country that tried to poison her to death.  She is now safe and happy in her new home, far away from Romania.

Allegra in her new forever home

Allegra in her new forever home

Jenny

We found Jenny on the way to the clinic to visit Mia – she had been hit by a car and was badly injured. Unfortuantely the vet was unable to rescue her leg as it was so damaged, so it was amputated.  Jenny was naturally very scared and shy but she was also a lovely sweet little character and recovered from her ordel.  Jenny has now been found a forever home where she is thriving and very happy, dispite only having three legs.  She is now part of a family and faces a happy, bright future that had we not found her by the roadside she would never have had – in fact she would probably have died a very painful death, there by the roadside.

Jenny post-op

Jenny post-opJenny with 3-legs recovering from surgery

 
Jenny with 3-legs recovering from surgery
Jenny in her new home

Jenny in her new home

Jenny in her new home

Jenny in her new home

Anda

Anda came to us last year extremely emaciated and very ill.  It turned out Anda was a special needs dog with health and digestive issues, which meant she needed a special diet in order to survive.  This meant that Anda needs specialist food which is very expensive.  We raised money through our supporters over the last year and Anda was able to put on weight and return to relative health.  However Anda can only ever eat special food and will always have health issues so requires special ongoing care.  She is however a lovely gentle lady who we swore to stand by and we continued to raise funds for her care.  We are overjoyed then when a very special family came forward to adopt her and opened their home to her, and will provide for her and give her the care she needs for the rest of her life.

Anda then and now

Anda then and now

These are just some of the happy stories we have to share from our special needs dogs over the last year.  Each one required additional support and more care than a normal stray, and each one sapped our very limited financial resources.  Thanks to our supporters and donations from around the world however we were able to rescue these special dogs, and provide them with the support and care they needed until they found forever homes.  Each one of these dogs would have died in pain and alone had we not stepped in and each penny we spent on them was worthwhile.  Each one of these dogs is now happy with new families outside of Romania, and making their new families very happy and showering them with unconditional love.

But these are the happy endings – we still have many dogs in need of these happy endings, and we also currently have some special needs dogs that need ongoing support and forever homes.  Here are few of their stories and at the end of the post you can see how you can help them.

Odin

Odin was a big chap that we found walking the streets with a severe skin condition.  He was very skinny and in a very bad way, and given his size, potentially a problem to care for.  However we did not let this put us off so we took him into care and got treatment for him and started to help build him up.  Like most of the strays we rescue he was taken to the shelter (we ourselves do not have facilities to home most of the dogs).  Due to his size and the fact that we had rescued him off the street we were concerned however in putting him in with the general stray population at the shelter – he would be a clear target for a dominant pack and would undoubtably be attacked and end up injured.  The answer was that he has his own little dog house but that he has to be chained up outside.  He is now nearly fully recovered from his illness but we really hated seeing him chained up but had no other solution for him.   Fortuantely one of our supporters managed to find him a place at a local shelter in Koblenz.  He is still receiving treatment (we sent him off to his new shelter with a whole batch of medication so they would not have to pay for his treatment) and is safe out of Romania.  He is however still in a shelter and deserves a new home so we really hope that someone in or near Koblenz falls in love with this gentle giant and gives him the forever home he deserves.  So if you know anyone with room for a recovered gentle giant please let us know!

Odin when we found him

Odin when we found him

Odin recovered in the Romanian shelter

Odin recovered in the Romanian shelter

Odin recovering

Odin recovering

Foxy

Foxy is another special needs dog who is also still looking for a forever home.  We found Foxy and her sister Fanny in the shelter, bother emaciated and clearly very ill.  We took them out of the shelter and paid for them to stay at the vets receiving treatment.  Fanny made a great recovery and was able to return to the shelter.  Foxy however remained critical and fighting for her life.  She as extremely ill and had huge difficulty eating and putting on weight.  We perserved and never gave up on her and slowly she recovered.  She is still a frail dog but we have now got her into paid foster care where she is safe for the time being.  We also would love to find her a forever home where she can receive the love and care she needs.  Again let us know if you know anyone who could take this little angel.

Foxy at the vets

Foxy at the vets

Skinny Foxy

Skinny Foxy

Foxy today

Foxy today

Mila

Whilst most of our work is with stray dogs we help any animal in need, including cats like Mila.  Like so many of our special needs cases Mila had been involved in an accident and had been hit by a car.  Badly injured Mila had been left by the roadside to die but we found her and took her to the vets.  At first it was touch and go as she was so badly injured but slowly she recovered.  Sadly one of her eyes was so badly damaged it had to be removed, meaning it will be far harder to find Mila a forever home.  We currently have her in foster care, and given that she now only has one eye, she can not be returned to the street, so we really do need to find her a home.  We hope that someone out there will take pity on this poor, rather scruffy, lady and give her a warm forever home, off the street, where she will be safe.  In the meantime we continue to pay for her care and pay off her vet’s bills which were substantial.

Mila when we found her

Mila when we found her

Mila today

Mila today

Miracle puppy

This little lady is our very latest rescue.  Found wondering inside the shelter amongst the big dogs, this tiny puppy had clearly been attacked and was in a bad way. We have now taken her out of the shelter, she is receiving medical care, and is being fostered by our founder Aniela.  We do not yet know the outcome, and she may lose her eye, but she is receiving the best care and we will do all we can to see that she has a bright future.  We will need to pay for her current and future treatment to get her fit and healthy and then once she has recovered, and grown big and strong we will try to find her a forever home.

OUr latest special needs case - a tiny puppy

OUr latest special needs case – a tiny puppy

If you would like to help her or any of our special needs aniamls, or help us pay off some of their treatment please donate via paypal: hopeforstrays@yahoo.com or via bank transfer.  Every little helps and these special needs animals’ vet’s bills tend to be quite substantial.  Please support us so that we can continue to be there for these animals that would otherwise have nobody.  Please continue to share our post and our photos with friends and family and your social networks – each of our happy endings is thanks to someone sharing a photo or a story with friends and family.  Finally if you know anyone who could take one of our special needs rescues please contact us at hopeforstrays@yahoo.com

Thank you!

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Don interviews rescue kitty Jack

Hello all – Don here with Jack, one of Hope for Romanian Strays’s happy tails cats.

Jack as a kitten before he found his forever home

 

Don: Hello Jack, thank you for taking the time to talk to us today. Could you perhaps start by telling us a little about your younger days and how it is that ended up with Hope for Romanian Strays?

Jack: Hmmm where should I start?  I was just a tiny baby when I first met my foster mom Aniela, in the house were I was born.  At that time she was not yet part of an organisation, she was just a lady who was trying to help another lady. Our mom at that time mixed things up and her so called love for animals was soon transformed into a big problem.  She did not have my parents “done” and soon the number of us grew and grew and she was unable to take care of so many souls.  Without proper veterinary care and food, most of my cousins died there but our generation was lucky to survive because our rescue mom Aniela understood the problem and she started our veterinary treatments straight away.  To give you a general idea of how difficult that was let me tell you that we were over 40 kitties in only one room and only half of us survived, the newborns dying one by one.  Only 3 of the little babies at that time survived and those are lucky indeed because Bitza and Smokey got adopted and Picky is still with mom Aniela.

Jack with his brothers and sisters when they all still young and homeless

Don: Gosh – that’s quite some story! But you have now found not one but two forever homes?! I hear you had one family adopt you but you were so popular that a visiting family decided they wanted to take you with them. Is this true?!

Jack: Because she loves us all and she wants us to be happy mom Aniela did her best to promote us all for adoption. Petry found me on a Romanian site and she decided suddenly to adopt me for her mom, who recently lost one tomcat that she loved and spoiled.  Everything was ok but when I arrived at the new place I found there was already kitty there, so I was a little bit shocked because I thought I was going to be the only kitty there.  They told me that the kitty is also a rescue and that she will leave soon for a new home in Italy, were the sister of my new Romanian mom is living, but no, I didn’t wanted to listen to that!  During this time, the Italian family who wanted to adopt the kitty heard about my adoption in Romania and they had a chat with my new Romanian mom until they all agreed: the other rescue kitty will remain with my Romanian mom because they love each other already and they can’t be seperated.  I meanwhile will travel to Italy with my new family, who came all the way from Italy to pick me up – if you can believe it!

Don: Oh my cat you are moving to Italy then? Well that should be lovely. Are you excited about becoming an Italian kitty then?

Jack: Oh yes I am. I hear they have fabulous ham over there and are real foodies so I am looking forward to some great nosh. After my early days where there were so many of us around the food bowls it will be great to have my own bowl – but especially if it is full of Italian delicatessen!

Don: Now of course you were not always called Jack were you?

Jack: No you are right – I was actually originally called Beau. Whilst that was a lovely name (and I am a very handsome kitty so it did suit me) I felt that as I was moving to Italy I needed a name that added a certain amount of gravitas but would also distinguish me a bit more from the local Italian cats. My new family suggested Jack which I think has a slight debonair yet serious ring to it – perfect for my new life I think.

Jack ready for his journey to his forever home in Italy

Don: Yes Jack certainly is a great name. Now one final question which I just have to ask – how do you feel as a boy kitty having a rather girly pink collar?

Jack: Oh Don I knew you would ask that! It is actually quite funny because a few people have commented on my collar but I have a couple of answers for you. Firstly of course there is the fact that my little sister, now your sister, Baby, is wearing a blue collar which makes me feel that the male female colour thing really is no longer quite so relevant. The other reason is that as I am off to a very style conscious country I really needed to look very with it and fashionable and pink is this season’s must-wear colour for collars. I think I look quite dashing in pink – don’t you think?

Don: Indeed you do Jack! Well that’s it from me – thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me today. Do you have any final words you would like to share?

Jack: Thank you Don and thank you for giving me this opportunity to share my story. I would like to also say a massive thank you to Hope for Romanian Strays for rescuing me and then for finding me a forever home. Without them I would be out on the streets now and possibly even dead. They do such a good job and are in fact still looking after 15 other cats – some of them my brothers and sisters – and are trying really hard to find them good forever homes too. Maybe someone reading this interview would like to give one of them a home – or at least contribute to their upkeep until they find a home? That really would be great!

Jack’s sisters and cousins still waiting for forever homes

 

Jack’s brothers and cousins still waiting for forever homes

 

Hello I’m Baby and I’m a rescue kitten

Hello, my name is Baby and I am a little black lady kitten living in Romania.  I was born a few months ago into a house full of other cats and kittens but I was the smallest and scaredest of the lot.  The place where I was living was very busy and noisy and it would have been really tough to live there forever.  The humans who owned the place started off taking in just a few cats but they did not get them “done” and soon there were more and more cats.  Of course I cannot grumble as I am here as a result of their neglect and my story will hopefully have a happy ending!  But the story may not have ended so happily for me and it is still uncertain for my brothers and sisters.

 

I’m scared!

My story started to take a positive turn when a lovely lady was called in by my humans to help them.  She works for Hope for Romanian Strays and made sure that we all got to see the vet and that we all got “done”.  I was so little I needed extra vitamins and stuff – and to be honest I am not sure I would have made it without the extra help I got.  Hope for Romanian Strays then started to look for forever homes for us – and we were a very large family I must say!  Some of the gang were lucky and found homes quickly but the rest of us did not and so we were left together.  This was ok until the human decided that she no longer wanted us and she wanted to go on holiday!!  We were told that we would all be out on the streets by the end of the week!!!

 

Again the lovely lady from Hope for Romanian Strays stepped in.  There was another push to find us forever homes . . . and I got lucky!!! One of the volunteers in a country called Switzerland offered to take me rather than see me out on the streets.  I was so excited when I heard the news but also very nervous.  I have never heard of Switzerland and I am worried that I will miss my brothers and sisters.  Apparently I will have a new brother – but will he like me?  I hear he is a very popular chap but I do not know how he feels about having a sister.  He is a rescue cat too so I hope he understands what I have gone through.

Two of my brothers who still need forever homes

 

I will also be really sad to leave my brothers and sisters behind.  The lovely lady has taken them into temporary shelters but they cannot stay in their play pens forever and really need forever homes.  I have two weeks left with them and I am giving them lots of headbonks and cuddles while we are still together.  Once I am in Switzerland I am going to try really hard to find them forever homes.  Maybe my new big brother can help?  Maybe you can help too?  Perhaps if you shared their photos and their story someone out there will find a small little place in their homes and hearts for them?  Or perhaps you can help the lovely lady with funding so she can support my brothers and sisters until they find a forever home?  We are lovely kittens and all we want is to find a forever home and love and be loved.

 

My brother Paco – looking for a home

The beautiful but homeless Diva

My sister Ella – looking to love someone