Category: Dogs in need

Little help can make big things possible!

       From the very first days of spring we started the big plans for making a little easier somehow the life of our dogs in sanctuary and public shelter. As you all know by now big plans cannot be realized only with big hopes and big results in rescue are only possible with big amounts of money spent for everything needed daily to help our dogs : daily food for all dogs and cats in our care, daily veterinary care for all souls that cannot survive without proper medical care ( vaccination, castration, medical care for sick or wounded dogs ), maintenance/construction of kennels/doghouses     

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            We are forever grateful to all the amazing friends and donors that make our daily work possible but the sad reality is that situation of romanian strays it is not getting better, more and more souls are abandoned daily , from small newborns who have no real chance to survive without their mom to sad oldies that are left behind without no mercy by those who should offer them protection and love .

            We need  help for making possible more sterilisations , more adoptions, more vaccinations, more kennels, more doghouses , more improvments for making their life easier while they are forced to live in locked kennels for being away from the street.

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            As an answer to your questions I have to say that at the moment our dogs are promoted for adoption trough german/austrian/swiss partners and volunteers who made possible their presence in german photo gallery. We only have few happy tails adopted in UK trough trustful friends that helped us save them out but without the support of a legal founded organization that can help us with homechecks/ contracts/post adoption controls, we cannot  promote our dogs in UK in a better and safe way, we apologise for that.

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          With over 300 dogs in care at the sanctuary and other hundreds of dogs cared in public shelter, our time online is limited to minimum and that is why we cannot keep up with our blog activity but we are more than happy to receive your help and messages, thank you so much for your trust and care.

          Big thank you to all beautiful people that donated for our dogs helped us start the new season with new castration campaigns , new vaccinations campaign in both shelters, new builded kennels, new doghouses, new materials , new castration campaigns and of course new rescued/adopted souls!

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

 

 

Support us and #SavePuppies

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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.

31.07.16-3Every 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.

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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.

31.07.16We 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 hopeforstrays.paypal@gmail.com

Thank you!

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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.