Category: Dogs in need

New Fundraiding Auction date set – 10th June 2013

UPDATE: Due to time constraints we have had to delay the auction until June.


We have now set a date for our Fundraising Auction – it will start on May 22nd – so save the date! There are some really interesting pledges ranging from a professional pet photography session, to more business oriented things like a days worth of strategy consulting, to some great jewellery items and handmade toiletries. The items have been pledged by people across the world to help us raise funds for the dogs in the shelter in Romania and to help pay off vets bills.

We would like to raise a substantial amount of money so that we can make some real differences in the shelter and in particular so we can give puppies and weaker dogs a fighting chance of survival. Unfortunately most of our donations go straight to pay off our vets bills as we have a constant stream of dogs, and the odd cat, that we need to take out of the shelter for medical care or that we rescue injured from the road side. The sad reality is that most animals here if they are injured are just left to die in agony – when we see this we cannot just ignore them. This is why this auction is so important.

We hope that by having a specific event like this we can for once get a chunk of money together which we can use for a specific project, namely improving shelter conditions. You can contribute to this by sharing our auction event and there is also still plenty of time to donate things to the auction. Have a rummage through your drawers and cupboards – most of us have things that we do not really use and which someone else might value. Old jewellery or an unused Christmas gift or perhaps you have a particular skill which people might bid for. It is very easy to pledge items – just contact us at hopeforstrays or email with an image and information of your item. We will then post it on the auction page and once the final bid is in and we have received the money will we will let you know and then you can send or release the item to the bidder. Simple!  To look at items already pledged you can visit the auction page:

So remember:

1. Look for items for the auction

2. Share the auction event with your friends and family

3. Bid on items you like As always thank you on behalf of all the dogs that we help.

Stray dogs and puppies in the shelter - help us provide better conditions for them

Stray dogs and puppies in the shelter – help us provide better conditions for them


It has been a very tough winter in Romania, in particular for the puppies in the shelter.  There is a 90% mortality rate for puppies in the general shelter where they succumb to disease, starvation and cold, or they get attacked, injured and killed by the adult dogs.  The conditions in the shelter are heartbreaking, with our volunteers finding new dead and dying dogs with each visit, while the survivors huddle in the mud and snow. It would be so much easier to turn a blind eye and walk away rather go to visit and be subjected to such misery, but our visits can mean life or death to so many dogs we cannot do that.

Through all this bleakness however are happy stories and there is always hope and it is this, along with the possibility of alleviating some of the animals’ misery, that keeps us going.  Recently we have taken in a large number of puppies, in some cases stopping people at the shelter gates and offering to pay for the animals upkeep if they can keep them in their care until we can find them homes.  This of course uses up our precious resources but we have no choice – watching as people abandon the puppies at the shelter means inevitably means watching the puppies die and we cannot do this.  We have also taken particularly ill or weak puppies out of the shelter into care and we are working with the shelter to try to encourage them to create separate areas for puppies and weak dogs.

All of this takes resources however and as always we have very limited funds and are 100% dependent on donations.  Every cent goes to the animals – whether it be to vaccinate puppies, get adult dogs neutered or pay for vet bills; we make no profit nor do we take any money as “admin” fees.  We donate our time and love and we are grateful to everyone who can donate even a few Euros to help us carry on this work.

And it is worth it!  Looking at some of the dogs we have rescued and found homes for (post coming soon) and watching the puppies we have found foster care for outside of the shelter grow and play is a huge reward.  To be able to carry on funding this vital work we have now launched a fundraiser and will be starting various activities to try to raise more funds – to pay off our mounting debts with the local vets but also to pay for improved conditions in the shelter and more care for these poor souls left to fend for themselves in the most appalling conditions.  Please join us in raising funds – donate via paypal ( or bank, share our posts and stories, or contact us to find out how you can help.

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The Don interviews puppies Prince and Princess

Hello.  The Don here.  Today I will be chatting to Prince and Princess, two young puppies abandoned and left to die at the gates of the local shelter in Romania.






Don:  hello you two.  How are you two pups today?

Prince:  We are doing okay thank you Mr. The Don

Don : Oh you can just call me Don little guy!  So can you tells us what you guys are up to at the moment?

Prince: We are now living in foster care with Auntie Aniela where we get special care and extra attention.

Don: So how did you end up there?  Do you like it there?

Princess:  Oh yes!!  We love it here. We are so much happier then before.  I was so, so scared before we came here.

Prince: Yes we had a really tough start.  We got taken away from our mum and then dumped at this shelter place.  It was very scary and dangerous.  We were so tiny and were just left there with all the big dogs who eyed us up and I am sure some of them were looking at us and thinking about biting us . . .

Princess:  Oh yes they were definitely a few big nasty dogs at the shelter who wanted to hurt us!

Prince: So anyway as I was saying . . . it was really not a good place for tiny little pups like us.  There was also the danger that being in the shelter but being so young we would get ill because we were not vaccinated against anything and we were too weak to survive being ill.

Princess:  It was so scary!

Prince: Yes and I was worried because I was too little to be able to protect myself and my little tiny sister.  I do not know what would have happened if we would have been left in the shelter in amongst all the big dogs.  I do not think we would still be alive now.  One poor puppy last week had to get taken to the vets because he got attacked by the big dogs.

Don: Oh no really?

Princess:  Yes – really! Little tiny puppies like us do not have much of a chance unaided in the shelter.  Sad but true.


Injured puppy

Injured puppy

Don:  That really is sad.  But Hope for Romanian Strays intervened right? They came and got you out of there and got you into foster care because you were especially small?

Princess: That’s right Mr Don!  And now we are being looked after by another rescue puppy – Crissie.  She was also rescued as a tiny little puppy, dumped at the shelter gates, very sick.  They really did not think she would make it she was so ill – she had a very nasty skin infection that led to open sores.  But Crissie is an incredibly strong and brave girl and she pulled through despite all the odds!

Don:  That’s lovely.  So Crissie is all better now?

Princess: Yes she is – she went through lots and lots of pain and had Aniela not been there to care for her she would have died in terrible pain all alone on the street.  But because of all the love and support of Aniela and funding from donations to Hope for Romanian Strays Crissie is now better and will grow up into a beautiful brave lady. She’s my heroine and I hope I can be as brave and strong as she is.

Prince:  Yes she has really looked after us, plays with us and makes sure we are okay.  We are still very young and little so it is good to have a bigger puppy like Crissie keeping an eye on us . . .

Princess:  … And she shows us some of the best toys and tricks when Aniela isn’t looking!

Prince:   Shhhhhh Princess that is supposed to be a secret!


Very ill Crissie (the blue is disinfectant for the wounds)

Very ill Crissie (the blue is disinfectant for the wounds)

Crissie better and out for a little walk

Crissie better and out for a little walk

Don: So you guys are really in good hands then!

Prince:  Yes we are – both Aniela and Crissie will make sure nothing happens to us and will hold our paws when we need to get our vaccines and Auntie Aniela will then try to find us good forever homes so we do not have to go back to the shelter when we are bigger.

Princess:  Oh I hope we do not ever, ever have to go back to the big horrid scary shelter!  There are so so many big dogs there- who also all need good homes – but for puppies like us really is not a good place to be.

Don:  No I can imagine.  It is so sad that there are so many amazing young (and old) dogs stuck in such a sad and cold place.  All they want is to share their love.

Prince:  That is true.  But thanks to Hope for Romanian Strays they at least now they get some food and veterinary care.  And they sponsor programmes to get some of the mummy and daddy dogs neutered so that there are less little puppies like us in such a desperate place.  Unfortunately there are so many dogs to help and so much work to do and Hope for Romanian Strays is totally dependent on help from donations and volunteers, like your mum Don.

Don:  Yes that is true.  So can you tell us if there are any plans to try to do something for all the other puppies in the shelter?  You guys were of course lucky because you were so tiny and young that you got a chance at foster but there are so many other puppies in the shelter struggling to survive.

Puppies in the shelter

Puppies in the shelter

Puppies in the shelter

Puppies in the shelter

Puppies in the shelter with big dogs

Puppies in the shelter with big dogs

Prince:  Yes – in the Spring when the ground thaws Hope for Romanian Strays has managed to get the shelter to agree for them to set up a special puppy compound separate from the big dogs.  This will mean that more puppies will have a chance of growing up safely and not get bitten and attacked by the big dogs.  All these puppies will then get neutered and vaccinated so that there will be less stray puppies in future.

Princess: Yes that is the dream.  We really hope that more people will start to donate and help out.  There is so much good that can be done and a little money goes a very long way here in Romania.  Unlike in other countries were people respect animals, here many people do not and out on the streets we are beaten and left to die or just dumped, like we were.  If it were not for the few people like Aniela and the volunteers, many more dogs would die in terrible pain and agony.  The charity does so much but it is constantly in debt as the donations rarely cover the costs needed just for basic aid.

Don:   This is so sad.  So what you are saying is that more donations and support are needed?

Prince: Yes!  If every person who hears about us donated just €10 we could build our puppy shelter – how amazing would that be!

Princess:  That would be soooooo amazing!  And maybe somebody reading this would like to give us a home when we are bigger and old enough to travel!  I would love to go live somewhere like Germany or the UK.  That would be so exciting!

Don:  Or of course Switzerland where I live!  Well thank you both for taking the time out of your busy play schedule to share your story – and your dreams.  Let’s hope that some people reading this decide to help out – and of course let’s also hope that you guys, and the other puppies in the shelter, all find loving homes out of the cold.

Prince:  Thank you Mr Don . . .

Princess:  … And thank you to anyone who shares our story and supports us!

Princess with a new coat to keep her warm

Princess with a new coat to keep her warm


Prince snug and warm in foster care

Prince snug and warm in foster care


You can help puppies like Prince and Princess by sharing this post and other Hope for Romanian Stray posts; by donating (paypal: or best of all by fostering or adopting one of the many homeless puppies.

Puppies from our local shelter want to live too

08 July 2012 – new visit day at the shelter, new babies found at the gate outside the shelter :(…2 lovely scared boys left on the street, outside the shelter…2 little sweet souls abandoned

2 lovely scared boys abandoned at the gate of the local shelter

07 July 2012 – 3 of the babies from the shelter that started veterinary treatments today……we don’t know if they will survive, but we need to give them a chance…and they are only 3…so many others there needing a chance but not enough resources to make it possible…we must choose all the time and this time we choosed them…please pray with us for them to live

3 lovely musketeers from the local shelter

I choosed to make them pictures because i want my friends to see and know that we are trying to do something more with the donations received from you for a case or the other….

The shelter babies, the shelter dogs, they are the unseen face of our rescue mission…I avoided for so many time to go there, to see them , to face this reality….The local shelters are places were death is a common thing 😦

I am still far from being a shelter daily visitor because my job doesn’t allow me to be there in their schedule time, but thanks to a wonderful lady from here , i start to get used with this reality and i cry less trying to do more to help them…

We created today a special chipin for shelter babies….We will try to treat them step by step, but we can’t guarantee that they will live long enough to be promoted for adoption…For many it may seem to be a lost cause but i dear to believe that we can do something to help them …So please, if you can help us , any penny can make the difference for them

If you can help us to help them, please do not hesitate to contact us :
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