Category: Fundraising

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!

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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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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My birthday wish

Puppies in desperate need of food

Puppies in desperate need of food

In a few days it will be my birthday, and not just any birthday but my 40th birthday.  If I could have any wish fulfilled for my birthday it would be an end to the torment and abuse of stray dogs and cats in Romania.  It would be that finally these dogs find homes and that the conditions in the shelters are humane and the dogs are loved and cared for.  It would be that dogs, and cats, no longer get abused, starved and beaten to death, and left by roadsides to die in terrible agony.

Sadly that is a wish that will not be fulfilled this year and so I have a smaller wish – I wish for funds to help save dogs in Romania.  I wish for funds to help cover the emergency vet costs.  Funds to cover the vaccinations needed for puppies.  Funds to help feed the dogs, including the puppies, so that they have the strength to survive the bitter cold winter and do not starve to death.  Funds to cover urgently needed materials to build additional enclosures at the shelter so that the dogs do not need to live in such over-crowded kennels and so that we have more space for mother’s with their puppies.  I think  that is a simpler wish and one which I hope some of you reading this will grant me.

Mum dumped, tranquilised at the shelter in the middle of giving birth. We have nomore room for them

Mum dumped, tranquilised at the shelter in the middle of giving birth. We have nomore room for them

If 50 people donated €10 we would have €500 or if I wish really big 100 people donating €10 to give us €1000.  Whilst this sum would only be a drop in the ocean of what is desperately needed it would still be a drop that will save numerous lives.  For the individual dogs that will benefit from these donations the granting of this wish will change their world and give them a hope for the future.  €10 is not that much – it is the cost of a cocktail or a cheap bottle of wine, or the cost of a small jar of nail varnish or the cost of a small box of chocolates.  In fact €10 really does not buy you that much these days but it could still save a life – and that is priceless.

 

Overcrowded conditions in the shelter

Overcrowded conditions in the shelter

And so it is that I reach out to you on this November day and ask if you could find that €10 to donate to help grant my birthdday wish?  Could you spare that €10 and do something really good with it? Can you forsake that cocktail and help save a dog instead? €10 is not much but to some it is the world.  Donate that €10 to Hope for Romanian Strays, via paypal account hopeforstrays@yahoo.com, and help the stray dogs.  Thank you.

One of the puppies we rescued - now wreaking havoc in foster care like a normal puppy should. We have no more foster places left for other puppies though

One of the puppies we rescued – now wreaking havoc in foster care like a normal puppy should. We have no more foster places left for other puppies though