Category: News – Hope for Strays

MIRON – SAVED FROM A LIFE ON THE CHAIN

Last winter a call for help arrived from Romania. Miron, our big boy, had an inquiry from a man who wanted to get Miron as guard dog. For Miron this would have meant a life in shackles.

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Aniela called us in despair and luckily we just had found for another big guy, who lived at our foster place, a home recently. So the place for “the big boy” was free again and we didn’t bother to take Miron.

In the beginning, everything was fine but after a few weeks Miron showed aggressive behaviour towards some of our dogs – we had to seperate him from the others which is very sad because we live with our dogs like a big family – all together in our old farm house.

Miron has his own kennel and he is very modest: The only important thing for him seems to be a place, where he can lay around and enjoy the summer sun. Towards people, even strangers, he is absolutely nice, loves to be cuddled and brushed.

So, still we are trying to find a nice place to live for him. Sometimes it takes a while but we are sure that his big day will come! Although we are not happy with the circumstances that he has to live alone in a kennel we know that this is better than living on a chain for the rest of his life. And Micha takes him for long walks every day into the forest which he enjoys muchly. You wouldn’t imagine but big Miron indeed loves to hunt – he is on the leash, don’t worry, but sometimes Micha needs lots of power to get hold of Miron who wants to run after deer.

This week we make another try and publish a small article about him – maybe the right person will show up – fingers crossed for teddy bear Miron! He deserves a real home so much!

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07/08 July – “Take me Home” Adoption Event

After 6 years as active volunteers in public shelter we are still trying to figure out what we should do better for being able to stop the terrible bad phenomenon of abandon , how we can become more visible to the locals here to make them understand somehow that life in shelter it shouldn’t be an option for a soul to whom they  promised a good life in their family

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After the positive outcome of our adoption outdoor events in summer of 2017, our very first Adoption Event for 2018 was scheduled in the same time with the International Canine Expo hosted by the city hall, 07-08 July 2018.

We started with big hopes and with a bunch of abandoned babies, lovely young souls dumped in public shelter between 04-06 July , the selection being made with the thought that last arrived puppies represent the first priority for going out before they risk to be contaminated with parvovirosis or other bad virus , so common in all big groups of puppies.

The numbers are relative since we continue to receive daily new abandoned babies at the shelter but we must say that our adoption event was a total surprise , a very good surprise for us  and our puppies since we were able to make 23 happy adoptions in two days , 20 beautiful families came to the adoption event with a special purpose : to take home with them one puppy from shelter , for being able to save them from a life in kennels! And yes, only 20 families for 23 puppies simply because 3 amazing young  came to adopt one puppy and left home with two , isn’t this great?

After two days out of the shelter with our puppies we are glad to say that we met beautiful people that came at the park especially for our dogs, they came to adopt and those that couldn’t adopt came with food donations and even with money donations for our dogs in shelter ! It is a change, a great change that we could see and feel no that we can compare this adoption event with the very first adoption event organized in July 2017. We are glad to say that we didn’t expected such great results, we didn’t realized so far that so many good people follow our work and want to help !

With the big hope that this is only the beginning of a good summer for our beauties that will be present at the future adoption events , we want to say big thank you to all those people that  came to adopt, to donate, to meet us and we promis that we will be back in few weeks !

 

 

Special thank you to the beautiful sponsor Royal Canin for offering us special adoption kits and toys that we could offer as adoption gift to adopted babies in first day , we are glad to say that the number of adoption was much biger than the number of kits simply because we didn’t expected so many good people at our event , that is why many babies left home with toys offered as a gift by our beautiful donors from Germany !

Forever grateful and always proud to be able to work with the great team from Prodog Romania e.V, Germany, the team that makes possible rescue of so many dogs from public shelter , the team that does everything possible for the shelter dogs here on the ground, the team who offered to every single puppy adopted this week the great gift of survival: FREE VETERINARY CARE IN THE FIRST YEAR OF LIFE ( free vaccination kit, free medical care if anything goes wrong after their first period in shelter and free castration at proper age )

As we always said it : TOGETHER WE ARE STRONG !

Thank you for all your support, thank you for believing in their chance and thank you for making everything possible to help us go further ! Please remember that you can help us too and your donation is always welcome in any of our official accounts!

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Hope for Romanian Strays Accounts:
Paypal: hopeforstrays.paypal@gmail.com
Euro Acc: RO24RZBR0000060014905466
Swift Code: RZBR ROBU
Ron Acc: RO30RZBR0000060014905455

 

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Grandma May – a little old dog you can hardly describe in words

Just over a year ago I saw this little old creature. She was abandoned in public shelter by those that were supposed to be her humans , blind, deaf and otherwise in bad shape. With the first view it was clear that Grandma May (I became her godmother and was allowed to choose the name) is “my dog” and has to come to me.
Together with Gertrude I could convinced Aniela that Grandma May was allowed to travel to me. Aniela did everything to make me aware of my responsibility. “You know that she is very old”. Yes I know. Sometimes she barks without reason and does not stop. No problem. Maybe she will not live much longer. Yes that can be. And she also has to pee more often than younger dogs. Also no problem for me … and so on and on…

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So in August 2017 Grandma May came to Germany.  A small, thin, scrubby something … not a handful of size.

At the beginning, we really thought we talk about weeks … but grandma was getting better and better. We became optimistic and talked about months … and now? Now she is with us for almost a year and we say that this cute little dog will probably survive us. 😉
Grandma loves life. She shows us every day! She loves her people, her pack and her meals.

 

 


Grandma will only have a limited time with us, we know that! But we will enjoy every second of this time together. If she has to go someday, she will not do it alone. She will be in the circle of those who love her. Yes we love her more than words can say!!!!

Why did we choose a stray? Why not? 😉  But to answer the question, because they deserve a life in safety as well.
Why did we choose an old dog? Everyone of us is getting old and everybody wants safety in their old age … that’s why we decided to give home to an “old” dog.

Would we decide that way again? Definitely!!! Next to Grandma May we have Günther and Herbert from Bucov – also two seniors who make our “nursing home” all around perfect.

Hugs and Kiss
Jill & Grandma May
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Hector-Pie. The Reason to Adopt from Hope for Romanian Strays!

I adopted Hector (Who was then called Floris) from Hope for Romanian Strays in 2012. This was the first dog I had adopted from abroad and I didn’t know anything about the process. I didn’t ‘choose’ him but he was a suggested match for my very difficult little UK rescue dog ‘Weeble’ who was aggressive to other dogs but lovely in every other way.

Aniela felt that Hector would get on well with her as he was so easy going and sociable. She was right and I have found that she is always very accurate with her assessment of her dogs personality when helping people to find the right match for their own pets and family.

I hope his story help address any concerns you may have abut the adoption process or about Romanian dogs….

The process was so easy – I was put in contact with a reliable pet transport company, I had access to a support person in the UK who also helped me and was very experienced. There was no problem at all with communication and language. Aniela sent me lots of messages and we could understand each other and became great friends. We all kept in contact by Facebook messages in a little group and eventually Hector set off with his pet passport packed in his little suitcase.

I was able to get regular updates of his journey by road, across Europe and each day and night I could see how far he had travelled; I got an update on how he was doing, how often he had stops and walks and food. He was well cared for. The journey can take about 5 days – obviously there can be delays on the way with traffic, road closures, ferry delays just like on any journey we make. The estimated time of arrival at your home will be quite accurate.

Dogs can travel to the UK with a pet passport which has details of the microchip, vaccinations, parasite treatments, Rabies vaccination and other ‘personal’ details just like a human passport. The great thing about this is that there is no need for dogs to go into quarantine any more. They are scanned at the port to check identity and that is it!

The cost of transport from Romania to the UK (A door to door service if you like) is really affordable (under £200) and there is no legal process or paperwork for you to be concerned about.

Please have a look at this amazing video of Hector-Pie singing at home at Christmas!

When Hector arrived he was quite thin and timid but he quickly settled and my dog soon realised that he was not a threat to her and that she could certainly boss him about! He was very easily house trained and did not have any problems at all with being left in the house, anxiety or communication problems. He learned basic commands in English within weeks!

I was so relived that he was in a nice cosy warm house after living as a stray for so long, in the terrible cold and wet conditions, with very little food. It was so lucky for him that he was rescued by Hope for Romanian Strays. How amazing to end up in the UK!

Hector loved Christmas, home cooked food, especially ‘mince and dumplings’ and ‘Sunday Dinner’ he loved ice cream, ice cream vans, singing, travelling and was very nosey. He sang ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ a lot and he always joined in with the ice cream vans and fire engine sirens.

He was a real character and lots of people would come to talk to him when we were out. He travelled with us a lot in our motorhome and he visited the Queen at her house in Balmoral, he enjoyed holidays in Italy, Switzerland, Austria, France, Germany, Scotland, Hungary and many more. He was well travelled having already made a trip from Romania to the UK.

Hector is such a great example of a lovely, loyal, grateful and gentle dog from Romania. I hope his story inspires you to really give some serious thought to adopting from this great organisation. You can see from Hector’s story that the process of adoption and transport is so easy. A lot of dogs desperately need help right now -they have been waiting a long time in the shelter. Please help them.