TRAVIS – A Fast Way Home

On 22.06.2018, TRAVIS was allowed to travel from Sanctuary of Hope to a foster home of Tierhilfe Lebenswert e.V. in Germany. Now, he has already found his forever home and is enjoying his new life with his family.



Vroni’s story started as a sad one and developed into a real happy end:

In Aniela’s Sanctuary of Hope it could be seen that she had bad problems with one of her front paws which she didn’t use anymore. Medical treatment was urgent, it was obvious that she suffered from pain and luckily one of our private foster places was free and could take her to Germany.

She was brought to a clinic immidiately and the diagnosis is, as already said above: arthrosis.

People who suffer from arthrosis know that medical treatment is necessary to ease the pain and Vroni already feels much better with it. The vet also decided to give her laser treatment twice a week – after two weeks of treatment she already uses her paw again and likes to go for short walks with her foster mom.

In autumn her teeth will be taken care of by the vet. Unfortunately she also suffers from a special form of Dirofilaria (skin worms) – that is, even if it sounds rather ugly, no problem to be treated. There is a medicine called “Advocate” which she has to be given for the duration of nine months. It kills eggs and larvae of the worms – adult worms will die soon of age and then she is “free” again.

Very soon, when she is healthy and strong again, we are going to look for a wonderful new home for her where she gets all that she deserves: love, love, and extra love… (Yes, she gets so much love already in her foster place 😉 and the story shall go on like this!)


SURI – “My Way Home” or “Yes, I am Alive”

Hi there,

I’m Suri, about 6 years old (I don’t know exactly, but well,I’m a girl, so say 5 years :-p ) and I got the important job from my former mommy Aniela to tell you a little bit about me.

A little more than 3 years ago I was sitting in Bucov shelter, in a small, overcrowded kennel, and I wasn’t feeling well at all. I was bullied and even hurt by the other dogs, always tense and under stress. I wouldn’t have made it there much longer!

But one day mommy Aniela kissed me and put me in a big white car. She said everything’s gonna be all right now and my own family is waiting for me! Nevertheless, I was afraid the whole trip – because I didn’t know what would happen. And then at some point in the middle of the night, my box opened and I was carried out of the car and placed in the arms of my new mommy. I made myself small and I didn’t know what was going to happen to me. Mommy looked at me with eyes full of love and said: “Welcome, little Suri, you’ll never have to be afraid again. From now on, I’ll love and protect you – forever.”


Then I had to get into a box again and drive on alone with my mommy for a while. She already told me something about my new life, and I only looked at her out of big, anxious eyes. Mommy later said that this sight hurt her heart.

But you know what? When we arrived in front of our home, suddenly my new sister Kira stood next to the car, she left Bucov 7 months before! – and then I knew for sure: I made it! I am safe! Together we walked a small round over a meadow and looked over the river, that was sooooo beautiful! And then, at home, I really got worked up. Explored everything, jumped up on the sofa and down again, out on the balcony and back in again, asked the cats to play (they did not like that at all 😀 ) and I ran to Kira again and again. Sleeping after a long trip? NO! 🙂 Hhhhmmmm, for some reason, Kira was annoyed by me at the beginning, but today we are best friends, playing catching, digging togehther, “fight” together and just have fun.

I immediately took my mommy to heart, and so did she me. Only with strange people, and above all with strange dogs my past still follows me. The fear of being catched or getting attacked again is too deep. But once I got to know a dog, then everything is usually great and we romp together.

I am so glad that I have been allowed to live here for 3 years now, and whenever I see my mum sadly looking at the pictures of my dog ​​buddies who are still in Romania, my heart becomes heavy. Please give Shelter Dogs a chance and, if you can, support those who fight for us day by day. Without Aniela Ghita I would not be home today. Not happy. No longer alive …

With Love, SURI





Introducing “Tierschutzhof Gieshübel” – a German Foster and Partner of Sanctuary of Hope since 2016

Since September 2016 we, Jess and Michael, run a foster place for Romanian strays and until today have found for more than 120 dogs a new home.

Now, we have the opportunity to publish our news also on this blog – thanks to our friend Aniela.

The love and passion for animal welfare connects us deeply and since we met – more coincidentally (or fateful?) – the contact has never been broken.

Sometimes we are sad that, since we are responsible for the wellbeing of our own dogs here, we are no longer able to travel to Romania much often. Every day there is so much to do – live animals need care and that is what we do, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Our last journey took place in May2017 – 8 days full of emotional struggle, hard work, tears and laughter, hope and despair. We left Aniela with a load of donations (most of it food), and the promise that we’d come back soon, but still we are waiting for this opportunity.

Maybe we can put a smile on your faces when you read our stories here on this platform. We want to show you that there IS hope – even if the way to a better life for any stray is still a long and hard one. In less than two years we have achieved a lot with just a few passionate people who give their lives to make things better and every life we saved gives us the power to go on.

And we say: We will never give up! Together with our Romanian friends we already achieved more we could ever dream of.

And now we are going to share the great stories of our rescued dogs here with you – I hope I will find some time every week to send news from Germany to you. We are 27 hours by car away but our thoughts are always with you, Aniela!

So – take a look now and then and hopefully enjoy our stories for you…


Blessings from “far far away”,