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”,



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.