The Don shares his story

Hello I am The Don and I am a rather handsome, portly ex-RSPCA cat now living in Switzerland.  My mother is a big fan of Hope for Strays and asked if I could do a guest blog post to share my story with you.  She says adopted me was the best thing she ever did – and I have to agree with her!


The Don

I was a “well built” (some would say podgy but I say I am a growing lad) 8 year old chap who had been with the RSPCA sometime and had been in foster care for at least 6 months before my mum came along.      She says she has no idea why I was homeless for so long as I am an adorable, cuddly and highly loving cat and she fell in love with me the day I was brought to my new forever home with her on New Year’s Eve 2010.


I settled in well and mum and I were soon bestest of friends and I made sure to keep an eye on her and give her plenty of cuddles.  It turned out that my mum had some health issues and had some very tough times coming but I stuck with her through it all, snuggling with her, chasing my toys to make her laugh and giving her plenty of love.  There were days when she could not get out of bed she was so ill but I made sure she was warm and snug by curling up next to her and giving her plenty of purring snuggles.   She has lots of friends and loving family but sometimes it can be hard to share things and she did not want to worry them too much.  I on the other hand was always there to listen to her and provide my furry comfort and support.


My mum says she would never have made it through those times without me.  She says people do not always realise the power of an animal’s love and the strength that a pet companion can bring.  I think I was lucky to find such a great mum but she says she is the lucky one – I helped her through her tough times and helped her to pull through an carry on.


Hope for Strays has so many loving and caring animals that are looking for a forever home and looking to bring the unconditional love that only a pet can bring into someone’s life.   My mum and I are so happy together – I hope that there are other people out there who will look at the pictures of the Hope for Strays cats and dogs and see a companion there for them.  Adopting an animal is a two way blessing – the animal gets a nice warm loving home and in turn the new parent(s) get unquestioning love and comfort no matter what.  Money cannot buy the sort of love I give my mum and I know that the Hope for Strays animals want to give their new mums and dads the same love.


Kittens looking for love and a forever home

So my final message to you is open your heart and home to a rescue animal – I promise it will be one of the best things you ever do and the happiness you and your pet will find will be priceless.


Headbonks to you all,


The Don


Seriously how cute am I? Want to give me a home? I promise I’ll make you laugh lots : )

So much love to give – will you take me home?

P.S. If for whatever reason you cannot give a home to a rescue then at least help sponsor one of the Hope for Strays dogs or cats to help them while they wait to find their forever home – and keep sharing their stories and photos!


Dogs from local shelter feeded by our friends!!!

This weekend the great friends of our organisation made a miracle possible….Together we were able to raise 600 kg of dry food, enough for feeding for 2 days the dogs from our local shelter….More than 600 souls received today the food donated by friends of animals from all over the Europe….The event will continue tomorrow too.

To make it happened for 2 days next week too, we will need a grand total of 600 kg dry food….With only 6 Euro or 8$ you can help us buy one bag of 10 kg dry food!!!
Friends from our area can meet us directly at the shelter, where they can bring their donation and assist us while the food is being shared to the dogs!

If you can help us to continue this project for shelter dogs, do not hesitate to contact us:

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The tragedy of the shelter puppies

Everyone loves puppies.  They are cuddly and soft and cute and make us laugh with their antics.  Unfortunately not all puppies are born into a world of happiness and love.  In Romania due to the high number of unsapyed street dogs many puppies are born on the streets where they have very little chance of survival.  Some puppies are also born in shelters or are brought to shelters but sadly this does not generally improve their chances of survival.  Unlike shelters in the UK where charities like the RSPCA and Dogs Trust are able to vaccinate and care for puppies, giving them a real chance of a happy, healthy life, in Romania there is no funding for basic care of these poor little puppies.  The sad reality is that a large number of these adorable little lives are lost due to disease and lack of basic vetinary support.

Hope for Romanian Strays has now started a programme to try to get the shelter puppies basic vetinary care to improve their chances of survival.  This is only the first step and due to their poor health many of the puppies are not healthy enough to survive vaccination.


A tragic example of this are these puppies, born on the street but rescued and brought to the shelter.  Despite all the efforts of supporters and the local vet they were not strong enough to survive and one by one died.  Those of you that have been following this blog and our Facebook page will be familiar with these three little adorable angels that were found still with their eyes closed but were found a place in the local shelter.  We had been funding their vaccinations and care and fostering them until they were old enough to be found forever homes with adopters.


It was heartbreaking then to watch as they all succumbed to illness despite our best efforts.  This is however the sad reality of street puppies – they are born into an unhealthy, and unsafe environment, often under-nourished, and without the strength of healthy puppies to fight infection. Just like any normal puppies these little guys were adorable and just wanted a chance at a good life.  They had a very loving mum and were taken in and cared for but they just did not have the strength to make it and that was devastating.

Fortuantely though there are happy endings and this is why we persevere and continue to try to fund vaccinations and rescue these puppies.  We may not be able to save them all but when they do survive and make it to a new life and we see the happy photos sent from their new forever homes it makes the heartache and anguish worth while.  With more funding we could rescue more and pay for better care but as is we can only afford the most basic care – and that still leaves a great deal up to each indivudal puppy to fight through and survive.  But some do – and for them we will continue to do everything we can.

And one such puppy is the adopted 4th puppy from the litter that died.  When the mum with the three puppies were found on the streets and rescued we also found a 4th slightly older puppy all alone – and the mum was loving enough to take Donna under her wing and care for her too.  While the 3 young puppies did not make it Donna is still fighting on and in desperate need of a forever home.  She is a very sweet and adorable little thing and deserves a chance at a better life.  Please share this for her and help us find her a forever home or help fund her care until we find her a good home – contact us at or chip in











And as a reminder that despite this particular tragic ending for the three little puppies there are happy endings and here are some photos of the puppies rescued and rehomed – and this is why we continue to work relentlessly for these street puppies and every penny we receive goes straight to supporting and rescuing street dogs and their puppies.  With more funding we could provide more vaccinations and get all of these dogs spayed – and thereby provide a long term solution to the sad fate of street puppies – so please continue to support us and share our stories.

Lily traveling to her new forever home

Puppies en route to their new forever home







Annie the injured puppy now a young dog living a very happy life with her adopted family


Kitties in need!!! They have no adopters!!!

Our kitties here have a very sad story, it is the story of a cat lover that didn’t realised that her love for cats can be transformed so easy in a tragedy….The lady had a few kitties , she didn’t sterilised any of them and in less than one year her kitties gave birth to  other kitties , more kitties, many kitties…Unfortunately, since we discovered their case ( 20 May 2012 ) and until now, most of the tiny babies, too small to fight against illnes , died.…We pray for them to rest in peace and we are sorry that they were born in Romania, the country were sterilisation is still a myth…

Some of our vaccinated kitties are adopted now, they left home, we were able to build for them a happy story : Greg,Pufa,Feya,Willie, Victor and very soon Tommy too, are part of our happy tails stories…But behind them , many brothers/sisters/cousins remained without a really family to care for them….Please look at them, share they story and help us find them a good home sharing between friends!!! They are now fully vaccinated and they can leave to their new homes as soon as we find them the proper adopters!!!

If you can’t take home one of them you can be part of their happy story helping us to covers some of their vet expenses, for vaccines and medication, plus food expenses, because as you all know by now, it’s difficult to keep more than 30 cats healthy and well without feeding them properly and without veterinary care…Thank you!!!

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