The Eccentric Dog Lady From the UK…

I rescued my first Romanian dog in 2012.

This is how it happened.

I was looking for a dog from local rescue centres in the UK but at that time our local council and other kennels were bursting at the seams with quite large and problematic dogs. I didn’t feel that I could find the right match for my very lovely but temperamental ‘border terrorist’ cross female. I had exhausted all options within hundreds of miles in the UK, when I accidentally came across an article about the crisis of stray dogs in Romania and the horrific culls that had been taking place. I was shocked by this, I had no idea that this was happening in Europe and felt compelled to do something to help. I came across ‘Hope for Romanian Strays’ and was amazed by what one woman was trying to do with very few resources at that time, in a country with some significant problems with poverty and deprivation.

I wasn’t on Facebook myself, but soon realised that this was a vital tool in communicating across Europe and the rest of the world, to raise awareness of the serious, often vile and stomach churning abuse and killing of animals. I could not turn a blind eye to this and the only thing I could possibly think to do was to rescue at least one dog from this terrible situation. This took me on the most amazing journey, led me to a great friendship and contact with many other lovely ‘doggie people’ in Europe. I wasn’t aware of the adoption or transport process for a dog from another country and wrongly thought that this would cost a fortune and that the dog would have to endure six months in a quarantine facility. I was wrong about all of that.

The process was very simple, cost no more than adopting from a local centre and significantly less than the cost of a pedigree or ‘farmed’ puppy. (More about that later!).

I hope that this blog will help others and guide you through the process of dog adoption from Hope for Romanian Strays.

I hope it helps you to find your true doggie love! I have now rescued five dogs (Hector-pie, Stumpy, MooMoo, Teddy and Milo-potato). I will be telling you more about this in the coming weeks.

Next week I will be talking more about why we should all rescue a dog from Hope for Romanian Strays. This is a question people ask me a lot. “Why did you rescue from Romania when we have so many strays here”? It is a fair question and I will tell you all about ‘Hector-pie’ the most gentle, friendly, ice cream van obsessed, singing, loyal and lovely boy.

Bye for now.

milo

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The daily food of our cats and dogs

We have in our daily care at Sanctuary of Hope more than 500 dogs and cats , abandoned souls that depend on us for their rescue .

We spend more than 1.000 Euro weekly for their daily dry food and we need permanent support to keep the warehouse full since hunger is our first enemy in our fight for their survival.

We are buying currently

~ economical dry food for about 400 adult dogs in our shelter ( 4 Euro / 10 kg )

~ puppy food for about 100 puppies in our daily care ( 1,5 Euro / kg )

~ cat food ( 4 Euro / kg )

Thanks to our beautiful sponsors and donors we are able to make it possible for our dogs and cats to get their daily food in our good and bad days also,  we are trying our very best for them not to feel when we are down and we continue to beg for help with any possible ocasion .

That is why we are here now to ask for your help too, you can help us fill their bowls further to make their time in shelter easier until the big rescue day will come .

You can donate using any of our official accounts or you can decide to buy and send food to our shelter directly , if you think that you can make it easy and the expenses for delivery in our country are not too high . Please feel free to write us at hopeforstrays@yahoo.com if you consider that you can help us in any way .

Hope for Romanian Strays Official Accounts , for donations to help us feed ou beauties :
Paypal: hopeforstrays.paypal@gmail.com
Euro Acc: RO24RZBR0000060014905466
Swift Code: RZBR ROBU
Ron Acc: RO30RZBR0000060014905455

Thank you!

 

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Happy Mother’s Day

15052017-2On this Mother’s Day please spare a thought for stray dog mother’s and their babies, born into a world that doesn’t want them.  Romania is full of pregnant strays or dogs with puppies as a legacy that dates back to Ceaușescu’s days when people were moved into large city apartment blocks but were not allowed to take their pets with them and subsequently dumped them on the streets.  This coupled with a tradition of not neutering dogs has led to a huge problem with thousands of strays roaming the streets.  Each year sees more and more puppies born to strays, on the streets or in public shelters, further compounding the problem.

This is why the work we do, in running regular sterilation programmes is so critical.  The only way to reduce the number of mums is to get the strays neutered.  It costs around €20 to get one dog neutered – not much per se but when you factor in the hundreds of dogs we need to sterlise you begin to realise the financial burden we face.  It is however the only real long term solution to the stray dog problem in Romania so whenever we can we fund to get dogs neutered.    The other activity we do to try to change the local norm is to educate people, for example through our work with the local school and in partnership with our local vets.

For the mums that did not get neutered in time we try to help both them and their puppies.  The death rate for puppies in the public shelter is normally around 90% as they die of disease, starvation and through attacks from adult dogs.  Thanks to generous donations we have in the past been able to build special puppy enclosures and provide these young lives with better safety through food and vaccinations.  Sadly there are just too many for us to help them all but whenever we have funds we do what we can.

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A few lucky mums make it to our Sanctuary of Hope, where they can be safe with their babies and where their babies can run and play and grow up without all the fear, trauma and danger in the public shelter.  Sadly our space is limited and we now have such huge debts (close to €10,000) that we can no longer help anymore mums with their puppies until we get more funds.  In fact our plans to build more kennels at the sanctuary have had to be put on hold as we needed to take the materials purchased for this to the main public shelter to build urgently needed kennels there.  We hope that as we get more funds in to start to pay off our debt we can revisit building our more kennels at the sanctuary and thereby help some more mums with their puppies.

And so on this day where in many countries we celebrate Mother’s Day we ask that you spare a thought and a penny for all the stray canine mums in our care, at the public shelter and on the streets of Romania.  If you can please make a donation to help a mum and her puppies and give those new young lives a better chance of life, and help us to get more mums neutered and stop the tied of puppies.  Every little helps and you can donate through paypal at hopeforstrays.paypal@gmail.com.  Or perhaps you could help one particular mum or her pup and offer them a home?  Every dog that gets adopted out of our sanctuary frees up a space for another dog to be rescued so please if you can home a dog, or know someone who could, please contact us via email at hopeforstrays@yahoo.com.  Thank you and happy Mother’s Day!

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!