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.

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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.

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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!