Tag: #AnimalRescue

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!

Be my Valentine!

pizap-com14867248511831It is that time of year again when we are inundated with love and hearts, and those of us lucky to be in a relationship may look forward to romantic dinner and gifts.  For our cats and dogs in the Sanctuary however it will be just another normal day, a day of dreaming for a forever family and love.  In our Sanctuary we now have over 60 rescue cats, many of whom with medical conditions, and all of them desperate for their own home and their own “Valentine”.

We would like to use Valentine’s day to share some of the love that is going around with these cats.  We would invite you to become one of our cat’s “Valentine” and donate towards a “Valentine’s dinner” for one (or more!) of our kitties.  Through this fundraising drive we hope to raise enough funds not only to cover the cost of food for the kitties for the day but also help cover some other, exciting, costs that we have.

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Our exciting Valentine’s news is that 15 of our cats have been offered places in Germany!  However for these lucky ones we need to cover the cost of travel which is €100 per cat (preparation + transport).  This is a large sum of  money for a small charity like ourselves so we really need your support in helping pay for these cats to go to a better life in Germany, and subsequently free up space for other cats at the sanctuary.

So if you would like to do something good for Valentine’s why not offer to become one of our cats Valentine and donate towards them?  All we are asking for is €10 per cat and in exchange we will send you your very own “Valentine’s ecard” to say thank you.  You can help support our cats through donating via paypal: hopeforstrays.paypal@gmail.com and quote “Valentine’s Kitty”.

 

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Support us and #SavePuppies

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We recently launched an appeal for donations to feed the many puppies in our care but sadly we had very little response.  As a result we have now extended this appeal and we are hoping that more people will see our campaign and donate to this very worthy cause.

31.07.16-3Every week puppies are dumped at the public shelter in Bucov, sometimes with their mothers other times unaccompanied.  The chances of their survival are very low, with the death rate of un-supported puppies hovering around 90%.  Thanks to our amazing supporters, for example through our Austria Division and Pro-Dog Romania, we were able to improve conditions for some of the puppies in the shelter through building seperate puppy enclosures.  These were sadly very quickly full to capacity and the number of puppies dieing is still very high, but for puppies that make it into the enclosure more than 10% now survive.  But we wanted to do more.

This was one of the reasons Aniela, the founder and leader of Hope for Romanian Strays, dreamt of building her own shelter, her own sanctuary of hope.  Again thanks to our supporters this dream has now become a reality and the Sanctuary of Hope is now a reality and in the process of being built.  Already there are around 200 dogs that have been brought here, including many, many puppies.  These are the lucky ones that are now able to grow up safe, out of the over-crowded and dangerous public shelter, and able to run and play.

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The costs however of running this shelter and feeding this many dogs and puppies is high and we are constantly desperate for donations to pay the bills.  The monthly rental for example if €2700 and a bag of 15kg food costs €35 (and we need many bags to feed the 200 dogs).  These are large figures for a charity run entirely by volunteers and dependent on donations.  It is disheartening this early  on in the fullfilment of this dream to already be struggling so desperately to cover the costs.  This sanctuary really is a small island of hope in a sea of despair and we need to fight bitterly to maintain this dream.  This is why we are reaching out to each and everyone of our supporters to ask for help.

31.07.16We need help now to pay for the food for the puppies, the elderly, the sick and disabled dogs that have been lucky enough to find a place at the sanctuary.  We need people to make donations today but also to consider becoming regular donators.  Perhaps you would like to sponsor one of the puppies or other vulnerable dogs? Perhaps you have friends who would love to help too?  Please take a look at some of these images and open your purse to help these poor souls.  Please also take a moment to share this blog post and our campaign images to reach a broader audience.  It is only through increasing our number of supporters that we can really ever hope of increasing the amount we can do. So please donate but also help spread the word of the great work Hope for Romanian Strays does.  #SavePuppies by sharing and donating via hopeforstrays.paypal@gmail.com

Thank you!

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We rescue cats too – Ninja reports

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It has been quite some time since our stellar guest blogger The Don has done an interview for us but as he is busy napping today we thought we would ask our very own Hope for Romanian Strays rescue Ninja to step in.  Ninja came to us in the summer of 2012, along with over 20 other cats and kittens, and Don very kindly gave his mum permission to adopt her. Ninja now lives in Zurich, Switzerland where she enjoys playing with feathers, snuggling with Don and eating treats.  Today Ninja will be interviewing some of our recently rescued kittens.

Ninja:  Oh cat oh cat I am so excited to be doing my very first interview!!!  I am here today with a little gang of kittens and an awesome mum that Hope for Romanian Strays recently rescued.  Some of these guys were found on the streets and others were dumped at the shelter – the DOG shelter mind you so lots of dangerous dogs and a very dangerous place for little kittens to be dumped.

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Ninja:  Okay so I’m going to be talking to Bobby and Ginger who have really kindly agreed to take a break from playing to talk to me about their story.  ….. erm guys?  Time for the interview – we can all have a good play afterwards!

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Bobby: Sorry!  Come on Ginger stop mucking around!  We have a really important job to do and mum said that if we do this interview it might help us find our very own forever family!

Ninja: Yes – you never know perhaps someone reading this might fall in love with you guys and want to give you a home.

Ginger: Really?!

Ninja: Or at the very least maybe someone who can’t give you a home might want to help

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you by sponsoring you so that you can buy new toys and kitten noms and treats.

Ginger:  Oooooh I love toys!!  Can I get some toys?  We don’t have many toys here and mum gets really annoyed when I keep playing with her tail.

Bobby:  But her tail is soooo cool to play with!

Ginger: It is it is!  But I hear there are tons of fun kitten toys out there too.  I’d love to get to play with some of them.

Ninja: Toys are pawesome!  I’m so lucky – I got adopted by an awesome mum and she buys me tons of cool toys and I also get lots of treats too.

So now you guys are just chilling at Hope for Romanian Strays’ Sanctuary at Hope?

Bobby:  Yes. It’s really cool here!  There is room for us to run around and play safely.  On the streets it is hard to play safely because there are so many dangerous things, like big stray dogs, cars and nasty people who want to hurt us.

Ninja: Hurt you?  It’s hard to believe anyone would want to hurt you guys – you are so cute!

Ginger: Yes I know but it’s true!  There are people here in Romania who kill cats and kittens like us – they do horrid things like put us in bags and throw us away like rubbish!!  Fortunately for us Aniela found us and brought us to the Sanctuary of Hope where we are safe.  She is also making sure that we get enough food and that we will get our vaccines.

Bobby:  Hmmm but I don’t like vaccines – they hurt!

Ninja:  But they are also really important.  Without vaccines you could get sick and even die.  Food is also really important for you to grow up big and strong.  When I was a little kitten I did not always have enough food and my mum says that’s why I’m so petite today. Fortunately for me I now get plenty of food which is awesome.

Ginger: That sounds great!  We are getting food here and the Sanctuary is a great place to live but we dream of having our very own forever home too – and of getting more treats.  We would love to have our own human to play and cuddle with.  Do you think any of your readers would like to give us a home?

Ninja:  Maybe – that would be great!  Perhaps someone hearing about your story and seeing how cute you guys are might come forward and give some of you a forever home, perhaps even here in Switzerland like me!

Bobby: Oh my cat that would be a dream!  We’d love to have a forever home all for ourselves somewhere safe outside of Romania.  I do hope someone sees this post and comes forward to adopt us.

Ginger: Me too!!!

Ninja: Me three!  All they would have to do is contact Aniela at hopeforstrays@yahoo.com and she could give them more details about you and how to adopt you.  I will keep my paws crossed for you guys!

Bobby:  Thank you!  We have to go now – it’s time for a little nap and then we’re going to have a little play.  We love playing!

Ginger:  Yes thank you!  Yay let’s go play!!