Tag: Dogs in need

We’ve heard about the strays from Sochi … what about the Romanian strays?

There has been some great press coverage about the situation of the stray dogs in Sochi.  At first the coverage was desperately sad – and resonated all too well with those of us working with stray dogs in Eastern Europe.  The strays of Sochi were being rounded up and killed – discarded by a society that saw them as nothing more than garbage, a side effect of a building project. 

The strays from Sochi however got lucky.  First a Russian billionaire heard of their plight and remembered a stray dog he befriended as a child.  Like anyone who grew up with a best friend / dog will tell you, the experience is profound and the bond formed is something that you remember for the rest of your life. The strays then also stole the hearts of the visiting athletes and again made headline news – this time with photos of US athletes, like Lindsey Jacobellis and Gus Kenworthy, and the strays they had adopted and were planning on taking back to the US with them.

 

A photo the day after hundreds of dogs at Craiova shelter were "euthanized"

A photo the day after hundreds of dogs at Craiova shelter were “euthanized”

Sadly the strays in Romania have not had this same luck.  Like the strays in Sochi the conditions for them are tough and they fight every day for survival.  Officials have now given the go-ahead for them to be “euthanized” en masse and strays are being rounded up and put in shelters, where they are being systematically killed.  Photos of some of the shelters, for example Craiova, where this is happening show that they are not being euthanized in a humane way by a vet but beaten to death in front of the other shelter dogs.   There have already been many mentions of the similarities between Romania’s handling of the dogs and the Nazi handling of Jews during WWII and again this image appears as  yet again living beings are being beaten to death behind a wire fence, in front of their fellows.

 

 

More puppies dumped at the shelter

More puppies dumped at the shelter

Fortunately the shelter at Bucov has not yet descended to this level of depravity but it is full and over capacity and all of the foster homes in the area are also full.  And still more dogs are being brought to the shelter and still more puppies are being born on the streets or in the shelter. 

Just a few of the dogs we've found homes for

Just a few of the dogs we’ve found homes for

It is in these conditions that we are working hard to try to work with the shelter to find some solutions to the capacity problems, for example by making the enclosures smaller, or by re-homing as many dogs as we can.  We are also running regular neutering programmes to try to stem the flow of strays.

 

 

It is in these conditions that we as always reach out to our supporters and followers and ask to continue donating to this cause and to continue sharing our work and the photos of dogs needing homes.  We need funds on an on-going basis to pay for neutering programmes and to try to support the dogs that are in the shelter. 

Shelter puppy being taken to be vaccinated

Shelter puppy being taken to be vaccinated

Shelter puppy being vaccinated thanks to donations

Shelter puppy being vaccinated thanks to donations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And it is in these conditions that we pray to also find saviours for our dogs, just as the stray dogs in Sochi found their saviours.  The dogs in Romania, just like the dogs in Sochi, do not deserve their current fate and we will continue to fight for their cause and do all we can to alleviate their suffering and bring hope.  Please support us in doing this and be a saviour to the dogs in Romania.

Contact us at hopeforstrays@yahoo.com if you can help a dog or make a donation to help with neutering, vaccination or feeding and caring for stray dogs via paypal (also hopeforstrays@yahoo.com).

 

Puppy being taken to be vaccinated

Puppy being taken to be vaccinated

Dumped puppies with food and shelter at the shelter

Dumped puppies with food and shelter at the shelter

Puppies in the puppy enclosure - safe from larger adult dogs

Puppies in the puppy enclosure – safe from larger adult dogs

Puppy being vaccinated - and hoping for a forever home

Puppy being vaccinated – and hoping for a forever home

We survived … but now what?

Puppies in the puppy enclosure

Puppies in the puppy enclosure

We often have medical cases from the shelter and we try all we can for them. Sadly sometimes it just is not enough they still die. Our last post was about the puppies at the shelter who urgently needed foster care – these were the survivors from a larger group. Being so young and frail means that most of them do not make it as there is little we can do against viruses in the shelter. Those that do survive however we try to support against other pathogens and we try to build up their strength so that they can survive. Unfortunately we had virtually no one who stepped up to help them so their fate remains shaky as we just cannot afford to do all that we would like to.

There are however happy stories too from survivors.

Piciu with his three injured legs

Piciu with his three injured legs

You may recall little Piciu who we rescued from the shelter. He was a tiny little pup with three broken legs and in a very bad way with his legs being held together really just by his skin. He would definitely have died – relatively quickly but in extreme pain.  We rushed him to the vet where he had surgery and had his legs reset.  This little tiny boy showed us how strong of a will he had to get better – as you can see from the video he is a bundle of joy and energy now!  Yes little Piciu has recovered and can walk – indeed run – again.  We are so happy for him and he really is a joy to see.  However having survived he now has a new problem – he has no home.  After all this trauma he will end up back in the shelter where he was injured unless we find him a home.

Can you think of anyone who could give this little monkey a home?

Fatmy when we found him - nothing more than bones covered in fur

Fatmy when we found him – nothing more than bones covered in fur

Another survivor who fought really hard to survive is Fatmy.  I remember first seeing the images of Fatmy and thinking this dog would not make it.  When we first came across Fatmy he was skin and bones – you could see his hips sticking out and he was just a bunch of sharp bones coverd in fur.  It was touch and go.   Fatmy had distemper – a dreadful disease which many dogs in Romania do not survive.  There is little one can do but pray.  What these sick dogs need more than anything to survive is strength and hope – but this is something in short supply for stray and shelter dogs in Romania.  Fatmy however had hope on this side.  He fought hard and he hung on.  We prayed and supported him – hoping that prayers and love would win the day.  We paid for vets bills and special food to build his strength.  Mostly however we prayed and stood by this bundle of bones and held his paw as his fought for his life.  He won!  Yes – the skeletol dog fought this horrific disease and won!  You would not recognised Fatmy now – gone are the bones and instead a handsome, wonderful boy with a desire to live.  We congratulate you Fatmy on winning your life – but we are still praying for you.  We are praying that someone will give this boy a home.  After such a tough battle he should be in a home, surrounded by love and life but instead he is back in the shelter, surrounded by death and an ongoing battle to live.  This boy deserves more – he fought for more.  Can you help find him a good forever home?

Fatmy today - a handsome survivor

Fatmy today – a handsome survivor

We need to find homes for both of these survivors and we know there must be a home for these dogs out there.  There must be more for them after their terrible battles for their lives than living in the cold and heartless shelter, where they have to continue to fight for their lives.  We hope that someone out there sees this post and can open up their home for one of these boys – and that is why we ask that you share this post with as many people as you can.  The more reach this has the higher the chances that someone will give these survivors a home.

And perhaps someone reading this thanks to you sharing it will wish they could help – but they cannot take a dog.  Then perhaps they will decide to foster or sponsor one our many puppies and help them become a survivor too?  Perhaps reading this you see that it is worth supporting a small charity like Hope for Romania Strays because we do make a difference.  Without us there would be no happy survivor story for Piciu or Fatmy.  Both dogs would be dead by now – just another set of dead dogs in a land full of death for strays.  Please help us save more dogs and please help us find more homes for our survivors.

Will you sponsor us?

Will you sponsor us?

We need puppy food - the shelter does not provide it - will you pay for it?

We need puppy food – the shelter does not provide it – will you pay for it?

Will you help me become a survivor too by sponsoring me?

Will you help me become a survivor too by sponsoring me?

I dream of life outside of the shelter - will you help to fulfill that dream?

I dream of life outside of the shelter – will you help to fulfill that dream?

Will you save my babies?  Please?

Will you save my babies? Please?

I won't be able to provide milk for much longer - who will pay to feed my babies?

I won’t be able to provide milk for much longer – who will pay to feed my babies?

When I grow up I want to keep my family safe - will you help me grow up?

When I grow up I want to keep my family safe – will you help me grow up?

Look at my little face - don't you just want to sponsor me?

Look at my little face – don’t you just want to sponsor me?

Help a dog for Christmas

As Christmas nears and you start thinking about buying Christmas presents spare a thought for the poor. cold and hungry strays dogs in Romania. Winters are very harsh and many of the dogs will not survive the cold. For us as a charity winter is the hardest time of all – there is so much misery and pain in the shelters and on the streets, and with each shelter visit we see more dogs that have succumbed to the cold. Unfortunately they do not have the food, treatment or shelter required so only the strong survive. Puppies born at this time of year have virtually no chance of survival. This is why each year we have a winter fundraiser. This is why we ask that you consider giving a gift of love this year.

We have a number of “items” for sale to raise money for the dogs and these are gifts that brings joy in three different ways – to you the purchaser by reducing your need to hit the shops and knowing your gift will be saving a life; to the recipient who knows they have been given something more valuable than a normal shop bought item and feels they contributed to something good; but most of all to the dogs whose lives this gift will save.

So what heartwarming, life saving gifts can you buy? Here is a selection for you:

2014 Calendar for €5 + PP

The 2014 Hope for Romanian Strays Calendar, featuring a selection of this years happy tails.  Please contact us directly at hopeforstrays@yahoo.com to purchase this and to send us your postal details.

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Puppy vaccination for €10 

Help a puppy survive in the shelter by paying for a vaccination.  The shelter does not vaccinate puppies (one reason 90% die) but we pay for vaccinations when we have the funds to.  You can of course pay for as many puppy vaccination as you want – there are more than enough puppies waiting to be vaccinated!

Just a few of the current shelter puppies

Just a few of the current shelter puppies

Puppy rescued from shelter at the vets

Puppy rescued from shelter at the vets

Puppies being rescued from the shelter - each will need to be vaccinated

Puppies being rescued from the shelter – each will need to be vaccinated

 

 

Sterilise a dog €20

For €20 you can pay for the sterilisation of a dog.  This helps reduce the number of puppies born, thereby reducing the problem, and also increasing the chances of a dog being adopted. With hundreds of dogs in the shelter that are not sterlised this is a big issue but we are working with the shelter to neuter the dogs but we need funding for this.

Dog being neutered

Dog being neutered

Help pay off some of our vet’s bills €25

We regularly rescue dogs from the streets and from the shelter that have been injured.  Without our intervention they would get not veterinary care and would die or live in agony.  We have mounting debts with the local vet and by helping us pay off our current debts you can help pave the way for other emergency medical cases.  The cases we take in range from broken legs through car accidents (often deliberate) , injuries sustained in the shelter and sickness such as distemper.

Amma who we found on the street with a broken leg

Amma who we found on the street with a broken leg

Fatmy who was close to starvation and needed emergency care

Fatmy who was close to starvation and needed emergency care

Give our puppies a Christmas meal €30

We have a number of puppies in foster care as well as in the puppy enclosure at the shelter.  If you would like to buy them an extra meal for Christmas they would be very happy!  It would also help build up their strength and chances for survival.

Puppies getting food at the vets

Puppies getting food at the vets

Rescue puppy having much needed food

Rescue puppy having much needed food

 

Improve conditions in the shelter €40

We are one of the few charities with access to the shelter.  The conditions there are terrible but we work with the shelter, when they allow us, and part of what we try to do is improve conditions for the dogs.  Last year we funded a whole load of new huts and this year we paid to replace broken fencing that was potentially dangerous and could injure the dogs.  We also bring additional food to the dogs as they do not get enough through the shelter.

Dogs getting food

Dogs getting food

Broken fencing

Broken fencing

Help us invest in the future €50

We are starting a separate fund to start putting money aside for some bigger projects.  Currently all our donations go straight to pay off our debts and pay for emergency cases.  We have however some long term vision and dream of being able to provide some better shelter and foster options for injured and vulnerable dogs.  To do this we will need substantial funds and so we are starting to save towards this goal.  If you would like to donate to this then please contact us directly and we will send you the bank details for this.

Help us give dogs a better option than the misery of the public shelter

Help us give dogs a better option than the misery of the public shelter

To purchase any of these “items” please donate via paypal to hopeforstrays@yahoo.com and state which item you are purchasing.  For an additional €3 we will provide a personalised card sent either to you or directly to the recipient (please include in your donation). To do this please email us at hopeforstrays@yahoo.com after you have purchased an item with details of the item, any test you would like written in the card, name and address.

Thank you for any donations and contributions made.  We such a great need and these dogs deserve better than the cruelty they get in Romania.  They deserve some hope for Christmas too.

New Charity

Hello and thank you for vising Hope For Stays.  We are a brand new charity and are just in the process of setting up – including this blog – so ask that you bear with us.

In the meantime you can find information about current strays and rescues in need of support and rehoming on our facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/?sk=lf#!/pages/Hope-for-Romanian-Strays or you can follow us on Twitter @hopeforstrays.

Hope – the charities namesake and one of the first dogs we rescued and rehomed from the streets