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Save us from the mud

29.03.15-5It is that time of year again and Spring is upon us.  The birds are chirping, the flowers are blossoming and our moods improve.  Sadly with Spring come Spring showers and with them gallons of mud for our poor shelter dogs.  The dogs have no where else to go and face spending days in wet, clogging, dirty mud, making them shiver with cold and taking the lives of those not strong enough to stand these conditions.

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Last year we started making improvements in some of the kennels by paying for gravel to be put down and paying for stray for the dog houses to try to help the dogs stay warm.  The gravel helps but for the most vulnerable dogs we wanted to go one step further by providing tiled floors.  These cement tiles are the only way to really avoid the mud altogether and they also make the kennels easier to clean.

If I only had a home!

Santa Claus, rescued from the streets at Christmas.  He's a little chap, 9kg, with neurological problems with his back legs which he is fine with but is looking for a home without too many stairs.

Santa Claus, rescued from the streets at Christmas. He’s a little chap, 9kg, with neurological problems with his back legs which he is fine with but is looking for a home without too many stairs.

As spring starts to flutter its delicate wings, hope starts to fill the air and with it a desire to sing a little song.  The one that springs to mind today is the scarecrow song from the Wizard of Oz – but perhaps with one small adaption for all our dogs wiling away their lives in the shelter:

I could wile away the hours
Conferrin’ with the flowers
Consultin’ with the rain
And my head I’d be scratchin’
While my thoughts were busy hatchin’
If I only had a HOME!

Thrown away like rubbish for being old

011The Don here. Once again I have been asked to interview some of the dogs from the Bucov shelter, to hear their point of view on their life in Romania and what some of their hopes and dreams are for this year.  This time I am going to be interviewing some of the elderly dogs from the shelter.  We often talk about the young and the injured dogs but we often forget the elderly dogs who are just as much in need of our care and help.  Many of these poor souls have been dumped by their owners simply because they got old.  This is very sad. Today I will be talking to Domino, Pavarotti, Bobby, Alex, Pumpkin, Teddy, Oreo and Jones, all senior citizens living in the Bucov shelter.

2014 the year that was. 2015 the year that will be.

01.01.15_15As we welcome in a new year we also take time to reflect that year that we just left behind.  2014 was another great and at the same tragic year for Hope for Romanian Strays.  As always we started the year in the cold and wet of the shelter, fighting desperately to feed, treat and save the poor souls trying to survive there.  As always there was a constant stream of strays that were brought to the shelter, either by dog catchers or by “owners” dumping their pregnant dogs and puppies at the gates. At the start of 2014 there were over a 1000 souls in the shelter.