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Puppies, puppies, puppies

05.10.14-7It really does seem never ending.  Romania’s problem with un-neutered dogs takes its toll everyday.  We at Hope for Romanian Strays see the aftermath of this on a daily basis – thousands of strays in the shelters and on the roads, and a never ending stream of puppies.  Sadly it is not just the strays that multiply, many people with pets also fail to neuter them, and their answer to their pet’s offspring is to kill or dump the puppies.  The lucky few make it to us.

Saving lives by fostering – thank you ladies

15.09.14-1With all the sick, injured and young strays we try to help, one vital bit of support we could not do without is our foster carers.  Every foster place we have is a true blessing, but particularly in Romania.  Many animals are too sick or young to travel so having somewhere local where we can look after them is invaluable.  We thought therefore that it was time to introduce you to three amazing Romanian ladies who have saved so many lives – ladies Mioara, Octavia and Sylvia.  We are so blessed to know them and we are so grateful for all that they do to help us save Romanian strays.

Happy puppies checking out the food delivery

Happy puppies checking out the food delivery at Mioara’s

Puppies waiting for food

Puppies waiting for food

Lady Mioara has been, for over one year now, one of our silent colleagues, a very modest lady who chose to support us after we first helped her and her many dogs.  With her help we have saved many poor souls, difficult medical cases and also lots of babies rescued from shelter or from the street. Currently we have over 15 sweet souls in foster care with Mioara, including old and almost blind Mozart , 2 tiny new born puppies, 10 bigger puppies, and last but not least 4 rescued cats.

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One of lady Octavia’s foster puppies

A handful of puppy

A handful of puppy

Octavia is another fantastic lady, who we also first came in contact with when she reached out to us to help her with her own dogs and their puppies which she was struggle to support.  We helped to vaccinate and rehome most of them.  She is a wonderful lady with a big heart, and while she may not have much money herself she has opened her home and her yard to take in our foster cases.

One puppy claims his food

One puppy claims his food

Without our financial support she would not be able to do this.  But with our help she has so far fostered over 70 souls in need, mostly rescued puppies, saved from the shelter or street, some with their mummies others without.  She helps out of her love for animals and makes no financial profit (unlike some other fosters in Romania)  – for her the profit of helping animals far outweighs anything financial. Currently Octavia has over 20 little bundles of joy under her care – some of whom as you can see are quite mischievous!

Little lab like puppy wondering when she will find her forever home

Little lab like puppy wondering when she will find her forever home

Sylvia's foster kittens ... looking for mischief!

Sylvia’s foster kittens … looking for mischief!

Foster kitten ... waiting for a forever home

Foster kitten … waiting for a forever home

Silvia is also close to our heart and she is the great foster mommy that helped us save Andra, Cornel and many other souls ♥  As a new activity , our dear Silvia is fostering …cats!  As some of you may know we had a big emergency when foster mommy Laura had to leave the kitties in our care when she had to leave the country.  We were desperate but Silvia with Mioara together helped us make things possible, fostering with love all the souls that were in care of Laura before ♥  Without them we do not know what we could have done with the little kittens and puppies that were too young to travel or put into the shelter.   We are happy to say that sweet Diva, also known as Lottchen by now, traveled to Germany, where she will start a new wonderful life , just like it her sweet sister Queen.

Kitten cuteness looking for a home

Kitten cuteness looking for a home

One of Octavia's pups waiting for a forever home

One of Octavia’s pups waiting for a forever home

As part of our commitment to the poor stray and injured souls that we save, as well as these three wonderful ladies, we provide support through food donations, paying vaccinations and other vets bills.  We can only do this with support and donations from our supporters.  We need your help to fund their vaccinations and to find loving forever homes.

Will you help fund a kennel for me to keep me safe?

Will you help fund a kennel for me to keep me safe?

We also need to provide Octavia and Mioara some additional support.   Because they have a number of puppies in their care they have some issues with the neighbours.  The little puppies are noisy and love to play and run around in the front of the house. We would like to repair the fences, and build proper kennels and facilities for them at the  back of the houses.  As well as improving the conditions of the dogs this should also help keep the neighbours happy and thereby not jeopordise our foster care options.  This is a specific project that we need to fund and again we need supporters to help cover these costs.  Can you help?

It's not just puppies who need help - their mum does too

It’s not just puppies who need help – their mum does too

Finally all of these puppies and kittens will need forever homes once they have been vaccinated.  We need people to share our posts and our photos.  We need people to ask friends and family if they have room in their homes.  We need people to consider rescuing a Romanian Strays rather than buy a puppy from a breeder.  These little guys need your help.  They deserve happy, forever homes, outside of a country which has abused them and a country where they have no future.

Please show your support for our three amazing foster angels.  Support us in helping them through donating for the puppies and kittens in their foster care and in helping to find them forever homes.  Join us in saluting these wonderful ladies by making a donation to support Mioara, Octavia and Sylvia.  Donate via paypal mentioning their names through hopeforstrays@yahoo.com or contact us if you can home one of these wonderful rescues.  Thank you!

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Puppies checking out donated food

Puppies checking out donated food

I dream of my own forever home - will you help?

I dream of my own forever home – will you help?

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’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