Tag: Romanian Strays

Our Birthday Auction draws to a close

Picture1As part of our birthday celebrations we organised an online auction to try to raise urgently needed funds.  We asked and received lots of items donated to the auction which was fantastic -without these very kind donations we could not have held the auction at all.  Items ranged from art work to jewelry to toys and included a very exciting donation from Webbox.  For those who do not know Webbox they make the world’s best cat and dog treats (that is the official opinion of our master blogger The Don and his friends) so we were overjoyed when they made the very kind offer. In fact The Don was so excited by this he wanted to be included in this blog!

Interviewer:   So Don can you share your thoughts on the Hope for Romanian Strays fundraising Birthday Auction?

The Don: Mum needs to place another, higher bid on the Webbox.  *Don stares at his mum*

Interviewer:  Erm … right.  Any other thoughts you would like to share?

11911695_10204800627958658_87758914_nThe Don: Yes.  Mum needs to make sure a higher bid gets placed on those handmade little baby booties to make sure they do not end up on my footsies. Or anyone out there *Don stares at our followers*  Please?

Interviewer:  Right. Okay. So any final thoughts?

The Don:  Well yes.  I want to say that there are some really cool items in the auction, some of them still with no bids or very low bids.  I think people need to remember two things:

  1. Every penny from the bids goes to help save stray dogs, and a few kitties, in Romania.  The winter is approaching and this year we are expect a particularly brutal winter for the dogs – there are not enough kennels or food to see them through the winter. So many will die. *Don wipes away a big tear*
  2. Secondly Christmas isn’t that far away peoples!  Why aren’t people using this as a great way to buy some Christmas presents now & avoid the rush in December?!  It’s a double gift really – to whoever you give the item to but also to the dogs you help save.  Simples!

Interviewer:  Great points there Don thank you so much!

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Fan from Cordoba – starting bid €12

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Leather cat money box. A great Christmas stocking filler. Starting bid €8

And really those are indeed two points that we want you to think about, in particular the first one.  As you know the shelter we support, in Bucov, is well over capacity now, over 700 dogs over to be exact.  There are not enough kennels now to provide shelter from the extreme cold and wet so many dogs face a winter outside in the open air.  These dogs will die as they will also invariably be the weaker dogs who cannot fight for a kennel.  The same will go for food.  The shelter has for a while now not been able to provide sufficient food to feed all the dogs.  We have been helping out thanks to our supporters such as Pro-Dog Romania but with winter approaching we need to keep up feeding the dogs and if at all possible offer them more support to survive the extreme weather.  As it stands we will see very many dogs die a very, very miserable death.  We want to do all we can to reduce that number and save as many as we can.  The money raised during the auction – either through bids or through donations made as a result of the auction PR – will go along way to help.

Don’s other point though is also true!  Christmas is not that far away and there are some lovely potential gifts in the auction.  Why not bid for one and make a particularly special Christmas gift by also saving a dog too!  You still have 1 day left to bid!

kittensAs our auction draws to a close we therefore ask for you to have one last look and place one last bid.  In doing so please think of those dogs that so desperately need your help.  If you do not see an item you like why not bid to help a dog or a cat (one of the auction items) or simply make a donation via paypal to hopeforstrays@yahoo.com.  Remember every cent goes to the animals and even a small amount can make a big difference – €10 for example pays for a puppies vaccination or a bag of food.  So go have a look and show your support for Hope for Romanian Strays and the work we do to bring hope to these poor, abandoned strays.  Thank you.

This is what is coming - please help us help them

This is what is coming – please help us help them

A heartfelt plea for support from our founder

While I support Hope for Romanian Strays remotely our founder Aniela is on the ground 12+ hours a day, every day, working tirelessly to save the poor stray and injured dogs in Ploiesti and the Bucov shelter.  She has given up her job, most of her home and I suspect much more, to be able to dedicate herself to saving these animals. Fortunately she has a very supportive family and a great network of online friends who try to help as much as possible.

Just another normal day - an emergency treatment at the shelter

Just another normal day – an emergency treatment at the shelter

Sometimes however the burden she carries and the daily horrors she has to witness come through.  I wanted to share Aniela’s post recently which I think shows how desperate the situation is and is a very genuine plea for extra support.  Please take a minute to read her plea

Day after day we are trying everything to change for the better the terrible fate of dogs in the public shelter, we try to complain less and to be there more.
Our brave vets are doing their very best to do something with…nothing!
There is no table of consultation for them, no vet room, just our permanent requests to treat one sick dog then another!
We owe fortunes for treatments, vaccines, dewormings, blood tests, surgeries, but we have no time or energy to complain, we just have to shoulder our debts, rely on our special vets and we have them, the poor dogs in need.
Two of the sweet souls here and many others that we tried to save died in the last 24 hours and we are unable to cry for their loss or for the debts left behind after treating them simply because we have many other souls under treatment waiting to be saved!” Aniela Ghita, founder of Hope for Romanian Strays

The other face of normality in the shelter

The other face of normality in the shelter

If you are as touched and sad as I was to read this plea, then please if you can help through donations, fundraising or awareness raising.  We are 100% dependent on donations and every penny goes to the dogs.  Aniela goes through this struggle daily – please support this amazing woman by helping those that are dearest to her – the stray and injured dogs of Bucov.

One of the "lucky" Romanian strays in that he ended up in Aniela's care

One of the “lucky” Romanian strays in that he ended up in Aniela’s care

A starving, sick dog - sadly a common sight in Romania

A starving, sick dog – sadly a common sight in Romania

Sadly care came too late for this soul

Sadly another very sick and emaciated dog that needed urgent care.

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