You wanna know what rescue work means? Take a look at these questions:
- Have you ever tried lifting a 30kg (70lbs) dog?
- Have you ever carried a dog in your arms all the way to the vet from where you found him/her?
- Have you ever felt the smell of blood mixed with puss?
- Have you ever had your clothes smelling like blood and puss?
- Have you ever seen or felt the smell of feces from a dog sick of parvovirus?
- Have you ever spent the night holding the paw of a dog in the vet hospital so that he/she won’t feel alone and scared from all the tubes sticking out of his little body?
- Have you ever slept on the floor next to a dog who was so scared and abused that he pisses himself if your raise your voice just a little bit?
- Have you ever entered a Romanian public shelter?
- How many of you did volunteer work at a shelter, public or private?
- How many of you offered to walk dogs that are stuck week after week in the public shelter?
These are a few of the daily activities in the life of a private Romanian rescuer.
Delia on the way to the vet
Have you met me yet? I’m the human who rescues homeless dogs from the streets.
I’m the human who is not afraid to get dirty up to her neck just to rescue a few puppies and take them safe and warm shelter. I’m the human who is not afraid to go out there and rescue dogs with broken legs and oozing puss and blood. I’m the human who would do anything to help dogs regardless of costs or losses involved.
Dog rescue is a priority for me and that’s why I have days when I forget to eat or drink enough water because personal needs take a second place after saving just one more dog… and one more… and one more.
Every night I get home dead tired because taking care of so many dogs is not easy. It’s not just about the physical effort, it’s also about the massive stress and overwhelming emotions that come with rescue work. My mood can change ten times a day depending on the problems I encounter.
Throughout any given day I can go from extreme happiness when one of my dogs gets adopted, to complete stress when I take a dog to the vet and I find out that the diagnostic is grim or wrong.
After my day job is done, I start the work in the shelter often until after midnight. Besides physical work in the shelter such as cleaning kennels, sweeping the yard, feeding and walking the dogs, I spend a lot of my personal time taking the dogs to the clinic for vaccination, deworming, spay/neuter, talking on the phone to all the people who need my help with rescue or to potential adopters who most of the time are foreigners. I have to switch back and forth on a whim from my native language to three other languages in order to talk with potential adopters. Let me tell you… It is not easy.
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To add insult to injury, as a rescuer, after I give all my best to rescuing these unfortunate animals, I am left with huge debt at the vet. All that because I want to make the world a better place, because I want to change the lives of the dogs I rescued from the streets who without my help will surely die under the wheels of a speeding car or at the hand of violent dog haters or simply die of hunger, diseases, or the elements.
I don’t ask for help for the things I can do by myself. Experience shows that I am able to handle almost everything rescue life throws at me, however I need your help with the veterinary debt, which is becoming overwhelming with so many dogs in my care. Unfortunately the light at the end of the tunnel is always too far away. I don’t receive any state funds or miracle sponsorships, so I have to rely on donations from people who support my rescue efforts.
I am only a human being, no different than you…
Anyone who wants to help me, please do so. I am alone here in my rescue effort and I can’t succeed without your help.
How WE help
We have a small private shelted located in Brasov area where we host approximately 200 dogs at any given time. Sometimes we have cats too. Our shelter consists of a number of kennels where we provide the dogs with warm shelter during winter and cool shade during sweltering summer.
The shelter also has a yard where volunteers hang out with the dogs and teach them to walk on leash, follow lead, and socialize them.
The kennels and the yard are on land that belongs to the association.
Future plans include
- building a pool for the dogs to cool off during sweltering summers,
- an improved play area where the volunteers can socialize the dogs and teach them how to walk on a leash (the play area will double as meet and greet area were potential adopters can meet the dogs)
- building a clinic where we can organize spayathons, quarantine the dogs that have not yet been vaccinated (or the sick dogs), and offer speedy treatment to new dogs
Below you can see the main ways we help reduce the number of abandoned and homeless animals.
Campanii de sterilizare
Periodic avem campanii de sterilizare pentru caini si pisici cu si fara stapan.
Salvare si adoptie
In permanenta salvam animalute abandonate si incercam sa le gasim familii iubitoare si responsabile.
In limita posibilitatilor incercam sa salvam animalutele abandonate care ne ies in cale. Daca dumneavoastra gasiti un animalut fara stapan, va rugam sa faceti tot posibilul sa il tineti in gazda pana ii gasim familie. La fel ca multe alte asociatii si salvatori privati, suntem intinsi la maxim. Va multumim pentru intelegere si pentru efort!
Educatie si informare
Va rugam accessati pagina Informatii pentru a citi articolele noastre. Oferim informatii utile despre sterilizare, adoptie, probleme veterinare, etc. Daca aveti intrebari legate de animalute si nu le gasiti in pagina Informatii, ne puteti contacta si noi vom incerca sa raspundem cat mai curand.
How YOU can help
The homeless animals problem will be solved only if everybody gets involved and participates in rescue. A couple of people or associations here and there are not enough to fix the problem. Everybody needs to get involved and fulfill their civic duty of caring for these homeless animals. Volunteering, donating, speaking against abandonment and killing will go a long way. You can also follow Delia’s example and start rescuing on your own, just like she did. Little by little the idea of founding a non profit association crystalized and that’s how Care For Dogs Romania came to life.