We call it The Forgotten Shelter... it`s a place for which no one takes responsibility. Ignored by the authorities, It is managed and maintained by a handful of volunteers and it`s entirely supplied by donations.
We care for 90 dogs
In April 2017, the shelter housed 70 adult dogs, 20 puppies and 4 cats. All of them cared, fed and walked by volunteers.
Life inside the Forgotten Shelter
Life in the shelter is very tough and stressful for the dogs. In the winter, they have to suffer from low temperatures (their dog houses are made of concrete). In the summer, they have to endure the scorching heat, sometimes well above 100°F.
The kennels are 4 feet wide by 6 feed long. Most of their length is used by the dog-house itself, that uses about 4 feet. The 2 feet remaining are the dog`s "walking" space. Fortunately for some of them, they can climb on top of the dog house and gain some space.
This small size is the reason because the Local Authorities are not allowed to use the shelter as the Municipal Dog Pound. The laws that define the minimum space required for a Dog Pound were changed after the shelter was built. In this case, in order for it to be run legally, it will have to be demolished and rebuild. This requires a very large investment from the City Hall, one that is shadowed by other priorities in this small town.
Meet the ones that make all of this happen!
Many of our dogs are sick, therefore constantly need the help of a professional veterinarian.
Doctor Malina Ghete has experience in treating a large variety of medical issues associated especially with dogs and cats.
She has a fully fitted treatment center at her home. The center has a surgery unit, ecography equipment and even cages for intensive care.
Ms. Malina is assisted by Alexandra, which also studies veterinary medicine. Together they make a great team which has treated hundreds of dogs so far.
Most of our team is made up of persons who actually care for the dogs. Even though everyone contributes to the daily activities at the shelter, there are 3 persons that dedicate their entire life to these souls.
Daniela, Marilena, Valerica, Roxana
Daniela Rusen is the one who took this empty shelter from the authorities and started looking after a few dogs. Because of the frequently abandoned puppies, she ended up very quickly with a full shelter and no help.
Marilena, also known as a dedicated animal lover, has supported Mrs Rusen from the beginning and continues to do so on a daily basis.
Valerica, our only volunteer, comes every day and helps the two lovely ladies with physical work.
Scraping together some money, we managed to get an extra few hours' work. Even if paid very little, Roxana comes to help knowing how badly we need her there.
Because our aim is to find a safe refuge for our dogs, we need an advertiser to showcase our most desperate cases and our work, identifying and communicating with sponsors, adopters, fosters and any other person involved in our work.
Raluca, Ioana, Jane
Raluca is our main fund raiser, having helped dozens of dogs and other animals in need, she is known by many people in the online environment. Her dedication and transparency are her best recommendations.
Ioana, that's me, I take care of the website, facebook page and photograph the fur balls. As you know, online exposure is most important when trying to help and re-home dogs.
Ms. Jane, a true animal lover, we are proud to have her by our side. She sponsors us and helps sharing our cause.
And last, but definetly not least, you, the sponsors. Without your help this would not be possible. Through this ocassion, we wish to thank you once more.
A major improvement in our dogs' lives was visible after people started knowing about us and gave our dogs a chance to a new life style.
Before this, our dogs had to settle with the bit of food they received from a local association, that's all they got.
Now, most of them are to be adopted and thus underwent all procedures to get them ready for international departure!
The Shelter in Images
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