Dear Homeless Animals Hospital Supporters,
2014 was a monumental year for Homeless Animals Hospital! Over 1000 animals received the care and treatments they needed with support from you, our wonderful donors! In 2014 alone, over 9000 animals were spayed/neutered free of charge, fractures xrayed and treated, puppies and kittens treated for injuries and diseases. This year proves to be yet another one of intense demand for our Craiova clinic, as well as a new request for a mobile clinic to reach remote communities to help animals.
I would like to share a few stories and photos with you so you can become engaged in our work. Stories are from Dr. Aurelian Stefan, Veterinary Director for Romania Animal Rescue and Homeless Animals Hospital program.
Here is Rita's story, a heartwarming story of the man who accidently hit her with his car, and then adopted her!
"I started my shift knowing there is a severely wounded dog awaiting for me at the clinic. Here she was : 6 kg emaciated female dog that looked at me with warm eyes. I could barely see through the thick hair covering her face. She was run over by someone that could not afford the treatments but was kind enough to seek help and there we were for him, thanks to our supporters. Rita had a bad pelvis injury and a bone fracture in her forelimb. Basically she could not move at all because of the pain and we needed to perform a major surgery so that she will be pain free and able to walk again. As she was emaciated her body temperature dropped at the end of the first surgery so we had to postpone the second one which we did the next day. After a couple if days she could walk again. The person that ran her over adopted her and she has now a second safe life. Before she went home she underwent a third major operation : we trimmed her hair so we could see clearly her beautiful eyes !"
The boy and his puppy, helped at HAH:
"A family came to the clinic, with a very sick puppy in tow, and a very sad and scared young boy who was the puppy's guardian. I diagnosed the puppy as having parvo...but with good care I believed we could treat this young one. Thankfully, HAH intensive care saved this young soul, along with saving his best friend from grief. These are the kind of cases that make me so happy to have chosen to become a vet!"
Here is Jackie's story:
"It was a rainy day . Very cold and windy and the vet team was ready to call it a day when two people brought in a black female dog that is bleeding heavily. The dog is taken immediately to the exam room and we find a vaginal hemoragic prolaps which was caused by mating with a way bigger male. The female dog was operated immediately and the bleeding was stopped. A much needed spay surgery was performed. Upon calling her guardian, we learned to our surprise that her guardians no longer wanted Jackie... so they asked us to take the her. We began calling friends and family and in 20 minutes we found a solution for Jackie! The brother of one of our nurses came to see her and fell in live with her on the spot . We named her Jackie and it is a wonderful feeling to know that we were part in her new beginning in life a safe one. We dedicate her story to all our lovely supporters."
A public shelter dog gets a chance for a good life: Meet Puffy:
"Beautiful old towns like Craiova, Romania have most of the times awful shelters. Animals are not respected and not even treated with minimum love. Managers insist that all animals that are adopted out of the shelter must be sterilized. Puffy the doggie in the picture was sterilized at the public shelter and today she was brought to us as she kept attracting males. The wound was not healed since the first surgery 6 months ago. We decided to open her find the problem and fix it. We found sutures that looked like pirate ropes , uterus almost intact and a part of the right ovary in a big adhesion with the kidney, pancreas urinary bladder and peritoneum. Had we not been there for Puffy with our surgery she would have surely died slowly and painful. We helped this dog thanks to you, and she gladly received antibiotics and painkillers and her caretaker is was thrilled and extremely grateful!!! We made a dog healthy again – and it made our day!"
And finally, the story of Ion, an elderly dog with a loving family who could not afford his treatments:
"Ion is 15. His guardian is now retired with a very little pension and he said to me (Dr. Aurelian Stefan) ” I wish I could give days from my life so that this dog lives more “. Ion got a free examination and treatment for some teeth that were in decay . Thanks to your support, HAH made this gentleman and his family very happy . The dog is back on the couch and we are happy to have helped! It is our mission at “HAH” to reunite dogs with their family to make dogs wag their tails and people smile ! "
Your support and donations help us to help thousands of animals, prevent suffering, and help people who care about animals to lead better lives. We hope you will continue to support our work. Thank you!
One morning my mom has no more food…I suckle hard, but nothing comes to my tummy. She is mad and screams at me all the time. I am afraid to go look for something to eat, what if I can’t find my way back? My brothers are upset too, their tummies shout a lot at them as well.
I got separated from my family, I don’t know how. I cried a lot, but my mom doesn’t hear me. It’s scary to be alone…My tummy is angry all the time, she fusses and turns and it hurts. I can smell yummy things all around, I chase the smells, but I can’t find anything. My tummy is punching me and it hurts a lot; she is not my friend. I did find some places where people keep food, it smells wonderful. My nose is up in the air, trying to catch all the smells, but my tummy is still upset. If only yummy smells would keep my tummy happy…
I don’t know how long it was since I last ate something that made my tummy stop growling, she has been shouting for so long…I have a headache. I tried to give her something, but all I found was a thing that keeps the food for people, they call it “bag”. It’s not tasty, but it smells like food; then I went to a place where people throw away what they don’t want. I found something, but there were a lot of big dogs looking for food and one of them growled at me and bit my ear…it hurt a lot.
People eat all the time. I looked at them and I think this is all they do all day. I once stared at a lady who was eating the yummiest thing ever, they call it “meat”. I looked at her, I told her I was so hungry and that my tummy is hurting badly, but she didn’t hear me. I put a paw on her shoe to get her to look at me and she did…she kicked me and scream “get away, you ugly mutt!” That hurt…I didn’t know I was ugly…
I finally gave my tummy a piece of my mind today. I told her we should forget about food, I can’t find any. “But there is so much food all around, grrrr!!!!” she screamed. “Not for us” I said “ There is never any food for ugly mutts like us”. I am weak and tired, I want to go to sleep forever…that would keep my tummy quiet, for a change.
I am now in a place called Happy Paws, there a lot of dogs like me here. The people are nice, they never kick us when we ask for food; they can hear us talking. I get a big bowl of food every day and my tummy is content; I don’t hear her talking as much and it is nice.
I hope I never go back on the streets! I hear that people give purple meat to dogs like me; it’s yummy, but their tummies are so upset, they die. I am happy I didn’t get any, that would have hurt a lot, I think. Here, I am safe and every day I spend thinking about my next food bowl…I wish all dogs had happy tummies, like I do!"
We at Romania Animal Rescue hope you will support our program to help feed more animals...and stop the starvation.
Thank you very much, and thank you Anda for this wonderful view from the eyes of a street puppy!