Animals
 Romania
Project #12862

Food for Romanian Animals

by Romania Animal Rescue, Inc.
Igor when he entered the shelter
Igor when he entered the shelter

 Dear Romania Animal Rescue Friends and Supporters,

Winter brings with it many challenges, especially if you are a homeless animal.   We have many partners that we help with our programs of spay/neuter, vet care, and education, and we also help Happy Dogs in Moreni with food, thanks to YOUR SUPPORT.    Anda has written this article to let you know how much your help is needed:

"If you are a stray dog in Romania, winter is far from being wonderland; winter usually means there is even less food than before and there is no dry, warm place to sleep for the next 3 months or so. While we know we can’t rescue all dogs and get them to a warm place, at least until Spring, we can help them, by feeding them, so they have enough energy to go through the winter. But to do so, we need even more food than we usually do to feed almost 200 dogs, so here we are asking for your help yet again.

This hasn’t been an unusual winter for this part of the world; we may experience temperatures down to minus 30 degrees Celsius, which for a lot of stray animals and homeless people means death. Getting food at least once a day may very well make the difference between life and death, so our mission becomes even more important than ever before. Simple tasks such as walking to the market, driving to the next town, taking one’s kids to school become painful moments for those who can’t witness animals suffering and do nothing, because dogs are abandoned everywhere – local parks, schools and market places, the woods in between towns, fields – and seeing them fight for their existence day after day may be very a traumatic experience.

 A few days after New Year’s Eve, we found little Igor, a puppy who was dumped as garbage at the shelter’s gate. He was just a bag of bones, too weak to stand or move…he did nothing except blink and moan. Igor had absolutely no muscle on him and he got that way because a thing so basic as food was denied repeatedly with the only intention of killing him slowly. We don’t know much about his past, but we do know that Igor loves his food and that he will never go hungry again.

 At Happy Dogs Moreni there’s a saying: “never refuse food”, because all our dogs suffered from hunger in their past, so our first promise to them was they would never go to bed on an empty stomach again. So far, we managed to keep our word and this is possible only because of people’s kindness and generosity. Thank you for helping us keep our promise!"

Thank you Anda for this description of life for the animals of Romania during winter.  Please help us if you can, and join our Facebook page (link below).   

We wish you and your family a Happy New Year and all the very best.

Nancy Janes, President, CEO and Founder, Romania Animal Rescue Inc. dba Animal Spay Neuter International

Igor today
Igor today
feeding strays
feeding strays

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Dear Romania Animal Rescue Supporters,

Thank you again for all your help for our work to stop the needless suffering of animals in Romania.   This month many RAR volunteers helped in remote villages that otherwise have no help.   Our mobile vet clinic HOPE reached 5 different villages, providing vet care and free spay and neuter, as well as donations for food, collars, leashes and deparasite products.  The local citizens were so happy to great us and so very thankful.  Please see the photos that will introduce you to what village life if like for animals and people.

On our second morning while meeting at Family Vet clinic, a plastic bag of infant puppies was spotted under a bush outside the clinic.  These puppies were starving and barely able to suck from a bottle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=od36WFkdl9g&feature=youtu.be   Thank goodness through our vast network of friends we were able to find a foster care provider in Romania to pay to take them and care for them until they are ready for adoption.

With your support, we can provide even more funds for food for Romanian animals.  Please help us in our unending endeavor to help the animals.  

Thank you!

village spayathon
village spayathon

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Twix
Twix

 Twix and Malin, a Tale of Two Dogs: 

Twix is a puppy that wasn’t supposed to enjoy life; he was born unwanted, like so many others, so the basic means for survival were taken away from him. His poor body was getting weaker and weaker as the days went by and his short life was about to end, without him ever knowing a thing about living. Twix hadn’t eaten for days when he was found dumped on a field.

Twix and 6 kittens were rescued and live together. They were all brought to life with a lot of care and good food that made their tiny bodies stronger and healthy again, ready to take on life. They all have found their voices and will to play and live, enjoying their childhood without feeling hungry all the time. Other 12 puppies rescued from the street from similar situation need good food to stay strong against the many deadly diseases still present in Romania.

Malin lived all her life on the street. Malin was always a quiet, calm dog who never bothered anyone; she used to live near a market place and everyday she had to look for scraps in order to survive. Some days she was lucky and found something to eat, others she was just kicked around and went back to hiding, hungry and scared.

One day she thought she found a good chunk of meat and she was happy thinking it was one of the good days; Malin ate all of it, but soon after she began feeling very sick. People were passing by while she was struggling in pain and confusion; she was poisoned and about to die slowly and horribly. She was found at the last minute and taken to the vet and luckily Malin survived. She has lived in the shelter for the past 4 years and although Malin never knew the safety of a real home, she doesn’t have to fight for food anymore.

Like Twix and Malin, the other 150 dogs were rescued from dangerous situations generated by indifference and cruelty. We struggle to keep all of them fed and healthy, because when we rescued them we made them a promise never to feel hunger and fear for their lives again. A full tummy is all the spoil a shelter dog can expect, sadly. We would like to keep them as spoiled as possible and make up for their tragic lives.

Romania Animal Rescue thanks you, our supporters, for helping us to help these animals and so many more like them with food.  Your help saves lives.   Thank you!

Twix and his kitten friend
Twix and his kitten friend
Malin at the Moreni shelter
Malin at the Moreni shelter

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Ellie
Ellie

  Anda Popescu is a veterinary technician for Romania Animal Rescue.   She also runs Happy Paws shelter in Moreni, Romania.  Happy Paws takes in many unwanted animals and provides them with food, water and love.  We support Happy Paws with your donations of food for these animals.   They also socialize dogs and send them for adoption.  Here is the story of one of their recent arrivals.  Meet Ellie:  By Anda Popescu

Ellie is about 3 months old; she doesn’t remember much of her short life, just that one day she opened her eyes to this chaotic world, where big scary things moved around her and her tummy hurt all the time. She doesn’t remember her mother, just her warm belly, but once she was gone, there was nothing warm about the world Ellie was left in.

Ellie was scared all the time, scared and so hungry... she could pick out yummy smells in the air, but when she tried to get close to them, scary things happened; she learned that food is there, but not for unwanted puppies such as her.

Ellie doesn’t know what love is; love is for those who are born wanted, but she was an accident. People didn’t mean for her to be born, it was her mother’s fault, so both Ellie and her mother were punished to be forever hungry and unsafe. She doesn’t remember if she has any siblings, but she is now alone and she wondered the cold, wet streets alone for a long time...longer than Ellie can remember.

Ellie knows people can hurt her; small humans used to throw her around and kick her, so she would scream and amuse them. She tried to get away, but she was weak and her legs didn’t help much. She then cried so hard, hoping they would see she is just a small person, just like them, but they didn’t see it. Her tiny heart raced like crazy and she thought it would burst out of her chest with fear...they finally got bored and left her in a muddy puddle; she wasn’t amusing anymore.

Ellie can’t talk, but if she could, her words would probably break our hearts; so she keeps to herself, because dogs can endure much more than people can without complaining. She sleeps a lot, finally feeling safe in this new place she ended up, called a “dog shelter”. Scary people move around her, so she hides in her dog house, but they bring food and fresh water and talk gently to her. Ellie doesn’t know what love is...but she will learn.

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romanian dog food 2016 4.jpg
romanian dog food 2016 4.jpg
The streets of Romania are full of dogs, it is no news and it caused by people’s indifference, lack of education and poverty, but also by the authorities’ indolence and corruption.  These animals are our victims and they suffer in silence, often without ever being noticed. In order to survive, they are forced to eat garbage or things we wouldn’t even consider eatable or suited for dogs, such as corn and nuts (village dogs) or just empty plastic bags smelling of food. It must be very frustrating for them to smell so much food around, but never to have it offered and when they are so desperate as to steal it, they most likely pay with their lives. Because there are so many street dogs in Romania, the fight for survival is hard and it means the weak and the puppies almost never get to eat, unless they are very determined to live. I think their struggle and their will to live at all costs is caused by their perpetual hope in the good of the humanity; they are saving themselves for the day when they will be saved by someone. Their hearts are pure, but their bodies are often so broken and weak, it takes a long time to restore their health.
As a charity for dogs, along with ongoing spay and neuter campaigns to stop the birth of suffering puppies and kittens, we shelter 140 dogs and we also sustain other 50 dogs kept in the old public shelter (managed now by an older woman), meaning we have to feed about 200 dogs daily, apart from those in the woods around our town and for the weaker strays in town who are helped to survive the harsh winter. We might not be able to provide luxury conditions for these dogs, but for them, the sound of our car means they get to eat that day, they get to stay alive a day more, hoping that day might get them a loving home, after all. Our biggest fear is that we won’t be able to feed them one day and that our car will be empty and we would break our promise to them, that they will never have to go to sleep on an empty and painful stomach. 
We rely on your kindness to keep that promise and to keep them healthy and fit until that very special family sees them. Thank you for your generosity!
 
food for stray Jan 2016.jpg
food for stray Jan 2016.jpg
food for RO puppies on field.jpg
food for RO puppies on field.jpg
Romanian dog food Jan 2016.jpg
Romanian dog food Jan 2016.jpg
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romanian dog food 2016 3.jpg
romanian puppies food 2016.jpg
romanian puppies food 2016.jpg
 

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Romania Animal Rescue, Inc.

Location: Livermore, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.romaniaanimalrescue.org
Project Leader:
Nancy Janes
Livermore, CA United States

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