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I was thinking a lot what to write. I want to tell everything about the life of the strays in Romania and the continuous fight we have but hundred pages will be not enough....... How to describe my work in few words? How to describe the despair, the struggling, the howling of the dogs kept in miserable conditions in public shelters, the diseases they have, the hunger, the fight for surviving......
The "luckiest " are on the streets, the runners (how I call them), they are free and they get a piece of bread from time to time , but also them are in great danger now - after the law of killings (which was stopped, but too late) , they are hunted, killed in terrible manners ...
I love every living creature, it's in my blood, and I rescue animals in need since I remember, but my battle is not enough. It's true that my team and I saved many of them, but more are killed, more die with no hope. I am involved more and more in rescuing, in fact I barely have a personal life, but doesn't bother me, I love every second of it.
Rescuing changed me a lot, I loose a piece of me with every kid (dog) I lost, with every kid I cant help.....
I try to focus on the saved ones , I never forget the others, but I must think more of those I rescued, of their medical treatments, food etc, because if I think of the public shelter dogs all the time , I can loose myself ... and to be honest, I'm not far off that.
Last year I was the first volunteer accepted in public shelter, was a premiere and I'm very proud of it , very proud for the dogs we saved and very proud because my example was followed by others !! I have a great team, a crew made from friends, without them ...hard to save at least one dog because the costs are high for an accountant wage !! We are animal crew, we found each other and stand together driven by the same force: LOVE, love for animals!! WE succeed to rescue, treat, vaccinate, neutered, find adopters, to a quite big number of dogs !! We make miracles , really we do, we saved dogs with no chance , we saved mums with pups, disabled, scared...
I cant talk only about me, in rescue, in our rescue there is no me, its us. Thank you to my wonderful crew, thank you to all who will read my story, thank you to everyone who will decide to follow us !! We need your help to help them !! Love has no meaning if its not shared!!
"They have a well oiled system of making sure the dogs who are adopted find great forever homes and are always on hand even today to chat. I first got Macie then 6 months later adopted Jackson as well."
I first got involved with rescue by transporting and homechecking and fostering, soon becoming a senior coordinator with a successful Scottish charity. Through this work I became aware of the Romanian dogs. I admit I was of the opinion there were plenty dogs here so we didn't need to bring any more over, however the more I became involved and saw what was happening the more I wanted to help.
In 2013 I first visited Florentina and saw first hand the stray dog problem. I also visited a public shelter for the first time. The experience will stay with me forever. I returned encouraged to help more and successfully rehomed many of Florentina's dogs that year.
In May 2014 I returned and things were very very different and not in a good way. By rounding up all the dogs the streets are quieter for sure but gone are the friendly dogs who great you looking for love and an ear rub. You can find them all packed into the public shelters now, puppies in with big dogs, sick dogs in with aggressive dogs. So many with no water, no food and no vets to ease their suffering. So many suffer the same fate there a slow and painful death in many ways unimaginable.
One little dog changed my view on how I wanted to help so I returned and shortly after my trip Animal Rescue Crew was formed. We all have the same hopes, goals and aims - to help the strays of Constanta find their forever homes and have the life they all deserve free from Romania.
We have started with nothing but as the saying goes "mighty oaks from little acorns grow". Onwards and upwards Animal Rescue Crew.
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