The Shelter Projects
Our latest project "Shelter Number Two"
Earlier this year, the public shelter dogs were at great risk of being killed. As you know our rescue angel Florentina took them all under her wing and offered them safety.
When the public shelter closed all the dogs were moved, one by one, to temporary places of safety. The temporary measures were foster places at 3 different shelter kennels at a cost each month. Many people stepped up to support the cost and help the burden, however with now an additional 100 dogs this was soon going to mount up so a sustainable solution was sought.
Florentina and Florin have had many things thrown at them over the years I have known them, and many people have followed their stories along the way also. Thankfully our guardian angel, also had a guardian angel. We are eternally grateful to this person for allowing Florentina to buy some land to offer a permanent shelter for the unwanted public shelter dogs. And boy is it paradise as you can see!
The land was secured in June and work started straight away on the 10,000 square meters. As you can see most of the land is open and not fenced. There are fantastic outbuildings/barns that will be able to comfortably accommodate many dogs and best of all lots of space for freedom.
Our little piece of heaven. With the land is a house. Previously fire damaged it required some work. The basics have already done and our doggy carer lives on site to keep the dogs safe.
Between them Florin and George have done the majority of the work while Florentina has been busy working her magic on the dogs.
Work in progress
Step by step the new (new) shelter is coming together. The buildings are being transformed into kennels, just now they are keeping the dogs cool and with some more work they will keep them warm in winter. There are two barns which are fantastic, especially for the winter time.
Just this week has seen the water pump set up and water in the home for the shelter carer and also for the dogs, life is much easier already!
As you can see the fencing is still work in progress, but soon to be completed!
As you can see, things are very busy just now, and work also continues on shelter 1 which is still home to a large number of our dogs. Until the kennels are finished at Shelter 2, we still have some dogs in a paid pension. Hopefully we can get them all moved over soon.
10 more very large kennels are nearly completed. The roofing will be added at a later time ahead of winter along with some panels around the kennels for added protection. With these completion of these kennel enclosures means we can start to move the dogs from our paid foster. This will remove one of our 4 different locations for the dogs meaning much more time for the dogs with less travel.
Step by step it is all coming together nicely. But boy oh boy it is hard work for Florin and Migurel who are doing all the building and welding just the two of them!
The work continues but by bit as funds become available. There are some well established kennel enclosures with happy dogs within however with dogs still at 3 other locations the work must continue. During our trip to the new shelter in May we were able to help with purchasing some much needed fence panels and kennel enclosure materials.
Kennel enclosures have been started with roofing to be added at a later date. This will allow us to move the dogs in our paid foster kennels to come to the new shelter. It also means one less additional location to be visited each day.
The next step will be do move all the dogs from the old Constanta yard to here also, as more kennel enclosures are made. We think we have almost enough wooden kennels to go within thankfully for each dog.
As the work continues, we will update further but for now please enjoy the hard work being done with our photos below.
Our first project "Shelter Number One"
Since January 2015 when the plans were approved, work began on the land for the new shelter. Around 500 square meters is now home to over 40 dogs old and new. In May and June 2016 Florentina took on an additional 90+ dogs meaning we now have over 150 in total in our care.
With space at a premium our next step was to look at more land (see above).
Our current shelter is fully enclosed and has 2 completed rooms. One room is home to the pups - we have many in our care just now. The other room will eventually be home to the cats in our care, and offer them indoor and secure outdoor space, something they desperately crave just now. Until then the space is home to dogs.
We do not currently have all the secure space we need for the dogs, so many are now in paid pensions (foster yards) until we can get them moved to the new land.
If anyone would be willing to assist with the building work in any form please use the contact form to get in touch. Accommodation, food and drink will be provided for you as well as transfers to and from the airport (flights not included).
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