We wanted to keep everyone updated on our current rescue work, as it may appear that we are all over the place so wanted everyone to be clear on what’s going on and what exactly you are supporting.
We are so grateful for your support, the above will be hard work, but so rewarding so lets all work together to make it happen,
Jen & Lisa X
The Happy ending for the lucky 21 removed from the hell of Fundulea, we are sorry for those we had to leave behind. The lucky 21 will arrive in the UK on 17th April 2014. Please spread the word and help us to find permanent forever homes for these creatures who have suffered at the hands of man.
The time spent in Romania will haunt me forever, I have been involved in animal welfare for 22 years but I have never seen the mental attitude and humane practices shared by the majority of a nation and supported by law and the EU.
Very sad for the victims.
Well our plan was to get to Fundulea early as our last day and still lots to do, all the dogs that are inside have been vaccinated and treated but there are still many outside who we cannot catch so our plan was to feed with some sleepy gel and catch and vaccinate and keep inside so they can be moved when a new solution is finalised on a shelter.
But unfortunately no volunteers came today apart from Lisa, Ana and Vlad and I so we spent a lot of our time cleaning and feeding etc and then it rained so Vlad organised some shelter for the outside dogs. The lovely Rudi agreed to help some more and we were able to arrange transport with the help of Gabriella and we moved 13 dogs to turbovet shelter to safety. It
was such a nice feeling as two of the doggies are poorly and need continual
treatment for another 10 days and the lovely Ana does not drive so she can get to Rudi's shelter in Bucharest easier by bus. The feeling now of over 20 dogs not living at that hell hole gives me some joy but it was so so hard playing god on who deserves some clean beds and proper care until a plan is sorted. The three of us girls cried from the moment we got there for about 2 hours. Whilst cleaning poo and trying to reassure them they will be fine and not wanting to betray them. Lisa and I and Gabi have arranged for 28 dogs to come to the UK on 15th April so appealing to all the people who read this to help us foster and adopt these babies or else our houses will be full. We have kept full records, pictures ID description and character of all the dogs and when we get home tomorrow we start making a big appeal with info and please help us to help them.
We loaded the lucky 13 onto the transport and followed to Rudi's shelter, nearly every dog we led to the van hopped in wanting to leave this hell they had been a prisoner of for months and when we got to Rudi and unloaded
them everyone was smiling, I could see it! So we have a lot of guilt and sorrow that we cannot guarantee volunteers will still come, the paid workers will be found so please everyone keep supporting the Fundulea dogs as it's the humans that cause them suffering X
A disappointing day today but let's hope tomorrow will be better. Our last day tomorrow. Sorry for lack of update I feel a mixture of emotions and will be more positive tomorrow!
Today Lisa myself and our lovely Ana Amarazeanu went to visit our lucky 8 dogs this morning to check on them. They were in lovely kennels clean and happy. They were excited to see us as now know there are some nice humans still on this horrible earth, we took some photos i'll attach.
Next to Fundulea and to clean some poop and pee and now the dogs have proper food and water there are a lot more deposits.
This took some time, we did more treatments as have to be done either every day or every two so we have a schedule. We are also documenting everything we do, ear numbers, medications, de worm, de flea,
vaccinations so proper records will be kept. I have to say a big well done to
Lisa as she has done all of this and photographed nearly every dog now. It's a big job.
When we arrived at the shelter a volunteer had found a tiny puppy in one of the dog pens. Apparently a man dropped it there last night, great and he has lice so he is kept separate and will have treatment tomorrow as he is only 4 weeks old!
We cleaned some more with the help of the great volunteers and we left around 6. Lisa has spent most of the evening compiling her spreadsheet of all the data and we are arranging our foster and adoption homes, a lovely lady called Gloria is paying for four of the safe babies and will keep and foster all. Wonderful news!
So two days left and hopefully soon all the dogs will be safe and when we return to the UK the adoption challenge will be on.. Not just for Fundulea but all the rescued X
Well today I went with Aura to look at what a private shelter should look and act like. A lady called Olympia, 30km from Bucharest. All dogs well looked after. I treated a few and then next to Fundulea to get our UK babies to Rudi/turbovet so they can be ready to transport to the UK. We feel so sad playing god and choosing only a few but what can we do, unless people agree to adopt or foster!
The lovely Rudi arranged the transport for us and the two men arrived and we loaded our 8 dogs for now...sad eyes, Hopesey, shadow, blackie , Foxy, Big scruff and little scruff and Peace.
We vaccinated a couple and medicated again. The day flew by and it was 5pm before we knew it but we achieved a lot today but the days are flying too quickly and no permanent solution yet for Fundulea but discussions are happening so don't think we sit here every night after finishing at the shelter and are doing nothing, everyone involved and are up talking on email til 2am every night but it's so hard. We need adopters in UK, Germany, Holland, France etc so keep trying for us please!
I will add some photos after this of our 8 dogs in transport. I just need to download them!
Today I got the flu. Fever, achy bones and sickness but tomorrow is a new day so pray for some overnight recovery! And apologies for this brief update but I must sleep now, it's 11pm here and it's an early night for me tonight
Well I'm sorry but today has been a very bad day so i apologise for a short update but I am mentally drained from the emotions today!
Unfortunately one of the mange puppies died overnight. I suspected they might as full of mange and ticks, no vaccinations and no immune system. I suspect one more with die tonight but let's hope not but after today if I was an animal in Romania I would pray for the release of death from this country.
We medicated and cleaned poop and general love and care. So many dogs who yesterday were in the hell hole all wagging tails standing and finally some emotion In their faces apart from sorrow! I can touch all but one of them now.
So Lisa and I decided we will stay another 4 days as still a lot to do do we left to change our flights, hotel, hire car. When we got back to the hotel the horror story came.... ASPA who are the government animal bastards and control dog catching and public death camps went today to a private shelter and took 90 dogs out of 92 and the two you survived because one was put down a workers trousers and one hidden under a coat. All were dragged in fear across pavement bleeding and they even took 15 dogs recovering from illness/operations in the vet centre. These dogs were saved from a public shelter and had homes in the UK now they get dragged back to hell. I have just heard four dogs died as they fought them as beaten badly in the process, Bastards! See the videos I just posted if you have any doubt!
Lisa and I cried all afternoon and still now for this and we fear they will
come to Fundulea soon to do the same.. So we have been trying to find solutions and poor Bagdat and others heads are exploding from emotion and organising this.
I will compile a letter and send to newspapers parliament etc tomorrow as we need to publicise this around the world. People need to open
their eyes, this is real and happening every day here.. We all need to work
Il attach some photos of the empty hell hole and new pens now...
Until tomorrow X
Well today Lisa and I were not sure how we felt this morning but it turned out to be the best day yet.
We did a morning call to Rudi to collect some blood tests for the dogs Lisa and I will take back to the Uk. So far we have 4 definite homes and 4 fosters. Chosing which ones is so tough but I believe the two that I chose found me.. Hopesey and shadow. Shadow follows me around like I am her new mummy so guess now I am. Hopefully she will be in England in 3 weeks or so.
We arrive at the shelter, the volunteers don't come til later so the
little guard man had cleaned the overnight deposits, this is not his job so he helped a lot.
We set to clean the hell hole as every day it breaks our hearts to see
the dogs in there with no air no windows to see out, worse than jail, Vlad
and the team said they would build a new enclosure outside today as a temporary measure so at night not so many free dogs and the hell hole guys can see the outside world. So today Lisa and I used the money we had raised from you lovely guys in the UK, you know who you are and the boys built the shelter, it took until 6.30pm tonight but it was done and we placed every single dog from the hell hole in there and to see then sniff grass and mud was too much, emotions ran high and in not afraid to say the tears came and would not stop for a while, mainly with happiness as success, finally they have some stimulation from the outside and saw their first sunset for god knows how many months! We celebrated with a team hug!
Another 25 vaccinations today, I know this may not seem a lot but I don't want to go into the pens, scare them even more by being rough and restraining them, I do it with trust and kindness so we don't care only 25 today, we are happy that they were done without more stress to the
dogs lives, they have enough.
We spent time today petting and grooming and even after a few days the dogs start to wag their tails when they see us rather than hide the face to the wall, a breakthrough..
So a great day! Emotional and satisfying.
I worry so much when we leave but Bagdat and the team here are so passionate and capable I think there amazing, So thanks to Bagdat, Gabriella, Vlad, Daniel, Anna (who helps vaccinate and today was ladling shit and wee from the holes by the pens as no drainage, scooping each bit if dirt), the blonde lady who I forgot your name who comes most days, Adriana who is also there most days, bringing food and supplies for dogs and us, her boyfriend and another guy who helps, the guard and all those lovely people who get stuck in cleaning poo, piss caring and are making plans for hope, they thank us for coming but I thank then for staying and doing so so much, there are discussions on the future so please stay involved and support wherever you can, talking, sharing, adopting, sponsoring, giving gifts... Together we can clean up this disaster and give the dogs a future X
Today after the morning cardboard bin collection we met Rudi (turbovet) as he had arranged all my vaccines, 100 vaccines bought today as a result of your lovely donations, 250 euros from Lisa Hardy and 250 euros from our English donations Lisa and I had raised..so we stopped to buy some supplies and a cheeky fried egg roll and a coffee on route as forgot we hadn't eaten breakfast!
The doggies from the hell hole are still not out and this upsets me greatly, so I chat with Vlad and he agrees to make a temporary shelter to the side of the prison (the so called shelter) and the hell hole dogs can have some fresh air.
So the lads were busy all day and made a great job..the hell hole babies will be free in there tomorrow as too dark tonight to be able to move them..so there is finally light in the distance for them..but we do clean their pens first, give a morning cuddle, nice food and some music as entertainment.... so it's barable until tomorrow!
Our job today was to vaccinate as many of the dogs as possible because having so many unvaccinated dogs in one enclosed space is irresponsible
and a recipe for disaster with disease! This is always the first thing to do
when you run a shelter responsibly. So today all the hell hole dogs were
vaccinated and little skinny girl who I showed in the pics yesterday went free today, she ran out in the grass and I could see her smile, she ran and ran and I knew she would be back before we left..and she was, she came up to me and allowed me to touch her.. Waggy tail, the difference air and freedom make to a dogs mental wellbeing!
We had two great assistants today, Anna an animal technician and another lovely lady I'm sorry I do not remember her name but she will know who I mean. The four of us, vaccinated, de wormed, de flead, photographed and wrote lists of ear numbers and descriptions, 36 dogs today.. It
doesn't seem a lot but the dogs are so scared of human touch and the bars yard public shelter put these ear tags in their ears, so wide and barbaric they are still painful two months or so on and about 60% are infected. So it's difficult to touch near the head and it takes some time, we don't want to stress them by scruffing and muzzling so we do it the nice way, bribery with food and time.. So 36 we are happy with, tomorrow we will see how many more.
So the total is 36 dogs vaccinated, 20 dogs treated for infection/sickness, 64 wormed and de flead! Still lots more to do.
Daniel had spotted a mother and three babies on the road near the shelter and he said they were not well, so off we went to try and catch them. When I saw them I could see the puppies were so infected with mange one all his paws were swollen and red and hardly no fur. Poor little pup would have been so sore and itchy. So we took them all and keep them separate and treat for mange, so hopefully in a few weeks they will be recovered, see the photos to follow.
We will give more money tomorrow to Vlad and he will build a second outside shelter for some others from the inside to get some air, so we're excited for tomorrow. Tomorrow Lisa and I have to chose a few dogs to save for ourselves. My lovely friend Gloria has agreed to find and pay the transport for one dog, she already has a dog I rescued from Greece and I'm so grateful for her, she has donated £120 and will pay transport costs, amazing woman!
So we have to chose 5 dogs to be saved, It's a hard decision as so many are so lovely, it's just so difficult. Can anyone please get on touch if you can adopt any or spread the word. Make a poster in your local parks. Together we can all try!
The bad news is the crazy bitches who caused this mess may get the shelter back, the ASPA the public shelter arse's who make the decisions with mayor are contemplating it.. Bagdat, Auri and lots of others are trying there best to prevent this. So let's pray for a good outcome!
The good news story is my really poorly brindle boy, had a solid
poop today and is eating well and wagging his tail and let me touch him.
The day to day running is immense, cleaning feeding medicating, trying to
socialise and gain trust whilst tying to stimulate their poor inactive brains.
Takes time and we are sad that when we go interest will be lost and if these
witches retake what will become of these souls. It's a very difficult situation out here and when speaking with the Romanian volunteers they tell me
to make sure I tell everyone to boycott Romania, never come for tourism as they
are all arseholes, they hate Romania and what it stands for.. Such a shame to
hear there is no pride for them as so much corruption and In humane