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
Day four at Funduela..
Wow four days goes so quick... Lisa and I cannot
believe where the time is going.
Today we did the usual getting in bins to remove the cardboard! Then were off to the shelter..
It's only us and the little security guard man who is paid every night to wait with the dogs
to make sure no one comes to poison them or run them down, as it's early.
The lovely Denise Evans who saw our pics and spotted him and fell in love and
messaged Lisa and that was Bruno saved. Photos to follow, she had arranged a
lovely lady Cristina from magic land shelter 7 hours plus drive away to come and
collect Bruno so he can stay in their private shelter until he can travel. He
was so scared that it took a while to get him on the lead but he wouldn't walk
to we lifted him and he was so scared he tried to bite and then he chewed
through the lead as he was so scared and he was free, it was a hectic moment of
oh shit! These people have made a special trip to help this dog get free but it
was a nice sight as he rolled in the grass and was so happy to be free but
Christine was so sweet and said they will leave Bucharest today at 4pm so we had
some time to catch him. Mission Bruno was on..Lisa was brilliant, she didn't
chase him or hassle him but bribed him all day to love her and it worked, at 2pm
Bruno was in a kennel waiting for his ride and then he was ready to go to his
new place.....See photos later!
So we started medicating and cleaning and whilst jen was doing that Lisa was worming and treating dogs for ticks and fleas, today she managed 40 dogs which is massive considering the effort involved, yesterday 25, tomorrow some more.
Today was quite a chilled day at the shelter, the police came to inform us that the previous owner had made an allegation that all her dogs were stolen.. So we gave our passports and told them she was stupid and asked them to take a look at what this wonderful owner who now gives a shit had left. So we spent our day trying to make friends with the doggies. We sat in each pen, bribed them with treats, gave them a brush and some new cardboard and puppy food brought from England. We were
bestie's with most by the end.. I have two doggie fans, Hopesey and Shadow.
Hopesey was the first dog I treated, she had so much green snot and blood from
her nose and diarrhoea and would not eat, two days later after her medicine she
is free to roam, follows me, let's me touch her and you can see in her eyes she
trusts me. Shadow roamed free but never came close to anyone but today I
made it my mission to touch her. It didn't take long with a can of dog food and
she ate and let me brush her. Her eyes said it all, one minute fearful then a
drastic change of, oh, actually your ok you are and so she proceeded to follow
we everywhere, even in the hell hole kennels, that's love! So even after I said
no more dogs for me. I reckon I will bring both back and keep one and find a
forever home for the other, I will send some photos after.
Lisa has also fallen in love, with nearly all, the difference in these dogs in a few days is
unbelievable.. Not all.. There are still some who hide their faces and you can
see them thinking, if I hide they won't see me and il be ok but we will keep
trying until we leave.
Two guys arrived at the shelter and Vlad translated that they had their pet dog at their place of work and the dog catchers came and took him, they heard he was here and want to see if he was. I am always suspicious of random people turning up wanting dogs but we went to see if he was there and in the second pen from the beginning on the left I saw the mans face light up, In there was one of my faves, a white and spotted old boy who had been howling so sorrowfully all day for love and affection, it was him. I think
it was florin they called and one man starting crying, they were so happy to
find him and I knew right then if it was suspicious they would not have picked
this dog, he was asleep in the corner, old and bad hips. I knew this was
genuine, so so happy to see the dog walk with his master to the car and hop in
so happy. Now only approx 115 dogs left.
We spent the afternoon with our music on. The dogs like our UK taste in tunes! We brushed and loved them, medicated and cleaned and it was a good day.
My poorly brindle boy who had such bad diarrhoea and urine full of blood is finally feeling better, first solid poo since I've arrived. He still doesn't eat but tomorrow sure he
will. I will get photos tomorrow...
This is just the beginning of the journey and I ask you all to please look the photos we send and see the eyes of these beasts, they are so desperate for love, freedom and safety it's heartbreaking. I ask you to share with every person you know, meet walking your
dogs, put up signs and educate others. We will vaccinate all the dogs before we leave and Rudi will make the passports, we really can save all these dogs but without adopters who can pay the costs of transport (approx £200 per dog) and spreading the word they will remain here so thanks again for all your support and have a think on what difference you can make. X
Day three at Funduela...
Well today was a bit of a roller coaster, it started so positive but by the time we got back to our hotel at 8.30pm we are emotional and feel overwhelmed at the situation in
Romania not just Funduela.
Ok so last night whilst eating food at the restaurant we were discussing the wooden pallets the dogs sit on, they are good to get them off the ground but they are not comfortable.. So we thought cardboard as a temporary measure, we
asked the waiter if the hotel had any to recycle, he said the bin in the car
park is where we find it if any and we can can take it tomorrow, so this morning
Lisa and I were in the bin, literally and loaded the car.
We went on a mission to find a second hand shop for old towels and blankets but after an hour gave up, but stumbled upon a market and we bought some lovely blankets. We met with Rudi, turbovet who has arranged all my medical supplies and is amazing. We
chatted and then the good news came, he will get me vaccinations for all the
dogs and passports the legend Rudi said he can do all the tracing papers for
them. What an amazing thing, in three weeks or so all these dogs could be ready
to travel, we know we probably won't be able to find so many homes but at least
they stand a chance. The sad thing is there are so many hundreds also in the
same position, next to Funduela is a shelter with 400 dogs all cared for but
Right so we arrive at the shelter and volunteers on site to help with the large quantity of poop and pee and trying to clean. The well bucket is broken so no water until 2pm.. Daniel tried so many times to fix it but without running water it's so difficult. Daniel persevered and we got water for an hour until it broke again but the dogs had water and we were able to clean.
Today's job for Lisa and I were to properly disinfect the hell hole area and try
to help the overpowering smell, this we achieved, we scrubbed all the walls,
bars and floors and pallets and they had a nice blanket and tin food and
biscuits and a cuddle and also today wormers and flea treatments. Well all but
three as they were too frightened of humans to let us touch but we will keep
I may be speaking out of turn but as we were doing all this we had
visitors, a human with the highest heels and blondest hair and let's just say
not a very good cosmetic surgeon, she arrived with her daughter and a party of
five. This human I was told was the owner, she paraded around looking and
whilst we were lugging supplies and blankets from our car some dogs roaming free
had a fight, it was a big one so Lisa and I and some guys tried to break it up,
it was bad but no major injuries. Dogs being dogs.. this blonde daughter who is
also to blame started howling and shouting at us in Romanian because we were
trying to part the dogs and shouting, to say I was livid is an understatement.
I said to Lisa I must leave or else she will not like the truth but I did
manage a photo of the heels of her mother! Says it all and no words necessary.
Some good news, two very poorly dogs who were pooing blood and not eating,
after two days of medicines are up, eating and wagging and free to roam
outside and even one we have named Hopesey turned into a little madam and kept
the boys in check. Then after the craziness of cleaning and treating Lisa
and Jen were hit by overwhelming sadness and even one lady who has been a
great volunteer. I just stood and watched a gorgeous big handsome boy and he
looked into my eyes and I saw it, I saw the sadness within and that was it the
flood gates opened. He looked at me and whined and then leant his head against
the concrete, the saddest thing I have seen in a very long time. Vlad a great
guy who is at the shelter every day bent down next to me, I said the sadness is
overwhelming and he said they will be ok..they will.. Let's hope so!
So to sum up, a great day, we will de parasite all the dogs and should be finished
tomorrow, we will buy vaccines Wednesday and vaccinate all that will allow.
Rudi will make the passports and tracing papers. We now have electricity, woop
woop! It has made a huge difference. The guys today drilled a hole and put a
pipe to allow sewage to drain away, the dogs got some blankets and love and
some doggies are feeling better but the sadness is too much so let's hope we
can give these guys a future.
One more update, the Romanian couple who took three dogs yesterday just emailed and said they were all settling in well. We await photos and another lovely English lady Debbie Evans has agreed to take a collie type dog from the hell hole and has named him Bruno, her friend will collect tomorrow to make the passports etc..let's keep sharing with everyone we know and let's educate the world on what Romania is doing.. I can't describe the situation here in words and even I who said no more dogs for me will probably end up with two more, the hopelessness is unbelievable. We all have to do our
bit, I know money is tight so let's spread the word. Ask for adoptees and attend demonstrations, share posts and a massive thank you to the Romanian volunteers as today they helped us scrub and they cleaned poo and fed and loved and cared for all these dogs without complaint.