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.