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.
Day Two at Funduela...
Well today is a positive day at the shelter..
Lisa, myself and Gabriella arrived and the team of volunteers were already there
cleaning the overnight deposits.
The priority was to move the dogs from the back hell hole and get them medicated and some air and freedom to move, so that's what we did. Daniel's team of merry men set to work and out of what seemed like nothing they built another large enclosure away from the hell hole and 6 dogs were removed and placed in a bigger clean kennel, four of the dogs are so frightened of humans they hid themselves as far away as possible, but we did not back away and after a few bribes of food they allowed me to pat their heads, that's a big step for today, tomorrow maybe an ear stroke! But they are healthy so that is good
There was a little Romanian lady who I do not know her name. She
pulled up her sleeves to scrub, and bloody hell did she scrub, a pair of
marigolds and we was scooping shit into bags and bleaching all the hell hole
kennels, we will post a photo later, she was a hero today, later on this same
lady we found alone crying, she spoke no English but we gave her a cuddle and
knew how she felt, sorrow for the poor creatures inside. But I tried I explain
in english/Romanian made up language, today was a good day, we achieved a lot!
The team scrubbed and bleached and loved the dogs, two girls walked quite a
few outside to show them earth is still there.
All I can say is in the morning we had lifeless soulless dogs and by the afternoon the dogs were barking and wagging tails and realising humans can be nice after all.
We spent the day, cleaning and organising and medicating the dogs and felt achievement.
The biggest story of all was two large dogs in the hell hole pens, one was big
and matted, very scared to touch and so sad and with his girlfriend sat beside
him, they were resigned to their fate... BUT at 6pm today angels came in the
form of a Romanian husband and wife who have a lot of land and dogs can have
freedom, they came wanted to take two dogs, not just happy friendly ones but the
ones who stood no normal chance of adoption, well when we showed the hell hole
pen ones, they said yes, we will take them both, hooray.. Yes it took 30 minutes
to get them to the car as they refused to walk or be carried but we did it and
now they will be safe and happy, matts and all.
Another BUT, on the way out Lisa said to the woman, look at this one, I pray an angel will come for her too as she is so lovely, the woman said yes we will take her too. Brilliant feeling for those three and they were genuine knowledgable and decent folk.
So the team regrouped at 7 and had a team photo, will post later and we patted
ourselves on the back.
Tomorrow we start again, we have a long way to go as there are outside kennels to build, no electricity, no running water no drainage from the kennels, a lot of dogs have mild sickness due to the prolonged ammonia
intoxication, parasites and open wounds but this will take a little time, so
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Update on Funduela..Day one..
Yes the first thing to say is it is horrific..how could any animal lover leave it in this mess..we arrived at the shelter with Rudi and Gabriella around 5.30pm after landing, we were restricted on what we could do due to losing day light at 6pm but we had a chance to assess the situation and the degree of misery...and yes there is lots.. These poor
creatures have no fresh air as it's enclosed in a barn and no windows, the
windows that are there have plastic guards so no air can escape or come
through.. The smell of ammonia and stale air is very potent. The dogs did not
even get up to greet us and if anyone who knows dogs will tell you most in
shelters will crave some contact but the feeling of these dogs is that they have
given up.. It's heartbreaking. We looked at these dogs and then Gabriella said
this is not be worse.. Through a wooden door is a small enclosure with wire
cages and wet concrete floor, no drainage. And there the sorrow and smell of
ammonia hits you like a lorry. When you look into the eyes of the dogs in there
you know they have no hope and no enjoyment of life..I cry as I am writing this
as the memory is haunting. There are no windows and bless the Romanian workers
they had to smash through the concrete wall today to make some ventilation to
help. This I am told has made a huge difference. On a positive note the work
that has been done so far by the Romanian good guys, who came to help is
amazing, the dogs have water and food and the cages are being cleaned. There
were 20 dogs to a small pen until these guys sorted and let some free to ease
the overcrowding. So there has been great improvements in a short time.
The plan.. Gabriella and Rudi the amazing vet who beg borrowed all his contacts
today to get me medical supplies due to the wholesalers being closed on
weekends. We will spend tonight speaking to builders etc who will make a fence
around the hell hole and so the dogs can be free in the air and roam and start
to know that humans are not all arseholes.. This will make a massive difference
to their mental welfare and the improvements will be drastic and we can start to
feel some hope. So tomorrow the plan is to get the fence built, treat the poorly
dogs and there are many and try and give some support and love to the team here
who are awesome.
We've been asked what the people in the UK can do to help,
I'm afraid it's financial support, everyone wants to get paid, they threaten to
concrete the water well so no water supply if the contractors who were promised
payment by the previous owners are not paid.. The fence will need to be funded
and continued food and medical support.
The medical have started and will continue until all are well.. I hope this gives you a small insight into the situation and what these poor are up against..
Can I just say that if you have adopted a Romanian stray may you know what you did for that dog, it's been saved in every sense of the word from Romania, maybe consider a few more and spread the word to all possible. Thank you for your support. Lisa Webster will
post photos shortly X