Romania Trips

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Romania

 

Our Romanian trip is not an easy trip and especially no holiday. This is my third trip with Jodie Fairbrother who runs her own rescue, which is a lot bigger than One Paw 🙂 but saving one life or ten is a bonus.

Each of our trips are different each time. The first one I did I was kind of exciting but I felt nervous about what I was going to see.

Day one of our visit to the kill shelters, I remember the smell. It was a stench of ammonia and it was a hot day so this made it worse. As we walked into where the dogs were kept, we are escorted by guards to keep an eye on what we were doing. Even getting our phones out of our pockets was a mission. The dogs were all quiet laying down on top of each other, cramped and everyone looked sad. The eyes were a killer for me, they all looked at us with a help sign above their heads!

A few of the dogs were dead and left in there to rot. Others were injured with sores from fighting over food as it was thrown into the kennels. Puppy’s were born in these same kennels too and don’t deserve this start of life. They didn’t choose this.

The question was, how do we choose from the 100s of dogs? As we approached the cages, some dogs would lay there or cower in the corners, some eventually were brave and came to the front to greet us, wagging the tails slightly. Jodie was able to help more than me as I had only just started our rescue and we only had two foster homes that could help.

One caught my eye. She was is now called Tula. She was skinny, had mange and just stood looking at me. I knew I had to help her but the mange had to be treated first. I left without reserving her and I felt awful and asked Jodie once we were outside if I should go back and get her, but I didn’t. That night I couldn’t stop thinking of her and the next day I was heading back home so I had no time to go back. Once I got home, I contacted as many people as I could that I had met over in Romania and eventually Turbo Pet Dana went and got her out for me. That was the best day ever!! She then arrived in the UK 21 days later and was in foster for around 5 weeks. She was eventually gained confidence and looked happy and started wagging her tail a lot more than she was in Romania. Eventually she found a home and is very happy.

Thanks to our foster homes we couldn’t do this without them.

Please consider fostering for us and make my next trip to Romania easier as I can offer to help more.

Shaun – Founder of One Paw At A Time Dog Rescue.

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WARNING: Some people may find these videos upsetting.

Here you will find videos of some of the times we went to Romania. This shows the conditions of where the dogs are kept and the awful state of the dogs themself.

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