Friday, June 29, 2012

Three little survivors in need of homes

On May 29th we found a new litter of abandoned puppies in Ploiesti... Three little girls and one sweet boy:

School kids had improvised some sort of shelter for these little guys to keep them safe from the rain. Children also fed them daily with their lunch leftovers and played with the little ones. We were really impressed. When we tried to take the pups in foster care, the children begged us not to, and we simply felt like we could not break their young hearts. Unfortunately, we should not have listened to the kids pleading with us to leave the puppies there. Only days later, the little boy ran into traffic and was killed instantly...

 Rest in peace, little one...

That did it. The other puppies really had to be saved and taken into safe foster care. We caught a time when the puppies were alone and we took them to safety.

Weeks later, and the 3 surviving girls are doing really well in foster care. They are about 3,5 months old, healthy, energetic puppies waiting for their forever homes. Here they are today:

World, meet Cici now. She was ill for weeks, but she pulled through under the terrific care of my friend Gabriela. Cici is now a healthy and happy puppy

Tera, frolicking around and being super playful. She is the heart of the doggie party in my friend's foster care.

Tora Tora, being everyone's sweetheart and stealing hearts around

They are 3 surviving pups that did not ask to be born and be abandoned like they were. They've come a long way, being in the care of wonderful school children who unfortunately could not keep them all safe from nearby traffic, and currently in foster care at my friend's place. They are healthy, beautiful, funny, loving, playful puppies. Now they only need forever homes.

Albi- a little white one

Albi is yet another abandoned teenage female puppy in Ploiesti. She has already been spayed in our Ploiesti Neutering Challenge and is doing really well post surgery. She is approximately 5-6 months old and is a real sweetheart. It's likely she will stay a small to medium sized dog when fully grown. She loves company, both canine and human. She's a happy go lucky beautiful miniature Lab mix. Here she is in pictures:

Albi, waiting for her special family to come for her and take her home

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Update on Piki and her five dwarfs

Remember Piki and her 5 little puppies abandoned some weeks ago on the side of the road? Here are they now:

 Piki the tiny mom eating with her 5 even tinier puppies

 They are all very small, delicate and sweet, and in need of homes

Will you let one of these pocket sized darlings walk straight into your heart?

Please share and help them find the forever homes they so need and deserve. Thank you!

Ploiesti Neutering Challenge Day 7 by RAR

On June 20th we held Day 7 of sterilizations part of our Ploiesti Neutering Challenge. Day 7 was offered by the RAR vet team, courtesy of Romania Animal Rescue and SterilizeDogs NL. A total of 39 animals were sterilized, which raises the total number of sterilizations performed in our Ploiesti Neutering Challenge up to 174!

 2 beautiful ladies waiting their turn to be sterilized on Day 7

Dr A and Dr Pepe with 2 of the 39 animals sterilized on Day 7

I'd like to take the opportunity to thank Romania Animal Rescue and SterilizeDogs NL, Dr A and Dr Pepe, Nancy, Maria and Jacqueline for their commitment to help the Ploiesti strays. Thank you for the beautiful difference you're making, thank you for all the suffering you're preventing through sterilizations! I would also like to thank donor friends like Marjolein who donated to Romania Animal Rescue specifically for Ploiesti sterilizations. A great other way to support our Ploiesti Neutering Challenge is to support Romania Animal Rescue and SterilizeDogs NL so they can continue to help us with sterilizations.

Thank you all for caring about these beautiful innocent souls from Ploiesti!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Ploiesti Neutering Challenge Day 6

On June 13th we drove around Ploiesti the FPCC van and collected 19 animals to be sterilized as part of our Ploiesti Neutering Challenge Day 6. Added up to the animals sterilized during the previous 5 days, our Ploiesti Neutering Challenge has sterilized so far a whopping 135 animals in a little over 2 months! And the story is only in its raw beginnings.

Day 6 of sterilizations is under the sign of friendship, of real committed friends who have helped our campaign tremendously. Day 6 is in honor of Claudia V and Trudy, two lovely ladies who believed in our Ploiesti Neutering Challenge from the moment we've launched it. Day 6 was also made possible by friends: Maria from SterilizeDogs NL who altruistically donated her birthday gift to sponsor 5 sterilizations, Claudia D who will also adopt very soon one lovely Ploiesti stray, Wouter and the organization Help4Strays, Bianca, Chrissy and Sylvia. Many thanks from the bottom of my heart for the 19 animals they helped sterilize on Day 6. Thank you, dear friends!

To make it even better, other friends delivered more good news recently: Romania Animal Rescue and SterilizeDogs will join efforts to provide 50 sterilizations on a monthly basis in Ploiesti. Please read about the good news here.

But for now, please have a look at some of the animals helped with sterilizations on Day 6:

Rita, one pregnant stray female dog helped on Day 6. Her puppies would not have deserved to be crushed in traffic and endure a painful death.

Another female dog suspected of being pregnant. She recently came out of season- please see the wounds on her body from the male dogs that got over excited while she was in season, causing her these bite injuries. From now on she's spayed, hence she won't have to go through such ordeal ever again.

 2 of the 9 cats sterilized on our Day 6

 Animals getting rides to and from the FPCC clinic in spacious cages in the FPCC van

All in all, Day 6 was another success for our Ploiesti Neutering Challenge. All I can hope for is for many, many more such days to come, until there will be virtually no more puppies and kittens born to be abandoned and suffer short painful lives, ever again!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

A pledge

I set forth a pledge. Since the need of sterilizations is so great in Ploiesti, from now on, the adoption fees of animals adopted via Romanian Stray Dogs of Ploiesti will go back to helping animals within the Ploiesti community with more sterilizations. That is, the money coming from each adoption will go directly for more sterilizations as part of our Ploiesti Neutering Challenge. One lucky doggie rescued and adopted in a wonderful family, more animals sterilized in Ploiesti, less puppies born to a miserable life in the streets. A win-win situation for both the lucky adopted pooches and for the animals remaining in the streets.

Please feel free to browse through our animals for adoption. You may fall in love and adopt, which in turn will generate more much needed sterilizations for the Ploiesti strays. Below, some local darlings that are waiting to go home:

 Fattie, being her usual lazy self and waiting for a like-minded laid-back, chill owner

 Albi, a teenage pup, waiting to be cuddled by her forever owners

Daughter 2 from our Family of little angels, waiting to become some human family's little spoiled daughter

They truly deserve to go home. And by them going home, more doggies will be helped in Ploiesti with sterilizations. By adopting, fostering, or helping find a home for one of our animals, you will really be helping many more Ploiesti animals with sterilizations also. Please, help them!

Piki and her ABCDE...

Piki is a tiny female dog recently abandoned with her 5 puppies on the side of the road. Given her very tame and friendly nature, we can assume she's yet another female dog abandoned by her owners after becoming a mom. A very sad, but typical Romanian story.

My friend Gabriela happened to find Piki and her 5 puppies on the side of the road, and rescue them just in time. The people in that village threatened to kill the dogs, so Gabriela simply had to rescue them and bring them to safety.

 Piki, yet another recently abandoned mom on the side of the road. She is incredibly friendly, despite her very sad situation

Piki with her 5 little puppies

What's all the more sad is that Piki is also handicapped, missing a part of her left front paw. Her owner not only failed to have her spayed and abandoned her with her puppies on the side of the road in a village with unkind people, but he also failed to care for her properly as her broken little body can testify.

And here are the 5 tiny angels, mouse-sized, abandoned on the side of the road with Piki. They are also friendly and sweet, and with insatiable appetites. They still suckle milk from Piki, but also eat solid food.

We called the puppies ABCDE, as follows:
A- Annie- girl
B- Beanie- boy
C- Cookie- girl
D- Danny- boy
E- Ellie- girl

Piki and her ABCDE pups will need homes shortly... Could you help them, please?

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Recap of our Ploiesti Neutering Challenge

On March 30th all I had was a big dream and plenty of ambition and determination to do something good and long lasting for the Romanian stray dogs of my hometown, Ploiesti. So I launched the Ploiesti Neutering Challenge. A little over 2 months later, and our challenge has helped sterilize a total of 116 animals, and keeps on going and growing. Here is a day by day overview of how the Ploiesti Neutering Challenge went so far:

Day 1: 23 animals sterilized from donations
Day 2: 19 animals sterilized from donations
April 23rd: 1 urgent sterilization of a pregnant female dog from donations
Day 3: 20 animals sterilized from donations
Day 4: 18 animals from the Boldesti-Scaeni village near Ploiesti, sterilized from donations
Day 5: 35 animals sterilized by the RAR vet team, courtesy of RAR and SterilizeDogs
Total: 116 animals sterilized so far as part of the Ploiesti Neutering Challenge.116 animals that would have delivered hundreds of homeless puppies and kittens in the coming few weeks alone.

All this would not have been possible without the wonderful donors and supporters that opened their hearts to the Ploiesti strays and made this campaign possible. To them, endless thanks for the many animals they have helped, and for all the unnecessary suffering  they have prevented.

Looking forward, I hope that very soon we will be able to hold Day 6 of sterilizations. Day 6 is in honor of 2 very special ladies that have been absolutely essential for this campaign, just like breeze is essential for moving a sailing boat forward: Claudia who, from the first minute of me launching the Ploiesti Neutering Challenge, has helped me promote it with endless enthusiasm, believing in me and in this campaign; and Trudy, the first person that donated for the very first sterilization performed part of this campaign.

Thank you for making the Ploiesti Neutering Challenge possible!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Ploiesti Neutering Challenge Day 5- by RAR!

May 29th was a beautiful dream full of hope for us: Nancy Janes and the RAR team, together with Maria Forro from SterilizeDogs, held a sterilization day dedicated to the Ploiesti strays. A total of 35 local animals (28 dogs and 7 cats) benefited from free sterilizations, courtesy of RAR and SterilizeDogs.

Looking back, I realize several great things happened on May 29th. First off, 35 animals were sterilized in a town where sterilizations are in dire need; and surgeries were of top quality, being performed by the highly experienced and conscientious RAR vet team. But what is all the more amazing is that Nancy and Maria honored us with their presence during the sterilization day in Ploiesti. It was humbling to see them working all day in the animal recovery area, constantly monitoring recovering animals and making sure all animals were doing well. It was a long day that involved a lot of cleaning up, carrying, lifting and getting dirty for all the ones involved, but we were all united by a joint feeling of doing something good for the animals. At the end of the day, the feeling was absolutely amazing.

Animals recovering post surgery

Rocco, a local stray dog, held by Nancy Janes during the recovery post surgery. One super lucky doggie held by an exceptional guardian of Romanian strays

Maria from SterilizeDogs, holding one female dog spayed by the RAR veterinary team on May 29th

Sterilizations were of top quality, the animals recovering easily post surgery, able to leave the clinic on their own feet (well, paws)

On May 29th, the RAR team sterilized 35 Ploiesti animals. There were people and organizations from USA and Holland that came together at Ploiesti and made this happen. Their presence here gave me hope and helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel. One day, with their support, the suffering of the Ploiesti strays will subside. With massive ongoing sterilization campaigns, one day, there will be no more puppies born to be abandoned again in Ploiesti. The May 29th sterilization event gave me hope that day will come.

Ploiesti Neutering Challenge Day 4!

On May 28th off we started our Day 4 of the Ploiesti Neutering Challenge! We drove the FPCC van to the Boldesti-Scaeni village near Ploiesti and met with the lovely old man who could not afford to have his female dog sterilized at the Bucov shelter some weeks ago. Day 4 was dedicated to him, so we filled up the van with animals to be sterilized from his village. Because such mighty, kind, responsible people must by all means be encouraged and supported.

 The lovely old man with his little female dog, the ones who inspired Day 4 of our Neutering Challenge. On Day 4 we sterilized his female dog and her daughters, and neighbors' female dogs and cats.

Three of the 18 animals neutered on Day 4 of our Ploiesti Neutering Challenge. These 3 pretty ladies are grandma, mother and daughter from the same courtyard, and they would have kept on multiplying in their owners' courtyard, had they not been spayed on Day 4

Two days later, on May 30th, we returned the 18 animals (15 dogs and 3 cats) back to their owners from the old man's village. As always, people and doggies were super happy to be reunited:

It is my belief that many locals DO want to have their animals sterilized, but they simply cannot afford to pay for the surgery. Despite their best intentions and sense of responsibility. So Day 4 was dedicated to such lovely people, who genuinely love and care for their animals, and certainly do not want to contribute to the stray animal overpopulation by abandoning unwanted puppies. They simply want to have their animals sterilized. And we were there to help them!

The wonderful donors that made Day 4 possible are: Margarethe, Susann, Holly, Steffie and Christian, Christian M, Chrissy, Claudia, Yuen-Fan, Ulrike, Christina and Anja, sponsors from all over the world who opened their hearts to the need of sterilizations in the old man's village. I am honored and happy to pass on to them the many thanks from the villagers who benefited from Day 4 and their beloved sterilized animals.