It was never our intention to have more than 20-30 dogs at once inside Happy Paws; we decided this from the start, because we built our sanctuary thinking this would be a place where dogs could find their health and trust in people and having hundreds of dogs wouldn't have allowed us to follow with this idea. We managed to keep this plan working for a year, then more and more dogs needed our help; even so, a Happy Paws dog was never sent back or had any complaints from the adopter. We are proud to say we managed to find perfect homes for our dogs and the perfect dogs for the homes that needed them.
Romania has gone insane...there is no other explanation for what is
happening now; no matter how hard we try to wrap our minds around it,
the level of hatered and corruption that has exploded all over Romania
is beyond anyone's imagination. We are left to do what we can for the
thousands of stray dogs which, under the law, have to be murdered.
the last month, Happy Paws has reached a little over 100 dogs. Although
we don't have space or resources (food, doggie houses, volunteers), we
couldn't pass by indifferent to those who have been our friends for
years. They came to us for shleter and we couldn't say no, knowing that
it might have been the last time we ever saw them alive. Again, it was a
horrible period of our lives, were we had to decide who gets saved and
who is left in the streets to die. How can anyone be expected to make
such a decision?
I can speak for myself and for my
colleagues when saying we couldn't recognize ourselves during this past
month. We were no longer wives, mothers or daughters, we were just empty
human beings led by hysteria, desperation, nervos breakdowns and pain;
for days and days, we couldn't function without calming pills. We were
desperate to save those that we have taken care of for years in the
street; some may ask why haven't we saved them before and taken them to
Happy Paws? Because sheltering dogs uncontrollably isn't the sollution!
We saved those who needed us the most, those injured, abused, neglected,
while continuing free spay/neuter events supported by Romania Animal
Rescue for the ones left in the streets.
You may have
thought at some point we are making illogical decisions, spending money
in a foolish or irresponsible way, saying one thing and doing
another...you are right! But Romania has been far from being logical,
responsible or stable lately and we had to make the best of what we were
presented with at that time. We faced angry mobs who abused us verbaly
and even phisically; any attempt of protecting stray dogs was seen as a
terrible sin; we were accused of stealing from the Romanian people
(because mass-media has spread this idiotic story that NGOs are funded
by the state, which is a huge lie), of dumping trucks of stray dogs from
one town to the other. We had to fight with people, dogcatchers, local
authorities, local police and still find the courage and strenght to
rescue over 60 dogs in one month and provide proper shelter and food for
them. My most dedicated colleague (the only one owning a personal car)
can barely make a sentence, she is that exhausted, both mentaly and
phisically. One may ask, why keep fighting like this, when it's so
little chance to make a difference? Because we have seen things that one
couldn't believe unless they were there: dogs that never approched us
before followed us to the door, or jumped in our car, dogs that we have
never met before came to us and put their heads on our feet, begging to
be saved or running after my colleague's moving car, crying for help,
dogs that knew what was coming and desperately begged us to rescue them.
Paws is no longer the small dogs sanctuary we all knew before. We need
50 kilograms of dry food per day and we need to have them vaccinated, so
everyone is healthy and fed; we are not dogcatchers and we made a
promise to these dogs that they will no longer know what hunger, pain or
cold is. Romania has gone mad and so did we (for those who refuse to
understand why we do this), but for those whom we saved, the world is
saved. It's a drop in the ocen, we know, but we decided we won't let
them die for no reason.
While trying to find homes for as
many of the Happy Paws dogs as we possibly can, my NGO ("My dog") is
very lucky to be supported by Romania Animal Rescue and Nancy Janes in
the attempt of stopping the chaotic breeding of owned dogs, the real
cause of the stray dogs issue in Romania. Spay/neuter is the only
efficient, logic and humane method of solving this urging problem; if
only the authorities would understand and commit to it some day...Until
then, it is up to us, the people, to do their job, as always!
Paws needs all its friends now, more than ever. We need food,
treatement for intestinal worms and flees and anything else you might
think would be neccessary.
You can support Happy Paws' needs by
using our paypal: firstname.lastname@example.org or by long distance adopting one
of our furry friends (15 Euros per month, which will be used for food
can also send donations (food, leashes, collars, bowls, blankets,
toys, transport crates, jackets, treats etc) to Happy Paws Moreni (the
address will be provided in a private message).
Thank you for being our friends! Happy Paws is still standing because of you!