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This Romanian shelter is out of kibble for its 500 dogs, they will starve to death!
We received an SOS from Daniela, President of the shelter.
We went on the spot on May 3rd, there were only 7 bags of kibble left...
Online collections, search for sponsors, calls for donations: Daniela tried everything, she doesn't know what to do anymore to feed her 500 dogs.
A local television even covered the situation in the media, but to no avail, Daniela will soon be unable to feed her dogs.
We want to help them, by sending 4200 kg of kibble urgently.
If the objective is not reached, we will not be able to pay the carrier, the truck's departure will be cancelled.
Located in a rural area, in the south-west of Romania, Daniela's shelter is very isolated: 22km from the nearest town, and no other shelter exists in this area within 100km....
However, dogs in need are Daniela's daily lot: 50 new dogs have been gathered to her shelter since February...
With a shelter of 500 dogs, it is very difficult for her to continue her rescues, but she is constantly called by the locals when they see a wounded or abandoned dog: "I can't let them die in indifference" she tells us.
At the beginning of February, the Animal Webaction community mobilized to help Daniela's shelter, and sent 3600 kg of kibbles, an infinitely precious help for all of them.
But the stock has already been used up for two months, and Daniela can no longer cover the food needs of the 500 dogs hosted. During our visit on May 3rd, there were less than 10 bags of kibble left:
"We are trying with enormous and desperate efforts to manage from one day to the next, but we can not deceive the trust of the hundreds of animals we have in our care."
Despite the daily workload at the shelter, Daniela has been moving heaven and earth for months to open up new perspectives at the shelter, and to be able to get more kibble.
Her calls for help have very little impact, her online collections are not working, and no new sponsors or partners have so far been found among the associations approached to get food...
Far from everything, Daniela does her best to make her shelter and its needs known, but it's not enough!
We can come into action, we have already booked a truck and pallets, but we have to pay it before May 19th.
If the collection fails, we will not be able to pay, the departure of the truck will be cancelled and none of the collected kibbles will be delivered...
If the collection fails, we will refund all donors
Since the creation of the association in 2016, Daniela has devoted all her days to the association's dogs. Up at 6am, she takes care of them until 11pm: her only outings are dedicated to visits to the vets and new rescues, it is impossible for her to work!
All her savings having already been used, Daniela only relies on the money sent by her husband (who works in Germany), and the meagre retirement pension received by her mother to support themselves and the 500 dogs...
During our visit, we also went to Daniela's home: in the courtyard and inside, it was not easy to move as there were so many dogs...
Daniela lives in her mother's house with her, and now nearly 150 dogs... A situation that is difficult for both of them to manage on a daily basis, which for the moment represents the only solution: the shelter is overcrowded, the safety of the dogs cannot be guaranteed if the numbers increase....
The shelter still has a lot of land, but it is not fenced in: new pens are needed to place more dogs. An unimaginable expense for Daniela who already struggles to feed them...
But Daniela no longer has a choice: bothered by all the dogs at her place, the neighbours have filed a complaint, it is urgent to regularize the situation!
With the help of a few friends, Daniela has been desperately trying for months to set up partnerships with other associations, in order to be able to cope with the expenses generated by the shelter, and to maximize adoptions.
To date, only a partnership for new adoptions has been set up: a valuable help, but one that does not solve the kibble problem at all...
Daniela now lives in her mother's house with her mother, while her husband lives and works in Germany. It is unthinkable for Daniela to join him, because it would be like abandoning the animals in their distress in Romania:
"Animals represent my whole life. Humans can manage on their own, but these animals need me to survive."
Former cleaning lady, having spent 15 years in Italy with a comfortable lifestyle, she now devotes her days to the shelter, from 7am to 11pm at the very least. She regrets that her involvement implies a certain marginalization on the part of people who do not understand her way of life, including many of her friends.
Despite these difficulties, Daniela does not regret her decisions: "If I had to do it again, I would do it again without hesitation"
This collection is organized by the association Mariuta. The 4200 kg of kibble collected will be delivered to Daniela to feed the 500 dogs hosted at the shelter as well as on her property.
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