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From June 12th, this Romanian shelter will be out of food for its 171 dogs!
Informed of the difficulties encountered by the shelter, we went on the spot on June 3rd.
We must intervene to help them, and want to send them 3000 kg of kibble as soon as possible.
If the target is not reached, we will not be able to pay the carrier, the truck's departure will be cancelled.
We went to the shelter on June 3rd, a few days after being informed that the kibble stock was weakening dangerously.
"With food, like in every shelter, it is always needed, sometimes more, then we get a boost and then donations slow down again" explains Alexandra, one of the three volunteers, at the sight of the remaining stock.
When we came, the refuge was full, and the prospects of being able to renew the food stock were non-existent...
The Baia Mare shelter cannot accommodate more than 170 dogs, a capacity that is currently fully reached... so much so that volunteers are forced to call upon foster families for nearly 25 additional dogs, which they cannot place at the shelter.
Present every day at the shelter, Viorica is the only one who takes care of the dogs on a daily basis : cleaning the pens, providing medical care, socialization, but also feeding everyone... And every day, she is faced with the same fear : no longer being able to feed, care for or even host all these dogs, due to the lack of resources. She knows that if this collection doesn't succeed, she won't have any kibble to bring them anymore!
We can come into action, we have already booked a truck and pallets, but we have to pay it before June 13th
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.
Alexandra, Paul and Viorica, the 3 volunteers of the shelter, do a lot to collect food: local collections several times a year, donation boxes placed at all veterinarians in the city and beyond, regular calls on social networks and search for sponsors.
But this is not enough to meet the needs of the 171 dogs accommodated, especially since many other costs must also be met: medical care, transport, foster families (25 dogs are currently placed there), rent, etc....
For several years, the association Paws2Rescue has supported the shelter and its volunteers: on a regular basis for adoptions, but also financially whenever possible.
But the association has already done its best, collecting for nearly two months of food last April! Unfortunately, all the stock obtained has since been eaten up, and new help cannot be considered at this time, as the association is also helping several other shelters.
"Thank you so much it's a wonderful help for them. They deserve it" said the President of the association when we contacted her.
For many years, the Baia Mare pound has welcomed dogs in terrible conditions: every day, several dogs died as a result of attacks by other dogs, diseases, or simply hunger...
Devastated by these conditions, volunteers from the Baia Mare shelter lobbied the mayor to obtain, in 2015, the right to intervene. For a long time since, they have brought food to complete the quantities budgeted by the town hall, and continue to provide care, adoption, comfort and reassurance.
Thanks to the existing shelter, but also to the efforts of volunteers for adoptions and spaying/neutering, the number of dogs in the pound has now decreased, and living conditions have greatly improved. But if the shelter disappears due to lack of food, the situation will deteriorate again!
As an agricultural engineer, Viorica has long held both her commitments to animals and her professional commitments. 5 years ago, she decided to leave her position and a relatively comfortable situation, to take care of the dogs of the Baia Mare dogs 8 hours a day, every day. In addition, she now works a few hours a day for an IT company.
She also hosts about fifteen dogs in the small house she shares with her husband Paul, who is also one of the 3 pillars of the association. Over the past 6 years, Viorica and Paul have served as foster families for nearly 200 dogs.
Alison Standbridge, President of the Paws2rescue Association, says of their shelter: "I have never met a more honest team in Romania, Vio(rica) is a rare lady. Their shelter is one of the happiest and peaceful I have ever seen".
While her motivation and devotion are boundless, she is very tired of the pace the situation imposes, and the precarious situation in which the shelter finds itself: she says that if she knows what she has today, she cannot know what tomorrow will bring.
"Unfortunately, it is easier to find a loving master than a master responsible for his animal to the end," she concludes after our exchange
If the collection is successful, the food will leave directly from our logistics platform in Romania. We can therefore act very quickly to help Viorica and the dogs at the Baia Mare shelter.
This collection is organized by the association of the Baia Mare dog shelter. If this collection is successful, the 3000 kg of kibbles collected will be delivered to Viorica to feed the 171 dogs hosted at the shelter.
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