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EMERGENCY! This shelter has no more kibbles, some days its 400 dogs do not get any food....
Following an alarming SOS, we went to Daniela's shelter on July 24th to see the drama unfolding there...
On the spot the situation is catastrophic, the 400 dogs no longer eat every day.
Desperate, Daniela keeps posting calls for help, with no success...
The German association Pfotenfreunde Bayern e.V. does not have the means to intervene, and asks us to do so to save these dogs.
We would like to send 4800 kg of kibble as a matter of urgency.
We went to Daniela's shelter on July 24, after receiving an alarming SOS. For weeks, Daniela has been struggling to find food for dogs, who don't eat every day.
"We live from day to day! We buy according to the donations we receive, there are days when we have no food to give them! I can't stand to see them waiting to be fed..." explained Daniela, who feels overwhelmed.
Following our visit, our agent Georgian told us: "Considering the situation, the dogs are barely on their minimum weight and overall in decent condition. They try hard to not starve them. These guys need help!"
At the shelter, the shortage of food has been raging for many weeks now. Only the intervention of the two small associations that support the shelter has made it possible to avoid the worst so far, but neither they nor Daniela can buy kibble anymore.
"I have no choice, nothing! I can't wait for them to kill each other with hunger, I've struggled too much for them! We have helped many but ourselves no one! " says Daniela.
Daniela's shelter is supported by two foreign charities, which support her as much as they can. But both are small, they have already struggled to prevent the situation from escalating in recent months, and cannot keep up.
Steffi from the Pfotenfreunde Bayern e.V. association is the one who first alerted us, seeing that they could not continue without help: "Cleaning up, feeding, take to doctor, feed other wild Dogs, take all the time the two People have. Dogs are hungry and starve. We don´t know, how to get on. We are at the end of our power and strength. Please, please, help us"
We can take action, we have already booked a truck and pallets, but we have to pay it before August 9th.
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.
Located 45 minutes from the nearest town, the shelter is too isolated for Daniela to find volunteers. Even with the prospect of a small cash consideration, no one wants to take care of the shelter.
Daniela and her husband are therefore alone to manage the 400 dogs, with all that this entails. Maintenance, feeding, permanent surveillance to avoid fighting because there are not enough pens, veterinary visits etc.... "They have absolutely no time to breathe or organize any fund raiser" Georgian observed during his visit.
Exhausted and overwhelmed, they can no longer take in dogs until the situation improves. Daniela is as much affected by the distress of the shelter as by the one of dogs left to their fate in the streets...
For 10 years, Daniela and her husband worked abroad, and set money aside. When they found Gogu, the first dog rescued in an accident, they thought they were in a strong enough position to manage their own shelter.
But the costs involved in managing 400 dogs exceeded their expectations, and all their savings were guzzled. Both stopped working to take care of the dogs, their only resources now come from the sale of vegetables they grow themselves. A meagre livelihood, which does not allow them to manage everything.
"From our own pocket we can not buy anything for them because all the money we had collected over 10 years working abroad I have already consumed! Now we, from what we sell (we have a garden and a greenhouse with vegetables) can barely pay the bills" Daniela explains.
Set up on land too close to other houses, the shelter is a nuisance for neighbours located nearby. Inconvenienced by the dogs, they filed multiple complaints with the authorities, resulting in several fines that only increase Daniela's difficulties.
Worse, they are now under the yoke of an eviction notice, and must have left the premises by September 15th: "If I can't move them they said they would make me a criminal case and they would take my dogs to the public shelter where after 14 days if no one adopts them they will be euthanized" explains Daniela.
Thanks to the support of foreign associations, a new land has been found, but there is not enough time to secure it before having to move all the dogs. Overwhelmed by the constant search for food, Dianiela and her husband are unable to cope.
Touched by Gogul's distress and suffering when she found him dying, Daniela has since that day chosen to make animal protection her fight, against all odds. A cause she shares with her husband, who is struggling like her to overcome the bad times they are currently going through.
"They are strong and determined to help them all, each and every dog that joins their pack regardless of the injury state of the dog. They are trying to do their best and they seem to love each dog. The dogs also love them"said our agent George after his visit.
But the current situation is overwhelming, and the time decisive to turn the tide, they need our help to continue.
If the collection succeeds, the food will leave directly from our logistics centre in Romania! So we can act very rapidly, let's help Daniela and her 400 dogs to have food!
This collection is organised by the German association Pfotenfreunde Bayern e.V., for the benefit of the 400 dogs in Daniela's shelter. The 4800 kg of kibbles collected will be delivered to Daniela to feed the 400 dogs hosted at the shelter.
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