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In Romania, Daniela is out of kibbles for her 450 dogs, they will not survive the winter!
Alerted by the Dutch association that supports the shelter, we went to the site on November 16th.
Kibbles have been lacking for weeks, Daniela doesn't have the resources to buy any more.
Set up in emergency to save the dogs, the shelter still lacks everything: having to deal with both cold and hunger, the dogs will not be able to survive this winter.
Desperate and scared, Daniela begs us to intervene.
We would like to send 4200 kg of kibble as a matter of urgency.
|Note from Animal Webaction: This collection's target was set by the shelter despite our recommandations, we believe it is way too high and could lead to the collection failing. With a shelter of 450 dogs, Daniela has chosen to stick to this target to be able to feed her dogs this winter.
If the collection fails, Animal Webaction cannot be held responsible for the death of dogs due to the lack of food at the shelter this winter.
For several weeks now, the shelter has been facing a shortage of food that Daniela has not been able to contain.... With very meagre resources, she cannot feed the 450 dogs alone, but the donations she receives fluctuate constantly and do not cover the dogs' needs.
"The quantity of food I give them depends on the amount of donations" she explained to us when we came. This fall, several days went by without her being able to get any kibble, which means she can only distribute bread!
"We are desperate, you are our only salvation" she told us about the collection.
Following repeated complaints from the neighbourhood, Daniela faced fines of several thousand euros, and was forced to move her shelter urgently last September.
If a plot of land has been found thanks to her foreign supporters, it is isolated in a mountainous area, without water or electricity, or even a road connection... Daniela and her husband had to start from scratch, and were unable to complete the layout of the new shelter, which only hosts 250 of the 450 dogs for now.
"It isn't like we expected. Because of the bills, we were forced to set up the place very quickly. In here the kennels were made on rush, almost improvised" she explained. "Now they stay in the mud, and if they don't have food they won't survive."
Far from being inactive, Daniela tries to inform as many people as possible about her situation, and to obtain additional help to overcome this phase, but does not succeed in obtaining any decisive results...
The dogs do not eat their fill, the cold has already started to settle in, malnutrition will quickly have devastating effects if we do not intervene!
We can take action, we have already booked a truck and pallets, but we have to pay it before December 1st.
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.
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 explained when we first met her.
If moving was the only way to save the dogs from the shelter, he brought with him his share of constraints and difficulties, many of which will be exacerbated this winter with the weather conditions.
"The move was very hard on us, now we have two places that we have to take care of. There is just me, my husband and since the beginning of this November, there is a man that we pay him to help us." regrets Daniela
Daniela's shelter is supported by two foreign associations, which help 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.
"We, as a foundation, try our best to support her with food from time to time, but to raise enough each month for the food she needs is a really big challenge" explained Mario, President of the Dogs DO Matter Foundation who contacted us in the first place.
Touched by Gogul's distress and suffering when she found him dying, Daniela has since that day chosen to make animal protection her fight, come hell or high water. A cause she shares with her husband, who is struggling as she is to overcome the bad time they are currently going through.
"For us, they are like our children. If I had the resources, I would bring them better conditions. We live in a house that is about to collapse and we have given up everything for them. Unfortunately, we can't do more than that."
Daniela remains hopeful that things will improve, and that the mayor will finally accept a collaboration with the shelter, which responds to a real need on the spot. But she knows that if she can no longer feed the dogs in the meantime, she will be forced to place them in the pound, where they will be euthanized after 14 days as the law allows if no one adopts them.
This collection is organized by the Dogs DO Matter association based in Nederland, for the benefit of the 450 dogs in Daniela's shelter in Romania. The 4200 kg of kibbles collected will be delivered to Daniela to feed the 450 dogs in the shelter.
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