Imagine a place where dogs are treated more like vermin than companion animals and where every day is a constant struggle for survival.
Imagine a place where puppies are regarded as disposable commodities, unnecessary mouths to feed and are often dumped and left to fend for themselves.
Difficult I know, but imagine a place where elderly dogs, who have served their owners faithfully for years, due to illness and exhaustion, are thrown out on the street. Their chains severed, they are dumped miles from home and have to cope on their own.
Tragically this is still the situation in Romania today a year after this article in the Daily Mail:
Extract from article in The Daily Mail. 7 June 2016. Thousands of dreadfully abused, tortured, injured and diseased dogs – many close to death – have been subjected to ‘a life of hell’ on the streets of Romania.
The only other alternative for these poor dogs is the government public shelters – also known as kill centers. Again, little has changed in these places since the charity, Four Paws’ visit and the EU Parliamentary Debate below:
Four Paws. International Animal Charity. “Dogs were kept in overcrowded wire cages with little shelter and no bedding just a wet concrete floor. The smell was overpowering and the noise deafening. Numerous faces pressed up against cages desperate to be free.”
Extract from an EU Parliamentary Debate on the Mistreatment of Dog in Romania. 2014. “Evidence of dogs being kept without food or water….. We have photographic and film evidence that is too distressing for the press.”
REMEMBER THESE ARE ABANDONED PETS LIKE YOURS AND MINE AND STREET DOGS
Now imagine a place called Happy Tails, a hospital, kennels, isolation and recovery centre all rolled into one; a haven of care and kindness amidst the brutality of life on the streets or in the public shelter.
Imagine a place where the wellbeing of the fortunate dogs who end up there becomes the primary focus of all our fantastic volunteers. A place where the dogs can recover and start their journey to finding wonderful forever homes.
NOW IMAGINE WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO THE DOGS WITHOUT HAPPY TAILS
Our landlord has put Happy Tails up for sale and 1 Dog at a Time Rescue has until September to find the £70,000 purchase price or we could lose it to another buyer.
So far, we’ve raised £50,000.
We have just 2 months to find the remaining £20,000
PLEASE HELP US!
Read about our campaign to rescue Happy Tails:
Look out for our next post
‘A Day in the Life of Happy Tails’