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The fabulous Hope for Romanian Strays guest blogger Don has vanished!  Can you find help him?  He decided to take a Face-cation (a vacation from Facebook) but we now need him back to help with the charity birthday celebrations!  We need your help to keep an eye out for him and share your photos of Don if you “spot” him – perhaps during your own vacation somewhere – being sure to include #WheresDon and the Hope for Romanian Strays logo in your photo too (#wheresdon).

H2SThis fun little campaign actually has a more serious side to it – we want to raise awareness of the Hope for Romanian Strays brand as the first part of an awareness campaign for our charity.  Hope for Romanian Strays is a small, volunteer run, charity that rescues stray dogs in Romania.  The campaign will be rolled out in a couple of stages, with #WheresDon as the first stage.  This will be just one of the many initiatives we are launching for our 4th birthday, and was in fact inspired but a few complaints from some very active offline supporters who believe very strongly that the use of gamification and humour are totally inappropriate in the serious world of animal rescue.  The fact that many large charity use these techniques successfully appears to be invalid.  They do the most amazing work offline I might add and whilst they do not respect the work I do online I certainly respect the work they do offline.

So do you want to help us find Don and get him back in time to help with our birthday celebrations?  I hope so!  All you have to do is use a tool such as Pizap to photoshop Don  into one of your own photos, such as a holiday snap, also add our logo (very important!) and the text #WheresDon. Once you are happy please share away tagging or mentioning the charity.  If you like you can also use other relevant hashtags like #animalrescue etc.

Or perhaps if you “can’t find Don” you would prefer to photoshop in one of your own Romanian rescues?  That’s fine too as long you include our logo and #WheresDon in the photo!

So please get busy and join the hunt for Don!  Let’s see if we can find him and raise some awareness for Hope for Romanian Strays and at the same show that there is room for other ways of raising awareness and funds and that gamification and humour can in fact have a positive impact for a charity.  Of course if you would rather just donate money to the charity instead that’s great too – the charity paypal is hopeforstrays.paypal@gmail.com!  Just mention #WheresDon when you do so we know that this worked 🙂

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All I wanted for Christmas …

This time of year is often a time of reflection.  It is a time of thinking about what you really want for Christmas – what items go on that famous Christmas list.  What are the things you would really love Santa to bring you – and being Santa you can wish for whatever you want.

This year there were some practical things on my list – including an electric blanket  and a pasta making machine (both of which I got – yay!).  There were also though some wishes and hopes on the list.  I have one wish every year and that is for donations and miracles for the dogs in the Bucov shelter that I support through Hope for Romanian Strays.  With now over 1500 stray dogs living in the shelter (with an original capacity for 700 dogs) and of those over 300 puppies, there is never enough funds to help them all.  The authorities do not provide enough food for that many dogs so it is up to us, and our supporters, to provide the additional food and care to try to keep the dogs alive.  There are constant medical and emergency cases, like newly born puppies or injured dogs dumped at the shelter gates – essentially being left there to die.  My wish did partly come true as thanks to some generous supporters and fundraising the dogs did get a Christmas meal.  This is of course a drop in the ocean but at least they did not go hungry on that special day.

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Puppies in the Bucov shelter getting their Christmas meal

My other Christmas wish this year relates to work.  Having left ZS in March I have gone back to working as a freelance consultant, culminating in an extremely busy December.  However with my contract coming to an end in January I am again looking for the next opportunity.  Whilst I would love the stability of a permanent job, the reality is there are not that many permanent roles for someone with my level of expertise and seniority.  I also have such a huge passion (and depth of experience) for my area of specialisation (healthcare digital and social media strategy) that I have no desire to even consider anything else (except perhaps animal rescue!).    I do also love the flexibility that working as a freelance brings and so I am putting feelers out again for some more contract work.  As always it is a balancing act between finding new opportunities and meeting the requirements for the current contract – and this is one of the down sides of freelance work.  I will have to start looking for the next opportunity whilst working flat out on the current contract – and find time to rescue dogs and take care of my health and personal life. I’m tired already just thinking about it!  And so I make my wish and I hope that one of my tweets or posts ends up fortuously in front of the right person at the right time and I end up with a new contract for 2016.  Fingers crossed ….

Linked to the above wish is another work related wish – a new laptop in the shape of the new Mircosoft Surface Pro.  Sadly this is not a wish that Santa was able to grant this Christmas because Microsoft decided that Europeans are second class citizens compared to the US and that we have to wait 6 months to get our hands on this new shiny gem.  My wish will have to continue being a wish only until March when I hear the Surface Pro will finally go on sale in the UK.  Annoying.

My final big Christmas wish of course has to be health related.  If you follow my posts then you know I have an autoimmune disorder called Hashimoto’s.  I think most patients with autoimmune disorders wish for improved (or at least stable) health.  When I am happy and love what I am doing (and get plenty of sleep, eat well, etc.) I have no issues whatsoever with my condition.  Sadly if I get over-stressed, sleep badly, or slip up on my food (e.g. eat something with Gluten in) I end up feeling pretty pants.  Of course I plod on but there will always be a wish for that magic pill to come along and make life easier – or indeed cure my condition.  That will stay a wish for a long time though as that is unlikely to happen!  My other, more realistic, wish therefore is that more people are educated about the reality of autoimmune diseases, including doctors.

I got to spend my Christmas this year with my family, including my brother who is a GP.  I was really saddened to hear that he had no idea the impact gluten (and diet in general) can have on patients with autoimmune diseases.  I am not sure if he took my gluten free diet that seriously – I suspect like many doctors he felt that just taking my pills should be remedy enough.  This makes me sad as I know the difference lifestyle makes on quality of life, and disease progression, for many patients with autoimmune diseases, but if doctors do not provide information or even support in this area then life just gets that bit harder.  There really is nothing more frustrating that having your condition dismissed by your doctor – or indeed your online research either.  Yes there is a large amount of incorrect and bad information online, but there is also a huge amount of life changing, accurate information out there.  The fact that some of this comes from patients makes it no less valuable or accurate.  Afterall how can a healthy doctor really understand what living with an autoimmune condition feels like and who are they to judge how we feel if we make lifestyle changes?  And so I wish that more doctors listen to their autoimmune patients and try to understand their needs and conditions better.  I wish more autoimmune patients had access to a great doctor like I do here in Switzerland.

If I could have my wish for a healthy 2016 and a new contract or opportunity to come true then I can also help make my first wish come true – I would be able to make a large donation to my charity and thereby rescue the lives of more vulnerable, neglected dogs in Romania.  So should you hear of any opportunities (perm or contract) then do let me know … and you can do your bit to help my wishes come true!

 

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Sahsa – one of Hope for Romanian Strays rescues guarding the Christmas food for the shelter dogs – and looking very festive in the process!

 

 

When Tripadvisor gets it all wrong

I have been using Tripadvisor for years to research holiday destinations, hotels and restaurants.  I will often start by using a tool such as Lastminute or Booking.com to find a holiday or hotel and then I will check the options using TripAdvisor.  When checking I tend to only look at recent reviews as I know from experience how much hotels and restaurants can change with time.  If a location gets a bad review I will move on to find a different location.  If my searched location gets great reviews then I tend to book.

This was the same process I went through recently to book my trip to the Maldives.  I had used Lastminute.ch to identify potential holiday destinations, and then having narrowed it down to the Maldives (where I had had a fantastic holiday back in 2007) I then went to TripAdvisor to select the resort to go to.  The island I opted for was called Biyadhoo and it was touted as being a simple and basic resort on an island with a fantastic house reef.  Reviews commented on how great the snorkeling and diving was and what a lovely island it was.  A few also posted photos of the resident cats.  It was this combination of a great reef as well as resident cats that swung it for me and I booked myself a week’s holiday on Biyadhoo.

At first glance the island looked like paradise, as so many tropical islands do.  The rooms were not as basic as I had expected and things looked promising so as soon as I had changed I went for my first snorkel.  And this is where it all started going down hill.  The supposed amazing house reef appeared to be mainly dead.  I though perhaps it was just the area I had gone in, close to the pontoon, that was damaged.  I decided to call a night and went to dinner.  Sadly I was met with more disappointment.  In the restaurant we were to be allocated with a table and that was were we would have to stay for the entire week.  The food itself was okay – nothing amazing and as I found out based around a limited selection of recipes.  The curry’s were always good, but after one week I had my fill of fish curry.

The following day I rose bright and early to go for a dive around the house reef.  Again I had high hopes but again my hopes were dashed.  The dive was extremely disappointing, with strong currents and dominated by brown, dull and dead coral.  The fish selection was mediocre and equally disappointing.   For the afternoon I opted not to dive again but try snorkeling on the other side of the island.  This was the supposed house reef that people had raved about on Tripadvisor.  All I can say is that these people had obviously never seen a decent coral reef.  Bar the odd “normal” outcrop most of the reef was again dull and dead.  This holiday was turning into a huge disappointment – one week on a small island with overwhelmingly dead coral and as it turned out on-off weather was not what I had hoped for.

Blue

Blue

Things however were soon to get so very much worse.  My first days I was overjoyed by the island cats, in particular an adorable “blue” kitten (who I called Blue) who was terribly sweet, adorable and cuddly.  Then after my 2nd dive (this time a good wreck dive) I saw two men carrying a box of screaming kittens.  Myself and the other divers stopped them and to our horror we saw in the box new born kittens that were still so young their eyes were not even open.  Despite our emotional and vehement objections that these kittens should be returned to their mother or they would die the men took the kittens off on their speed boat.  I was absolutely distraught.  I went straight to the hotel manager to complain.  He promptly told me they would be fine and would be put on an island.  If we were concerned they would also catch the mother and take her there too!  When I continued to complain he told me he did not care at all about the cats and only cared about the happiness of the guests.  My happiness, as a guest, would it appear not be relevant however.

Blue's sibling with a horrific wound inflicted by hotel staff

Blue’s sibling with a horrific wound inflicted by hotel staff

I demanded to speak to the manager, and threatened to go public on social media with this heartbreaking story.  On digging deeper I found out that this was standard practice and had happened the year before and was happening again at the time moment – due to the cats not being neutered there were too many so they would catch them and dump them, to essentially die, on another island.  Now I also understood how Blue’s little sibbling had the most horrific, raw and bleeding neck wound.  Someone had clearly tried to catch the poor little soul with a wire trap (or possibly just tried to strangle it) and the result was a raw, open wound on this kittens neck.  I was no longer able to sleep worrying about the fat of little Blue, no more than a few months old, and her injured sibling.

Blue and her Sibling

Blue and her Sibling

The next day I got to speak the the CEO via telephone.  I had a long discussion with him, during which he assured me he himself was a cat lover and had cats himself, and during which we discussed the options.  Option one was that I would go public with the animal abuse that was happening or alternatively I would fund for a vet to come over in February to neuter the cats (there is not one single vet on the Maldives due to the government not allowing them to import veterinary products).  To me this seemed like a simple choise – make money or lose money or do the right thing or do the wrong thing.  He had said that the action was a result of a few  people complaining – but how many people were happy with the cats but never said a word?  I know I was not the only one who had selected the resort because of the cat pictures.  To me this seemed like a potential business opportunity in itself.  With dying coral why not optimise another resource -cats?  I for one would pay extra to stay at a hotel with animals.

The rest of my stay remained a disappointment, the snorkeling did not improve, the weather got worse (afternoons with nothing but torrential rain) and more distressing examples of animal cruelty, including one cat, with an injured front paw, whose back paw was deliberately snapped broken.  This was witnessed by other tourists, who like most I spoke to, where appalled at the dreadful treatment of the cats.  Again I complained and was assured this would be looked into.  I also informed the resort that I would be adopting Blue, and possibly her sibling, and would get the vet I was going to send to bring her to Europe.

More kittens - now dead

More kittens – now dead

I was very happy to leave Biyadhoo island behind.  The Tripadvisor reviews had been so very far from the truth that what was meant to be a relaxing weekend of snorkeling and relaxing turned into a dull, distressing and horrible experience that I was desperate to see end.

Happy as I was to get home I was then absolutely shocked and appalled to then hear from a tourist still on the island that the order had been given by the management to clear all the remaining cats from the island and that little Blue, who I was going to adopt, had been one of the first to go. I was, and still am, absolutely devastated that this little life was needlessly snuffed out, by a management so intent on making a profit and disregarding customer complaints that they did not want to hear.  They were only interested in the few that complained about the cats that they where they intent on ignoring the multiple complaints they received from guests about how the cats were being handled.  They clearly also presumed once I, and the other guests, were gone that that would be the last they would hear of this.

Blue's sibling - a beautiful little kitten

Blue’s sibling – a beautiful little kitten

My message to the management of Biyadhoo is shame on you and how wrong you are.  In today’s world it is a very high risk strategy to ignore a guest, who works in social media, and dismiss they complaints as worthless.  In today’s world full of animal lovers, who are very active on social media, it is a foolish thing to publicly be seen to be killing of cats that had a positive future.  As to the future of the island – I can only see it getting worse.  Now with the cats all gone the rat population (which was an issue in the past) will explode again.  According to the management this is simple to resolve with poison.  Will that get a mention on TripAdvisor I wonder?  Will families with children want to visit an island riddled with rat poison?  Will people really want to continue visiting an island that how coral and fish being killed off even more due to poison leaching into the water?  I know I would not want to.  Whereas TripAdvisor let me down this time I hope for the sake of other travellers that it does not let them down in future around what Biyadhoo Island Resort is really like.

UPDATE:  Blue has been found alive but not looking happy and is losing weight & the island she is on has now been closed and with the dry season she will have limited access to water.  This has now turned the importance of this post from a focus on boycotting #Biyadhoo island to rescuing Blue – or #RescueBlue – and is now URGENT!  I don’t know how many days Blue has left.  Please contact Ministry of Tourism & Ministry of Health in the Maldives to ask them to step in and help, share on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linkedin etc.  PLEASE HELP SAVE BLUE!

Blue.  RIP. Run free little soul.

Blue. Can we save her?

A bundle of joy that I had hoped to save

A bundle of joy that I had hoped to save

Can social media cause a miracle?

Last week I wrote about the hopeless task I faced in trying to find homes for 60 Romanian rescue dogs who were about to lose their shelter.  I truly did not think we could save them.  I certainly did not think we would be able to find places for the very traumatised ones – who would want to give a traumatised dog a 2nd chance?  I thought perhaps we could find a few homes for the sweeter gentle ones.  I hoped that through social media we could find those few places and maybe raise enough funds to rescue these poor dogs.

Then the ball started rolling.  A few more people joined the group and offered help.  All of a sudden we had an offer for 15 places in a shelter in the UK!!  My heart stopped – could this really be happening?  This would be truly amazing!  Sadly hurt ego’s resulted in this offer being withdrawn – we were gutted.  But we got back to looking.  Slowly more offers poured in.  A couple of dogs were offered a place with one shelter and couple more were offered a place with a foster and a few lucky ones got offered forever homes.  Now just over one week later we have found places for 32 dogs!  I would never in my wildest dreams have thought this possible.  I am totally utterly humbled by the out-pouring of offers of help.  Thanks to the power of social media we have managed to pull of a near miracle.  Thanks to people all over the world pulling together, sharing these dogs photos, posting on their walls, tweeting and ringing around we have managed to save the lives of 32 dogs in less than 10 days.

However in order to make this a total miracle we need to find homes for another  15 dogs and we need to somehow raise funds to cover the cost of transport.  The cost per dog is €120 prep fee and then around £150 for the transport.  A few dogs have been sponsored or their adopter are paying but for all the rest we have to pay.  That is a very large some of money.  So again I am hoping that social media can truly bring about this miracle.  If by sharing and posting we can find 40 people to sponsor one dog or 80 to sponsor half a dog and if by sharing we could find 15 people who could home one of these dogs than we will truly bring about a miracle.  So I ask each and everyone of you to share this post.  Donate if you can and let me know if you can help any of these dogs in anyway.

You can donate via Youcaring here or via paypal to me: pharmaguapa@hotmail.com (and if you are donating for a specific dog please let me know.

 

Dogs that still need homes are listed below.  Please share for them!

 

Basil - a lovely waggy-tailed chap who also has impaired vision due to illness

Basil – a lovely waggy-tailed chap who also has impaired vision due to illness

Greta - a very sweet lady with impaired vision due to an illness.

Greta – a very sweet lady with impaired vision due to an illness.

Tantalic - an old boy, scared but with a heart of gold

Tantalic – an old boy, scared but with a heart of gold

Rex is a great chap - he is scared of men and strangers but find with the ladies

Rex is a great chap – he is scared of men and strangers but find with the ladies

Max - another great chap with a gorgeous smile.  He is wary of strange male dogs but otherwise a chiroy little chap.  He is around 2 years old

Max – another great chap with a gorgeous smile. He is wary of strange male dogs but otherwise a chiroy little chap. He is around 2 years old

sweet LUPITA, 4 years old female, she was crying when we found her . She is dominant with some dogs over food. Friendly and loving to people, she barks at strangers as has a protective instinct. 18 kg 47 cm high castrated

sweet LUPITA, 4 years old female, she was crying when we found her . She is dominant with some dogs over food. Friendly and loving to people, she barks at strangers as has a protective instinct. 18 kg 47 cm high castrated

Lea - dog on the left - very sweet 3 year old castrated lady. Lovely and not aggressive.

Lea – dog on the left – very sweet 3 year old castrated lady. Lovely and not aggressive.

Indy - a gentle giant.  Indy is a large lady around 3 years old with a lovely character - a total sweety

Indy – a gentle giant. Indy is a large lady around 3 years old with a lovely character – a total sweety

Griutu 1, a scared 5 year year old boy. Let's show him there's is more to life that Romania and find him a place to grow old free from fear. He deserves a home.

Griutu 1, a scared 5 year year old boy. Let’s show him there’s is more to life that Romania and find him a place to grow old free from fear. He deserves a home.

Griutu 2. An old, quiet boy who will not survive on the streets - we need to find him an urgent retirement home - old dogs deserve a chance too and certainly do not deserve to die in pain on the streets. Help us find him a home

Griutu 2. An old, quiet boy who will not survive on the streets – we need to find him an urgent retirement home – old dogs deserve a chance too and certainly do not deserve to die in pain on the streets. Help us find him a home

BRIANNA, a beautiful dingo-like lady, sterilized, around 2-3 yearsold. Sometimes she has big mouth on her but she is a total softy, not aggressive with humans at all. This adorable girl needs a home urgently

BRIANNA, a beautiful dingo-like lady, sterilized, around 2-3 yearsold. Sometimes she has big mouth on her but she is a total softy, not aggressive with humans at all. This adorable girl needs a home urgently

This chap has gone through so much - can we prevent him going through more pain?

This chap has gone through so much – can we prevent him going through more pain?

A happy waggy tailed dog soon to die miserably on the streets if we do not help

A happy waggy tailed dog soon to die miserably on the streets if we do not help

Griutu - an older chap who is a little scared but with some TLC will make a wonderful addition to a family

Griutu – an older chap who is a little scared but with some TLC will make a wonderful addition to a family

A ray of hope in sea of despair

dog5In my last blog post I wrote about my absolute despair at the situation of 60 rescue dogs in a private shelter in Romania that will lose their home next week.  Finding homes for that many dogs in Romania is next to impossible.  Their fate however, if homes are not found, is almost certain death on the streets or in the local death shelter.  It is faced with this task that I have turned, desperately to social media, to try to save as many of these dogs as possible.

I must be honest I had lost hope as few of people seemed to be responding to Anca’s plea for help.  I also wondered how on earth the fate of 60 Romanian rescue dogs could cause even a ripple in social media at a time of so many other huge global crisis such as Ebola or Syria.  Some people may say these are “only” dogs – but each one has a name, a personality and lots of love to give.  But still they are a drop in the ocean. I truly despaired. My previous post was a true cry of despair, a cry for help from anyone listening.

And some of you did listen.  Some of you did start responding, sharing and asking local rescues in your country.  All of sudden there is a ray of hope in the sea of despair.  We have started getting offers in from people who can take 1 or 2 dogs.  A dog’s home in the UK, a foster place in Germany, an adopter in Switzerland, the offers are starting to creep in.  I admit that it brings tears to my eyes to see the uptake of my plea for help.  It brings me hope.  It brings Anca hope – a woman who is a walking zombie she is so depressed and distraught about the fate of her dogs.

It is however still not enough.  It is only a small ray of hope and we must make it bigger.  We still have 50 dogs looking for a home.  Some of them have never lived on the street.  Others are so traumatised from their experience in the public shelter that they just cower in their kennels and shake at the sight of people.  We cannot let these dogs go back to this horrific fate.  These dogs need our help – urgently.  At the very least we need to find long term sponsors who will save these traumatised dogs by paying for a private shelter where they are cared for.

Which brings me on to funding.  Even when we have found homes for all 60 we still need to pay to make their final travel preparations (e.g. final vaccines for the puppies) and fund the cost of their travel, at €220 per dog.  That is a HUGE sum of money.  How on earth can a few individuals raise that sort of money?!!

It is looking at what still lays ahead – the impossible task of find more homes in such a short space of time and raising such a huge sum of money – that for me that ray of hope gets smaller.  The despair sets in again and I cry.  I do not know what else to do but keep begging for more help to pray with all my soul that we can find enough people to open their homes, enough people to give small donations (or a few big ones) and enough people to share this desperate appeal and find more help.

Again I reach out to you.  Please help.   Please share and donate.  And please pray for 60 dogs desperately close to be thrown into a living hell.  Please do not let them die in pain and misery.

For more information please visit: Help Save Anca Florea’s Dogs Facebook Group  or contact me via Twitter @pharmaguapa or email pharmaguapa@hotmail.com or in the comments of this blog.

Azzy, 3 1/2 year old female

Azzy, 3 1/2 year old female

Bebitza getting on in age at 7 years and a little scared

Bebitza getting on in age at 7 years and a little scared

Bodo a 3 year old, playful boy

Bodo a 3 year old, playful boy

A desperate cry for help

I generally rave about how wonderful social media is but sometimes it can also be devastating.  Yesterday I found out that 60 Romanian rescues will be essentially sent to their death on the 17th October.  I have been following the care of these dogs on Facebook and have been helping try to find them homes.  Their time is now up and they will die.  I feel helpless, powerless and utterly distraught.

As you may know I am very active and passionate in trying to save dogs in Romania through my charity Hope for Romanian Strays.  My passion is driven by the sheer horror of how the thousands of stray animals are treated, with dogs often beaten to death, maimed by other dogs, poisoned and so on.  Whilst the shelter we support is one of the better ones, others are rightly nicknamed “death shelters” – dogs are routinely starved or beaten to death, succumb to disease or are killed by other dogs and the survivors are traumatised and live in poor desperate misery with minimal shelter or food.

All of this horror was unknown to me before I got active on social media.  I would perhaps have read the add newspaper article or seen a TV programme, but for the whole I was not exposed to some of the most extreme and brutal animal cruelty in the world. Now I see it on a very regular basis.  Needless to say it is always distressing and fuels my passion to help. Despite not wanting another cat I ended up rescuing a second one.  Despite needing to save money I donate a large part of salary every month. And despite being overwhelmed with the huge need of my own charity I still also support a few individual women who rescue dogs despite their own meager resources.

Puppies - who will soon certain death on the streets

Puppies – who will soon certain death on the streets

It was therefore absolutely devastating to hear this week that one of these rescuers, Anca Florea, was about to have all her dogs evicted.  A few months ago Anca’s private shelter was raised to the ground – it was a ramshackle enclosure but she provided food and shelter to some very needy dogs.  A group of us got together and started funding private foster places for Anca and trying to find homes.  Anca then fell very ill and was hospitalised. Without her constant reminders over Facebook people started to forget about the dogs.  The funds for the foster places have all but dried up.  Anca took many of the dogs into her own home despite her ill health.  Despite having to pay for her healthcare she still somehow managed to feed the dogs – albeit very very little.

This dog has already known the misery of the streets & soon will go back to that misery

This dog has already known the misery of the streets & soon will go back to that misery

Now the 60 dogs are to be evicted.  She has the option of letting the dogcatchers come – cruel men paid per dog they catch regardless of how (resulting in many dead and injured dogs).  They will take her rescued dogs, who have now known love and warmth, to a death shelter where the old and infirm dogs and puppies will definitely die relatively quickly but miserably.  A few of the younger strong ones might last  a year or so if they are “lucky” before succumbing to starvation and disease.  To Anca this is not an option.  When the day comes she will take them to a field and give them a fighting chance on the streets.  Sadly the old and infirm and the puppies will almost certainly die.  The younger ones, if they are not caught, will have a better chance.  The reality is though that on the 17th 60 dogs that were safe will have their death sentences signed.  They will face a winter of misery, pain, starvation, disease and eventually a horrible death.

A happy dog soon to be in danger on the streets

A happy dog soon to be in danger on the streets

And now I feel helpless, powerless and utterly distraught.  The mighty social media that has helped me so much with my health, brought so much benefit into my life now fails me.  It opens my eyes to a horrific reality for some wonderful, happy dogs that are loved.  I have shared their photos.  I have begged for help via Facebook.  I have asked people to retweet, repin, repost their photos.  I have reached out to everyone I know asking if they know anyone who could help save just even 1 dog.  I have failed.  Social media has failed me.  I have no idea what more I can do.  All I can say is I will continue to post, to beg and to pray with every inch of my being that a miracle happens and some place can be found for these poor poor dogs.  I will continue to beg you to share their posts, to share their photos in the hope that if everyone shares these photos someone out there will see them and decide to help.  That through sharing we can save these lives.  That you will help me save 60 dogs in desperate need through sharing this and that in doing so will restore my faith in social media to do good.  Will you do that for me and for them?

 

UPDATE:  A fundraiser has been started to raise funds for transport to foster places. Please donate if you can.  http://www.youcaring.com/pet-expenses/help-save-anca-s-dogs/246573

This puppy won't survive alone on the streets - will you help her?

This puppy won’t survive alone on the streets – will you help her?

A lab-mix who I'm sure could find a home if we tried

A lab-mix who I’m sure could find a home if we tried

Tibi - an old dog that will not survive on the streets

Tibi – an old dog that will not survive on the streets

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A little terrier - small dogs have a worse chance on the streets

A little terrier – small dogs have a worse chance on the streets

A happy waggy tailed dog soon to die miserably on the streets if we do not help

A happy waggy tailed dog soon to die miserably on the streets if we do not help

Ursulica - a lovely lady who wants to have a home of her own

Ursulica – a lovely lady who wants to have a home of her own

 

 

This chap has gone through so much - can we prevent him going through more pain?

This chap has gone through so much – can we prevent him going through more pain?

Already traumatised from abuse on the streets soon to go back to her worst nightmare

Already traumatised from abuse on the streets soon to go back to her worst nightmare

One of Anca's early rescues - has not been on the streets for years - she won't know  how to survive

One of Anca’s early rescues – has not been on the streets for years – she won’t know how to survive

Safe off the streets today but next week in danger again

Safe off the streets today but next week in danger again

Another small dog who will be in more danger on the streets

Another small dog who will be in more danger on the streets

A look of hope - please make that hope come true and help us

A look of hope – please make that hope come true and help us