2nd time lucky

Beautiful old towns like Craiova Romania have most of the times awful shelters. Animals are not respected and not even treated with minimum love. Managers insist that all animals that leave the shelter to be sterilized. Puffy the doggie in the picture was sterilized at the public shelter and today she was brought to us as she kept attracting males. The wound was not healed since the first surgery 6 months ago. We decided to open her abdomen and see what the problem was and if we can fix it. We found sutures that looked like pirate ropes , uterus almost intact and a part of the right ovary in a big adhesion with the kidney, pancreas urinary bladder and peritoneum. Have we postponed the surgery she would have surely died slowly and painful. We helped this dog gladly she received antibiotics and painkillers and her caretaker is really happy!!! We made a dog healthy again – we made our day!!!

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People with big hearts!

Another day at HAH where we see a range of the most various medical problems. This post is dedicated to all the rescuers that bring animals to us to be examined and then they take care of them. Countless lives have been saved because of the most deficated people i have ever met. They fight fiercely for every heart beat , bottle feed dogs and cats they foster them for long oeriods of time and they look for an adopter for their rescues. They have no big financial possibilities but they have the most valuable thing: love! We are here to help the animals in their care and to guide them when the time comes to let the souls go to heaven. There is no pictute in this post as they do not want to be mentioned. They want to stay anonymous and to focus on their dream – a workd without pain and misery for the animals. We HAH team are their partners in this quest and with your help we continue to help with whatever we can! Wish you all the best nameless Heroes ! Meeting you i know that this world has a chance!!!

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Black dog – 3 surgeries !

I started my shift knowing there is a severely wounded dog awaiting for me at the clinic. Here she was : 6 kg emaciated female dog that looked at me with warm eyes you could barely see through the thick hair covering her face. She was ran over by someone that could not afford the treatments but was kind enough to seek help and there we were for him. Dog had a bad pelvis injury and a bone fracture in her forelimb. Basically she could not move at all because of the pain and we needed to perform a major surgery so that she will be pain free and able to walk again. As she was emaciated her body tenperature dropped at the end of the first surgery so we had to postpone the second one which we did the next day. After a couple if days she could walk again. The person that ran her over adopted her and she gas now a second safe life. Before she went home she underwent a third major operation : we trimmed her hair so we could see clearly her beautiful eyes !!!

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Snowing cats and dogs- Es schneit ” Hunde und Katzen”

It’s “snowing cats and dogs”…
It is snowing outside.. and looking back at our year we think of the dogs that will be born in the snow on the fields and in the woods where they were dumped. I see the snowflakes fall down in large numbers on the ground yet not all of them will survive they will disappear and only after a while we see the layer of the pure snow – the ones on the street are walked on by passers by or cars too busy or in a hurry to look at the beauty under their feet or tires. At the point when we see the nice white soft blanket of little tiny ice crystals many many snowflakes have died and then we humans shovel it away as it stands in our way. Snowflakes dance in the air just like puppies or kittens play . Innocent and pure . The same faith have the homeless cats and dogs. Many many die before we even get to see them and when they are visible we walk pass them in a hurry. Sometimes we consider them a menace and catchers are called to remove them from our path some drivers run them over and the are horribly walled on the highways. The difference is the snow happens once a year and the puppy and kitten season twice a year. Another difference is that the snow never dies and never has pain or gets hurt. It does not suffer from hunger or thirst and by all means it enjoys the cold. I do not want to stop the snowflakes from falling but i sure do want that spay and neuter efforts are increased as the only humane solution for the problem ….

Es “schneit Katzen und Hunde” …
Draußen schneit es… und wenn wir auf unser Jahr zurückblicken, denken wir an alle Hunde, die im Schnee auf den Feldern und in den Wäldern, wo sie ausgesetzt wurden, geboren werden. Ich sehe die Schneeflocken in großer Zahl auf den Boden fallen, noch bleiben sie nicht alle liegen… sie sterben, sie werden verschwinden. Und erst in einer Weile werden wir eine Ebene reinen Schnees sehen – die Menschen auf der Straße sind in Eile, Passanten und Autos sind zu beschäftigt, um die Schönheit unter ihren Füßen oder Reifen zu beachten. Dann, wenn die schöne weiße weiche Decke von winzigkleinen Eiskristallen auf der Erde liegt, für die viele viele Schneeflocken gestorben sind, schaufeln wir Menschen sie weg, weil sie uns stört. Schneeflocken tanzen in der Luft wie Welpen oder Kätzchen die spielen. Unschuldig und rein. Den gleichen Gedanken haben wir über die Obdachlosen Hunde und Katzen. Viele, viele sterben, bevor wir sie sehen, sie sind unsichtbar, weil wir in Eile sind. Manchmal halten wir sie für eine Bedrohung und rufen die Hundefänger, um sie von unserem Weg zu entfernen. Einige Autos überfahren sie und so liegen sie wie ein schrecklicher Wall an den Autobahnen.
Der Unterschied ist, Schnee gibt es einmal im Jahr, Welpen und Kätzchen werden zweimal im Jahr geboren. Ein weiterer Unterschied ist, dass der Schnee nicht wirklich stirbt, er spürt keinen Schmerz und wird nie verletzt. Er leidet nicht an Hunger oder Durst, er genießt die Kälte.Ich will sicher nicht die Schneeflocken davon abhalten auf die Erde zu fallen, aber eingeschneite Hunde und Katzen möchte ich sicher nicht…http://youtu.be/tbbKjDjMDok

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Somebody up there watches us!

One day i got a phone call from Luana saying that she just found a dog on the highway that needs surgery. I meet with her at the clinic and look at the x rays two legs fractured one front and one hind leg. Very painful lesions that needed stabilization asap . Funds for the surgery and implants were also a problem but Luana fundraised for Sixty . The hind leg surgery went very well but the front leg fracture did not go as planned and we had to redo the surgery. The stabilization was very poor and the prognostic was poor that she will be able to walk again pain free and amputation was imminent. The dog got the name Sixty( the place where she was found on highway – km 60). Sixty was the sweetest dog ever and i was extremely sad we needed a miracle to save the leg from amputation. Yet the dice were not yet rolled… Sixty had a guardian angel – Luana a young vet but very enthusiastic and a fighter for the animals. She designed a special cast and for more than a month she took Sixty out to pee or poo carrying her so that she would not move her front leg. Sixty needed a miracle and the miracle happened : the leg healed perfectly and i can tell you : if it was not for Luana Sixty would be a tripod today if not dead on the highway. The picture shows clearly Sixty was soaking wet and cold and injured. Unfortunately Luana left us after a horrible accident in August this year. She lost an impossible battle and for her a miracle did not happen although she deserved it! Animal lost an fighting hero and won an angel in the sky that watches us for sure! We see you smile in every rescued animal we see. This text is dedicated in her loving memory and for all dogs that are wounded on Highways in Romania and in the world!

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Sweet pie with empoverished loving family.

The sweet dog came yesterday with neurological signs: wobbly Wie Sie wahrscheinlich bereits wissen, bin ich der geschäftsführende Tierarzt von “Romania Animal Rescue”. Einer Wohltätigkeitsorganisation, welche in Rumänien arbeitet und auf folgende Schwerpunkte fokussiert ist: großangelegte Kastrationseinsätze, Ausbildung für Tierärzte. Bildung für die zukünftige Generation und kostenfreie, tierärztliche Behandlungen von Hunden und Katzen in Not, durch unser einzigartiges Projekt “Homeless Animal Hospital”. Wir haben erfolgreich 33.000 kostenlose Kastrationen und annähernd 1.000 Fälle in der HAH Klinik geschafft. Wir werden weiterhin unser Bestes tun, und ich möchte Sie bitten, eine Spende in Betracht zu ziehen, damit wir unsere Arbeit fortsetzen können für die Tiere, die Hilfe benötigen.
Bitte besuchen Sie unsere Homepage: http://www.romaniaanimalrescue.org oder http://www.facebook.com/homelessanimalhospital.
Danke! disoriented. The dog is 15 and her human companion loves her so much! He needed a free examination . His family goes through very tough times with the mortgage and the diabetes he has. He is now retired with a very little pension and he said to me ” i wish i could give days from my life so that this dog lives more “. The dog got a free examination and treatment . We made this gentleman and his family very happy . The dog is back on the couch and we are happy to have helped! It is our mission at “HAH” to reunite dogs with their family to make dogs wag their tails and people smile ! This case made our day today!

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Stop! Rewind ! Judge! Erase! Think big!

Romania . Indeed, in a european country that once had the most advanced constitution in Europe ( 1923) after almost 100 years we are struggling with a abusive law that kills any dog caught on the street and does nothing to prevent these animals to be on the streets. Sad, very sad! Death is most of the times a relief after being put in a horrible shelter awaiting the final moment . Every time you step in one of those municipal shelters u risk to have a psychological trauma. These are killing stations and nothing like an adoption center. Nobody will ever come here with his family to look at the dogs, it is filthy and very very noisy. The staff is untrained and should have never qualified for such a job. There is a general lack of LOVE! So these dogs rarely receive second chance they are doomed! A new law needs to address the cause : overpopulation ! As an example i must say that 99% of the new graduated vets have no idea how to humanely sterilize a dog. They are afraid of anesthesia and the technique is barbaric in a country that kills thousands of dogs every month . This is only one cause of the overpopulation of pets. Awareness about this problem is present mainly on the web and social networks . In the rural areas there is no such thing as dog and cat animal welfare! The ones that care of the animals focus on hoarding them in so called shelters where sometimes there is a lack of basic elements such as water and shelter… The despair generates actually more misery in many many cases. I am the head veterinarian of Romania Animal Rescue – Animal Spay Neuter International and we focus mainly on four directions : 1 mass free sterilization projects with real professionals that perform state of the art surgeries and so far we are at 33000 surgeries in the last 10 years mostly done after 2008 in various locations including M.A.S.H like facilities . 2 Veterinary training for dedicated vets that understand the need for sterilisation of pets 3 . Education for the future generation that is actually a “ace in the sleeve ” and we have funded the print of more than 14000 booklets for schools and teachers 4 . Veterinary care free of charge for homeless animals in shelters and living in poor families . For this we started the ” Homeless Animal Hospital” that helped more than 1000 animals only in 2014. We dedicate our time our energy to the animal cause and we will go on! Your help is welcome and needed to enable us help more animals , faster and better ! Here are the videos about our work : http://youtu.be/kk3QiqbROfk http://youtu.be/q_iBZWfvJWQ. More info at http://www.romaniaanimalrescue.org . Thank you for reading this!

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