A big issue we continually face at Barking Mad Dog Rescue is the attitude towards dogs in Romania.
While there are certainly dog lovers here, generally street and unwanted dogs are seen as pests and even vermin.
However, we are gradually starting to see attitudes change. And this was no more evident when we were handed an abandoned puppy this week.
A sweet local man visited our shelter with a fluffy little puppy. The poor baby has an injury to his leg and has likely been clipped by a car.
The man said he had found him abandoned by the road and knew that we should be able to help.
Even though we are unable to adopt out to the UK right now (because of the coronavirus pandemic) and are near capacity - of course we could not turn this little one away.
Fortunately his injury is only surface deep, and we expect him to make a full recovery.
We have named him Enzo and we plan on putting him up for adoption as soon as we're able to.
Hopefully this kind man's actions are a reflection that attitudes are gradually changing in Romania, and that our charity is gaining more widespread public recognition.
BMDR and Coronavirus
As with many charities worldwide, we've felt the strain of the coronavirus pandemic.
With lockdown in Romania and across most of Europe, we were forced to suspend adoptions.
Thankfully we have been able to transport existing adoptions to Germany but are unable to adopt dogs out to the UK.
Despite our shelters being almost full, we are still taking in abandoned and unwanted dogs.
In fact we've even seen an increase in dog abandonment since the coronavirus outbreak.
How you can help
Please consider donating to our organisation, we need your support more than ever.