BARKING MAD DOG RESCUE SHELTERS
BARKING MAD SHELTER and THE VILLAGE HOUSE SHELTER, NISIPARI, CONSTANTA, ROMANIA
The village of Nisipari in Romania is home to our own shelters. Nisipari is just over 30 kms from Constanta town itself, which is on the Black Sea coast. Here at our main shelter, we rent the ground from a local man, although we really hope that soon we will be buying our own land and building a more permanent rescue center, also on the periphery of the village.
Here we care for more than 400 dogs. Our shelter is not the most luxurious compared to western European standards but our dogs are happy and healthy living in social groups, with room to play and interact.
Since 2018 we also have rented a small, slightly dilapidated house in the village where the more vulnerable dogs are housed. Pups, oldies and little dogs live here.
We pay all costs - food, vets, wages, maintenance, electricity and rent. Currently, more than 500 dogs and 50+ puppies live here across these two shelters.
THE MAIN SHELTER
THE VILLAGE HOUSE MINI SHELTER
The dogs at our main and biggest shelter are cared for by a remarkable family, Gea Caineanu, her father Ion and mother Aura. These three selfless individuals have given up nearly every aspect of 'normal' life to look after every aspect of our work in Constanta.
The pandemic has been particularly hard on this dedicated family. There have been no volunteer visits for two years. it has been even harder to retain workers in Romania where no one wants to work with dogs. Brexit too has has had a significant impact, where the regular aid runs have been halted from the UK. Thank goodness we have the Aura, Gea and Ion
COCA'S SHELTER, CALARASI, ROMANIA
Coca is our partner, Lucia Coman, who looks after over 120 dogs and puppies. We pay all costs, including vet treatment, food, wages and everything else for her shelter. Coca started her shelter herself several years ago with a view to building a house to retire there and care for her rescued dogs. She hadn’t reckoned either on the killing law being passed against dogs in 2013 or losing her job. Fortunately for the dogs, Coca and Barking Mad, our paths crossed. Coca works tirelessly for the abandoned dogs of Calarasi.
CLAUDIA AND COSMIN, DOROHOI, NORTH EASTERN ROMANIA
Claudia and Cosmin are a hardworking couple who live way up in the northern reaches of Romania, not too far from both Ukraine and Moldova. Cosim is a secondary teacher of modern languages. Claudia is at home caring for theirmany rescued dogs. Cosmin works hard with his pupils to encourage empathy towards dogs and other animals. He teaches them how to care for their pets. There seems hardly a day go by without news from Claudia of another poor soul taken in.
Claudia first reached out to BMDR in 2019 to help her with her dogs. Dorohoi seems to be lagging behind the positive changes that othersome parts of Romania have made. Dog abandonment is at very high levels and attitudes local to Claudia and Cosmin are very negative towards dogs - even people's own dogs.
With the great support from our German friends, there has been a steady stream of dogs adopted from ths dedicated pair. Moreover, there has been generous sponsorship too.
Where does this leave BMDR's role? Well, we are there to pay for operations and veterinary care for for those dogs who need it. BMDR covers costs that mean dogs can be made ready to be adopted, whether they need stitched back together again or treated for diseases.
SUPPORT FOR AURELIA'S DOGS, CRAIOVA, ROMANIA
Every month we send some money to Aurelia's shelter in Craiova. This can be used for food or vet bills. Aurelia has been running a registered charity in Romania, Viata Animalelor, for many years. She currently has ten Barking Mad dogs and all together looks after around 150 dogs, including lots of puppies.
THE SOS DOGS AT CARMEN'S HOUSE
In February 2018, we uncovered one of the worst cases of hoarding we have ever seen. A woman in Constanta had started out "saving" dogs. Sadly her situation had got out of hand, and over the years, with no neutering at all taking place, a few dogs had become 138. BMDR intervened the minute we found out. We rallied and sent in food and help on the ground. An appeal then led to funds being available to take the most needy dogs for urgent veterinary care. There were dogs maimed from fighting each other through starvation - you name it, we saw it. With more than half the dogs now neutered, nearly 40 adopted, as of August 2018 and new pens built to separate the weak from the strong, and the "not yet spayed" from the "not yet castrated", things are so much better, and can only improve with our continued support. All dogs now have safe shelter too. On top of this, Carmen has a part of her home restored for her comfort, thanks to the generosity of our supporters.
Update February 2019:
We are struggling a bit with this situation but still managing to take some dogs out. Hoarding is in this woman's nature and she is finding it hard not only to let dogs go but also to stop taking more. Another ten dogs have left over the last two months. We won't give up on this situation.
Update January 2020:
We still send food every month so at least these dogs have food in their bellies. Carmen calls us from time to time to ask us to take a dog urgently to the vet or some such but sadly she refuses to give us any more dogs and yet still takes in more from the street and the public shelter of Constanta. There is no law or body that we can appeal to to resolve this situation. We are stuck for now.
Update Jan 2022
We are still feeding Carmen's dogs.