BARKING MAD DOG RESCUE SHELTERS
BARKING MAD SHELTER, NISIPARI, CONSTANTA, ROMANIA
The village of Nisipari in Romania is home to our own shelter. Nisipari is just over 30 kms from Constanta town itself, which is on the Black Sea coast. Here at our shelter, we rent the ground from a local man, although very soon we will be buying our own land and building a more permanent rescue center, also in the village.
We pay all costs - food, vets, wages, maintenance, electricity and rent. Currently, more than 300 dogs and 50+ puppies live here.
The dogs at our main and biggest shelter are cared for by a remarkable young woman, Gea Caineanu, her father Ion and Ion’s best friend, Romeo. Oana handles much of our admin for Romania and the UK. She also is our cat lady. Oana has also now joined the dog team.
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.
THE SOS DOGS AT CARMEN'S HOUSE
In February, 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 those most needy dogs for urgent veterinary care. There were maimed dogs 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 18 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, thank 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 let dogs go but to stop taking more. Another ten dogs have left over the last two months. We won't give up on this situation.
FOOD FOR MARIANA'S DOGS, BUCHAREST, ROMANIA
Rescuer Mariana Lepadatu looks after 150 dogs and 40 puppies at her shelter. We feed her adult dogs every day.
FOOD FOR AURELIA'S DOGS, CRAIOVA, ROMANIA
Every month we send 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 altogether looks after around 170 dogs, including lots of puppies.