WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES
Barking Mad Dog Rescue is hugely grateful for all the support and donations that allow us to continue our lifesaving work. Without this support, many dogs would have been left to whatever horrible and cruel ending Romania had in store for them.
We are wholly responsible for the dogs and all associated costs in our own dog shelters in Romania. At last count, in March 2021, that is approximately 450 dogs. On top of that, we feed around another 150 dogs in the hoarder's house. This woman is still very difficult but at least we can feed the dogs.
This all adds up to a big pile of dog food! Sadly, post Brexit, we are unable to send our aid runs of donations and specialist dog food out to Romania from the UK.
Click here to learn more about our shelters.
We respond to as many emergency rescues as we can. In spring and summer, it is litter after litter of abandoned pups that we see. We also take dogs who have been left at the side of the road after being hit by cars, beaten by people or affected by disease. We pick up abandoned pets, catch wounded street dogs, pregnant females and more. All these dogs need veterinary intervention. We test every dog for disease, deworm, deflea and vaccinate at the very least. Adults are sterilised.
Thechain had been on Captain's neck for 12 years...
Captain's ear had been eaten by maggots too.
Captain just loves people
This is Captain this summer in the shelter.
We rescue dogs... day in... day out
These pics above are Captain.
We were called to help a man in the village with his dog who had a 'sore ear'. Nothing could have prepared us for the pitiful creature who had been on the same chain, in the same spot, for twelve years. His ear was rotten. His owner hadn't noticed that he had outgrown his chain more than a decade before. Captain, despite everything, loves people. He is an old dog and lives in the village house shelter, for older dogs, small dogs and young pups. He is a fatty these days with a thick coat.
Below is Blacky. Blacky lives with his owner who loves him very much but had no money to help her little dog. She had heard of our work but was not sure how to reach out. One hot day, one of our team offered the woman a lift to the village. ''Please could you help my little dog?'' she asked.
Blacky had a huge soft lump in his groin. He was matted and smelly and so sore. On top of this, he had a really painful abscess on a tooth. Our vet removed this bad tooth too. Blacky was soon reunited with his owner who was so pleased and grateful to have him back. She understands now too that he needs regular grooming and to be clean. Blacky was pleased to be home too!
Blackie had to be clipped and shampooed prior to his operation. He was very smelly.
Blacky felt very strange to start but so much more comfortable.
Blacky's Mum knows now that she needs to keep him clean and brushed. They were very pleased to see each other.
And dogs like Arion
Gea responded so fast when she was sent this urgent call for help. A small dog was lying in a corner of a stairwell with half his jaw hanging off. Someone had made him a bed but it was clear that he would not survive without urgent veterinary intervention. The girls drove straight to the surgeon in Bucharest. Here, Arion's jaw was carefully pinned back together. Sadly, his left eye could not be saved. Our trauma surgeon said this little dog had most likely been attacked by a big dog.
Arion has recovered so well though. He was understandably very grumpy and upset to start after surgery but he is coming round fast. Arion is living under Aura's care at our village house.
The Local Public Shelter
We also keep a close eye on the public shelter in Navodari, Constanta. Since the end of October 2016 no dog has been killed by the Romanian state here because of our intervention. Our shelter has expanded to accommodate all, but we know the dog catchers will keep catching more and more dogs as people continue to dump their unwanted, elderly or sick dogs, on top of not spaying their females. The conditions in the public shelter are not great, but since our collaboration, things have improved tenfold. The dogs are fed, the place is clean and they have clean water. This is more than many public shelters across Romania.
Update November 2018: An interlude where an incompetent vet was awarded the contract for the last few months has finally come to an end. Botched spays and castrations, with dogs bleeding out, dogs disappearing from the streets never to be seen in the PS and so much more horror, has now led to what we hope will be a new dawn for the dogs of Navodari. We are waiting now to have talks with the Mayor about a truly humane way forward. This of course will involve spaying and neutering campaigns across the town.
Update February 2019: Things are at a hiatus whilst a new, compassionate and honest vet is being appointed. However, the dog catchers have been obliged by law, to take some dogs from the street, due to complaints by local citizens. Moreover, some dogs have been brought in by owners who no longer want them. The law says that we can't take dogs out who aren't neutered, but we can take those who need urgent veterinary attention. Out of 45 dogs waiting for liberation, 12 injured and sick dogs have come to us recently and been treated by our own vet's hands. Conditions are getting better all the time. Yes, it is not how we might compare to the UK, but we are seeing dogs who are excited to see the workers there, instead of cowering away from them. Things are changing!
Update July 2019: The Mayor has let us down and given in to pressure to clean up for the tourist season. 80 dogs are crammed in to the public shelter, including 33 puppies. Please see the news page for dogs we have managed to take out.
Update January 2020: No new dogs have been caught by the catchers since the public shelter vet resigned in autumn last year. Without a vet, the mayor legally can't catch dogs. Twelve dogs remain there but are under our care with beds, blankets and decent food. Our shelter is too full to take them and whilst the PS isn't great, there is much more space for them to use. All are vaccinated and deflead and wormed.
Update April 2020: We still have seven dogs waiting in the public shelter in Navodari. We don't have space for these souls with us yet but they're actually OK where they are. There is no dog catching happening for the foreseeable future. So, asides from new dogs coming in that people surrender, there's actually space here, shelter and the dogs are fed and cleaned daily. Our team visit regularly. They have vaccinated, dewormed and deflead the dogs.
Update January 2021: Things have been turned on their head over the course of the last year. In Autumn last year, local elections had us hopeful. Our preferred candidate for Mayor, Costel Aurelian Dumitrascu, a compassionate and forward thinking young politician, worked with our team leader Gea on effective, in situ neutering solutions for the stray dogs of the locality. As favourite to win, we were so disappointed when he came second to the incumbent Mayor. However, a few weeks later he was made Deputy Mayor and was able to take charge of the way things are being run.
The dogs are now well cared for. This is due, not least, to the fact that a volunteer team is now allowed to visit everyday and have taken over the dogs' welfare. This is a massive step. Dogs are not being routinely caught now but only when someone in town complains and summons the catchers. The pens are clean and the volunteers also make sure the dogs are wormed, deflead and vaccinated.
To our utter delight and relief, a Dutch rescue has taken responsibility for the dogs in the public shelter for the present time and so far, every dog caught has been reserved by them for eventual adoption in The Netherlands.
For more information on our shelters and where we feed dogs, click here.