Saving and Rehoming Strays is run by small team - primarily volunteers, giving their time for admin, fundraising and looking after the dogs in our care, plus experienced rescuers in Romania and the UK.
There are thousands of dogs on the streets because of the political history and the country's refusal to neuter and spay dogs. Many die on the streets beaten, poisoned, starved and subject to horrific attacks by humans who believe they are vermin. If they are rounded up by the authorities they end up in brutal public shelters, where there is little food, comfort or warmth, no veterinary aid and many are left to die from injuries or sickness. These dogs have been through hell before being rescued. After two weeks they are usually killed, painful lethal injections into the heart. There is no government support for rescue centers and no official re-homing centers. That's where we come in.
Out of thousands of dogs only a few will be plucked to safety by rescue groups like Saving and Rehoming Strays. Once we have found someone to adopt a dog, the wheels are set in motion to raise funds to transport it to the UK. They are neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, checked by a vet and given a passport to travel.
The dogs then travel to the UK on the "happy bus" where they either go to a foster family, to our centre for assessment or straight to their new families.
We have a small rehoming centre in Scotland where our dogs will go for assessment, rehabilitation and ultimately rehoming in an environment not like traditional rehoming centres. Where appropriate our dogs live in groups and experience time with volunteers to allow them opportunity to socialise and get them ready to go to a new home. Alternatively, our dogs go to foster homes until they find a forever family.
As a small rescue we have very little funding so are reliant on our supporters and donators to allow us to operate and to continue to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome.