Little Sausage arrives in Dover to lots of hugs and kisses from his new mummy.
Air conditioning, lots of straw, food and water makes for very content doggies on our transports
Life saving aid is took to Romania, going directly to the rescuers and shelters to feed and care for the street/rescued dogs.
Alina Ioana, an amazing rescuer in Radauti shelter feeds the dogs that once would have starved to death with food we sent the money to buy. We also work hard on finding these guys forever homes
A rescued mother cat and her kittens snuggle into one of the hundreds of dog coats we sent over. No one can accuse us of not being versatile with our aid!
June was an utterly amazing month, since Claudia has took the strain of organising the transports for us, we have been able to concentrate on promoting the rescued Rommies.
As well as building our own website we have also joined one of the biggest adoption sites for the UK. We work really hard to get these little guys into the public eye in hopes that the perfect home will be found for them.
Adoptions through our charity are so easy, we take the strain and stress out of everything so all you guys have to do is sit back and wait for the arrival of your new furry family member to arrive.
At the bottom of this newsletter we have included looking for a forever home page, please print this off or share with family and friends and help us to promote these wonderful dogs and cats, helping them to find a forever home.
For those who have already adopted or are waiting for that new arrival, check out Alex Ionescu (animal behaviourist) below where she has also added some very useful hints and tips to make the transition easier for your rescued Rommie.
Why adopt a stray? - By Alex Ionescu - M.S Animal Behaviour
There are several reasons why a stray dog can make a most wonderful pet. These are purely my observations though, without being based on scientific evidence I am aware of:
That being said, there are some things to watch out for when choosing a stray:
Hints & Tips:
I think the most important thing, by far, is having a lot of patience, good will, even more patience, and ability to set the rules from the very beginning. A combination of tenderness, understanding and discipline, really. The best owner is gentle but at the same time firm. For any doggie.
Gentle is really important- and positive reinforcement must be the setting stone of the relationship between owner and dog. That is, rewarding the animal for any behaviour that is good, and doing one's best to ignore the undesirable behaviours. With time, the dog will learn that certain behaviours give him loads of positive attention from his beloved owner, while other behaviours are simply ignored. Guess which behaviour the dog will eventually choose to perform!
Gentleness, patience and positive reinforcement are also important so the animal won't learn to fear the new owner. It's natural for humans to grow angry when they find their favorite shoes chewed by their new dog, the couch torn apart, or the dinner steak eaten. In effect, punishment works far better at teaching the animal to fear the owner. Unless punishment comes right away (the first second after the animal committed the unwanted deed), the animal does not associate the punishment with the thing he has done a while back ago. All he sees is the owner yelling at him for something he can not really figure out. Picture this: little Fluffy was left alone in her new home for 2 hours. The owners return, only to find their curtains to shreds, at the same time Fluffy happily wagging her tail and coming to greet her beloved owners. The owners yell at her and just shout and shout and shout. What did Fluffy take out if this? If she comes to welcome her owners when they come back home, they yell at her. THAT is all she will take out of such an episode unfortunately. Or even learn to fear her owners. Especially in such trying times, patience, understanding and gentleness are crucial for building a life long positive relationship with a new dog. Just ignore bad behaviour (or do your best to prevent it), and praise lavishly the good behaviour. On the long run, this builds a strong positive relationship and minimizes the chance of the dog learning to fear his owners.
Gentle is also important particularly in the case of newly arrived dogs with unknown previous history. The newly adopted Rommie may have had exceptionally bad experiences with people while living in the streets or in run down shelters. All of a sudden, he is in a new place (much nicer than anything he has seen before), surrounded by strangers who want to touch the dog all over. It's really a lot of novelty for a dog that may have had previous negative experiences with humans, or insufficient socialization while growing up. Gentleness is crucial especially for such animals.
That being said, the animal must have firm rules set from day 1 of coming in the new home. It's truly desirable for the owners to have clear rules for the new dog even before the dog arrives. This way, the animal won't have to learn new desirable behaviours later (learning that he is not allowed on the couch anymore, even if during the first week he was allowed). Plus setting the rules first, before the dog even gets to his new home, ensures that all members of the family have decided on the rules and they will all reinforce and allow the same behaviours.
But discipline is important for one more thing: stability and the good mental health of the animal. A firm set of rules (what is allowed and what is not) will help the animal understand and control his environment better. No confusion, no uncertainty. Just a set of rules that the human sets and the dog understands and obeys. Just like for any of us, going into a new country and learning the rules of socially accepted behaviour in the new land. That makes us people more at ease in the new land, emerged in the new culture. It's really the same with a new dog. A very clearly defined set of rules helps the dog settle well and be very clear about what is ok and what is not. So he won't be confused, fearful, uncertain.
The best owner is the one that is gentle but firm. Patient, clear, understanding, a good trainer, a committed human to his dog. But then, the relationship has all the chance to become golden. All the patience and shushed off frustration in the beginning will really pay off for the rest of the dog's life. It's really a small sacrifice in the beginning that paves the road for a beautiful lifelong friendship.
|Has Alex's article inspired you to adopt or foster a rescued Rommie? If so please check out our Looking for a forever home section below. These little guys really need a safe and loving family.|
FEATURED DOGGIES IN URGENT NEED OF FOREVER HOMES
Fetita is 2 years old female, Collie Cross. Micro chipped, vaccinated, sterilised, and has her very own EU passport - If you are interested in any of the furbabies below, please contact us asap
Fetita is 2 years old female, Collie Cross.
Fetitia started her life in the worst of ways. As a young dog she was abandoned on the cruel streets of Bucharest, left to starve and face the same cruel fate as so many do in that country. A life of abuse, neglect and starvation. However she was resuced and is in desperate need of a forever home.
Fetita is Microchipped, vaccinated, sterilised,and has her very own EU passport. She has a wonderful temperament, is very docile and has such a sweet, gentle nature.
This beautiful friendly young dog desperately needs a forever home, a nice soft cushion to lay on and a family that will give her as much love and attention as she will give to them.
Please, if you can offer this little girl a home please contact us as soon as possible
Pusha, 2 year old female, terrier cross. Needing forever home.
Pusha was very nervous at first, however with some time in foster care she soon began to trust people again. Pusha is now very friendly around people and adores interaction with them. She has a huge heart and is very loving. She is also very good around other dogs. She now needs a forever home where she can be loved for the rest of her life and in a place she can truley call 'home'. She has even began leader training ready for her new life.
Pusha is vaccinated, spayed and micro chipped.
Speedy was left frightened and all alone in the street. The streets are cruel and desperate places for dogs in Romania with the constant threat of physical abuse and beatings that can lead to death. What made the situation even more heartbreaking was that Speedy was paralized in her back legs. She was unable to find food, water, shelter or to defend herself.
But Speedy was to be very lucky. She was discovered by a wonderful, kind family who took her home, fed and watered her and helped her regain her strength.
This amazing family then made her a wheel chair, or rather wheels that could be fixed at her back end.. thus enabling Speedy to get around.
Speedy took to her new method of mobility very quickly and easily and was soon enjoying the outdoors again.
Now all Speedy needs is a forever home. Somewhere where she will feel safe, secure and loved for the rest of her days.
Despite her disbility she is an incredibly happy dog who loves to run around and play. She adores humans and other dogs and is full of fun and charactor.
Speedy is fully vaccinated, dewormed and micro chipped.
At this time it is unclear how Bruno reacts to cats, however a sat test can be done if necessary.
Bruno is Neutered, vaccinated and micro chipped
Sissy was adopted by an elderly lady to keep her company, unfortunately after a while, the lady found she couldnt cope with Sissy any more. After calling the dog catcher Sissy then ended up on the streets, which is not a place to be, they either starve to death or end up being beaten or killed for money by the dog cathcers.
She is now in foster care after being found in the public shelter, also not a very nice place to be as the staff just cant give the dogs the care and attention they need.
Sissy is now in foster care and in desperate need of a loving home.
Sissy is coming out of her shell nicely, loves to be around people and knows what a leash is for. she is eating well She is in the process of being house trained and is a playfull little girl, she just needs that loving family to give her time, attention and love.
Sissy will be fully vaccinated, dewormed, spayed and microchipped ready to travel to her new home.
Could you give this adorable little lady a loving home ?
Snowy, 3 month old female labrador mix, needing forever home.
Snowy is de-wormed, fully vaccinated, spayed and micro chipped
Pisu 4months male old needing a forever home
Curcubeu (Rainbow) 1 year spayed female - Beautiful cat looking for a forever home
Curcubeu (Rainbow) is a loving and playful 1 year old female cat who very much needs a forever home.
Very sociable with humans and other cats, even gets along with well mannered doggies.
She loves cuddles and to be fussed, is not picky what she eats and has an even temperament.
Though she will venture outside, she prefers to stay close to home.
Vaccinated, de-wormed, spayed and will got ready for travel as soon as a luck family falls in love with her.
If you are able to offer this lovely little feline princess a home please contact Action Aid for Animals
For more doggies and pussycats that desperately in need of adoptions please check out adoption site www.adoptarescuedog.co.uk or www.catsblog,org.uk