Here at Broken Halo Dog Rescue we often get asked why potential adopters should consider offering their homes and their hearts to a dog from Romania when there are so many dogs in need of homes here on our doorstep.
In Romania the dog overpopulation crisis is at a critical level, with an estimated one million dogs wandering the streets and scavenging for food and shelter. In a bid to survive they will often end up in fights over food and many have terrible injuries from this and road traffic accidents. As well as this, there is the harsh climate to contend with and dogs will often freeze to death on the streets.
The problem arose in the 1980’s when the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu decided to industrialise Romania and began building factories and high rise buildings all over the cities. Locals were forced to abandon their family homes and farms and go to the cities to work and as a result many family pets were abandoned and left to fend for themselves on the streets.
Along with this, it is rare for dog owners to sterilize their animals and therefore many bitches will produce litter after litter until charities like ours step in to have them neutered. The Romanian government have appointed dog catchers to deal with the problem but this in itself is a cruel and inhumane process, with dogs being beaten to death, set on fire, poisoned and shot in the streets, and the ones who make it into the state pound don’t fare much better. Unlike UK shelters, the dogs are half starved in overcrowded conditions where many simply lose hope and wait to die. The cruelty witnessed in these kill shelters is almost beyond belief and is often a fate worse than death.
Contrary to this sad state of affairs, the dogs in UK shelters are cared for exceptionally well, and worked on, exercised and socialised until they can be placed in a loving home. There really is no comparison, and whilst we would love to see every dog on the planet being loved and cared for in the way they deserve, we do see the plight of the dogs in Romania as more urgent at this time which is why we devote some of our resources into finding homes for some of the dogs who are otherwise destined for the most miserable deaths imaginable.
So, when you adopt or foster a dog from Romania, you are quite literally saving a life. These dogs will always reward you with their love and gratitude and there is little more rewarding in life than seeing them slowly come out of their shell and learn to trust and love again.
Please have a look at some of our testimonials to get a first hand snap shot of some of the experiences our previous adopters have had. These beautiful fur babies really do deserve better and between us, we can make that happen.