Often named the small shelter, this place appeared as a tribute for Dana’s dog, Printz, and consists of two paddocks, built with responsability, as a comfortable home for about 80-90 dogs.
It is true that the dogs’ total number, even when shelter reaches its full capacity, might look small, compared with different Romanian concentration camps. If this place doesn’t instantly impress by quantity, the quality of the services and the excellent conditions provided here for our dogs, remain a pleasant surprise for any visitor, expert or beginner in running a shelter.
Updated fundraising campaign: New fencing (one side) including secured gate! Read more
The Adoption Center particularities include:
Intelligent sheltering design.
10 years ago, a beautiful dream was transformed, by a young team, into reality.
The first buildings were made by wood, an affordable material that was available in Romania in the moment when the first paddock was started. We had very limited funds to invest, but wanted to proof that “something different” can be done: kennels with indoor/outdoor spaces, insulated, fireproof, very much like the British shelters.
Top rated twice back in 2004 and later in 2010 the best shelter from Eastern Europe, this place has a start-up like everything else read more: Adoption Center – The start-up.
Once the first stage was completed and our efforts were noticed, appreciated and followed, more steps were done to update, improve with the sole intention to provide the best, in the given circumstances, for our dogs.
100% rehoming rate is an excellent percentage even for a shelter outside Romania. No matter if a dog stays with us for 3 weeks or a year (sometimes, more years), we provide to each the same quality care, until the perfect home will be found.
But lately, we do more then simply provide housing for a rescued dog.
Over the years, we find the ideal meaning of the Adoption Center!
There are lots of shy, frightened dogs caught from the steel plant or other industrial sites. Dogs that had little to no contact with humans, semi wild dogs. Most of these dogs need rehabilitation and patience to learn how to trust humans and hopefully to become great companions.
Slowly we transformed the Adoption Center into a Rehabilitation Center that accepts, more and more often, scared dogs to be transformed into lovely pets.
Keeping a dog for longer periods of time is naturally, costly. Being funded exclusively from private donations, every little help counts and makes, at some point the difference between life and death for a dog in need.
Flori is the only employee at the Adoption Center. She works 6 days/week, 8 hours/day. Her daily tasks include cleaning and disinfecting the kennels, bowls and beds; washing towels and blankets, brushing dogs, taking dogs out every day in the running space, feeding the dogs.
Often she is overwhelmed, and then the other employees from the large shelter are helping her to clean the garden, the running spaces, etc.
It is difficult for only one employee to do all the daily tasks, also socialize with the dogs or patiently wait for the smallest sign of progress coming from the shy ones. From the total number of 80 dogs, some must be fed with cooked meal or having special diet, some must be taken out for a walk separately from the group, some get scared and try to run away, the puppies need extra attention. There are always unexpected situations that occurs and some, transformed Flori's daily work into a nightmare e.g. the water pump, useful for cleaning kennels and providing water for dogs, stopped functioning when the outside temperature reached, during daytime, -20C, in a winter!
When the economic conditions will improve, we are considering hiring a second person to assist Flori.
We are always in dire need of volunteers from Romania or abroad, animal lovers with or without special skills, willing to dedicate a Holiday to help our cause, to help Flori with her daily tasks and socialize with the dogs read more
Do you know that you can have accommodation on the same shelter’ premises, if you travel from abroad to help our dogs? The modest shelter’ cottage is another particularity of the Adoption Center, the "temporary home" for volunteer from all over the World were and continue to be very welcomed! Read their experiences and join us during your next vacation time.
Inside this cottage, in the cold season, dogs are prepared for traveling: wash, brush and cut their nails.
We hope to have, one day – a professional grooming table and complete accessories to streamline this part of our work, which is often a challenge itself, especially with some of the dogs.
We also need a generous sponsor to help us cover the costs for a number of repairs in the bathroom, kitchen and replacing the roof, plus, buying a central heating to be able to welcome volunteers, all-year round. Volunteers do not complain yet, but some advised us that changes should be done to improve the living conditions for people.It is our grand wish to treat our volunteers with the greatest respect, for caring and coming all the way to give us a physical help!
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Hawaiian roof for offering protection from sun, during hot summer days. Placed inside the running spaces.
Flori -the only full time employee at the Adoption Center