Thom is the first international volunteer at ROLDA in 2013.
He is a young, passionate animal lover. He will go to the Veterinary School in England starting the next year. Meanwhile, he is keen getting experience working into a dog center and helping/learning from our veterinary.
Thom spend the mornings helping Flori clean the kennels and the running spaces, the bowls and dog beds. He socialize with our dogs and has two favorite Pekinese girls, Mr Cat and Dony.
Dony barked at him in the first night. We drove Thom from the train station around 22.30pm...he was starving and very tired after a full day trip.At the end of the next day, Thom conquered Dony with some treats but also because he is experienced around dogs.
Thom visited the large shelter, met the employees and the dogs, learn about the veterinary clinic and also about Romanian realities.At some point, he asked how many adoptions we have per day, 1-2 dogs...and we explained him that sadly Romania is not UK, that we have dogs in our care from 3 years ago or longer. Most of our dogs are adopted abroad into safe homes as most of the Romanians do not visit shelters to adopt while most of the adoptions are unreliable.
In the next days, Thom will return to the veterinary where he will assist the team with basic daily cases.
Thom got cold because he insisted so far to remain in the shelter'cottage where lack of a source of heating is noticeable during night, especially. Thom was inspired to bring a sleeping bag but winters in Romania are worse than in UK.
The forecast for the next days shows lot of snow in our area. We convinced Thom to move into a house with heating during the night.He will sleep in the village and return to help the dogs from shelters or visit the vet during the day time. Buying a safe heating for the entire house is one of our goal.
Flori will be able to warm after hours spent outside, the dogs who just had a bath will be safer while volunteers can be welcomed with no worries all year round.
Take a moment to read here about all the plans we have for the Adoption Center cottage for the coming months.
We rarely welcomed in the past so young volunteers. Ussually our visitors are matures animal lovers. I remember Pia from Norway spending her vacation to help our animals two summers ago and also Ollie from Scotland who came late fall/winter- who remained a loyal supporter and friend.
All of them are about the same age. Their effort to come from far distance just to be around our dogs is remarkable and inspirational. For me - born in Romania - seeing young committed volunteers is like fresh air.
P.O. Box 40, Greenbank,
roldausa (at) care2.com
phone: 360 678 1057
mobile: 360 969 0450
(Org.Nr. 998 398 495)
Contact person: Sandra Keim
Facebook page ROLDA Sverige
Interesting blog about Romanian animals charities.