This is the second in a series of blog posts where we introduce you to some of the rescuers BDRUK works with to save dogs from the streets and public shelters in Europe. Our rescuers work tirelessly to save dogs from terrible situations and care for them until we are able to bring them to the UK and we want to share their stories.
Anca Buduru is a rescuer in Romania and is currently caring for Anna (below)
Tell us about yourself and the rescue…
I am a 25 years old student and I am deeply involved in helping dogs and cats in my spare time. The love I have for animals I inherited from my mother and my grandmother. I think that only with more and more people dedicated to welfare actions for animals we have a chance to make this world better.
What is a typical day like for you?
A typical day for me consists of taking dogs/cats to the vet, rescuing animals from the streets, helping other people who have animals and who need different things for their animals, for example paying for a treatment for an animal or helping them to transport the dog to a vet clinic. As well as all this animal activity I am going to college and studying.
What does working with BDRUK mean for you?
Working with BDRUK meant and means a lot to me. Through this reliable friendship and great partnership I was able to give a second chance to so many dogs who were in great need. I find BDRUK a serious, generous and golden hearted charity.
Before and after photos of Caro, who was rescued by Anca
Tell us about the typical conditions dogs are kept in, in public shelters?
In my country, animals in general don't have much value to people. A particular hatred is directed towards dogs. In the public shelter the conditions are simply unimaginable: dogs are left to starve and to die from illnesses. They don’t receive water, they don’t have a bed or a pad where they can stay. Small dogs are kept in the same kennel with the large dogs. Many of them are killed in fights. They are not put to sleep legally: some of them are killed by having their heads hit with shovels, they receive no anesthesia before the lethal injection and many other horrible practices.
How do you feel when a dog is successfully rehomed?
When a dog is finally rehomed I feel like my work is not useless. I feel like after a long journey with my bare feet on hot ground I get the chance to put cold water on them.
Before and after photos of the beautiful Tilly, who was saved from death row of the Breasta public shelter
What are the biggest challenges you face on a daily basis?
My biggest challenges are: convincing people to spay their animals, finding enough spaying and neutering campaigns for dogs and cats, finding homes for animals, paying bills and....TIME
To keep up to date with Anca's rescue work you can follow her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/anca.buduru?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf
Simply text BDRU13 £2 (or the amount you would like to donate) to 70070