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Romanian Rescue Dogs

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Hi
We've been hoping to get a dog for a while.
I've been looking at local animal rescues but so far I've not been able to find a suitable dog.
I'm keeping an eye on pets4homes but to be honest with all the issues around scammers I'm very wary.
I am aware of a number of charities that rescue dogs in Romania and bring them into this country & I am considering adopting a dog that way.
Has anyone any experience good or bad of adopting a dog this way ?
There are quite a number of different charities any recommendations? 
Jen
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  • MovingForwardsMovingForwards Forumite
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    Also check your proposed vet will treat a rescue dog from Romania as some are very selective about which foreign countries they will treat rescue animals from.

    Most rescue groups post on Facebook.
  • theoreticatheoretica Forumite
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    Not Romania, but a friend had a lovely Galgo - a greyhound from Spain.   Another friend decided against a Romanian rescue as the particular rescue she talked to would let dogs with completely unknown temperaments and experiences go to families with kids/pets/little experience and she wasn't comfortable with that.
    But a banker, engaged at enormous expense,
    Had the whole of their cash in his care.
    Lewis Carroll
  • SootySweep1SootySweep1 Forumite
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    Hi
    We've signed up to adopt a puppy from The Responsible Dog Rescue.
    The puppy is currently 16 weeks old.
    I wouldn't take an older dog because I know we don't have the necessary experience
    Jen
  • Jenni_DJenni_D Forumite
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    There are lots of animal rescue centres around the country - some of which function nationally, and some which also deal with rescue dogs from Romania. Many Tears Animal Rescue is one such organisation. They're mainly based in Wales but are involved with dogs from around the country, arranging fostering and subsequent rehoming. I assume you've also tried the Dog's Trust?

    One thing to be aware of is that many rescue places prefer people who have an existing dog, especially if the dog being rehomed is ex-breeding - the resident dog is needed to teach the ex-breeder how to be a pet, as they've never experienced living in a family home.

    Good luck with your search. :)

    Jenni x
    Jenni x
  • Jenni_DJenni_D Forumite
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    Sorry - I didn't realise that you were the OP who had replied. I hope all goes OK for you. :)
    Jenni x
  • princeofpoundsprinceofpounds Forumite
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    I took in a rescue from a Romanian organisation. We weren't even looking for one, rather for one of a specific breed mix. But we saw a dog we liked on a Welsh rescue organisation's website and it turned out they were cross-promoting one from Romania, so we decided to give it a go.

    The experience was pretty good. They sent video of the dog interacting with the keepers and other dogs to help us make a choice. The cost was quite reasonable compared to UK dog shelters. They sent someone to assess our living conditions - not Bogdan the Romanian builder but someone who had a long-term relationship with the shelter as a customer, was an experienced dog keeper and had received some training, so we could have a long talk about it. 

    The shelter is mainly financed by a UK charity. I had a look at the charity's published accounts, and they looked credible - the staff costs were proportionate to the number of staff on Romanian wages. The transport costs were about right for the man and dog-van set-up they have. I looked at how they were representing their shelter in their marketing vs. how it appeared in the Romanian press and on google maps, and it tallied up. Don't expect the luxury of Battersea dogs home, but having spent quite a bit of time in developing countries I could tell it wasn't bad from a functional point of view. 

    They bring the dogs to a couple of shelters in the UK where they stay for a short period then you can pick them up. The dog had been spayed and received vaccinations.

    My only criticisms are:

    a) the dog had fleas when she arrived. Given the throughput of the shelter, I suspect it would be very hard to control it effectively. Either that and/or their budget is such that I think they are making choices between flea treatment and getting dogs out of the kill shelter.

    b) they do email asking for donations a lot. 

    The dog herself has been great. If you get a dog that hasn't been psychologically damaged, they are often remarkably well-socialised with people and other dogs given they amount of contact they have with them. She has been fantastic in the house. Training was a bit of a slow process given her age and being used to an independent life, but apart from chasing squirrels and refusing to jump into the car she's good now.

    There's a lot of prejudice about the whole thing from people whose only recollections of Romania are the street dog and orphan problems they had in the 90s, and the fact that the charity sector dealing with them wasn't clean. Plus some of the larger more corporate dog charities have always been somewhat cool on foreign operations as it competes with their own business (and it IS a business for them). It has improved substantially but I'm not going to claim it's all better now. However there are a good number of perfectly credible if relatively cash-strapped organisations operating, and a bit of due diligence will always help.
  • Jenni_DJenni_D Forumite
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    What you've described sounds very like Many Tears ... although I might be thinking of someone else but can't remember exactly who. I often see posts about Romanian rescues on the Bichon Rehoming group I'm a member of on Facebook. :)

    Jenni x
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  • sherambersheramber Forumite
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    There are good and bad rescues in this  country as well.
    Research should always be done beforehand.
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