In November 2019, a team of Dogs Walk This Way Volunteers headed over to Romania for an outreach trip
These wonderful volunteers funded their own travel, accommodation and all expenses. In the run up to the trip, they filled 6 suitcases with donated treats, food, medication, wormers and flea-treatments. Thank you to each and every one of you who donated.
The plan for the trip was to visit one of our trusted shelters to help out by spending time with the 600+ dogs; treating them for worms and fleas and giving them some much-needed love. In addition, the team planned to visit one of the horrific government run kill shelters to save as many dogs as possible.
Read more to find out how they got on, on their trip, in the words of Rachel Welch - our amazing Founder;
“This trip has been extremely emotional for all of us. We started each morning by feeding the stray dogs and cats outside of our hotel before jumping into the mini-bus to arrive at the shelter by 7 am.
Our main job was to get around as many of the dogs as possible to de-flea and worm them. In addition to this, we treated any dogs that needed it with antibiotics and pain-relief. We also tried to spend some time with each and every dog to show them some love, and even those that were too scared to interact with us were given treats. We managed to get some of the dogs out for some exercise as well but there were over 500 dogs to get around to, so time was limited.
Arriving in Romania
In November 2019 some of our volunteer team headed off to Romania on an outreach trip. Their aim was to care for stray dogs, help out in the safe shelters and try to save as many dogs from the kill-shelters as was possible in the short few days they were there.
When they arrived in Romania, their first stop was a local supermarket to stock up on dog food and treats. Although they took as much as their luggage allowance permitted, they knew from past experience that it would never be enough.
As they left the store a small puppy came running over to the team, as if somehow she knew that these people were her to help her. Aside from being very hungry, she was also injured and limping on a swollen leg. The team took one look at her and knew there was no way they were going to be leaving her on the streets to suffer for a single moment more! They immediately rang one of the safe shelters the rescue works with and arranged for this little girl to be picked up.