Help save the dogs in the dog shelter Bucov (Romania)

Donate to help the dogs in Bucov

Help provide support for the ov er 1600 abandoned dogs in the dog shelter Bucov, Romania, in serious danger of dehydration, starvation, perishing by cold or dying due to illness.

Support us so that we can take care of them, provide them with medical support, shelter, water and food, and find homes for them so that they can live a safe and protected life – and receive the same love from a family that they are so eager to give themselves.


More than 500 of the dogs have scabies – an illness that can be treated, but leads to substantial hair loss. If they are not treated it means certain death in the upcoming ice-cold winter in Romania for all infected puppies, old and weak dogs – just weeks or days from now.

Making a difference

Treating, feeding or castrating a dog here and there is always a first step – but with 1600 dogs it often seems like a drop in the ocean.

Making a real difference here means: Solving ALL the problems in the dogshelter of Bucov

– Medical treatment of ALL the dogs
– Castration of ALL the dogs, so that there is no more reproduction and the never ending surge of new dogs comes to a halt
– Providing food and water for ALL the dogs
– Providing shelter for ALL the dogs
– Building a new private shelter and providing care there for the dogs most in need
– Funding this new private shelter for at least the next year

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Help us help them
Let us all contribute what we can, and together donate enough so that all of these important projects can be realized.

These dogs have been through so much already: From the pain they endured when they were abandoned, to the horrors when they were living alone on the streets, without food, being chased away or hurt by humans, to being caught by the dog catchers and thrown into the shelter, to starving, suffering from heat and cold, and becoming sick.

We urgently need your help to fulfill our commitment to provide these dogs with the quality care and the lifetime sanctuary they deserve. Please donate now to help.

What can I do?

Help us fund the following projects:

Immediate projects

– Scabies remedy for 500 dogs – to save their lives during winter: 500 x 27€
Total: 13500 €

– Castration of all dogs to finally stop the uncontrollable reproduction:
800 females x 30€ = 24000€
800 males x 21€ = 16800€
Total: 40800€
Total immediate costs: 54300€

Transports to safety

– More transports of dogs to Germany to safe and permanent homes:
Preparation of 25 dogs (medical treatment, vaccination, worming, chipping, official pet passport, etc.) = 25 x 91€ = 2275€
Transport costs for 25 dogs = 2500€
Subtotal: 4775€ per transport
Total for 12 transports per year: 57300€

Building a private shelter for 250+ dogs

One-off costs:
– Property costs = 20000€
– Fencing = 7500€
– Dog houses = 12500€
– Dog bowls for water and food = 4500€
– Costructing a building (incl. sickbay, puppy station and clinic for ambulant treatment) = 60000€
– Outdoor roofing for sheltered area = 2000€
Total one-off costs: 106500€

Running costs
– 4 workers = 4000€ / month
– Dog food for 250 dogs = 250 x 20€ = 5000€ / month
– Electricity, water and heating = 300€ / month
– fees and taxes = 2000 € / month
– veterinary = 2500 € / month
Total monthly costs: 13800€
Total running costs per year: 12 x 13800€ = 165600€

Total costs for the private shelter for one year: 272100€

Total costs for all projects in the first year: 383700€

Doing something about it

Sometimes we stumble upon a dreadful picture or video on the internet, showing the hopeless situation of animals somewhere. Other times we are asked whether we can sign and forward a petition.

But ever so often we then think „I want to help – but how?“, finding no immediate solution. We understand that signing a petition might be a gesture – but we realize that it doesn’t solve the real problems. So we feel helpless, frustrated – and after some time start suppressing the thought, and in most cases eventually stop thinking about it.

I was cooking dinner with a group of friends. Every one of us loves pets, and has one or more dogs or cats, most from shelters or from the streets of Spain, Greece or Romania.

We talked about the pet charity organization that we founded a few years ago, and what its current projects are.

I started telling the story of the dogs in Bucov – about how much they are suffering, and how many of them won’t be able survive the winter – and everyone starting feeling so sad.

So, thinking about the life-threatening dangers that the dogs in Bucov face every day – we decided we are going to do everything we can to help them.

Do more than donating a few dollars, more than forwarding an email to a handful of people or get them to sign something – because in the end one person alone cannot achieve all that is needed – but together we can.

The current shelter

The shelter Bucov is located in the small town Ploiesti, about 70 km outside of Bukarest in Romania. Even though it has only about 10000 citizens, the state-owned dog shelter is overcrowded with over 1600 dogs.

The population is mostly poor themselves, don’t have much to eat – so caring about homeless dogs is not exactly a priority for them.

In the state-owned shelter, no one cares much about the dogs’ life or death either. The dog catchers just bring them to the shelter, then more or less leave them to their own devices – until they die. If the dogs are lucky, they get fed from time to time – but often dogs are forgotten and don’t receive food or fresh water for days.

The volunteer helpers make the difference

A light at the end of the tunnel is the handful of volunteers who have devoted their lives to caring for the huge number of dogs – and come in every day to provide at least a minimum amount of care for them.

Thanks to their tireless work, and the generous donations of hundreds of caring individuals, it has been possible to create a somewhat stable situation at the shelter for the dogs, and improvements in their care have been made.

Many of our current team members have been working with these dogs for years and continue to care for them and keep them alive without pay.

Dire conditions for the dogs

The dogs’ living conditions range from dire to deadly. In summer, there is seething heat, dryness, almost no water, no shade and a myriad of flies, ticks and other parasites.

In winter it is ice-cold with down to -25° Celsius, and no refuge for the dogs to hide. About 90% of them must survive outside or perish, many not having shelter from the cold as there are way too few huts available. The very few buildings that exist are overcrowded and dirty, and life is no better there than outside.


The ground in kennels and on the paths is not paved. Consequently, when there has been rain or snow almost the entire shelter is covered in mud, mixed with excrements – and therefore lots of germs.

Hygiene is catastrophic, as cleaning occurs almost never. The municipal dog catchers, who are also supposed to care for the dogs, think of them as worthless beings, and often forget to feed them or provide water.

Medical situation

There is no medical attention provided by the shelter, and the only chance for a sick dog is in being discovered by one of our volunteer workers – and being treated by veterinarians paid for with the donations of our non-profit organizations.

At least 500 of the dogs are currently infected with scabies, an illness where they lose most if not all of their fur – making it next to impossible to survive the harsh and cold winter.

Therefore, one of the primary goals is to treat and cure ALL of these dogs – to make their survival possible.

Our goals

Currently, only a small part of the dogs can be cared for more or less adequately. This is what we want to change.

With the proper means we want to
– provide all of them with a highly nutritious and diverse diet and fresh clean water every day
– cure the scabies infections
– start a birth control program, castrating around 800 female and 800 male dogs – to stop the uncontrollable reproduction which currently leads to more and more dogs
– build a team of individuals responsible for the daily operations
– organize transports of the dogs to Germany where we are located and can find families to adopt the dogs, finally giving at least some of them the home they deserve so much
– build a private dog shelter, where initially 250, later hopefully a lot more of the dogs can find a real shelter, be fed and treated medically and with love

Help us help them!

We urgently need your help to fulfill our commitment to provide these dogs with the highest quality care and the lifetime sanctuary they deserve. Please donate now to help!

Many organizations from Germany and around Europe banded together to ensure the dogs receive emergency care – and can find new homes in other countries. We are incredibly grateful for the collaboration of so many wonderful groups and organizations!

The groups that help:
– ProDog Romania e.V.
– Alpha Unite e.V.

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