Last month dramatic flood days led many Save the Dogs supporters and friends to rally in covering over 10.000 euro damages which have been caused by the natural disaster. Here is a short summary of the funds that have been raised and their origin:
3.870 euro, 500 euro of which from the associations Arca in Pianoro and EMI and 3.370 euro from private supporters.
4.616 euro from Friends of Homeless Dogs (Finland)
6.000 euro from Hundhjalpen (Sweden)
905 euro from DogRescue (Sweden)
1.200 euro from Dogs Trust to buy pet food (England)
1.245 euro from private supporters
17.836 euro overall were raised. Exceeding the amount of 10.000 euro in damages, 3.000 euro from the Hundhjalpen donation will be used to build a new shelter, which the Township finally gave us authorization for in these days.
Save the Dogs wishes to thank everybody who has been close to us during those dramatic days. Apart from the material damages, only two of our dogs disappeared after we had to open the enclosures, in order to prevent the animals from drowning.
Even with a few weeks of delay – and despite the scorching weather that has been hitting the southeast of Romania for weeks now – the work to connect our land in the hills to the main power and water supply finally kicked off. The digging needed to bring water to the donkey shelter is finished, and the excavation that will allow us to have AC power both in the large yard of our farmhouse and, later, on the grounds where the new dog shelter will be built – right next to the donkey stables – is nearing completion.
Unfortunately, the figure required to complete the work has not yet been reached and only with a considerable contribution from the Donkey Sanctuary of € 20,000 was the work able to begin. The funds from the year 2008 5‰ tax share (an option by which taxpayers may allocate half a percent of their income tax to an organization, body or institution of their choice), which we had earmarked to cover such costs, have not yet been granted (they should be available in September-October), while €17,779 were raised so far. We are grateful to our supporters, who understood the importance of creating these facilities, and to the Donkey Sanctuary for significantly improving the lives of the more than 50 donkeys we care for on our plot of land.