Save the Dogs had a hard time believing a woman who came crying to the Medgidia dog pound telling the story of her sadistic mother-in-law who left her dog dying of hunger. The affair was quite similar to others in the Romanian countryside: the Labrador had bitten a hen, so to punish her, the old farmer decided to lock her in a cage, leaving her to slowly waste away. According to the woman, the mother-in-law was in a panic-full of nerves, the mother-in-law even considered that the animal ingest caustic soda.
Extremely skeptical, the president of Save the Dogs immediately sent two members of staff to verify the authenticity of the allegations.

In reality, it was worse. The Labrador was reduced to a skeleton, locked in a rusted cage in which she was chained. Immersed in her own droppings, she didn’t have any water and was crying desperately, all alone in this deteriorated and dirty barnyard.
Given the lack of police collaboration in such cases and the urgency to free the animal, Save the Dogs decided to take the animal without filing a complaint while saving the Labrador, renamed Maggie. The yard was still placed under observation to check that the farmer, perhaps suffering from mental problems, doesn’t take other dogs.
Maggie is currently staying at the donkey refuge awaiting adoption. She is a year and a half, she has a wonderful personality and has never lost the joy of living. To contribute to Maggie’s care until her departure, you can donate here or through Paypal.


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Little Bibi, captured a few months ago by the lens of Alessio Mesiano, arrived at our shelter extremely depressed in both body and spirit. Suffering from a bad case of mange, she was very frightened after all the abuse she had been subjected to while living on the streets, and it took a long time for her to fully recover. Above, Bibi is shown upon her arrival at the shelter in Medgidia and after several months of treatment while below she is shown finally happy and at peace at her adoptive home in Sweden, selected by our partner DogRescue. This is one of the many cases in which Save the Dogs has been able to make the difference between life and death for many otherwise hopeless strays.

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Rita, an 8 year-old German shepherd, was brought to our center in Medgidia by her owner several weeks ago. The owner’s request: euthanize her, given the presence of a large tumor on her neck. The man left poor Rita at our shelter, demonstrating complete indifference to her fate. Alina, our veterinarian, decided to operate on Rita despite the owner’s request to euthanize her, and since then she has recovered. She has proved to be a very sweet and well-tempered dog therefore now we are looking for a family that will adopt her.
Above and below: Photos of Rita upon her arrival and the video clip which shows her recovery.


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When STD operators took little Alexa in, she had a horrible wound to one of her front legs. We don’t know what had happened to her on the street, but that stump – the paw cut off by someone or something – did move all the local staff of STD. It took months for the wound to heal, but meanwhile STD asked for help to Friends of Homeless Dogs, its Finnish partner, asking to put Alexa up for adoption.
Despite the severe handicap of Alexa, the association managed to find an extraordinary family that decided to adopt the little stray dog. To make sure that she can walk, a 2,000 euros prosthesis is required and Friends of Homeless Dogs is helping her adoptive family to raise the sum in order to give the dog a real life “on all fours”.
In the pictures below and in the video: Alexa’s new life in Finland, thanks to the partnership with FHD.

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