About our Romanian Dogs

About our Romanian Dogs

Oakwood Dog Rescue offer the kennel space to dogs that are sponsored by International Dog Rescue who have had a terrible upbringing in Romania.

As a rescue we also help UK dogs, as well as dogs abroad. To us, it doesn't matter where a dog has come from, what matters is that they deserve a chance at a forever family. We are a very small rescue based in Hull, UK that has chosen to help dogs in need, regardless of where they have come from.

We are often asked about the history of our Romanian dogs - and sadly, their history is unknown. Some of the staff have been lucky enough to work with International Dog Rescue and visit the public shelter where many of the dogs come from. 

The dogs are usually found on the streets or in the fields and are viewed as nuisances. Dogs are seen very differently in Romania to how they are seen in the UK. Dog catchers are paid to find dogs and catch them in any way they can... usually this involves the use of catch-poles, beatings, abuse and manhandling. Understandibly, the dogs are terrified and most have never encountered a loving human touch.

When they are taken to the public shelter they have a cattle tag pierced through their ear which has a number on to identify them. Very little information is kept on the dog. Some dogs do not survive in the shelter conditions for very long, some die from disease, starvation, dehydration and many die from being attacked by other dogs.

If they are lucky they are fed once a day, but they do not get given food in a bowl - it is thrown on the floor and it is a case of every dog for themselves. There are many fights over food as it is so sparce. Blood is shed and many are extremely skeletal. The shelter workers do not offer them any solace - they are usually frightened of the dogs and will shout at them, throw things and frighten the dogs so they can scrape the faeces off of the concrete floors.

The dogs sleep in huts that sometimes have straw in if the shelter has been given enough money from the government. There is no protection from the scorching heat in the summer, or the vicious minus degree temperatures in the winter. Dogs have to clamber over snow to get to their frozen water troughs. Nothing is clean, and infection can spread like wild fire.

Most end up trying to escape these awful conditions, and if they find a hole in the pen, they will climb and squeeze their way through to escape. Many people do not believe that these dogs are escape artists, however, it is not uncommon to see one of the dogs walking over the flimsy mesh which covers the pens, looking for escape. Some hop from pen to pen - and if they end up in an unfriendly pen, it is usually the last people see of them. Some dogs have scaled the walls of the compound that are at least 8ft tall and have escaped because they cannot bare to be kept in these conditions any longer.

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