Our Charitable Cause

Romanian Street Dog Rescue and Dogs Needing Homes

The Romanian Street Dog Rescue and Dogs Needing Homes are a small band of dedicated people headed by Lisa Hardy and Maria Aurora Nedelcu who rescue dogs in Romania from the streets and public shelters and find them loving homes to live out their lives. These angelic people work tirelessly for the dogs they rescue. Often using their own money to pay for food, bedding and the veterinary bills that they incur whilst getting the dogs they save ready for their forever homes. They rely on donations from members of the public to help where possible but this is never enough to cover all of their bills. As they are a small operation the donations they receive are in one hand and out the other as soon as received.
We become aware of Lisa and Maria’s work when we fell in love with one of their dogs. Nik and I have seen first-hand how hard they work to rescue these poor dogs from appalling conditions and how heart-broken they become when they can’t help one because of lack of funds.
We feel that what they do for these dogs is such angelic and selfless work that we wanted everyone who reads our site to know about them, and more important we want to do our bit to help them spread the word of all the dogs that they have in need of loving homes.
They are in desperate need of help with fostering, sponsoring, donations and adoptions for these dogs. So if you read this and you feel you can help them in any way you can visit their Facebook page and receive updates on all the dogs they have and how they are progressing HERE and pressing like.

Our personal experience of adopting through Lisa Hardy and Maria Aurora Nedelcu 

When we first saw Oscar it was shortly after he’d been rescued from the Romanian public shelter and he was in a sorry state with several bites across his body from other dogs kept in the same cage as him. One of his bites was so bad that it couldn’t be stitched back together at that point. It took Oscar two months to heal enough to be able to stitch the last of his wound ready to come to England. During this time we were in constant contact with Lisa and Maria who kept us up to date on his progress and sent us pictures of him via Facebook. All Oscar’s vet visits were paid for by donations to their charity.

The only thing we were asked to pay for was his inoculations and travel costs, which came to £210. It has gone up a small amount since DEFRA changed the policy on bringing adopted dogs into England. We had to have a home check to make sure that our home was suitable for a rescue dog. Also to check that we knew exactly what we would be taking on and how to handle the situation. Once that was done Lisa sent us the adoption papers to sign. Then it was just a case of waiting for Oscar to heal.

Labradoodle dog with tongue hanging out, UK
Labradoodle dog with tongue hanging out, UK

Collection Day.

Oscar was brought from Romania by ELI Pet Transport to a kennels in Essex were due to the DEFRA rules he had to stay for 48 hours before he could be collected. We had a little wait once we got there as there were quite a few others people collecting adopted dogs but it was all worth it. When they brought Oscar out to us he was so well behaved. He is the most well adjusted, well behaved, loving little dog. All he ever wants is love and to be loved. He loves going for his walks, playing ball and most of all being cuddled, especially by Nik.


We have had the best experience adopting through Lisa and Maria, so much so that we have since adopted another dog through them. Young Ella. Oscar and Ella are best friends and having both of them have made our lives that much richer. So if you were thinking of adopting we would highly recommend them and their dogs.

Happy fluffy little white dog, UK

We know there are dogs in England that need adopting but in England, we have rules on how to humanely treat dogs in shelters, so we feel that Romanian dogs are more in need until they change their laws and learn to treat dogs better.

The reason this cause needs our support

According to official estimates, there are 65,000 stray dogs – one for every 30 residents of the Romanian capital.

The following is an extract from an article found in Friends of Homeless Dogs.
A new animal protection law was launched in Romania in 2008, according to which no healthy animals should be put to sleep. The law supports spaying and neutering the dogs in order to control the stray dog population. This, however, has led to a situation where there are heaps of dogs in dog pounds that won’t be put down. Instead, they die of diseases, injuries, starvation and thirst, and injuries from fighting. Despite the new law, unofficially the dogs are still being killed, and one of the most common ways is poisoning. Furthermore, thousands of dogs disappear from municipal pounds and are never seen or heard of again. The police are completely powerless in reinforcing the new law and in various parts of the country, the officials are still unaware of the application of the new animal protection law.

The situation worsened in the autumn of 2013 when stray dogs were accused of killing a boy in Bucharest. The Romanian president and the press stirred up the hatred towards the animals and succeeded in pushing through a law allowing the killing of all dogs after 14 days of their capture unless the local mayor has the funds to allow the dogs a longer stay at the communal shelter. The dogs are killed with inhumane and cruel methods. The new law has also encouraged the mass Catchings and killings of dogs at shelters because the shelters get money for all killed dogs. The president was supported in his campaign by uneducated people, who blindly believe his promises of cleaning the streets through the killings. A well-known fact is that the stray dog problem can not be solved by killing the dogs, but only with a sterilisations programme and by educating people. The killing continues to be allowed, despite all facts, because the dog killing business fattens the wallets of the corrupt Romanian politicians. – See more at http://www.koirienystavat.com/en/dogs-in-romania#sthash.MDpo4w2V.dpuf