Nothing staves off a spell of writer’s block like getting really angry. Gather round everyone, I’m about to get raging and make a small request.
You might remember a post I made a few months ago for National Dogs Day, about some dogs that I love. Namely my dogs. They’re all Very Good Dogs, but one of them in particular is a Very Good And Brave Dog.
This is Isla.
Isla was a stray from Romania, where she spent time in a public shelter in the county of Valcea. These public shelters are…not very nice places at all, to put it mildly. Fortunately there’s a group of heroes, both in Valcea and the UK, who work to rescue these dogs, keep them healthy, and keep them safe and off the streets.
One of the biggest cheerleaders for these poor doggos is a charity called Rags 2 Riches, who bring dogs over to the UK for rehoming, and work to reduce the number of strays on the street in the first place through spaying etc. They do a lot of good work and help a lot of Very Good Dogs. Like Isla!
A Very Good Dog.
If you follow me on Twitter you’ll currently be seeing me doing something I never do and asking for retweets. The dogs of Valcea are in limbo, as the Mayor of Valcea has ordered that a vet is to euthanise the 500 dogs currently in the public shelter.
No, that isn’t a typo. FIVE. HUNDRED. DOGS.
Why? God only knows. You can read one perspective here. Needless to say, the whole thing is a shitshow and these poor dogs and the volunteers who devote their lives to saving them are the victims.
This obviously hasn’t gone down well with anyone who has a soul.
Once a public shelter dog, now playing in the sea with her friends.
Currently the ladies who work for the NGO “Save Valcea Dogs” have been prevented from entering the shelter after they created a petition to oppose the decision. These are the main caregivers for the dogs, so now there’s nobody to feed the dogs or administer any medicine. Literally nobody.
Five hundred dogs, either starving to death or being put to sleep. Try and picture five hundred dogs.
So what can you do? Share this blog post. Share the petition I’m going to link at the bottom. If you have a Twitter account, tweet about it. Bonus points if you work in the media or know somebody with a large reach on Twitter, regardless of location. Make this a Big Deal everywhere. Five hundred dogs. Five hundred Islas. Deprived of a chance of love, killed for no reason.
If you’re considering getting a dog, why not consider a Rommie? They’re very cute and often look like bits of different dogs all stuck together. Plus, you’ll know that you saved it from what was at best a horrendous life in a miserable place – and at worst, something like this.
Put them on blast. Save the dogs of Valcea.
If you want to find out more about Rags 2 Riches, why the work that they do is so important, read some happy stories about dogs they’ve saved or support the work that they do, visit their website.