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Freewheeling Dogs

Ambi After Three Surgeries

Probably beaten or hit by a car, she was thrown into the garbage bin with both back legs broken. The one who put her there was never seen, but we assume thought her dead.

The children found Ambi crying from a garbage bin and they cried for help also to a well known animal lover in the area, Mr. Vasile who has 2 adopted dogs of his own, and made some more room for Ambi. He took her to the vet, and is currently fostering her in Braila, Romania until January when Ambi will continue her journey to UK.

So far Ambi had 3 leg surgeries, one for each leg, and a third one to put back a rod that went out in a couple of days. She is recovering fast, being so young, and we are hoping for a full recovery. Soon she will have the rods and metallic plates removed from her leg and this is when the ultimate recovery will start. Unfortunately for her, it means another two surgeries, one for each leg.

She was de-wormed already, had her first polyvalent vaccine. She has been microchipped and her passport is a work in progress.

Ambi is a beauty inside out: A kind personality, despite the terrible past she has. Dogs are forgiving creatures, and saints compared to most of us humans. We hope she will forget the horrible thing that was done to her and enjoy a good life with a loving family.

As you can see from the pictures, she is getting along very well with the other two dogs of the family. She is spoiled and treated like a child. She is also funny: She like to chew the dry bread that Mr. Vasile offers on his balcony to the birds. Ambi like to chew on those dry sticks.

And she loves FRUITS, no wonder she is so sweet. Peaches, melons, apples whatever she sees that anybody is eating, she will enjoy.

 

Anna Marie

Anna MarieCan you believe it has been six years since Anna Marie lay on the side of the road with a broken back? Nancy Janes found the puppy, Anna Marie, in Galati Romania, apparently struck by a passing car. Nancy took the puppy to a vet, determined to save Anna Marie's life. Anna Marie returned to California with Nancy and has been in a cart now for more than six years. "Now, she is the 'wild child' of our family," Nancy says of Anna Marie, who now lives alongside other rescued dogs from Romania.

 

Watch a video of Anna Marie.

 

Billy's Wheels

With so many stray animals roaming the streets of Romania, many are hit by cars. Those dogs not killed are maimed, often requiring surgery to set their broken bones and treat their wounds. If their spine is broken, the only way for these dogs to walk again without trailing their hind legs, is to fit them into dog wheelchairs that support their hind legs.

Bill's wheelchair arrived. He ran all day long with his new wheelchair! First he wore out Cristina, then he got her mother tired, but for Billy no problem.

Cristina took photos to share the happiness with us. Billy is now SO SO happy!

 

Bitza

We sent an emergency plea September 2011 for Bitza, the dog that was allowed respite at a restaurant until he was hit by a car. Here is an update on his story:

Until recently Bitza was the dog of a restaurant, but now nobody wants him back there, just because he was hit by a car. The accident caused him a pelvic fracture and also a broken foot. A waitress paid for the taxi to transport Bitza to the vet clinic, and she almost got fired because of this. The owner of the restaurant was very proud of this dog when her husband was alive. But after her spouse died she changed and fired everybody who had saved food for strays.

After the accident Bitza was not allowed to enter the yard of the restaurant, where he was able to drink water at least. The owner is afraid that Bitza will be a crippled dog and will scare the customers. Bitza was left on the streets with no water and no protection, where he could be hit by a car again anytime. We tried to find a few fosters or yards where he can stay in order to have the surgeries and recover after, but he was kicked out from every place the very next day.

That is why we now know Bitza as the unwanted dog: Not wanted by his former owners, not wanted by anybody in foster.

RAR decided to move Bitza from Braila to Bucharest so he could have the best care possible, the bone surgeries that he needed, and afterwards, find a good home for him. In a couple of days after a complete checkup we had found out that he had a severe heartworm infestation. This is a disease with a very tough treatment. Many dogs do not survive the treatment. It is very long and expensive, and dogs need good care to be able to make it. They need a home during the treatment; it helps them a lot.

We had no home at that point for Bitza, but still decided against all odds to fight for life, to try to start the heartworm treatment while Bitza is in the clinic. Only to keep him there it is $20/day and the treatment at that point already reached $600 with no surgery done yet.

The next problem appeared immediately after this decision: There is a shortage of the main medication throughout the world, and we were not able to find the medicine for Bitza. In the same time somebody from Denmark offered to adopt Bitza and give him a permanent home. We decided to start an alternative treatment that has been proven to work on heartworm infestations.

Patricia, one of our friends in Romania who told us about Bitza, has posted a video of Bitza on Youtube. Dr. Aurelian has posted another video of Bitza on Youtube.

 

Elizabeth Gets a Second Chance

Nancy Janes of Romanian Animal Rescue (RAR) has emailed the International Pet Examiner with a street dog story, this one with a happy ending.

Elizabeth is a scruffy little stray who was living on the streets of Braila, Romania. She was hit by a car and left paralyzed. She was taken to a facility where the dog would be euthanized because of her condition. Somehow Elizabeth did not get put down and she ended up back on the streets of Braila moving forward using her front legs since her rear legs no longer worked. Romania Animal Rescue was contacted and a local RAR member found her.

Read the full story in the Examiner.

Named for a friend of Janes who wanted to help the dog, RAR and friends came together. After posting photos along with the story of her plight, donors came to Elizabeth's rescue. With the help of Kerry Pember of Disabled Dog Rescue in the UK, Elizabeth would be given a second chance. She spent a week at a vet clinic in Zurich where she did have to have one paw amputated because of a severe infection. Her trip to her new foster home was then delayed by the Iceland volcano eruption. Finally she arrived at a foster home in Gibraltar.

Elizabeth is soon coming to the US to live with a new family in Lakewood, CA, near Los Angeles. RAR is raised the money to pay her travel costs. Everyone is looking forward to seeing how far this little dog has come, both geographically and physically.

Slideshow: Lizzie's new life

 

Husky

Husky was homeless, surviving on the streets. He was broadsided by a speeding car. When he woke up in a vet hospital, one of his legs had been amputated.

He is a lucky dog, though. A donor offered to sponsor his trip to the United States through Romania Animal Rescue. They have already found a home for him with a family in New Mexico.