romanian rescue dogs

You may or may not be aware of the dreadful situation that currently exists for the stray dogs on the streets of Romania and the thousands of shelter dogs kept in terrible conditions, so I thought I would share a little information with you here.

You will find numerous links within The DOG’s Pov’s Rescue pages to individual rescuers and rescue organisations that are trying desperately to alleviate the problem and help as many dogs as they can, and I wanted to write this article to explain briefly why the situation is so bad, and why The DOG’s Point of View is helping to promote these rescuers alongside the UK Rescue Organisations.

You can also find information here on what the process is and how to go about adopting a ‘Rommie Rescue’ if this is something you are interested in.

Why the Problem in Romania Exists

This article, written by Friends of Homeless Dogs, explains the situation in Romania, and how it came about.

The problems started in the 80’s when dictator Nicolae Ceausescu aimed to industrialize Romania; people were forced to leave the countryside and move into cities. As there was a huge demand for more apartments, Ceausescu decided to demolish all small houses and build vast apartment blocks instead. The number of people in the cities exploded and families had no option but to share an apartment with many other families. At that point animals were abandoned on the streets due to lack of space. The dogs obviously reproduced rapidly and soon the streets were filled with homeless dogs and their puppies.

The mayor of the country’s capital Bucharest stated that the quickest way of getting rid of the strays was mass slaughter, and soon enough other cities followed in suit…. Read the full article here

Other EU Governments Are Getting Involved

This article, published in The Daily Mail in June 2015 portrays just how terrible the situation still is, but that people are now starting to take notice and get involved in changing the laws, and ending the suffering for these dogs.

End your stray dog cull, UK tells Romania:
Diplomats step up pressure after 300,000 animals killed in crackdown

British diplomats have urged the Romanian government to stop the cull of tens of thousands of stray dogs – ordered after a four-year-old boy was mauled to death.

The Mail on Sunday can reveal that UK officials have lobbied leaders in Bucharest, calling on them to deal ‘humanely’ with the crisis of the million strays that roam the streets, biting thousands of people each year.

About 300,000 dogs have been rounded up and slaughtered in a crackdown launched after Ionut Anghel was killed while playing near a park. Although initially blamed on strays, his death was later found to have been caused by security dogs owned by a private company. Last month it was ordered to pay £1.7 million compensation to Ionut’s devastated family.

But that hasn’t stopped the Romanian authorities continuing with the massive cull, with reports of dogs being clubbed to death in the streets and caged in horrendous shelters. Government papers obtained by this newspaper reveal Foreign Office fears about widespread animal cruelty in the cash-strapped nation.

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The DOG's Pov Rescue - Merlin

Merlin. My First Romanian Rescue Foster Dog

Why The DOG’s Point of View Wants to Help the Romanian Rescue Dogs

Romania has very few animal welfare laws. The stray dog problem is beyond crisis point, and the public shelters are full. The shelters in Romania are not like those in the UK.  They are filthy and riddled with disease, the dog’s don’t receive enough food, puppies, old dogs and young adult dogs are all kennelled together, often resulting in injuries and sometimes death to the puppies and the old dogs because of the fights over what little food they do get and that’s if they survive the brutal methods used by dog catchers if they find them on the streets.

Unlike the UK, many of the rescuers in Romania are individuals working alone with little support or financial backing, but they are making a real difference to the lives of the dogs they save.  By helping to promote them and the dogs they have available to rehome, they are able to implement spay and neuter campaigns which is ultimately going to be the best long term solution to this problem.  Please do be careful though, as with anything, there are people who are not always what they seem to be, so please do some background checking if you are thinking of adopting from Romania.

All rescuers promoted on The DOG’s Point of View are legitimate and if you are interested in adopting one of the many beautiful dogs these rescuers have available (all of them gorgeous) but have concerns about the whole adoption process, then read on to find out how it works.  You can also help by fostering, donating or simply sharing the dogs they have available so their beautiful faces may get seen by someone that falls in love with them.

Not all the dogs rehomed from Romania will be street dogs or strays,
many will also be abandoned pets, whose owners simply decided they didn’t want them anymore,
so they just turn them out on the streets to fend for themselves… or be caught by the dog catchers

Whilst it is true, and I have had it pointed out to me multiple times, there are many rescue dogs still waiting in shelters across the UK so why help those from another country? My answer to this is simple, I will and do help any dogs I can, no matter where they come from. If an individual is looking for their next rescue dog and the one they happen to fall in love with comes from another country then in my opinion any life saved, is a life saved, no matter what the origin.  These dogs do not ask to be born wherever they are or treated the way they are and I will do all I can to help anyone either acquire the right rescue dog for them, or to solve any problems they may encounter with that rescue dog.

What’s so Great About Romanian Rescue Dogs

From the experience I’ve had, since I started working with the Romanian Rescuers, and fostering Romanian dogs, is that so many of these dogs are well balanced, well grounded and very loving, and because they are mostly all mixed breed, they aren’t the genetic car crash that many of the pedigree dogs in this country are. This means they don’t tend to suffer with the predominant health issues that many pedigree dogs do, because of the narrowed gene pool they are bred from, and for the same reason a mixed breed dog is often less highly strung and more malleable when it comes to teaching & training.

That’s not to say ALL Romanian Rescue dogs come without issues, of course any rescue dog, or any dog for that matter, has the potential for issues to develop. Whether that be from their past or from something that happens to them in their new home with you, at the end of the day they are living, breathing, feeling creatures and as such are affected by the environment around them and things that happen to them, just the same as we are. For the most part however, the vast majority of people I have spoken to, that have adopted a Rommie Rescue (including myself) admit there is something ‘different’ and special about them.

There is a huge variety of dogs to choose from as well, small ones, big ones, fluffy ones, short coated ones, young ones, old ones, whatever you could want, many of them with beautiful markings and unusual coats.  Unfortunately in this country, when a pedigree breed becomes popular it gets seriously over produced by breeders wanting to cash in on this popularity, and the result of this is our shelters very quickly become full of predominantly one breed.


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What’s Involved in Rescuing a Dog from Romania

To give a very brief overview, all dogs from legitimate rescuers in Romania are transported and rehomed according to DEFRA’s regulations, they receive routine blood tests, are fully vaccinated (including rabies) microchipped, neutered (if above 6 months of age) receive flea, tick and worming treatments, and have full passports.  You can either adopt direct from Romania, in which case you are obviously going to take on a dog you will not have met prior to adoption, or it is sometimes possible that the dog will already be in the UK in a foster  home, making it easier for potential adopters to meet their new dogs in person first. 

When you see a dog you like, you can reserve that dog and the rescuer will prepare it for travelling, arranging vaccinations, microchips, passports etc.  The timescale for this to take place will depend on the age of the dog or puppy you have chosen, and whether or not it needs to be spayed or neutered before travelling.

All legitimate rescuers will require you to complete a pre-adoption form and undergo a homecheck to ensure you are suitable for the rescue dog you have chosen.  A non refundable adoption fee will then be payable, which goes toward paying for all the preparation treatments, passport and transport to the UK.  This fee will vary from rescuer to rescuer depending on each individual dog.

Bonafide Rescuers will offer back-up and support for the life of your Rommie Rescue dog,  so you can be sure you will be supported in those early days settling your new dog in and throughout their life with you.

Read Our Full Step by Step Guide to Adopting a Romanian Rescue Dog

Tramp & Tasha. My Two Foster Puppies from Bianca Filip. Brasov, Romania

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Romanian Rescue - Tramp

Tramp… Well I fell in love with him… He’s staying with me 😉 

If you have a Rommie Rescue or any rescue dog that you’re experiencing difficulties with, I offer discounted packages for new adopters, often the problems experienced, especially in the early days of adoption, can be sorted quite quickly with the right advice. CLICK HERE to message me via the website to arrange a consultation.

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Comments (41)

  1. Karen


    Very interesting article I have just come back from helping in a Romanian shelter and going back soon

    • Reply

      Thank you Karen, I’m glad you enjoyed it. That’s fantastic! Always great to meet fellow crazy dog lovers 🙂

    • Sue. Northrup


      Hi Karen,
      I live in Canada and would love to be able to (a) adopt a Romanian rescue and (b) help out in a meaningful way, aside from simply donating money. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you.

      • Reply

        Hi Sue,
        Thank you for your comment, I know it is difficult for the Romanian Rescuer’s to adopt dogs to America/Canada as they have to have a network in place in the country they are adopting to in order to be able to provide support and back up to their adopters. Please don’t underestimate the importance of donations, without this help the rescuer’s would struggle to continue. You could try doing some fundraising, if you have a particular rescue you follow, and also sharing their posts/websites etc on social media to help spread the word about the dogs and their situation. Basically the more people know about it and get involved, the better it will be in the long run 🙂 Thank you for caring & helping



    Hi . I am also a animal lover and I stand up for the animal rights. I am from Romania. And I came back fro the local Shelter Sibiu… poor dogs…PLEASE from the bottom of my heart…. ALSO SOME OF THEM GOES IN GERMANY BUT SOME OF THE NOT…And here.. nobody gives a damn about a dog lif.e..please PLEASE PLEASEEEE! i ALSO LIVE IN A FLAT AND I CAN TAKE ONE…!!!!HEARTBREAKING 50 KG DOG CRIENG WHEN HE SAW ME…. ANOTHER ONE TALL ALSO WAS TRAPTED IN A CAGE IN HIS MIND… PSIHICALLY ABUSED… THEY ARE HIDING SHAKING… STAY NUMB….. DON T HAV EREACTIONS ANYMORE…… PLESE ONCE AGAIN…iF i HAD space large enought I would take all in a day…. but I do what I can… plus… we are almost all day away from home….

  3. Mattie Parsons


    I have a Romanian dog who I fostered, the people who brought him over couldn’t cope with him so asked the rescue to take him back, he was so traumatised when he arrived that I knew I couldn’t let him go so he is still here and is a good family member.

    What I have found is that many people who adopt one of these dogs let their children climb all over the dog and hug them when they first arrive instead of letting them settle first. They have been told before they got the dog not to do this but of course, being humans they know better. If the dog growls or snaps, they want him gone yesterday, they have given the dog a bad name and it is their fault.

    There are a few articles on, if you feel you can use them feel free to do so.

    • Reply

      Hi Mattie,
      Thank you for your comment, what a wonderful ending for this poor boy, you truly have ‘saved’ him 🙂
      Sadly it is true, that all too often parents don’t appreciate the correct way for dogs and children to interact and the dog usually ends up getting the blame for this lack of education on the owners part. Hopefully if we keep sharing relevant articles as much as possible, more owners will get the message. Keep up the great work!

  4. Pat


    Happy to find someone who agrees to the point that “pure breed” dogs are in fact genetically “poorer” than mixed breed ones (and my two “Bucuresti strays pure breed ” do confirm) 😉

  5. Audrey


    We have had our Rommie for only 3 weeks and she is already a true family member. We adore her, she is such an affectionate dog. Adopting a Rommie is such a worthwhile act and I urge anyone to think about it.
    True, we may have been lucky with ours, but reading about the way they are treated in their country makes me very sad and these animals deserve better.

    • Reply

      Thank you for your comment Audrey, I’m so pleased your girl has settled well with you, it’s true that some do have ‘issues’ so to speak, but then that is true of any rescue dog. For the main, many Rommie Rescue owners say the same as you, how loving and forgiving these dogs are considering what they have endured. Thank you for opening your heart and your home to your Rommie girl. She is very lucky to have found you 🙂

  6. Debbie


    I have a Romanian rescue called Eddie . He’s adorable and settling in nicely after 5 months . He is obviously mixed breed , I’m told with Dom chihuahua . My question is , how can I find his true mix ? As most DNA test sites don’t cover Romania ? In looks and behaviour he seems like a patterdale but I don’t think that breed is in Romania ? Thanks Debbie

    • Reply

      Hi Debbie, I know several Romanian rescue owners who have had DNA tests done to find out the mix of their dogs. To my knowledge, they don’t have any kind of special test done, and although there are a few breeds that are specific to Romania, many of the breed DNA will most likely be relevant within the UK also. I will ask around and find out if anyone knows of a specific test that covers Romanian breeds and will let you know if I find anything out for you. Thanks for your comment, so glad your boy has found his forever home 🙂

  7. Katie


    My mum has three Romanian dogs coming over in the next couple of weeks, my nan is going to choose which one she wants, we are going to keep the boy and hopefully foster then rehome the third. Really looking forward to meeting them!

  8. Vanda Kizmaz


    Thank you for highlighting the plight of the Romanian dogs. İ run Noah’s Ark Romanian Rescue with my colleague Lorraine and we have just returned from a trip to Romania to see the dogs under our care in safe shelters. There are some dogs that have been terribly traumatised by their experience at the hands of the infamous dog catchers and will take a long time in rehabilitation to learn to trust humans again but the majority of dogs are loving, friendly and affectionate and make wonderful companions.
    Given a little time and reassurance to settle into a home environment, they are wonderful dogs to have in your family.
    We wouldn’t be without our Rommie rescue dogs now and are dndeavouring to get as many of the Noah’s Ark dogs adopted as possible. Every dog that is adopted or fostered in the UK is actually saving two dogs: the one travelling to its new home and the one that can take its place from a kill shelter into a safe shelter.

  9. Andrea Philbin


    My boyfriend and I recently adopted a Rommie pup – somewhat by accident (the first foster home could not keep her). It’s genuinely the best thing that I’ve done in a long, long time. We are both so in love with her and the fun, laughs, joy and happiness she has brought with her is just the best medicine. She’s acclimatised so well to life in the UK and is now truly the top dog. We love her dearly and we wouldn’t change her for the world. It’s true that when you rescue one dog, you are also rescuing another….I just need to own a farm and take lots of them!

    • Reply

      Ahhh what a lovely story Andrea 🙂 I’m so pleased your new addition is bringing you lots of fun and laughter! They are very entertaining these Rommies!

  10. Joseph W Moore


    We will be visiting not one but mother and daughter from romanian dog pound on Friday, awaiting home visit this week, we’ve had dogs before lost due to old age, but still have a rescue dog at home, hopefully she will get two sisters Solomon. Keep up the good work guys as these animals need us.

    • Reply

      Great news Joseph, thank you for helping to save not one but two beautiful souls and giving them the chance of a wonderful life 🙂

  11. JANE


    I would love to adopt a Romanian dog from Romania from a shelter. But not sure which adoption rescue to choose?

    • Reply

      Hi Jane, thanks for getting in touch, there are quite a few very good rescues to choose from if you would like to message me via the contact page with your location I can try and put you in touch with someone who is reputable and offers full rescue back up and support

  12. Theresa Killin


    I have just received 2 puppies from Romania both approx 4 months of age. Settling in very well with our 2 year old Doberman. Very quick and easy to house train. Love them to bits. Would defiently go with Romanian rescues in future too xx

    • Reply

      Wow Theresa 2 puppies! That’s awesome, so glad they are settling in well and getting on with your resident Doberman. Thank you for saving these 2 beautiful souls and giving them the chance of an amazing life with you xx

  13. Kay pendlebury


    We have adopted from Romania. It was all very organised and we are overjoyed with our beautiful girl Lara. She is so full of love and her needs are very simple. Just to be with us and share everything we do . No behaviour issues no food aggression. An absolute joy in our lives. Would adopt from Romania again.

    • Reply

      Awww that’s lovely Kay 🙂 I’m so pleased your girl has settled in well and is enjoying a wonderful life with you. Thank you for saving her beautiful soul.

  14. Louise


    We are awaiting the arrival of a Rommie next month! Bella will be 4 months old when she gets here. We are so excited to meet her…we’re sure our 2 year old rescue dog Bailey will have lots of fun with his new playmate!

  15. Russell Jacklin


    We have a Ronnie rescue, she’s 5 now we adopted her 18months ago, she has issues, mainly socialising with dog or human but slowly we are working on these worries and she is getting better, when we first adopted her she had many problems but slowly they have improved just just need to love them more and they love you more back.

  16. Alison Hambling


    Our Romanian German Shepherd has just arrived this morning! Felt very apprehensive, friends thought we were mad, just agreed from a photo and description. The German Shepherd Rescue found her for us, she is very thin and has had an injury to her mouth which causes her to eat slowly. We don’t know what traumas she has been through in her 2 year life, but she has just arrived showing our family love and affection already. No food aggression, lovely kind dog. Can’t wait to spoil her rotten with good food, plenty of walks, a warm bed and lots of cuddles.

  17. Jean stone


    I adopted a lovely Romania little lady 7 weeks ago. She is so good and all she wants is love and cuddles. She settled in immediately and soon adopted our routine. I would not be without her and she is so grateful to everyone she meets. Everyone we meet on our walks are so amazed when they hear of her history and see how good she is. She loves all the fuss they give her.Having just lost my elderly dog my new Romania lady has certainly filled my life.


  18. Judi


    I have an older rescue dog from Romania and she was terrified of everything. It has taken 2 years and she likes to be left alone but she is very sweet.

  19. Mrs Angela Reekie


    We adopted our beautiful Rommie girl Holly from Many Tears rescue in Wales in April this year, what can I say she is the most sweetest, gentlest and loving girl ever, she came to us a timid, scared girl and her tail was so far between her legs it looked like she didnt have one!!!! But with the help of our pocket rocket Buddy who we also adopted from Many Tears rescue last November and lots of patience love and care she is now the confident, happy, loving girl that we are so very lucky to have in our lives, she has learnt from Buddy how to play and also how to be his partner in crime and getting up to mischief . We are blessed to have two beautiful souls in our lives, Angela, Mick, Buddy and Holly xxxx

    • Reply

      Awww that’s beautiful Angela, it can take a lot of time and patience with some of the Rommie dogs, they do tend to have a higher level of fear/anxiety based behaviours, but with love and understanding, many of them learn to grow into happy, relaxed and very loving dogs 🙂 Well done all of you! xx

  20. Reply

    This is my dear Romanian boy Rudi–I have had him 2 and a half years, he is a sweet dog and very handsome also–you can see him here

    I have had a few problems with him which developed after 6 months, the on-going problem being his reactivity and also recall–he is however, doing well with professional training. I was upset however, by some people representing his Rescue–not the Rescue itself–being highly critical and unhelpful when I asked about these problems. I wondered if anyone else had had this kind of problem—it means I have to keep him on the lead most of the time, though he has free running under certain safe conditions—a trainer said it was because he became more confident once he ahd settled in, but I recently heard of another RR developing 2the call of the wild” after 3 years. Love and wuffs to all DEAR–AND FORTUNATE rescued dogsxxx

    • Reply

      Hi Barbara, thank you for taking the time to share your experience, depending on the history of the dog, it can be the case that sometimes these Rommie Rescue’s can never be off lead, but it sounds as though you have professional help, so that’s great, but something to bear in mind. Just because we would love them to be off lead running free, doesn’t necessarily mean it is the best thing for all of them, especially those that can be reactive. Your trainer is correct, it can often be the case that as these dogs settle, they develop confidence and behaviours change. I have worked with quite a few Rommies now struggling with reactivity, and fear based issues seem to be quite a common thread with these dogs, but that’s not to say they can’t be overcome with the right approach, handling and training. Your boy is very lucky to have you xx

  21. Carol Verrier


    I have adopted a Romanian rescue dog brought to the UK by a Charity called Give a dog a Home. He is wonderful. A little worried sometimes by new experiences or sudden events but the most loving and affectionate dog I have ever had. Love him so much. I would definitely take another Romanian rescue dog in the future.

    • Reply

      Hi Carol, thank you for taking the time to share your rescue story. Give a dog a home are a wonderful rescue organisation, I’m so glad your boy is coming along well, and thank you for opening your home and you heart to him, he is a very lucky boy 🙂 xx

  22. Christine Chadwick


    I adopted a Romanian rescue on July 22nd this year. He was terrified of everything and shut down for 2 weeks and very passive.. He was too scared to go to the toilet outside when when we took him out and he held on to it for 3 days and 2 days until he burst. He was too scared to eat and drink. I had to put food in his mouth and water in his mouth with a syringe. After 2 weeks he started to make eye contact and that was a break through. He started to go outside voluntary with my other dog to do his toilets. After five weeks he wagged his tail for the first time. He would not leave his bed at all but I made him have to get out of his bed to eat. He refused to go anywhere else in the house. After about three months I started carrying him into the sitting room and he just wanted to go back to his bed but I made him stay for half an hour and then for 3/4 hr and then 1 hr. Now we have a job to get him out of it! After 4 months he initiated a new kind of interaction with me,; he put his paw in my hand, and then he took my hand in his mouth and rolled over for me to tickle his tummy. It was very touching. He will do that now in the evening for me to stroke him. He is still wary of my husband. If we accidentally drop anything he will still run and hide. He is coming on very well. But he doesnt bark, he just makes puppy noises (he is about 3 yrs old), and he is still extremely agoraphobic, and not sure what to do about that one.

    • Reply

      Hi Christine, thank you for taking time to share your story, your boy is very lucky to have you. The biggest thing to remember with fearful dogs is that everything needs to be at their pace, it sounds like you have made wonderful progress with him, I would recommend taking it very slow with regard to his agoraphobia, very much baby steps, with lots of reinforcement, or reassurance if he won’t accept treats, very short exposure sessions, literally just a minute or two at a time, depending on what he can handle. I’m sure you will get there with him, it sounds like you know what you’re doing 🙂 xx

  23. Angela Travis


    We’ve had our little Suzie for two months now. She is very affectionate and, surprisingly, loves to play! Sleeps on the bed (naughty I know, but who could resist that little face?) We wondered how she would get on with our elderly ckicken. She was very intetested! – but Hetty pecked her on the nose and she’s given her a very wide berth since then!
    Good on her lead and is learning recall in a safe area. As her confidence grows her typical terrier personality is emerging! I’ve only just learned about the horrific conditions endured by these gentle creatures – and as she is asleep on my lap at the moment, I wonder what she has been through in her short life. She is not very intetested in food and has to be encouraged to eat, little and often. We adopted her through Lea Valley Dog Rescue and are very grateful to have her living with our family

    • Reply

      Hi Angela, little Suzie is clearly very lucky to have found you! What a wonderful life she can look forward to now. Thank you x

  24. Diana


    My wonderful Rommie girl or should I say lady as she is about 9 or 10. She has adapted perfectly and fits in with every routine in my life. At first very apprehensive of other dogs but now has absolutely no issues and is off lead for the majority of the time. Has a high prey drive when she goes deaf but happily lives with the cat from day one. I adore her and couldn’t have wished for a better companion.

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