“WE ARE IN TROUBLE (or should I say the 700 dogs in our care are in trouble) – and it’s not something that a few thousand pounds will solve sadly.

I have been absent for a few weeks, one reason because I have been sick and another because I’m so low about the future of our dogs. Burying my head in the sand and hoping it will go away is not going to save their lives, so I have to make the appeal of a lifetime.

Without going into too much detail, we only have one shelter now where the dogs lives are completely enriched. They get walks and lots of social stimulation daily.We are so fortunate to have amazing staff there and we don’t need to worry about it. Trust me, good staff are very hard to find. There are around 300 dogs there. Nevertheless in an open shelter you can’t keep adding new dogs and so we don’t. The dogs have established packs and new arrivals upsets the balance. It’s unsafe to disturb that.

This does mean that last month we stopped taking any dogs at all in to any of our shelters. Coming towards winter, that decision will just have huge implications for hundreds of dogs on the streets. It’s not one we took lightly and indeed it was my suggestion and not an easy one.

We thought we had an answer to our worries 6 months ago and we were about to get a private loan. We identified a new shelter and had wonderful staff ready to go. We were set to move our dogs to a place where they could thrive. The loan had an excellent guarantor and nothing could go wrong, but then it did. At the eleventh hour (after months of planning and solicitor fees) the lady withdrew. This means we have no winter planning in place for 700 dogs, because this was their new home. Hence my depression and the immediate halt to taking in any new dogs. It’s been extremely distressing, just as winter is approaching. We even took in another 100 dogs in the last 6 months in a make do shelter, on the back of them having this winter shelter. The shelter there is not prepared for -30 degrees and snow. Even today the shelter manager there is pleading for thousands of euros to buy a unit for the young and old who are already freezing.

We have however been thrown a lifeline today, with an option of paying in installments for the said shelter. This place by the way is amazing and we have two wonderful people ready to move in. It is a place where we can also, for the first time, generate an income, through a clinic area. Besides needing big donations, that will enable us to ask for help less in the future, we are asking all supporters to please donate £15.

We have worked so hard for 5 years. Some of our dogs will never get homes. If we can get this new shelter they will still have a fulfilling and enriched life, They will get so much great care and socialization.

We need to raise at least £63,000 for the deposit and first part of the renovations very quickly, but know this is a huge ask. After that we need a further £22,000 for the remaining building work. Can we get anywhere near? This means the difference to what future lies ahead for hundreds of dogs. We were there when they needed us. If they had voices they would say “Where are you now? You took us off the streets and now what?” We need to be able to answer “Here we are – we are still here for you!”

Now to you. Can you help us please, no matter how small? This isn’t a time where things will get better if we can bring in a few thousand sadly, because without this shelter we will be back month after month after month asking for a few thousand more because we aren’t solving the underlying problems that are resulting in the huge vet bills. This is a literal plea from the heart and will seal their fate.

We have two volunteers over in Romania right now and they are distressed about winter approaching. What can I say? We just don’t have a miracle plan. The photo is of how we envisage the new runs would be.

Donations can be made by paypal (using Friends and family please) to romanianrescueappeal@mail.com or to the RRA bank account which is:

HSBC plc
Account number 24613333
Sort Code 40-47-31
IBAN GB83HBUK40473124613333

If appropriate, and you haven’t done so before, please also complete our online gift aid form, so that we can claim an extra 25% on donations from UK taxpayers.


Thank you in anticipation as always, Lindsey.”

Lindsey Church (RRA Founder)


You are Helping!

As a small charity, we rely solely on the kindness and generosity of people like you, to enable us to carry on rescuing and caring for the dogs who are desperately in need of food, water, shelter, veterinary care, transport to the UK and sometimes therapy.

Anything you are able to offer is very much appreciated and rest assured that every penny goes to rescuing and caring for dogs.

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*Urgent Help Needed*

WARNING: upsetting images


The mum was rescued by our vet this morning. Obviously she is very traumatised but is safe now and is being given time to recover from her ordeal. She will receive a thorough examination shortly.

UPDATE (24/6/18):

The two puppies, both boys, and the white girl are at the vets. They are all very, very scared. The puppies are in a very bad way. One has a badly infected wound on his leg and the other deep cuts to his ear. Both are now on antibiotics and investigations are taking place to find out what exactly their skin problem is. The white girl has a massive tumour and will need surgery as soon as possible. The vet will go tomorrow morning to try and rescue the Mum.

Please be warned that these pictures are very upsetting.

We desperately need your help to save this Mum, her two puppies and this sweet little girl with a horrendous tumour. A very kind rescuer now has the puppies and the white dog in her car and is on her way to the clinic with them. She has tried to coax the Mum into the car but poor Mum is terrified and we will need to find a vet to sedate her before she can be rescued.

Both puppies are in a dreadful condition and one of them has been attacked by other dogs, hence his awful injuries. The little white girl has a huge tumour.

We need donations urgently towards their transport, medical bills and the ongoing costs of looking after them. These dogs also need sponsors – if you can help with this please get in touch via email: romanianrescueappeal@mail.com or via our contact page.

If you can help please send your donations either through Paypal (romanianrescueappeal@mail.com) using the Family and Friends option and quoting “Mum, pups and white girl” or via the bank (HSBC Bank plc, account number 24613333, sort code 40-47-31).

If it is applicable please can you also complete our Gift Aid Declaration form.

As always we are so grateful for all your continued kindness and support. Please help us to save this mum, her puppies and her little friend.


Roses are red, violets are blue….

❤️Roses are red,
violets are blue,
LULU’s searching for a family,
could it be you?❤️
Despite numerous enquiries, sweet Lulu still hasn’t found a family. 
Born in 2014 this sweet-natured girl would bloom given the love, patience & attention she deserves.

RRA Achievements

This January has been incredible for RRA.  We have placed 35 dogs into their forever homes, and a further 10 are now in UK foster, with more expected to be leaving on the Happy Bus this week.
We couldn’t have done this without the help of the volunteers who work tirelessly, all hours of the day, the amazing team in Romania who care for the all the dogs, and of course, without you, our supporters!
Please share our Facebook and website page with your friends and family. The more coverage we can get, the better.
Thanks again, let’s hope February puts even more dogs on the Happy Bus.

Please sponsor one of our Pups this Easter

Nigel Yates’ Knighthood Challenge – Sufferfest

Shelter Appeal 2016 – Thank you for making this happen!

Thank you so much for helping us to build our winter shelter. It took the year to raise funds and build, but thanks to your generosity we succeeded!
RRA also re-homed 260 dogs and rescued 250.
Happy New Year to all and thank you for your continued support.


Easy Fundraising

Are you thinking of booking a holiday this year? Earn free donations for RRA by booking your holiday via Easy fundraising  simply register your details at www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/romanianrescueappeal/ then click on your chosen travel site such as Thomson, Thomas Cook, Expedia, lastminute.com and booking.com. If you book your holiday through them they will donate up to 6% of the value of your holiday to RRA at no extra cost to you. Insurance policies can also earn great donations if booked through Easy Fundraising. There are no catches or hidden charges and with the holiday season coming up now would be a great time to join our 260 amazing supporters on Easy Fundraising.


Gift Ideas


Hello! Our names are Mouse & Moppey (Brooke & Seren) and we are enjoying our first Winter in our forever home. Can we ask you all to please take a look at all the beautiful things for sale in our shop, with every penny going to help our friends that are still waiting to be adopted.
There are Artisan handcrafted bandannas (as modelled by us – lots of varieties to choose from) and other gifts.

If you have any queries please do send us a message and our Mum Lesley will get back to you

Thank you so much for looking
Love Mouse and Moppey xxxxxxxx