zondag 29 maart 2015

Het is een grauwe koude zondag maar deze hartverwarmende verhalen zullen u blij maken ( veel foto's )

Beste lezers van deze blog. Vandaag plaats ik het schitterende werk van de Harmony Fund . De organisatie opgericht door Laura Simpson ( VS ) is inmiddels een dierbare internet vriendin van me geworden. Twee keer mocht ik bij haar aankloppen voor een spoedproject in China en in Thailand


Niet eens zozeer door tijdgebrek ga ik de nieuwsbrief niet vertalen. Ik heb 27 jaar in Australië gewoond en ondanks dat ik de Nederlandse taal koester is de emotie van deze nieuwsbrief niet echt goed te vertalen. Dank je Laura en collega's jullie zijn toppers.

March Winds Blow Kisses to the
Dogs of Romania

noirca 2Yet again, our spectacular monthly supporters have enabled us to provide aid to three dog rescue centers in Romania. You’re providing food for more than 2,000 dogs here!

We thought you might enjoy seeing how that aid impacts a single dog.

sienna 2This is Sienna who was found in a grocery store parking lot. She was hungry and shivering and was spotted by our beloved rescue partner Norica Prigoana who runs a very special rescue center in Gherla.

Norica took Sienna home for a warm bath to raise her body temperature, and after several good meals and time under the blankets, Sienna began to come around.

warm soak 3Every month Harmony Fund sends aid to sponsor the rescue, veterinary care and sheltering of street dogs in Romania who are injured or simply hungry & alone. The caregivers of these animals are some of the most selfless and devoted rescuers on the planet.

New Bosnian Dog Sanctuary - Love Abounds!

anela injuredIt’s a bit hard to get a photo of the stray dogs of Travnik standing up. Every time Bosnian rescuer Anela Elkazevic approaches, they simply fall over as the excitement of receiving affection washes over them. It’s hard to believe that gentle souls (like this one being warmed in blankets) are among the dogs under threat from a new task force of dog catchers. But many of the dogs can stop running soon. The fence is going up around the new sanctuary at this very moment and dogs will start pouring in next week.

landThis gorgeous piece of land, pure wilderness, will become a haven for the dogs. We’ll start with fencing and then housing will be erected for a caretaker and for the dogs.  Volunteers from Germany will be helping to organize spay/neuter for the incoming dogs and to also help host an adoption program.

“You are amazing!” Anela wrote a few days ago when we sent funds to commence work. “Thank you very much!! Now we can start. This is a dream come true!”

15Anela says the homeless dogs chase after her car to follow her home after she feeds them. She thinks of how many have chased after the cars of the families who left them. Soon, very soon, they’ll all be home and the only running they’ll do is to chase each other through those gorgeous, great big fields.

Delivery of 7,000+ meals to Turkish Street Cats 

manuela in bagWe’d love to take you all on a balloon ride over the streets of Avsallar, Turkey. This is something you simply must lay eyes on to appreciate. Volunteers here walk the streets for six to eight hours each day, feeding the hungry street animals. The sacks of food are wheeled along in carts and so many of the cats and dogs come running when they see the “chuck wagon” approaching. In a community where animals are chased and poisoned and stoned, we bring them love and good food. The lucky ones are adopted internationally. All of this is made possible by our monthly supporters.

16104_10204626489235148_8421805342286712032_nWant to Volunteer in Turkey?
We’re in the middle of another round of spay/neuter here and always on the hunt for volunteers to come and spend a week and lend a hand feeding animals in the street. If you are interested, please email Jenny@harmonyfund.org.


European Games Campaign Making Headway?

10944884_894681897221790_6686067151919156702_nThose of you who follow us on Facebook may know that we’ve been hosting the international protest against the round-up of dogs in advance of the upcoming European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.  After watching undercover video and hearing reports from local residents that dogs were being rounded up to cleanse the streets, we went to work to force the European Games leadership to be held accountable for the welfare of dogs in host cities like Baku.

Here’s what we now know:
  • More than 20,000 people have signed our petition.
  • 2 million people have experienced the campaign through social media.
  • 10885214_897568990266414_6785841644004114211_nThis week, the state veterinary staff was seen administering rabies prevention to street dogs – instead of grabbing them and driving away.
  • The Communications Director for the European Games has been fired.
  • And we’ve been sponsoring the rescue of dogs through Baku Animal Rescue 
It’s very difficult to penetrate such multi-million dollar events, but it’s possible that this time, we are being heard.

Food Delivery for Shelter in Donetsk, Ukraine

10306470_603581023111352_8609740061441148755_n“At this time, we are only surviving because of your support.”  Those are the profound words uttered by Viktoria Vasilyeva who runs the PIF shelter in Eastern Ukraine.

"The situation with food for the dogs is desperate and we're sending SOS signal wherever we can,” shelter worker Vita explains. “We're collecting money to buy it in Russia because it's possible to transport it to Donetsk as humanitarian aid in the end of March. We're currently monitoring dog food prices on the Russian market because in Donetsk and other Ukrainian cities they are sky-high."

10347497_601933779942743_8683024376201505080_nIn a thousand full moons, we couldn’t begin to express the depth of our gratitude for all of you who have donated to help. Please accept our apologies for asking for continued support for the animals here,but the need is ongoing and substantial. We do need help.


Helping the Wild Ones in Zimbabwe

11060328_684426925002062_1005164318506355487_nThis month, we sent a donation to The Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary in Zimbabwe to help in the care of wild animals.

"We have 3 severely neglected sub adult lions that will be arriving in a few weeks and your donation will make a great difference to giving these sad little souls the new life they so deserve," Twala Director Sarah Carter said. "Your support and your compassion move mountains."

We're so thankful that the lions will have a safe refuge to go to thanks to Sarah's monumental year-round efforts to host this sanctuary. And, through the kindness of our monthly donors, we’re also able to sponsor year-round wildlife protection at the nearby Turgwe Hippo Trust.

Joyful Recovery as Paralyzed Street Dog
Can Walk Once More

frankFrank was hit by a car a few weeks ago in Bosnia. Luckily a girl found him and started calling for help. She knocked on the door of her teacher, asking what to do.

"I got a call from my friend saying her student had found a dog in the middle of the road and he can't move," Suzana Demiraca told us. "I took him in. People helped locally to get the X-rays, food and diapers. He was very emaciated, dirty, scared, shocked and old (missing incisors). Radiographs showed a hip dysplasia on one leg and a broken femur on the other. So we took him to the surgery on a debt, because we couldn't waste time, and risk leaving him paralyzed for the rest of his life. A week after the surgery I started massaging his legs, and after a few days of doing that we started doing some exercises. And then after two weeks, when the vet came to do a check-up Frank stood up!"

Suzana wrote us asking for help to pay for Frank's veterinary debt and we were happy to help. After all, what greater joy than helping a dog to walk again. Frank is now walking fairly well and will be adopted by a woman in Italy who will bring him to physical therapy to continue his special care.

A TREMENDOUS THANK YOU to all of you who support the Harmony Fund and touch the lives of thousands of animals like Frank each and every month.

The "Kitty" is a Bit Low for April ...

relocationAfter responding to so many emergency situations this month, the "kitty" is rather low. In addition to our normal projects, we had so many rescues in Sarajevo that couldn't wait. It's just so difficult to turn away animals in need for the simple lack of funds.

house dog in bedGrace is one of the dogs we saved recently. She was trapped inside an abandoned house that collapsed down on her. Because she was a street dog and is unfamiliar with human kindness, she needs one-on-one care with a rescuer there who is trying to help her. We bought Grace this bed and we're quite certain it's the first one she's ever had. Our goal is for her to learn to be touched by people, to walk on a leash -- just the simple things.

Please Consider Sharing & Donating

Though it's always very uncomfortable to ask, we'd be so grateful for a donation from anyone who feels compelled to help us continue to save lives in the month ahead. And, if you perhaps might consider sharing this email with other animal lovers, we'd be more grateful than words can say.

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