Cristina’s big rescue journey began with a plot of rented land in a industrial area of Targoviste . When the opportunity arose to purchase a larger plot of land and buildings next door, Bid to Save a Stray along with a few German supporters began fundraising to purchase the new shelter. We were lucky enough to attract a German sponsor who paid for the renovations at the new shelter and thus Wonderland was created. The site houses approximately 500 dogs and has various indoor rooms and kennel units housing between 4-6 dogs which are all tested for compatibility. The shelter also has numerous outdoor run areas and was built to meet European standards, with its own veterinary room and quarantine areas.
The site soon ran out of space and to accommodate the rising number of dogs being rescued, another shelter was needed. Thankfully, our German benefactor funded the purchase of a farm which came with a large plot of land and private lake. The land was divided into four sections each having its own outbuilding, which in addition to the numerous kennels populated across the farm provides every dog cover and protection from the elements. The dogs that live on the farm are free to roam as they please, living happily together with the other dogs who are fed and cared for by the shelter staff. This unconventional yet revolutionary approach has allowed for thousands of lives to be saved.
The last part of Wonderland is the puppy house which is home to our more vulnerable rescues including our puppies and elderly dogs. The house provides accommodation inside as well as outdoor kennel areas which allow the dogs the freedom to roam as they choose.
Caring for over 1,800 animals day to day comes at a significant cost. Food alone costs us several thousands of euros every month, add to that other essentials such as electricity and staff wages, our running costs are in excess of 20,000 euros every month. Anything you can spare would be greatly appreciated.