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This Dog was Snatched Out of the Hands of the Grim Reaper

This Dog was Snatched Out of the Hands of the Grim Reaper

Take a good look at this brittle body, stretched out on the dirt here in Romania. What would you say if we told you that this dog still has a heartbeat and that her story could just be the flash point that brings food to hundreds of others?

Rita was found in the street, her soul tucked inside bone and skin and organs that had gone long past thirsting for life. In the picture above, it’s difficult to believe both photos are of the same dog, but they are. The victim of near starvation here in Romania, a good samaritan rushed Rita to the Maoland Shelter, a mother and daughter run rescue center caring for 400 dogs with the barest of resources.With tears in their eyes, the women of Maoland took in little Rita, although they had little hope of saving her. After all, they had no buildings, no running water, no electricity. Their ‘shelter’ is simply a large plot of land and some makeshift kennels and fencing for the dogs.

On her feet again, Rita begins to recover

 

“Maoland is run by Marinela Pipera, a 60-year-old woman, her daughter Andrea and some volunteers,” animal advocate Linda Blaschette explains. “These people have no money, they do not even have a car to bring sick animals to the vet, the next one being one hour and a half away.”

But fate kissed Rita on the forehead that day as a member of the UK group known as K-9 Angels came across Maoland’s appeal on Facebook, begging for someone to come and save Rita. After shaking off the disbelief that the dog they were looking at was actually still alive, the angels jumped into action. In the middle of the night, volunteer Raluca Simion drove to Maoland to bring Rita to the veterinary clinic. And though few would have bet on Rita pulling through, this dog is full of surprises.

Here we see Rita doing her best to climb the stairs...the hard way!

 

Under the care of K-9 Angels, her transformation has been remarkable as she’s grown and grown, putting on fur and fat, muscle and might. No one could have imagined she’d come out of that patch of dirt alive. And yet here she is today.

In recent weeks, the world’s ire has turned against authorities in Romania for their renewed push for mass extermination, the revival of a 20-year-old policy of brutality in the killing of stray dogs. It’s often done vigilante style, with men targeting dogs with chains and ropes, poison and even acid. Nothing good can come from sharing the photos of the dogs who have been destroyed here in recent days, but something amazing is coming from Rita’s resurrection.

Rita, headed to West Wales to live with her new mom Hazel.

Winter Food Drive

Marinela at the Maoland Shelter in Romania

“Rita’s experience is the very epitome of a rising miracle, one created by ordinary heroes determined to see her heal, Harmony Fund Vice President Daria Justyn said. “There has never been a better moment for us to circle around the animal rescue teams here in Romania. It’s incredible to see these dogs melt into the arms of their rescuers. These moments of light, the sheer love between these dogs and the people who save them, far exceeds the darkness they seek to overcome.”

In the fifth month of their campaign for the animals of Romania, the Harmony Fund has been sending significant aid to benefit the Maoland Shelter and several others here. Efforts are also underway to expand the capacity of several rescue groups here on the front lines of resistance to the government-sponsored exterminations.

To see uplifting photos of the work underway or to get involved in the food drive, visit the Harmony Fund’s Romanian Mission here.

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Photo credit: Alex Tananescu

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3:45PM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

This before image still haunts me to this day. I am so thankful that we have a loving after picture and rescue. Thanks again for sharing.

10:30AM PDT on Apr 1, 2014

This is absolutely amazing! : ) So happy that she made it!

12:49PM PDT on Mar 13, 2014

I am Grateful for little Rita's Rescue. For this Precious little Dog to survive what She did, is a Blessing, and a Miracle.
Love to this little Dog,Always.

10:28PM PST on Mar 2, 2014

My heart goes out to all the caring people who helped Rita to survive and all the other caring people trying to save trusting and helpless dogs from these callous and sadistic human filth. The culling of stray dogs in Romania is an absolute disgrace and evil at its worst. This unimaginable suffering and cruelty against helpless dogs must be stopped. The Government has a lot to answer for, allowing these horrific atrocities against helpless and innocent dogs to continue. The evil callous and sadistic lowlife human scum that commit these atrocities of torture and death against helpless sentient beings should be made to suffer for the horrific cruelties they are committing against innocent and helpless dogs. Filthy and sadistic evil human scum.

3:04AM PST on Feb 28, 2014

Incredible. Never seen an animal with such a strong will to live.

8:10AM PST on Feb 23, 2014

I will definitely love to have lovely Rita to be part of my family and my life!
Every saved dog is a true and wonderful gift, something that cannot be bought with just money!

6:02AM PST on Feb 19, 2014

And it isnt only the animals that are left in such dreadful conditions to die. There were children who were rescued by English visitors from an institution in Romania aired in a documentary some few years ago.
This is an amazing story and I would like to hear how Rita progresses over the years; any problems she may have or has she completely recovered and turned into an amazing and incredible fur baby?

4:29AM PST on Feb 19, 2014

And it isnt only the animals that are left in such dreadful conditions to die. There were children who were rescued by English visitors from an institution in Romania aired in a documentary some few years ago.
This is an amazing story and I would like to hear how Rita progresses over the years; any problems she may have or has she completely recovered and turned into an amazing and incredible fur baby?

8:16PM PST on Feb 11, 2014

This story moved me beyond tears and not just for Rita but for the hearts of love that carry on even in the worst conditions Marinela. Andrea, volunteers,& K-9 Angels May God Bless you and your mission every day of your lives. Amen I will be sending a check out to Massachusetts on behalf of Maoland Shelter in tomorrows mail to help you as much as possible in sincere kinship to your life saving sacrifices you continuously endure. Much Love to all of you. Namaste

6:56PM PST on Feb 11, 2014

Thank you for showing how well Rita is doing. She is a symbol of the desire to live because there must be a better world out there.

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