Mickey Rourke Vows To Build Shelter For Romania’s Stray Dogs

Celebrities may not have real superpowers, but it appears that sometimes they may be the best people to fix really tough problems; especially in the world of animal welfare. Bob Barker uses his celebrity status pretty often to achieve normally unattainable goals for animals and now actor Mickey Rourke has pledged to do the same for thousands of suffering dogs in Romania.

For decades activists have protested, pleaded and negotiated with the Romanian government to stop slaughtering the estimated 50,000 to 100,000 stray dogs that live on the streets in the capital city of Bucharest. The dogs lead pathetic lives scrounging for food and being hunted down by dog catchers who are notorious for their brutal killings.

Activists have made progress, but when Rourke came face-to-face with the problem while filming his latest movie, “Dead in Tombstone” in the Romanian capital, the huge animal lover offered a solution that promises to vastly improve the lives of the strays.

Rourke vowed to raise 1.5 million Euro to build an enormous shelter for the dogs and he personally pledged a donation of $250,000 toward the facility.

The actor made the decision after a stray dog, now called Foxy, wandered onto the movie set. Rourke adopted the shepherd mix dog.

The shelter will be called The Wild Dogs of Romania Sanctuary and Rourke says it will be “as large as a football field and will be able to host thousands of dogs.”

The actor also guaranteed that “nobody will make any money from this investment.” He plans to return to Romania whenever necessary to see how the project is going.

Rourke has already found several partners for the project, including two veterinarians and a businessman. He is also in contact with an investor who will sell him a parcel of land in the southern section of Bucharest.

One day very soon, with a humane animal sanctuary and hopefully an aggressive spay and neuter program affiliated with it, the stray dogs of Romania will finally be safe.


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William C
William Cabout a year ago

Thank you.

W. C
W. Cabout a year ago


Suzanne Owens
Suzanne S4 years ago

Hooray Mickey!! Wooohooo!! What a super-fantastic thing to do!!!

Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin5 years ago

Another celeb that uses his fame to do a good deed. Always nice to see and read about. The dogs in Romania will soon be safe. Thanks Mr. Rourke!

Valerie G.
Valerie G.5 years ago

I now like Mickey even more. Just like Johnny Depp. People who care about animals and will do something to help them are great people!

Melania Padilla
Melania P5 years ago

Thank you so much! These dogs have suffered so much :(

Anneke Andries
Anneke Andries5 years ago

my heroe also, thanks Mickey Rourke!! We've been waiting for this!

Anneke Andries
Anneke Andries5 years ago

my heroe also, thanks Mickey Rourke!! We've been waiting for this!

Linda Jarsky
Linda Jarsky5 years ago

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. ---St. Francis of Assisi..."