Snow Fairy Cradles Dog in -16 Degrees

It can take hours for Norica Prigoana to shake the cold out of her bones at the end of the day. After all, being the “snow fairy” at a Romanian dog shelter does not come with a sparkling gown or glittering crown. Most days she’s mopping kennel floors, scrubbing food bowls and, yes, kissing foreheads too. But even when she’s hung up her wings for the day and her fingers can barely bend from the cold, it’s not too late to save just one more….

Norica outside the gas station at the moment of rescue

Norica outside the gas station at the moment of rescue

“This little angel, very small in size, was left out to freeze at the fuel station yesterday evening where he spent the night in -16 degrees,” Norica explains with a gusty disbelief that grows with every case of neglect she encounters. “Nobody would put even a cardboard box under his little body. Nobody called us to help. We only found him because we had to fill the car with fuel.”


“He was almost frozen, trembling, without the power to stand up,” Norica continues. “He’s missing one eye and our vet said it was probably caused by an untreated infection.”


And though the shelter is very full with 168 souls, Norica simply had to make one last bed, for one last weary wanderer. There are days when Norica’s own cupboards are very light on supplies, but she always makes sure the dogs have enough to eat and a safe place to sleep.


“For me and surely for any of you dear animal lovers, it would have been impossible to let him freeze to death at the fuel station. My heart could not say no.”

And just as this story is being written, an update has come in about another dog Norica found in the snow. This one is elderly and she was left on the roadside in a remote area. She’s been named “Grandma.”


To learn more about Norica’s rescues, click here.


Marie W
Marie W11 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

Helene L
Helene Labout a year ago

There will always be a place in heaven for earth's angel like Norica. I just wish there was more people like her in this world.

Larry C
Larry Cowdenabout a year ago

May she continue a long and happy life in this most valuable mission! Thank God there are angels like her among us!

Martina Rimbaldo
Martina Rimbaldoabout a year ago

Such a caring woman ! Animal hero ! KEEP DOING IT !!!

Cindy M. D
Cindy M. Dutkaabout a year ago

This article moved me to tears. I want to say a very big thank you to Norica. May your soul be blessed every day for your kindness to those who need it most.

Siyus C
Siyus Cabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

ANA MARIJA Rabout a year ago

Kudos & blessings to You, Norica Prigoana. At 6:42 a.m. Faith in the human race restored for today :)

Maria PETRILLOabout a year ago

Tank you for saving the Beautiful dog God Bless you ..

Pamela Lebowitz
Pamela Lebowitzabout a year ago

G-d bless you Nordica! You truly are saving lives every single day, angels truly are around us. What a heart warming reminder that there are people who truly care no matter the cost when we see nothing but pain, sorrow and cruelty so often! Sending ginormous hugs and much love to you and all of your little angels!

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iveta NoFwdsPls cabout a year ago

What a wonderful sweet lady , thank you for caring . . .