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Sava's Safe Haven

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A family-run shelter in Galati, Romania

Sava's Safe Haven is a non-govermental, non-profit Animal Welfare association in Romania founded in 2012 by Oana and her family, in order to help end the suffering of dozens of animals from streets.

Sava's Safe Haven has brought essential care and safety to the stray and community animals especially in the poorest rural areas in southeastern Romania.

Our shelter's facilities:

Capacity of 250 animals housed in kennels and insulated rooms.  

Dogs and cats only.

3 playgrounds.

The biggest one is 1200 m² from a total of 2500 m². 

Nature-friendly shelter.

Electricity provided by sun and wind.

Built with lightweight materials. 

Education in Romania: 

Changing attitudes one child at a time

Sava’s Safe Haven, a long-standing SPCA International partner organization, is working with local schools to bring animal welfare education to children in Romania.

Become a dog's hero! 

Adopt a shelter dog!  

Our shelter is full of older dogs that are waiting for families. Some of dogs growing old in shelter, waiting for a home, for over 8 years, even 9!

Sometimes people will pass over an older dog, thinking they would prefer a younger pet, especially a puppy.

But a senior dog can bring joy, even in the short time they have.

Adopting a shelter dog may be a challenge because these animals didn't had a good past, but you can rewrite their future. Giving a chance to a shelter animals is one of the best decision a person can have. Shelter animals are most loyal and grateful animals. Because they will enjoy of the every little act of kindness! 

❤ "My face may be white, but my heart is pure gold. There is no shame in growing old."   

 A letter from your rescued dog...

I have finally found you! I have waited so long to be part of your family.

However I will need your help during these first weeks, as I will no doubt be feeling sad and frightened. I have been at the shelter for so many months!

I have just lost my home again. At the Sava's Safe Haven shelter I had got used to the smells, sounds, and the other dogs some of whom became my friends. I will also miss my care giver & the volunteers who spent time with me. I will now be in a new world and have different routines to learn. Some of my friends have never had a home. But, I can do this. This is my job for the first few weeks I am with you.

Please help me:

Give me at least two weeks for us to get to know each other and for me to feel like I am truly at home. Please do not venture out with me on busy streets and areas with lots of dogs and people my first week. It might overwhelm me and I will get scared.

Picture me as an empty bucket. I am a bucket that holds stress. I added to the bucket with each of the changes I mentioned. It takes weeks for some of the stress hormones to leave my body. Add to all that stress, the fact that I was not socialized well as a puppy which means I may not have learned the necessary skills to adjust to new things. My bucket is already nearly full! If it overflows I might overreact to events and growl, snap, or bite. Please do not worry if I do not sleep in the new bed you gave me right away or want to go for walks. I have not had a bed and the new sounds might frighten me. And please do not yell at me or punish me in a negative way, as I might become more fearful. And if I chew on something I am not supposed to it is because I do not understand so give me something else to focus on and chew that is acceptable.

Please help me progress but do not rush me or push me into doing things.