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Help us take care of
our paralyzed puppies


At Speranța Shelter we currently have 5 dogs who face a major challenge – they are paralyzed on their back and can only move with the help of a special cart. They have a privileged status: in the evening they sleep in a special place suited to their needs and during the day they are free and always on the move, thanks to the custom-made trolleys we provide them with.

Recovery and maintenance therapy is done according to individualised programmes. These puppies benefit from preferential treatment, special diet and therapy programmes. Also, the strollers break down quite often due to long use and thus require regular repair or even replacement.

Thanks to the physiotherapy practice dedicated to our paraplegic dogs, but also to the patience and superhuman efforts of our colleagues, we have been able to work wonders and get dogs walking again that no doctor would have thought could ever recover. Over time, 5 out of 23 paraplegic dogs no longer needed a wheelchair after physiotherapy sessions, and they started walking on their own.

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Our paraplegic dogs have a special regime in the shelter

We do not euthanize dogs under virtually any circumstances, and under no circumstances do we euthanize dogs that can no longer use their hind legs. On the contrary, we love and pet them even more and provide them with lifetime care and accommodation.

Every day they are free in the shelter and use their individual carts built for their needs. They are thoroughly bathed and groomed daily and some of them, the recoverable ones, get regular exercise in our physiotherapy clinic.

So, if you come to visit us sometime, expect to be greeted by happy, playful dogs on wheels who, apart from the fact that they can’t quite execute the “sit” command, behave in all respects exactly like normal, healthy dogs.

And while you’re visiting, ask our shelter colleagues about the story of each paraplegic we care for, because they all have exciting and often painful stories behind them.

They can’t be physically adopted as they need special care, but any donation would mean the world to us and to them.

Be an Ambassador of Hope

Now you can create your own fundraising campaign to help us care for the more than 500 dogs in the shelter.

Watch the video and then click the button below to start raising donations with the help of your social media community.

The Speranța Shelter Foundation was founded in 1996 by Florina Tomescu and, since its inception, has contributed decisively to the welfare of animals in Romania, especially abandoned and suffering dogs.

On the night of 18.04.2001, the staff of the Speranța Foundation, together with the Vier Pfoten Romania team, rescued 300 dogs from the city hall shelters, dogs that would otherwise have fallen victim to the new euthanasia law. It was a real act of mass rescue at a terrible time for both animals and animal lovers.

The dogs at Speranța were rescued from the streets or from various life-threatening situations. Our shelter is home to about 500 dogs. Of these, 7 are paraplegics (they receive special care and are moved around with the help of prams) and about 200 are seniors, i.e. over 12 years old. We have a lot of older dogs in the shelter, but we are constantly trying to find families for them.

The Speranța Foundation is working hard to find adopters for the dogs in the shelter, including offering the possibility of distance adoption. Speranța Foundation is constantly organising events to promote adoptions and to raise awareness of the responsibility we all have towards animals.

Every year, the team from Speranța Shelter conducts sterilization programs for dogs and cats with owners, a pro bono project for those interested.

Speranța Shelter relies entirely on private donations to care for its more than 500 dogs each year and to fund all of its programs. The shelter’s monthly maintenance costs amount to more than €20,000.

In addition to maintenance expenses, we continually need financial support to improve the living conditions of the dogs by providing them with a clean, safe and loving environment. The shelter has been constantly upgraded, the paddocks have been rebuilt to be more comfortable and welcoming for their residents, 4 playgrounds have been created for the dogs, the 2 medical clinics have been equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.

Speranța Shelter is also actively involved in campaigns to promote adoptions and to educate and raise awareness of the responsibility we all have towards animals, in order to prevent abandonment and acts of cruelty towards them.

For more information on the work of the shelter, visit the About Us page

Any contribution, no matter the amount, can make a difference in the lives of many animals. Here are a few reasons why you should consider donating monthly:

Continuous support:
Monthly donations provide a stable income stream for the foundation, which allows for long-term planning and implementation of actions for the good of the dogs.

Save time and effort:
Setting up a monthly donation is an efficient way to contribute without having to remember to do it every month.

Personal Satisfaction:
Regular donation gives you the feeling of actively contributing to an important cause and having a direct impact on the lives of animals.

Sustainability of the activity:
A steady stream of monthly donations can help the shelter weather tough times and continue to do valuable work.


With your help, we can make life easier and happier for these paralyzed dogs.

With your donation, you will make a significant difference in their lives.

With your help, we can make life easier and happier for these paralyzed dogs.

With your donation, you will make a significant difference in their lives.

On behalf of the animals at Speranța Shelter,
thank you for any contribution!

On behalf of the animals at Speranța Shelter, thank you for any contribution!