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We have good news and very bad news about our Șumi.

The very bad news is that after the second specialist consultation, we found out that Șumi will most likely never walk normally again, we will see what else can be fixed after the first surgery. For now, we made him a temporary stroller so he can enjoy life too. It remains to be seen if his health will allow his growing organs to remain healthy. Shumi needs support of all kinds, including moral support.

The good news is that Șumi is happy to be here. He’s still with most of his siblings, learning to use his new “hind legs” and is happy every moment, like any puppy his age. He would really like it and would really enjoy it if you visited him in the shelter.


Șumi had his first visit to the vet and a first MRI. The news is quite serious: a piece of fractured bone is pressing on his marrow, so he will most likely undergo at least one surgery. Its’ goal will be to remove the pressure on the marrow.

Most likely, before the surgery we will ask for another opinion and do a second MRI.

Șumi is like any puppy, whether “normal” or disabled: serene, clingy and positive. In fact, he’s a bit more than that – he sends us a lot of gratitude every day. We feel that he overwhelms us with love because, somehow, he knows that there are other people helping him, through their donations and good thoughts. Therefore, we also feel a duty to pass on this sincere gratitude and affection to you. Thank you for your support, literally and figuratively!


Broken destinies that need you to help them move forward: now the case of Schumacher, a baby boy of just 2 months.

Already nicknamed “Șumi” around here, he ended up in the shelter with four other siblings. Of all five, he was the most unloved by fate: a careless or perhaps even evil man hit him, we don’t know exactly how, so he can no longer use his hind legs.

We hope it’s not a fracture with no way back, and we need your help to find out the answer: both your prayers and your donations, because the tests and examinations awaiting Șumi will be very expensive. It depends on the outcome and the diagnosis of the specialists whether he will have to wait a lifetime in a wheelchair or a lot of rehabilitation work in our physiotherapy clinic.

Don’t leave Șumi alone, especially as we expect his healthy siblings to be adopted quickly and he will be left alone in the paddock. Donate for him and continue to stay by his side with your thoughts, but especially with your heart.

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.


We need your help to treat Șumi.

With your donations we will do everything possible to give Șumi a new chance.

We need your help to treat Șumi.

With your donations we will do everything possible to give Șumi a new chance.

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!