Footprints of Joy

In the new shelter just outside of Cernavoda the dogs will have more space in the kennels and the environment is calmer and greener than in the old shelter. Even more focus is put on enrichement, something that is extremely important for shelter dogs.

The new shelter is a modern, ecological, hygienical and enjoyable animal welfare centre for badly treated Romanian animals and in addition it offers an important support for local citizens. It is the turning point for hundreds of animals and therefore Save the Dogs decided to name this animal welfare centre "Footprints of Joy". Energy will be partly produced by solar panels and rain water will be collected an reused for cleaning the kennels.

A modern vet clinic with quarantine facilities
Save the Dogs' wide scale neutering programme continues on the new premises and the locals are just as welcome as before to get free help for their animals.

A safe haven for 300-400 dogs
The new shelter is not a storage facility for dogs, but a transit place where they stay during their wait for a new home abroad.

Save the Dogs also care for a number of cats, which are adopted to Italy and Sweden.

Donkey rescue centre
Save the Dogs has maintained the only official donkey rescue centre in Romania with the help of The Donkey Sanctuary since 2008. The stables and enclosures accomodate 60 donkeys and will hopefully be extended in the future.

Horse rescue centre
Nearby the donkey facilities are stables for 12 horses, all of them rescued from terrible conditions.

Space for education
An educational officer will be hired and school groups will be welcome to visit the shelter. Also vet students from all over Romania will be invited to stay as possible. And of course, media and authorities are invited to witness a well functioning and efficient animal welfare project in process.

Animal therapy
Save the Dogs and FHD has started a pilot project with riding therapy in Romania. The therapy project will extend to Footprints of Joy as well.

Facilities for volunteers and workers
There will naturally also be some social and office spaces in the new animal welfare centre. There is an existing house that will be accomodating volunteers from all around the world.