Mirela Mistodinis -Europe4strays Romania


We introduce you to Mirela our official foster and Europe4strays Head office in Romania. She spent half of her life in Italy for this reason she speaks perfectly Italian. In 2016 because of families reasons she decided to go back to Movilita her home-village in Romania and facing the plight of the strays she got involved in dog rescue. 

Our collaboration started in Jannuary 2017 after the rescue of 15 puppies sick of parvovirus. 

Mirela is a very sensitive human that is dedicating her life to care the dogs rescued from the terrible conditions of the local public shelter Golesti or from the streets.

The Romanian public shelters are well known for being unhealthy and unsafe but Golesti is the worst Romanian killing  public shelter, only the (ones pulled out on time survive.

The only way to help the poor dogs of Vrancea area and save them the catching trauma and to be prisoned in Golesti is to rescue them directly from the streets…and Mirela understood this from the beginning. 

Mirela fosters the dogs in her home, she has approximately 50 dogs and she doesn't own a shelter.


Delia Botea is the new generation of rescuer leading the positive change for the strays of Brasov town. She also rescue from other counties of Romania, nothing stops her when a dog is in danger. 

I am Delia, I am from Brasov, Romania and I am a animal rescuer. 2 years ago I started a project in a rented wearhouse, where I build with my own finances, a couple of kennels, because I wanted to help dogs in desperate situations. And I succeded, I saved more than 100 dogs, and I found warm and lovable homes for them and now they are living a happy life. Last year I made an NGO(Non guvernamental organization) because I wanted to have a legal and transparent way of helping the dogs. This year unfortunately the wearhouse is selling, this meant I needed to find a way to continue to do what I love, rescue animals. So I went to the bank, I took a loan and with the money I bough this land. Land where I want to organize a shelter full of happy tails. Let me tell you how it will look. All around there will be a tall fence, so the dogs can’t jump over it, on the sides we will have kennels, built on concrete, 2x4m long, and inside there will be 1 max 2 dogs. In the middle we will have a 10 m width play ground for the dogs, with a pool and toys and agility tracks. I want also to have some trees planted and a lot of grass so they can feel like in a garden, to be free to run and play and have a happy stay at the shelter. I wish for families to come over on weekends and have a picnic here with the dogs. To play, eat, run with the dogs, just like a family outdoor weekend. In the back I want to have a quarantine for the sick dogs, contagious dogs, that still require veterinary treatment, until they are better and can join the others and play. 
In order for us to complete this project and this dream we need YOUR HELP. So I invite you, I challenge you, to join us and to donate. Donate money, time, energy, construction materials. We need everything, concrete, metal poles, fences, we need volunteers that will come and help to pour the concrete, to build the kennels, to move the dogs, to make dog houses. We need YOU. Thank you for being by our side in the last 2 years, thank you for continuing to support our work, thank you for watching this video.


Anna Marys is a brave young woman who has been rescuing dogs in her home town of Targoviste,  Romania for the last 8 years.


It all started when she saw a stray dog suffering in the road, Anna says " he was in so much pain as he had been hit by a car. I just could not leave him there to die, he tugged at my heart until I gently picked him up in my arms and I took him and went to the vet."

It took Anna 5 months to nurse this dog, she called Negrutu, back to health with daily medicine, love, care and good food. Their bond grew each day and soon both were head over heels in love with each other, never to be separated.

Anna found a small yard to keep Negrutu in and that was the beginning of Anna Marys Adoptions. Negrutu, this first dog is still with her today and is a great reminder of why she gives her life to help stray, abused and neglected dogs.

Anna is a full time admin nurse at a private health centre, so she runs her shelter with the full time support of her Dad called Toader, her best friend (who sadly I cant name as her family dont like her helping in dog rescue) and sometimes she pays a local lady to help. Anna has a boyfriend but lives her parents in a flat with 2 rescue dogs, she spends all of her wages on the dogs as she really has very little outside support. In 2016 she has taken a mortgage against her job to buy some land and build her own shelter as she kept being moved on by the owners where she rented her yards and could never feel like they dogs had a safe space.

Anna can have anywhere between 65 - 85 dogs in her care at her shelter, these are mainly from the street but sometimes dogs are left at the shelter doors, tied up or thrown over the fence which was very hard.

As well as daily shelter duties to fit in around work, Anna and best friend feed over 20 stray dogs EVERY DAY, not only that but also she gets them neutered and cares for them like her own, they have names and a history with her and she loves them very much, many of them are old and would not do well in a shelter or to become adopted into famliy life.

Like most towns in Romania, Anna;s town does have some unscrupulous dog catchers and Anna has had to fight them, bribe them and beg for her street dog friends to be released from them this she finds very distressing.

For a lone rescuer with very limited support, Anna has an amazing success rate, In 2015 she rehomed dogs in Norway, Denmark, Germany, UK, Romania, 47 dogs in total, and we are on

as we have become like sisters but it's worth it when we see dogs escape Romania and become

pampered adored pooches in loving caring homes.


By Nicola

on behalf of Anna Mary adoptions.


Europe4strays supports Lyn Sawkins a UK based rescuer. Lyn is currently fostering 5 Romanian dogs which she has lovingly and patiently rehabilitated at her rescue centre in Devon and who are all now seeking forever homes preferably within the local area or UK. 

I got my first rommie dog Henri just over a year ago. I had never heard of the plight of the rommie dogs or heard of the shelters until then. His sad face came up on my news feed and that was it...I was lost. He was on the kill list so I quickly learnt about distant adoption etc. The rescue then asked me if I could take another very old one which I did. I then started finding out about what the situation was in Romania. I already had Shetland pony internal stables...one of them in my big stone barn...I had built them for my Shetlands to winter in...but as they also had another barn they could go in...I decided to use them as kennels. The barn is more like a house...proper stone and slate roof. I have always had a passion for rescue. I do horse and donkey rescue as well. As I have plenty of land it makes it possible...I have been doing that....rehabilitating abused horses for about forty years. I seem to have a way of connecting with terrified animals....and that proved to be the same with dogs. I just give them space...peace and quiet and time. Never rush them...just let them get use to me being around them...just chatting to them...till they realise I am not going to hurt them. Only then will I start trying to touch them...but again...at their pace. I have found this way works really well. They arrive so traumatised and terrified...hate the smell of people...and why should they like people after that has been done to them? I haven't been trained...just go with love and gut feeling. I do it all on my own...I have all day to do it. It is my life and passion saving these dogs. I have dogs that arrive terminally ill....so I nurse them...give them love and warmth and a feeling of safety...each one breaks my heart when their time comes...but they didn't die terrified and sick in some evil shelter...they leave peacefully in my arms.,


Lyn S.

Ana Grasu is a young Romanian woman that saved the life of more than 300 dogs from death row in the small town of BARLAD. From the moment she learnt about these dogs were going to be euthanised by the heartless employees of the public pound she took action to stop the killing.

She registered Last hope to life as NGO and built a new private refuge. Barlad stray dogs can now rely on

their Angel.


It all started at the beginning of 2016, I heard the dogs from Bârlad public shelter desperately needed for help. The public shelter was an Auschwitz for the dogs. There was a Killer Veterinarian and his colleagues who were capturing dogs in barbaric ways,  applying the 14 days law which says : dogs not adopted, 14 days after being captured will be euthanized (Romanian euthanasia methods are inhuman).

In 2015 more than 250 dogs were captured and euthanized in Barlad. Nobody was there to stop them. Nobody had the courage or the power to save the stray dogs.

I registered my NGO Last hope to life on 1 January 2016, right after I obtained all the documents I had finally the right to get into the public shelter and I discovered an awful scenario, I took pictures, videos and I contacted the police and the medias to come and show the people the horrible things were going on in the public shelter.

The investigations led to the dismissal of the cruel veterinarian and his team.

The first step of the rescue has been to rent a warehouse for 3 months in order to pull them out quickly from the public shelter and put them out of danger.

Meanwhile my parents bought me a 15.000m2 land and I started to build a private shelter. 

By the end of march I had already adopted more than 300 dogs thanks to my savings and some financial support from abroad dog lovers. 

I could spend all my day long at the refuge just taking care of their needs and watching over them.


Ana G.