Animal Life Shelter

The problem

Romania is going through tough times when it comes to homeless animals. The lack of a national strategy that would correct the actual situation on a long term is to be seen across the whole country, all over the streets. Stray cats and dogs will be abused or will find their miserable ends in some shelter that cannot offer the minimum life conditions. In Sibiu we have a municipality shelter but it was planned as a spay/neuter-release center and today it is working as an euthanasia after 14 days shelter.

The Animal Life spay/neuter and adoption center

Animal Life has started saving and helping both wild animals or strays from Sibiu and surroundings in 2006, be it medical care, spay/ neuter or adoption of homeless pets. The main focus is on the stray dog population and in the past 9 years we have spayed/neutered about 1100 dogs and cats and have found homes for 900 animals both in Romania and abroad. Another important activity that can’t be measured but has helped a lot the entire community is the support we offered to pet owners who couldn’t afford the spay/neuter surgery, their pets treatments or who couldn’t afford keeping their pets anymore. And last but not least, the education campaigns in schools for which we worked together with the Municipality of Sibiu. Our daily presence amongst people is, slowly but steadily, introducing the so much needed change in mentality in Sibiu.

All these activities need to take place somewhere and this place will be the Animal Life spay/neuter and adoption center, the place where the animals in need will be taken care of by dedicated volunteers and veterinarians.

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The development of the Animal Life Center

7 Octombrie 2014 Great news! We have finally managed to get the urbanism planning certificate for the construction of our shelter! We hope we will soon post the project. Thank you all for your kind help!

20 Iulie 2015 It´s official! We have started building the shelter, we´re getting closer to the shelter we´ve been dreaming of step by step!

11 Septembrie 2015 We come with news from the Animal Life construction site: there is some hard work going on there, the elevation is happening and we´re on to the second concrete layer. We´re very excited about how the construction work is developing but the costs are quite high.

23 Septembrie 2015 Today we have met our Architect, Mr. Ciprian Pasca, and have discussed the facade, the positioning of windows and doors. As you can see, our shelter has started groing out of the ground and we´re starting with the brickwork. It´s supposed to take about two weeks, so keep your fingers crossed for good weather!

20 Noiembrie 2015 The most important project for us, the Animal Life shelter, is moving on. We have finished the roofs the day before yesterday. It slowly starts looking like a real spay/neuter and adoption center, don´t you think?

23 Februarie 2016 Dear Animal Life Sibiu friends and supporters,
As spring seems to be on its way, we’re heading to our shelter construction site.
We managed to finish with the windows but we’re still facing a lot of work: thermal system and electric wiring, finishing, kennels, fences, outdoor kennels. We’re also planning to plant a hedge and trees together with our volunteers, but we will inform you about that soon enough.
This is how our shelter is looking like today: we’d like to say „it’s been a lot, there’s not much left to do”, but it’s more like “it’s been a lot, there’s still a lot and we still need your help.”

6 Iunie 2016 Dear friends, we’re moving on with the construction works at the Animal Life center. We’re highly motivated due to your king support for the marathon (Semimaraton 2016) but not only of that. Today we started pouring the slab and next on our agenda is the finishing of the outdoor kennels.

8 Iulie 2016 Today we are working on the foundation for our outdoor kennels. The construction manager asked me about ten times if something happened, if there was something I didn’t like or if I was sad about something. I answered that everything is fine, the construction site is looking well, but I couldn’t focus on anything else than the image in front of me. Instead of the chaos on a normal construction site, I imagined the center we’ve been dreaming for so many years now: a friendly place with happy animals who managed to escape a miserable life, cute kids cuddling with the animals. They are the same kids who are calling us every day, asking when they can become Animal Life volunteers.
We’ve all plunged head over heels into this dream, the entire Animal Life crew and the every day battle of finding the resources to continue is still going on. Please help us make this possible, help us open our doors for all those strays as soon as possible.

14 Iulie 2016 These are the latest pictures from our construction site. As you can see we have finished the foundation for all our outdoor kennels and the home of our former strays is starting to take shape.
We’d like to herewith thank our friends, the Maluck family, who have supported us for all these years in order to get closer to making our dream come true. With their help, any many other friends who stood by us, of course, we know we are going to close this project.

23 August 2016 Todays pictures are not that spectacular since we are working on the electric wiring, the splitting of the technical rooms. These could be the last works on the construction site for this year, unfortunately, since our funds are finished. Due to the fact that we´re talking about 200square metres, the costs are very high and our animal rescue daily activities are going on as usual, we cannot afford to stop them.

12 Decembrie 2016 We´re using our last resources to end the winter preparation of the shelter. Last week we got our entrance doors and the missing windows.
We’d like to remind that we need the support of the entire community in order to offer the abandoned animals a home.

24 May 2017 About wall-paint, spackling, primer, brushes and rollers :) ….
Being entirely focused on the International Marathon from Sibiu, we almost forgot to show you the last images of our shelter.
We have come a step further in our work, with the assistance of the UNIMAT company, which helped us with the required spackling paste. UNIMAT has been with us for a long time now and we wish to thank them again for all their support and for each step we were able to take with their help!
In the following week, our volunteer, Laura, alongside her father, as well as our volunteer Ioana and her husband freed their time and started applying primer and paint on the walls. We are very grateful to you, girls, and many thanks to your parents and spouses too for their understanding and the kind support they always offer!
Last but not least, after careful testing, we ordered the materials needed for the dog doors, which we hope will be ready in the weeks to come!

16 Iunie 2017 Clapetele tarcurilor de la adapostul nostru :)