Thursday, 10 May 2012

Budadogs on Wheels! Help us win the camper!

Budadogs has for 4 years worked with rescue and rehabilitation of homeless dogs. Now that we are moving back to Norway we can no longer continue this type of work in the manner that we have done while living in Hungary. However we WANT TO CONTINUE TO WORK WITH ANIMAL WELFARE and help the stray dog and cat population in Hungary and other central and eastern European countries! We would like to start a "Vets on Wheels" project and offer castration and sterilization of homeless and stray animals in villages and rural areas.

There is now a camper being offered to a project that achieves the highest number of votes!  You can help us win this camper by pressing "Steun mij" on the following link! We need to reach top 10 by tonight if we are to have a chance of winning! Please spread and vote!

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Budadogs Farewell

After 4 years and near 450 dogs rehabilitated we have decided that it will no longer be possible for us to continue to run the little organisation that has come to mean so much to us. Caroline, Maud Kristine and myself are now finishing up our chapter in Budapest and realise that it is near impossible to run an oganisation abroad. We have also realised that it would be too much to demand of any student to take over the administration of the organisation, however we hope we can inspire others to start up in a similar way.

We are so very grateful for all the supporters of Budadogs. The girls who have run endless errands and used their skills and resources to make the organisation what it is today, the hundereds of fostercarers and organisational helpers who have been with us through this period of both heart ache and joy. – We thank them all!

Budadogs has changed our lives. It has taught us humility, sensitivity and helped us realise that every effort counts. It might be a drop in the ocean as far as animal welfare is concerned, but ever since we started up 4 years ago we have said that if we can rescue just one dog, it will mean all the difference to that one beating heart.

Periodically it has been tough. We have been hated and loved simultaneously. Our intentions have been questioned, our methods scrutinized, oue name attempted sullied by other Hungarian organisations. We have sacrificed study time, familiy time, recreational time and our student lives have been far from the norm. When others were out enjoying themselves or studying for exams, we were out chasing lost dogs, cold dogs, frightened dogs, wounded dogs or driving emergency cases to the vets. Some of the cruelty cases have been desperate and unimaginable and we have cried endless tears.

That said, we have never let the desperation get to us and our focus has always remained on the dogs in our care. At one point we had close to 100 dogs in fosterhomes in Budapest at once, which meant practically full time work. This is because physically rescuing the dog is the easy part. It is the rewarding part and the enjoyable part. Finding a lost dog, knowing it needs your immediate care and taking it into the warmth is the most rewarding part of all! It`s the rehabilitation that is the hard part! It is organising the care, the fosterhomes, making sure that each individual dogs need is catered to, each illness is treated, each broken bone mended, each medication is administered, each bloodtest is followed up, each vaccination is on time, each behavioural issue is given individual care that is the actual work. The night time calls from crying fostercarers about sick dogs, the emergency trips to the vets, the unimaginable fear in the dog that leaves it paralyzed and subsequently our job finding a way to let the dog know that it can be free of this fear, knowing that each case is different and there is no ”one cure”. This is where the real work has been and this is what Budadogs has been all about. Not simply picking up dogs and sending them to new homes, but giving each dog the individual care that it so desperately requires before we could even begin to think about what kind of home would be suitable.

And it has been worth every second and we are so delighted everytime we see a photograph or receive feedback about one of our dogs. Each dog has meant something to us, because the rehabilitation of each dog has been different. Each dog has shown signs of it`s past, and each dog has taugh us, through it`s unspoken story, something unique.

Budadogs has also taught us that we most definitely will continue down the path of animal welfare and it is a line of work we will continue down. It has taught us about team work, pressure, sorrow and joy. The bonds we have created with each other through this work are extremely strong and we look forward to continue to work together in future.

So, as of autumn 2012 we will no longer be running as an organisation. It is a bitter-sweet realisation, And at the moment we are not taking in any new dogs, but only exceptionally. We hope that we have inspired students to open their eyes to the animal cruelty around us, not only in Hungary, and we know that they have already started to help and foster for our dear friend Zsanett at FAPF, who has been our close friend and colleague for many years now and who does invaluable work for the hundereds of homeless dogs in her area. Many of our rescues have been dogs taken from Zsanett´s area and we hope everyone will continue to help, support and foster her dogs.

We would also like to point out that there are dogs in Norway being euthanised regularly for no particular, or insufficient reasons. At sell out places such as there are constantly dogs being given away because owners have decided they no longer have the time/energy/resources to give the dog ”what it needs”. Additionally organisations such as FOD (foreningen for omplassering av dyr) do an invaluable job with rescue and rehoming.

Please continue to spread the word of adoption! We will most definitely see you all again soon!

All our Love,

The Budadogs girls

Friday, 2 December 2011

Pierre, the little man Pirre :)

"When we first found Pirre, he was in a terrible condition, with a heavy flea and tick infestation. He was very thin, and he was freezing. His body temperature was below normal. Even in this condition he was a dog of good spirits"

In October several students contacted us regarding a dog roaming around the Large Animal Clinic of our University, outside the city. Caroline and Anouska went out to take a look. He was in a terrible condition. They decided to take him in under our care.

Pirre, when he was found.
His fur was tangled and covered in dirt and fleas.

It turned out that Pirre also was infected with Babesia. Babesia is a parasite that affects the blood cells, destroying them, causing severe illness. Pirre needed intensive care for nine whole days before he got better.

Pirre recovering from babesia

Pirre finally got better, and turned out to be a great pumi boy.
He is now adopted by our own Caroline and her beautiful family in Norway

Pirre together with Caroline


Sunday, 27 November 2011

A Sunshine story about Sunshine Angie

Angie, the little Angel had a tough start in Budadogs.

Pictures from our blog, April, 2011

Angie at the site where she had been abandoned

The approach of strangers was obviously traumatic

no food... no water... no people.... nothing

The Little Angel after gaining trust

Angie after two weeks in foster care. Happy and free!

Angie together with her Mum, Anne Helen, who
confidently claims "Angie is the dog of my life"


Lucy, safe, sound and happy

After Lucy was found she was kept at the kennels for a while. We knew she was an affectionate, caring dog. But how smart she was, was left for her fostermum, Anne Kathrine, to find out.

Lucy was brought in to foster care with Anne Kathrine one cold evening,
in late winter, 2011. Anne Kathrine decided to adopt her soon after.
Here Lucy is safe and happy in her bed.

Anne Kathrine describes Lucy as a very attentive, smart,
and affectionate dog, who is friendly to all dogs and people.

Lucy together with one of Anne Kathrine's parents' dogs in Germany. They have two dogs.
Lucy got along with both dogs and her Anne Kathrine's parents,
who fell in love with Lucy immediately.

Lucy, together with her Mum, Anne Kathrine


Friday, 16 September 2011

City Boy in bad shape

This poor boy was found yesterday by students near Nyugati railway station in Budapest. He had been observed by several students from whom we received phone-calls and it was obvious he was in great distress. Eventually he was tethered by visiting tourists and our class-mate Nina collected him and took him home for the night.

As is obvious from the photo`s this poor boy is not in good shape at the moment. We will keep everyone updated on his progress.

He may also have an owner so anyone in Budapest, please keep your eyes open for posters etc.

Friday, 29 April 2011

Budadogs t-shirts. Support our cause and look the part! :)


We have t-shirts and tanktops (singlett) for sale for those who would like to order and support our cause! :) T-shirts come in White, Blue, and Black with a Budadogs logo Paw-print on the front and "Budadogs" at the bottom corner of the back. Tank-tops come in Black, White and Pink.
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL.

T-shirt "dress" for the kids :) We can also print up t-shirts in childrens sizes upon request.

Obviously the pink tanktops are a huge success with the men! "Real men wear Pink", right? ;)

White t-shirt size S

Blue t-shirt size M

Blue t-shirts sizes S and M

To order: Email Caroline and she will arrange to meet you or send it to you if you are not in Hungary.