“I feel more thank­ful and hope­ful than usual. It’s a feel­ing that comes from deep in­side!”

Christina Ti­mofte lives in Bucharest, Ro­ma­nia, with her part­ner and the 25 an­i­mals that she works tire­lessly to re­home

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We both have full-time jobs but I can’t say no when a dog has nowhere to go! Each day, no mat­ter whether it’s Christ­mas or New Year, is the same as we have to clean a lot and they all have to be fed and wa­tered.

The feel­ing in­side that it’s Christ­mas – that’s what makes it dif­fer­ent. It’s a feel­ing that comes from deep in­side, the hope that things are get­ting bet­ter, that many wishes will come true…

In Ro­ma­nia, Christ­mas is all about food. There’s a say­ing here – “If I have things to put on the ta­ble, then I’m OK”.

Some­times we are miss­ing the true im­por­tance of Christ­mas. What’s im­por­tant is to be close to fam­ily. Of­ten my brother, his wife and my five-year-old niece come, plus maybe a cou­ple of friends. I like the open­ing of the presents. Even the dogs have gifts un­der the tree.

Last year a dog got a new home around Christ­mas time. Every year I put a wish to the higher power that an an­i­mal who has waited a long time will get a for­ever home. That’s a Christ­mas mir­a­cle!

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