Romania Animal Rescue, Inc.

RAR is a USA 501 (c) 3 established in 2003 to promote animal welfare in the country of Romania.
Mar 11, 2015

Our Report to you, our Supporters and Friends

Rita and her new guardian
Rita and her new guardian

Dear Homeless Animals Hospital Supporters,

2014 was a monumental year for Homeless Animals Hospital!   Over 1000 animals received the care and treatments they needed with support from you, our wonderful donors!   In 2014 alone, over 9000 animals were spayed/neutered free of charge, fractures xrayed and treated, puppies and kittens treated for injuries and diseases.  This year proves to be yet another one of intense demand for our Craiova clinic, as well as a new request for a mobile clinic to reach remote communities to help animals.

I would like to share a few stories and photos with you so you can become engaged in our work. Stories are from Dr. Aurelian Stefan, Veterinary Director for Romania Animal Rescue and Homeless Animals Hospital program.  

Here is Rita's story, a heartwarming story of the man who accidently hit her with his car, and then adopted her! 

"I started my shift knowing there is a severely wounded dog awaiting for me at the clinic. Here she was : 6 kg emaciated female dog that looked at me with warm eyes. I could barely see through the thick hair covering her face. She was run over by someone that could not afford the treatments but was kind enough to seek help and there we were for him, thanks to our supporters. Rita had a bad pelvis injury and a bone fracture in her forelimb. Basically she could not move at all because of the pain and we needed to perform a major surgery so that she will be pain free and able to walk again. As she was emaciated her body temperature dropped at the end of the first surgery so we had to postpone the second one which we did the next day. After a couple if days she could walk again. The person that ran her over adopted her and she has now a second safe life. Before she went home she underwent a third major operation : we trimmed her hair so we could see clearly her beautiful eyes !"

The boy and his puppy, helped at HAH:

"A family came to the clinic, with a very sick puppy in tow, and a very sad and scared young boy who was the puppy's guardian.   I diagnosed the puppy as having parvo...but with good care I believed we could treat this young one.   Thankfully, HAH intensive care saved this young soul, along with saving his best friend from grief.  These are the kind of cases that make me so happy to have chosen to become a vet!" 

Here is Jackie's story:

"It was a rainy day . Very cold and windy and the vet team was ready to call it a day when two people brought in a black  female dog that is bleeding heavily. The dog is taken immediately to the exam room and we find a vaginal hemoragic prolaps which was caused by mating with a way bigger male. The female dog was operated immediately and the bleeding was stopped. A much needed spay surgery was performed.   Upon calling her guardian, we learned to our surprise that her guardians no longer wanted Jackie... so they asked us to take the her. We began calling friends and family and in 20 minutes we found a solution for Jackie!   The  brother of one of our nurses came to see her and fell in live with her on the spot . We named her Jackie and it is a wonderful feeling to know that we were part in her new beginning in life a safe one. We dedicate her story to all our lovely supporters."

A public shelter dog gets a chance for a good life:  Meet Puffy:

"Beautiful old towns like Craiova, Romania have most of the times awful shelters. Animals are not respected and not even treated with minimum love. Managers insist that all animals that are adopted out of the shelter must be sterilized. Puffy the doggie in the picture was sterilized at the public shelter and today she was brought to us as she kept attracting males. The wound was not healed since the first surgery 6 months ago. We decided to open her find the problem and fix it. We found sutures that looked like pirate ropes , uterus almost intact and a part of the right ovary in a big adhesion with the kidney, pancreas urinary bladder and peritoneum. Had we not been there for Puffy with our surgery she would have surely died slowly and painful. We helped this dog thanks to you, and she  gladly received antibiotics and painkillers and her caretaker is was thrilled and extremely grateful!!! We made a dog healthy again – and it made our day!"

And finally, the story of Ion, an elderly dog with a loving family who could not afford his treatments:

"Ion  is 15. His guardian is now retired with a very little pension and he said to me (Dr. Aurelian Stefan)  ” I wish I could give days from my life so that this dog lives more “. Ion got a free examination and treatment for some teeth that were in decay . Thanks to your support, HAH made this gentleman and his family very happy . The dog is back on the couch and we are happy to have helped! It is our mission at “HAH” to reunite dogs with their family to make dogs wag their tails and people smile ! " 

Your support and donations help us to help thousands of animals, prevent suffering, and help people who care about animals to lead better lives.  We hope you will continue to support our work.  Thank you!

Jackie and her new guardian
Jackie and her new guardian
Puffy at HAH
Puffy at HAH
Ion and his guardian
Ion and his guardian
parvo puppy with family
parvo puppy with family
parvo puppy at home, all better now!
parvo puppy at home, all better now!

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Mar 11, 2015

A Story from Happy Paws, Romania

nursing mom with pups in Moreni
nursing mom with pups in Moreni
Romania Animal Rescue supports food as well as  many other campaigns for charities,  groups and shelters throughout Romania.  One of these is Happy Paws.  RAR is able to sponsor the food and fostering  for 10 dogs per month at Happy Paws, and we also provide spayathons in their city of Moreni as well as Homeless Animals Hospital care and vaccines as funding allows. .  Happy Paws has 180 dogs at their shelter.  The following story is written by the Founder and NGO Leader, Anda Popescu of Happy Paws.  I hope you can help Romania Animal Rescue with a donation to provide even  more  food for the dogs at  Happy Paws, as well as other dogs and cats in Romania that we help.  Thank you for reading!
Happy Paws presents: The story of the noisy tummy
"One day my life changed: I couldn’t see a thing, but I could hear and smell plenty. I somehow knew I had a mom and brothers, I could feel them; but every time my mom came to feed us, I sure knew I had a tummy. I am not quite sure what that is, but she talks a lot, my tummy.   My mom keeps my tummy quiet, that’s good; my brothers must have tummies of their own, they fight me when lunch time comes. Lucky for all of us we have a mother.

One morning my mom has no more food…I suckle hard, but nothing comes to my tummy. She is mad and screams at me all the time. I am afraid to go look for something to eat, what if I can’t find my way back? My brothers are upset too, their tummies shout a lot at them as well.

I got separated from my family, I don’t know how. I cried a lot, but my mom doesn’t hear me. It’s scary to be alone…My tummy is angry all the time, she fusses and turns and it hurts. I can smell yummy things all around, I chase the smells, but I can’t find anything. My tummy is punching me and it hurts a lot; she is not my friend. I did find some places where people keep food, it smells wonderful. My nose is up in the air, trying to catch all the smells, but my tummy is still upset. If only yummy smells would keep my tummy happy…

I don’t know how long it was since I last ate something that made my tummy stop growling, she has been shouting for so long…I have a headache. I tried to give her something, but all I found was a thing that keeps the food for people, they call it “bag”. It’s not tasty, but it smells like food; then I went to a place where people throw away what they don’t want. I found something, but there were a lot of big dogs looking for food and one of them growled at me and bit my ear…it hurt a lot.

People eat all the time. I looked at them and I think this is all they do all day. I once stared at a lady who was eating the yummiest thing ever, they call it “meat”. I looked at her, I told her I was so hungry and that my tummy is hurting badly, but she didn’t hear me. I put a paw on her shoe to get her to look at me and she did…she kicked me and scream “get away, you ugly mutt!” That hurt…I didn’t know I was ugly…

I finally gave my tummy a piece of my mind today. I told her we should forget about food, I can’t find any. “But there is so much food all around, grrrr!!!!” she screamed. “Not for us” I said “ There is never any food for ugly mutts like us”. I am weak and tired, I want to go to sleep forever…that would keep my tummy quiet, for a change.

 

I am now in a place called Happy Paws, there a lot of dogs like me here. The people are nice, they never kick us when we ask for food; they can hear us talking. I get a big bowl of food every day and my tummy is content; I don’t hear her talking as much and it is nice.

I hope I never go back on the streets! I hear that people give purple meat to dogs like me; it’s yummy, but their tummies are so upset, they die. I am happy I didn’t get any, that would have hurt a lot, I think. Here, I am safe and every day I spend thinking about my next food bowl…I wish all dogs had happy tummies, like I do!"

We at Romania Animal Rescue hope you will support our program to help feed more animals...and stop the starvation.

Thank you very much, and thank you Anda for this wonderful view from the eyes of a street puppy!    

 

 

 

getting food at Happy Paws shelter
getting food at Happy Paws shelter
food at Happy Paws!
food at Happy Paws!

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Feb 26, 2015

More Educational Programs Help More Animals!

Kelly from Global Giving visits RAR
Kelly from Global Giving visits RAR
Dear Friends and Supporters,
 
Happy World Spay Month!  
Romania Animal Rescue has welcomed 2015 by participating in World Spay Day (February 24) and the entire month of February was spent by providing education, animal care, and spay/neuter in Craiova, Bucharest, Vatra Dornei and Moreni. We were also  honored this month  by a visit from Kelly, the representative from Global Giving, who came to view and participate in a spayathon in Craiova this month!  Thanks for traveling all the way to Craiova, Romania Kelly!
2014 was a fabulous year for the animals who benefitted from our campaigns.   Over 9000 animals were spayed/neutered, over 1000 were treated by the Homeless Animals Hospital clinic free of charge.  And 2015 is full of new and wonderful events!   1500 new education books are being sent out to communities, thus bringing our booklet education to over 16,000 circulating in Romanian communities.  We hope that you will help us to print even more booklets for this extremely busy year! 
Our total number of spays/neuters for Romania is quickly approaching the milestone of 33,000 animals. The Homeless Animals Hospital is going full speed, as our funding allows.   RAR is still sponsoring the intense training of more veterinarians, as they qualify, for the Veterinary Training Camp so that more vets can learn highly skilled surgical techniques as well as keyhole procedures for spay/neuter.
  One of the incredible outcomes of our Homeless Animals Hospital free veterinary care program is the connection that is being made with the animals. In a number of cases, injured animals have been brought in to our clinic for care by citizens who saw an animal suffering and in need of care on the street. These Good Samaritans brought the animal(s) they encountered to the clinic for free care.....and low and behold many of these good people ended up adopting the animal(s) themselves! This is another form of education that we promote, the bonding of animals and humans and having compassion for those who cannot help themselves. We are extremely proud to be able to provide this type of service to the communities, as our funding allows.
I would like to invite you to view our video from the October spayathon.   1000 animals were spayed and neutered by the RAR Dream Team of vets in Craiova.
Thank you for your support, it means the world to the animals! "
Education books will be circulated
Education books will be circulated
Cat brought in by Good Samaritan and then adopted
Cat brought in by Good Samaritan and then adopted
Man adopted dog after treatment from car accident
Man adopted dog after treatment from car accident

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