Dear Friends of Romanian Animals,
Yes, it is all about education! We at RAR work every day to bring about change in communities. Each time an animal is spayed or neutered, enters the Homeless Animals Hospital, or a vet attends the Veterinary Training Camp, we have achieved a landmark goal of educating the public. And they respond with telling their friends about our work, tell them about the free help we provide, the free literature for schools and community events.
In June, RAR attended Ham Ham (Bark Bark) Festival in Bucharest to hand out education booklets to attendees. Our veterinarian, Dr. Aurelian Stefan (Dr. A) was invited as a guest to the United States Embassy Fourth of July Event. At this event, he met Romanian President Ioannis as well as other dignitaries, and was able to speak briefly with them about the need for animal welfare changes in Romania.
Our new mobile clinic, HOPE, has done 2 missions in remote locations now, and is a valuable leader in education as well. An animal ambulance and spay clinic for Romania! HOPE and Dr. A also held an event outside the American Corner (of the USA Embassy, Craiova) to educate local children on the need for animal welfare and spay/neuter.
Thanks to your donations and support, we are able to teach the children and others on humane treatment of animals, and perhaps there will be some future vets in the making as well !
Thank you for donating to help our education program and our booklets.
Romania Animal Rescue is reaching out with education to more and more places! Education books have been sent to Arad, Sighetu, Barlad, Bucau, and Craiova. Often accompanying our spayathon actions in towns and villages, these books complete a circle of education and animal welfare.
Carmen in Buzau has asked for books for her community as well and we hope to start an education campaign for the school children she teaches in Buzau.
Our Homeless Animals Hospital in Craiova invites high school students and their teachers Carmen and Otilia to come to the clinic, allowing students the opportunity to listen to animal heart beats through a stethescope, view ultrasounds, xrays, and get hands-on experience with animals in need. Our goal is to set a new standard for animal welfare and well-being, with the hopes that these students will choose to become a vet or nurse as their career.
Along with our education book program, RAR promotes and sponsors veterinary training education. We currently are sponsoring a vet from Slatina, Dr. Nae Cornel, for an internship at the Homeless Animals Hospital for a month. Following this, we hope to send Dr. Cornel for the intense Veterinary Training Camp program, sponsored by Romania Animal Rescue, so that he will learn keyhole incision surgeries for spaying, minimally invasive surgical techniques, anesthesia protocol, and pain management.
Thank you for helping Romania Animal Rescue with our many goals and projects. We are currently in the process of fundraising for a mobile clinic to reach out to even more extremely poor villages, where spay/neuter and education is vital. I hope you can support us with your donation so that we can print even more education books to start programs in poor villages.
Thank you freinds!
Romania Animal Rescue's education program reaches new heights. With our booklets, our spay/neuter campaigns, and Homeless Animals Hospital program, communities are becoming responsive and compassionate to the plight of the animals. I would like to share a couple of stories sent to us (one from the local newspaper in Vatra Dornei) from our friends in Romania. I hope you enjoy reading how your donations have helped so many animals!
"The number of the strays roaming on the streets of Vatra Dornei has considerably decreased as a result of massive free spay / neuter campaigns carried out with the help of foreign partners. The positive result of the spay / neuter campaigns is not only the small number of strays, but also consists in changing people's mentalities regarding their pets.
The last free spay / neuter campaign in Vatra Dornei was successfully finalized, on November 21st and 22nd being s/n 23 dogs and 29 cats.
With the help and support of Romania Animal Rescue's project, in 2014, there were spayed / neutered 515 animals - 372 dogs and 143 cats.
Also, the outcome of RAR project in Vatra Dornei is a great one regarding the total number of the animals that were fixed starting with June 2013 - 669 animals were fixed after Romania Animal Rescue's nine campaigns - 526 dogs and 143 cats.
According to Roxana Pasat, one of the coordinators of Vatra Dornei's campaigns, the spay / neuter procedures were performed with the exclusive support of foreign donors, amazing people who have understood the importance and the need for such projects in Romania, people who donated on a monthly basis for Vatra Dornei local projects. Roxana Pasat also states that local people must join these efforts, respond and get involved in order to solve the situation of the street animals.
"All this hard work is reflected in our daily reality and it is by all means reflected by the fact that there are less and less dogs roaming on the streets of our town. This is the reason why these campaigns need not stop. We wish to have them on a permanent schedule for the benefit of our entire community, we wish that the foreign donors not to forget about us, and we would be extremely happy that Romanian citizens to be more responsible and to understand that, without the immense support of donations, nothing is done or solved by itself".
The success of all these spay / neuter campaigns from Vatra Dornei was ensured by a professional team of vets and volunteers. The Dream Team members are: dr. Aurelian Stefan, dr. Petrisor Stefan, dr. Irina Corbu, dr. Livioara Rotariu, vet tech Ruth Osborne, vet tech Anda Popescu and Lelia Leandra. Numerous young volunteers and the Team of the Mountain Rescuers - Echipa Salvamont Vatra Dornei - came to help the Dream Team's and joined forces with them.
Mr. Ilie Bonches, Mayor of Vatra Dornei, got involved and was always happy to offer the adequate premises for carrying out of the activities and to pay for the food and lodging of the Team's members.
"Together we succeeded to change people's mentalities a bit, we managed to convince part of the town's population that the only source of the strays is the private household, the yards of those who do not spay / neuter their own dogs, the same ones who abandon pups on the streets", Roxana Pasat also stated."
And from our extraordinary veterinary techinician, Ruth Osborne, this observation:
"It is December 4th and today we celebrate RAR's Educational Program. Every spay campaign is an opportunity to talk to people about how to keep their pets healthy and happy. We also find that people talk to each other and share stories about pets we operated previously and how great they are doing now. Word quickly spreads in towns where we can return regularly. Simple communication saves lives.
The other side to the educational campaign is talking to young people as these are the responsible pet owners of the future. Your donations allow the printing of books on animal welfare to help teach the next generation responsibility towards animals. Thankyou for making this possible!"
We thank you all who have donated to help with our massive programs for free spay/neuter (now approaching 33,000 free surgeries), Homeless Animals Hospital program, Veterinary Training Camp, and Education. All these projects go hand in hand together, resulting in animal welfare in Romania. Our friend, Oliviu from Speranta charity in Craiova stated: "People are enthusiastic about the RAR campaigns. Via these campaigns, animal lovers have met one another, and united to reach out to the community of Craiova and help thousands of animals. We thank our lucky stars for Romania Animal Rescue's work"
I wish you all a very Happy Holiday season, and ask that you continue to support our work in Romania with a donation for education. Thank you!
Romania Animal Rescue is now approaching 15,000 educational books printed and distributed in schools and community events in Romania! The young and elderly are learning how to care for the animals, that Compassion is Cool, and the importance of spay/neuter to stop abandonment and for the well-being of their pets. For years, Romania had poor infrastructure in place for people to understand and provide the needs for their animals.
RAR's mission provides a circle of help and compassion. We educate the public in schools and community events, provide free spay/neuter services throughout Romania, fund the treatment for homeless and animals of the impoverished through our Homeless Animals Hospital program and combine this with the local charity so that the animals go into foster or shelter care and are put up for adoption (not returned to streets), and provide sponsorships to the Veterinary Training Camp.
I would like to share with you what one colleague, Oliviu, sent to me in regards to our work in Romania:
"It's been four and a half years since Speranta Pentru Animale completed the first RAR sponsored spay/neuter program and in the span of this period there were also two Spayathons (the first of them probably the largest event of this kind that ever took place in Romania) and several other RAR sponsored programs. Thinking of all these I realized how many things have changed due to the RAR campaigns and the free spay/neuter programs hosted by the Family Vet clinic.I remember the first time I took a stray dog, a female, to be spayed. It was in 1995 and the experience, which I prefer not to describe in detail, was so gruesome, that, despite my conviction that it was a very necessary step, a 'must' in order to protect the lives of stray dogs, it took me two years before I could gather enough mental strength to take another female to be spayed in a vet practice recently opened at that time. It was closer to what it should be and since then I have been involved constantly in this volunteer activity. But it was only years later, when we got the chance of meeting the wonderful vets of the RAR team, doctor Aurelian Stefan and doctor Petrisor Stefan that my efforts and those of other animal lovers in Craiova, who struggled to find a humane method for stray dogs population control, reached a scale that we could have only dreamed of.Beyond the very obvious benefits of the thousands (and this is not a typing error) of spays/neuters done in these last four years since our collaboration has started, which meant curbing down the strays population, there are other things that have changed that are not always noticed since they don't have a statistic or quantitative nature.First of all RAR campaigns have spread a new mentality towards spay/neuter in itself as surgical procedure, they shattered some cultural barriers that kept people away, like some unwanted consequences for the health of the animals, or radical modifications of behavior following spay/neuter. Years ago I kept hearing these arguments even from people who had a certain level of education. I can say that I rarely hear these arguments again today.Bearing in mind what I have said about how spay/neuter was done before, I know that RAR campaigns have set a standard regarding anesthesia protocol, the sterile work, the quality of suture materials. These methods were copied and this resulted in progress of the medical act even for some vets who would not admit they 'stole' it. The RAR team of doctors of vet techs is growing steadily, I can say that a new generation of fine professionals is growing under our own eyes. This means RAR is actually filling a gap in the system, it takes over where the official veterinarian educational system still fails to produce skilled and dedicated professionals.One other benefit derived from the intense collaboration with RAR is that during these very special events the real 'roll-up sleeves volunteers' were tested and selected. Some have started from zero, with no previous knowledge or experience about spay/neuter and they are now enthusiastic 'preachers', showing the way to many others.By bringing together at RAR campaigns so many people who shared interest and love for their own animals and for stray animals too, there was the perfect opportunity to meet, to talk, to exchange views and hopes and in many cases afterwards to work together. So, in an unseen way, RAR has also contributed to the formation of rescue groups, not only ours, but others across the country as well."
Nancy Janes recently spoke at the 2014 Animal Law Symposium at UC Hastings Law School in San Francisco. She introduced the students and attendees to the situation in Romania. This well-received presentation educated more Americans and law students in particular on the situation at hand for the animals in Romania. Thank you to all who attended!
Thank you to those of you who donate and support our programs for education in Romania. Thank goodness we are making positive strides on a daily basis!
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