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!
Dear Romania Animal Rescue Supporters,
I hope this summer finds you well. Things are progressing, with your help, at an astonishing rate in Romania with our campaigns for education, spay/neuter, Homeless Animal Hospital, and vet training programs.
I am thrilled to tell you that we now have circulated 14,200 education books throughout Romania, to schools in Buhusi, Vatra Dornei, Craiova, Botosani, Iasi, as well as in public events such as plays and social gatherings. In addition, our vets bring books to many of our spayathon events so that they can educate the children and adults as well on the importance of spay/neuter as well as the humane treatment of animals.
I hope this pleases you as much as it does me! Thank you for your continued support for RAR.
With Deepest Thanks,
Dear RAR Supporters and Friends,
I hope you are sitting down.....we have just printed and are distributing 1200 new education books for Romanian schools and community events!
We are planning to bring 500 books to Vatra Dornei to accompany our spayathon in May so that Roxana Pasat may continue her local education program for children, and sending 200 books to Anda Popescu in Moreni so that she may start her new program. The rest of the books will accompany the RAR Dream Team as we travel around Romania providing spayathons in Tecuci, Peasant Villages of Bucharest, Comanesti, Iasi, Suplac, Bistrita, Targoviste, Gherla and Reghin, so the they can be handed out to the local citizens.
Children and adults alike love these fun books that teach animal welfare, kindness and compassion. Education has always been a cornerstone for RAR, from the early days of our charity in 2003 when we produced coloring books thanks to children from Texas who designed them, to today when we have our lovely 20 page full color booklets. To date, 14,200 booklets have been printed thanks to donations from yourselves and others.
So hip hip hooray! And away we go with education, spay/neuter, veterinary care, and veterinary training in Romania!
Wishing you all a lovely Spring,
Romania Animal Rescue
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