Romania Animal Rescue and our sister charity Animal Spay Neuter International are continually providing spay neuter throughout Romania. New peasant villages such as Tantava and Tunari are being added to our already amazing number of cities and towns that we help.
One such successful campaign that was begun over a year ago is in Vatra Dornei. Vatra Dornei is located in Northern Romania. There are no vets who can provide spay/neuter services in this town, and upon our first arrival in this town the stray dog population was immense. We began by having spayathons for 50 dogs as our funding could allow, and then returned as often as possible. Then in May RAR sent the entire Dream Team to Vatra Dornei to do a massive spayathon for over 200 animals.
The turn out from the community was great, the Mayor attended and brought in his animals. We reached out to donors to ask for more funds so that we could return to Vatra Dornei for MONTHLY campaigns and the response was positive!
We now have monthly spay campaigns in Vatra Dornei with our Northern Romania Dream Team, based out of Iasi.
I would like to share what a citizen of Vatra Dornei sent to me on Facebook:
Dear Nancy Janes, Thank you, Romania Animal Rescue for improving month by month the strays' situation in Vatra Dornei! To be frank, the difference is obvious, than other cities: the strays are fewer and fewer on the streets, you actually need to search for them closely, the streets are safer and more people have now their dogs neutered, less abandonment. Long term spay campaigns are the real solution for this 'stray problem'. Congratulation and thank you for the involvement!
Thanks to you and your support, we are able to help in remote towns such as Vatra Dornei!
Dear Romania Animal Rescue Friends,
Well it has been yet another very busy time for Romania Animal Rescue! Traveling around the country helping as many charities as possible, and at our home bases of Craiova and Bucharest, helping individuals who contact us in great need of spay/neuter for their community animals. From spay/neuter, to Homeless Animals Hospital program that helps the homeless animals and those who cannot afford treatments for their pets injuries, to education with the now 14,200 education books that have been distributed, to the Veterinary Training Camp that RAR sponsors for Romanian vets, we are making life better each day for the animals, as best we can, with your support.
When I first started RAR in 2003, we helped a shelter. I was informed numerous times that no one cared about the animals, no one would spay/neuter animals. At that time we started doing some education about the importance of spay/neuter. In 2006, we began a small project in Romania to help the people who did not want to have puppies or kittens to be abandoned or killed. I was told people would not bring in their pets, but they did. Then in 2008, upon meeting Dr. Aurelian Stefan, the beginning of the Dream Team started. In 2009 we launched our first massive spayathon in Sibiu, and the rest as they say is history. Now, five short years after our first massive spayathon project, I have the tremendous announcement that we have surpassed 25,000 spays/neuters in Romania! 25,510 to be exact! And this is all thanks to supporters who believed in our Dream. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for knowing that we could do this and helping.
Now, onto 30,000!!!
With love and respect,Nancy Janes
It has been five years since the founder and president of RAR, Nancy Janes, and I started a movement for the Romanian animals in need. We have grown step by step and now the Dream Team has reached over 25,000 surgeries. Add to this close to 15,000 educational booklets and probably over 100,000 miles that our team travelled to various destinations where our help was asked for. We celebrate our 25,000th surgery with the launch of our latest project: Homeless Animal Hospital. This hospital aims to fight abandonment and increase the adoption rate of pets that need medical care but their human companions can not afford it. We are devoted 100% to our cause and try to find the most efficient ways to achieve our goal. Animals depend on us and we depend on you to stand by our tireless work for the animals in need and be with us when we celebrate our 30,000th surgery. Thank you for allowing RAR to provide this great service for the animals.
With sincere gratitude,
Dr. Aurelian Stefan, DVM, Veterinary Director, Romania Animal Rescue, Animal Spay Neuter Intl
As you may have heard, the new law was voted in Romania stating that all strays will be taken into custody and if not adopted, killed. This is not quite as it sounds.....the dogs are taken into public prison shelters where they are crammed together and often starved. Many of these so-called "shelters" are not allowing visitors to adopt the animals.
This cycle will continue with no end in sight unless spay/neuter is done to prevent the birth of animals that are abandoned onto the streets and forests. We urge you to please help us to spay/neuter as many animals as possible.
Without spay/neuter, the impoverished citizens of Romania have 2 choices:
1. Kill the unwanted pups or 2. Abandon them to the streets and forests
The Romania Animal Rescue urges citizens to bring their animals in for free spay/neuter by our excellent vet team, but we cannot do this without your help and donation.
Please help us stop this cycle of suffering.
Nancy Janes, Romania Animal Rescue and Animal Spay Neuter International
Thank you once again for allowing us to accomplish more of our vital spaying/neutering for the dogs in Romania.
Our ongoing programs are vital to the owners (guardians) of the animals. Since Romania does not have enough qualified vets in communities, and the prices for spay/neuter in the communities that do have good vets are usually prohibitive for poor people to afford, we step up to help.
Let me tell you how our work is special and unique:
Our programs help the caretaker animals and shelter animals, those that have a place to return to for aftercare. We do not pick up animals from the streets with dog catchers. We have no dog catchers in our employ. We provide a service to help impoverished people spay/neuter and provide veterinary treatment for their animals to stop abandonment at its source: The offspring of owned animals that, without our help, would otherwise be subject to abandonment. We provide free spay/neuter for shelter animals to alleviate this cost burden on the shelter staff so that they may concentrate on the other finances for running a shelter, as well as keeping the population of shelter animals to a minimum.
RAR's mission is to stop the stray animals at their source, to stop abandonment of unwanted puppies and kittens. We do not contract with cities to spay/neuter all their street dogs, as we know from others' experience that contracts can be broken. Therefore we work with the people who care about the animals, who will see to their aftercare. Good people such as the shepherd in Vatra Dornei who thanked RAR profusely for spaying his 7 working female dogs, stating "I am tired of having to drown the puppies." We provide a service to charities and individuals who ask for our marvelous team to help them, and they then arrange for the number of animals to be brought to our mobile clinics. We help by training vets for communities so that they can start their own "at home" spay programs, as we recently did for a vet in Ploiesti.
In addition to this, we provide education with books throughout many towns in Romania, and our education program is expanding. Some of these education programs are in towns such as Buhusi and Vatra Dornei, where there is no qualified spay vet for the public. As our education books teach the importance of spaying to the community, we then follow up with regular visits to provide that service as well, so that the circle is complete.
What makes RAR unique is our help for those who need it the most: The impoverished citizen who does not want to have to make the choice to kill the puppies or abandon them to the streets or forests. Abandonment must stop if we are to save the strays from being born.
Our ongoing campaigns in Craiova, Tecuci, Moreni, Buhusi, Vatra Dornei, Bucharest, Iasi and now hopefully Braila will continue as always with our often monthly visits to most locations to provide free spay/neuter for the public that requests our help. We will also be answering to the immediate pleas for help such as the Mission of Mercy campaign, and next month in Suceava where RAR has been asked to please come and spay 250 dogs for the impoverished citizens there to stop the abandonment.
I wish you a glorious New Year! Thank you for being there for the animals. They need your help and compassion. Bless you good people!
With love and the highest respect,Nancy Janes
Video from the Mayor, Priest and community organizer promoting spay/neuter and no abandoning:
The town of Vatra Dornei is known as a ski resort for many. It is also a town in Romania with no veterinarian who can provide spay neuter surgeries. In September, Romania Animal Rescue returned to Vatra Dornei to provide free spay/neuter for 102 animals. Thanks to donations from yourselves, we are able to travel to remote locations that are in desperate need.
Not only were spays/neuters done, but many animals were suffering from other complications, all of which were addressed and surgeries provided. Here is a "thank you" to you all from the locals in Vatra Dornei, who are very appreciative for your care of the animals in their town:
RAR team was very busy in September!! We went to Vatra Dornei for the second time and after three days of really hard work we did it! 102 dogs spayed/neutered in Vatra Dornei, 76 females and 26 males, brought in by their owners or their protectors! This project meant a lot for for Vatra Dornei dggies and their carers. This project was literally a life-saving team effort.
You see there is no authorized vet clinic in Vatra Dornei and there is no trained vet who can spay/neuter cats or dogs, the animals' only hope is that their owners take them to another city, Campulung city located 100 km away, for emergency situations. Unfortunately not everybody has the physical means or the money for things like this. During our spay/neuter campaign we had numerous other issues to address besides spay/neuter: Mammary tumors, hernias and very nasty cases of piometra. So, yes, this project saved the lives of the ones we operated on and treated but also spared thousands of lives: The unwanted litters, unwanted pups that would not survive harsh winters in the mountains alone on the streets. I am forever grateful to all amazing donors who supported us with our work! Many thanks and much respect to Vatra Dornei team for organizing and supervising this campaign! Roxana Stanisor Pasat and Mirela Gatej, and lots of love to all RAR supporters! you give us hope and means to continue our work, to accomplish what we have committed to: No more strays and no more suffering!
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