Romania Animal Rescue works constantly in Romania to provide spay/neuter for the animals as much as our funding allows. The month of October we held our massive 1000 spay/neuter campaign in Craiova, Romania, with a total for the month of over 1500 animals spayed and neutered.
We had volunteers from Romania, the USA, Germany, Norway and Denmark attend and help. Miriam from Germany sent us a report about her experience at our Spayathon, and here is an excerpt:
"Once again the (Romania Animal Rescue (RAR)) Team got prepared for the a new "spay and neuter mission"...the biggest Spayathon in October.This mission was based at the" Clinica Veterinara Familyvet"of Dr. Aurelian Stefan and Dr. Stefan Petrisor in Craiova ... also known as the "Homeless Animal Hospital". The cats(200) were neutered in the Clinic and the dogs (800) on the adjoining property, because the spatial separation caused a quieter operation.The aim of this event was to s/n 800 animals in cooperation with volunteers/organisations from the USA, Norway, Denmark and Germany.Miss Supranational Romania, Elena Zama was also present ... without any fear of contact, she got equal friendships with the "animal patients".The event was advertised in the local media and newspaper from 5 counties.....
For this reason, the crowd was at least as great as the joy of the people who could benefit from the free spaying and neutering for their beloved pets. Many people in Romania can (justified by their minimal income), not afford castrations and veterinary treatments ... because of the upcoming new law at the end of this year, which demand castrations among others, these projects aren't only an active way to reduce the overpopulation of strays (with all its possible consequences), but also preventive measures against impending mass abandonment of pets and the ensuing sufferings of animals and humans.
To cut a long story short ... At the end 1,000 castrations were performed due to public demand. It was quite wonderful to see how many Romanians treat their pets responsibly. Upon my return (to Germany) I was asked if I had seen a change in Romania ... the answer is simple... yes... everyone who... in whatever manner... contributes these projects to take place, is a part this change.No one was dismissed and each animal was examined and medically supplied.A true masterpiece that could only be realized if people work hand in hand.
By the way, while I was writing this report, the Dream Team (Romania Animal Rescue) diligently s/n in: Focsani, Moreni, Mangalia, Tecuci, Glina and Bistrita.A total of 1536 animals were castrated in the month of October ... but thousands of animals be spared of suffering, abandoning and/or being killed.Recently the milestone of 30,000 successfully performed castrations was exceeded, while in addition the education and training projects of RAR / ASNI (our sister charity Animal Spay Neuter International) for young vets and school kids were pursued.The latest idea is already in the starting blocks ... a "No Puppy Project" will be established in Craiova soon.For me it is quite clear, these people are pioneers for animals...visionaries on a rescue mission ... all around the world. You have my deepest respect..till the end of time!
In conclusion I would love to share the words of Dr. Aurelian Stefan one of the founder and spokesman for the german company Wolfsfreund with you... because even me couldn't say it better:"There are many words that can describe the Spayathon: Determination, hard work, discipline are among them, yet one phrase is definitely explaining better why we do what we do--RESPECT FOR LIFE. Spay and neuter is the humane way to fight the misery, the pain, the disease and the hopelessness that is seen every day in Romania."
Tremendous thanks to the whole Dream Team, all Nurses, Volunteers, Organisations, Companies and Donors which are part of this wonderful "spay and neuter family". We all have the common dream to see no more suffering strays on the streets... all over the world. No more abandoned, neglected, unwanted and humiliated animals.. for this we vouch together!!
Thx for your attention!BE the Change you want to see in the World.sincerely yours,Miriam"
We would like to thank Miriam for her words and sharing of her experience. I hope you, our donors through Global Giving, will continue to support our wonderful spay/neuter programs in Romania. Thanks to you, its working!
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
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