Dear Romania Animal Rescue Friends,
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!
The Romania Animal Rescue was asked to help in a small town, Buhusi, Romania with a spay/neuter campaign. You see there is no vet in Buhusi that is capable of spaying animals. We knew we had to get to Buhusi to help if we could.
We began by sending educational booklets to a local teacher, Babi, who began an education campaign in her school. Once the community learned the importance of spaying and neutering, people began asking "When can RAR come to help us with spay/neuter?"
Thanks to support from people around the world such as yourselves, we could begin the process of starting a campaign to help animals of Buhusi.
The students from the community school were thrilled with the prospect of our coming to help the animals, and did a flashmob to advertise the arrival of Romania Animal Rescue to Buhusi!
Our vets were graciously welcomed into the town by the Mayor, and were able to spay/neuter 156 animals.
We have been asked to return to Buhusi once again for more spay/neuter campaigns...and we are planning the next trip in September!
Thanks to you....spay and neuter is helping in Buhusi many other cities and towns in Romania!
The Romania Animal Rescue Craiova Spayathon was a huge success! 550 spays/neuters for dogs and cats, all dogs and cats, whether stray, from shelters or owned, were welcomed! The new RAR van collected animals from local shelters as well as areas where many strays are located. Many animals were humanely captured and brought in from a neighboring village as well as from areas with large stray dog populations in Craiova.
Thank you to Dr. Aurelian Stefan, Dr. Petrisor Stefan, Dr. Irina Corbu, Dr.Roxana-Elena Stan , vet techs Ruth Osborne, Cosmina Vasile, Gwyneth Moreland, and Laura. Thank you to the great charity Sperantu Pentru Animale Craiova.
550 animals were spayed/neutered, deparasited, pups were vaccinated, as well as many emergencies treated for the street animals, including putting pins in broken legs from numerous dogs that had been hit by cars and cleaning up a puppy that had been covered in tar.. Thank you to friends who traveled from all over the world to help by volunteering! Bonnie Siddons, Gwyn Moreland and Mike Monko from the USA, friends from Germany and of course Switzerland. And our wonderful friends who came from all over Romania to help with this massive mission of animal welfare. Thank you to Mary Young for the extremely generous donation of Advantix and Revolution! Thank you to Keith for your donations of Certifect and HeartGard. The strays are so much healthier now thanks to you!
The success was so outstanding that RAR is able to provide an additional 300 more free spays to Craiova, thus making the grand total for this Spayathon 850 animals who received free spay/neuter treatment. Neuter or Spay! No More Strays! No More Suffering! Now onto Bistrita, Tecuci, and so many other locations! Now that we are approaching our 20,000 free spay/neuter, we would like to say "Thank YOU!" to our fabulous donors!
Dear Friends of the Romanian animals,
With the winter weather and snow in Romania, freezing temperatures make stray animals' life even harder.
The good news is that after so many years of hard work we see the light at the end of the tunnel. Fewer animals have to endure the harsh winter because there are fewer litters. After more than 18,500 surgeries performed in Romania, we hope 2013 will bring us way above the 20,000th surgery mark.
With your help we managed to buy our van that will be delivered in the spring just before the May Spayathon, which will enable us to be even more mobile and help more animals in the years to come. This all is possible thanks to your generous help and support. Now we can do even more good work for the animals in need. Along with the ambitious intensive spay and neuter plans, we aim to help more animals receive a home after being operated and treated for various conditions such as bad fractures, transmissible venereal diseases, skin disease and many more conditions that would prevent them from being adopted from the streets and given a forever home. All this is achieved with your help and we count on your support to continue our good work. Our website shares the stories, testimonials and events, such as our recent Spay Day 2013 successful event in early February for "My Dog Has Happy Paws" in Moreni!
This year we hope to go to many cities, towns, villages, and other locations to help the animals in need with spay/neuter. A few of the locations that have requested our help once again are Bucharest, Bistrita, Barlad, Moreni, Herculane, Tecuci, Adjud, Craiova, Braila, Giurgiu, Targoviste, and Buzau. Numerous individuals contact us asking if they can bring their dogs in to the clinics for free spay/neuter on a regular basis. This is where your help and support mean so much for so many. Thank you!
Romania Animal Rescue will be providing the free spay/neuter of 150 animals in villages surrounding Bucharest this year as well. The need for this is best explained by our friend Raluca from Red Panda charity in Bucharest would like to say "thank you!" to everyone!
"Dear Romania Animal Rescue Donors, Thank you so much! As soon as the weather allows us and the vets' schedule, we will also organize the spays in the rural area. People are poor there, they do not have enough food for the animals, and the puppies are born and die in bad conditions. People want us to come and neuter, but they would never afford to pay for the surgeries. Sometimes they keep the puppies till they are 2 months old and then they bring them in the forests, and let them die there. Or they drown the puppies immediately after they are born. Lack of education and poverty lead to tough and cruel ways of dealing with the animals. I am sure we will help some animals and their owners also with the spays! Thank you! We are very grateful to the team and the donors, for making this possible! Hugs, Raluca"
Thank you once again for your support for our mission of "Neuter and Spay! No More Strays! No More Needless Suffering!" We wish you a wonderful 2013, For the Animals, Aurelian Stefan, DVM, and Nancy Janes
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