Well, the holiday season is upon us, and it brings with us good news in the world of preventing more unwanted births of the kitties in Romania! This year, 2014, RAR has spayed/neutered 8200 animals thusfar, 20% of these are kitties. In October RAR provided free spay/neuter for 200 cats in our Spayathon in Craiova. In total we have provided free spay/neuter to 33,000 animals with our partner Animal Spay Neuter International.Thank you for being here for these cats so that they will not face starvation, disease, accidents. Thank you for caring about the kitties in Romania. Your donation of $25 will prevent so much unnecessary suffering. I hope you will continue to support cat spay neuter in Romania. I wish you a wonderful Holiday Season!
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 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!