| Nov 23, 2023
Multifaceted Education Outreach
Greetings to you! In this report I would like to share with you just some of the outreach work we do to educate the public.
Veterinary Director Dr. Aurelian Stefan was invited to speak at a seminar for students studying veterinay medicine. He shared his vision that began 20 years ago in a very backward Romania.
We began by purchasing a trailer from another charity so that we could provide veterinary care......little by little we were becoming known as the vagabond vets that were traveling throughout communities. It was a start!
20 years later:
Through much determination and support from donors, the Center of Hope Hospital is now running massive spay and neuter campaigns as well as the Homeless Animals Hospital program, Veterinary Training program, and Education Seminars. As well as a dedicated mobile team that travel throughout Romania. We are now over 121,000 spays and neuters. All this incredible work is thanks to the donations we receive from generous people like you.
Dr. A's advice to the students: "Don't forget where you started from. Only then will you know the path to follow"
Dr. Aurelian was also invited to speak at a local school about animal treatment and welfare. He shared booklets and invited the children to ask questions and share stories about their animals and the community animals. This is a huge change since our early days, when schools would not allow animal welfare education to be taught.
Romania Animal Rescue's work in Ilfov County:
Ilfov County surrounds the city of Bucharest. It is comprised of many factories and villages. The Ilfov County Animal Bureau has partnered with us to provide spays and neuters (with our donors funds) and visits to villages and yards where many animals live.
Georgeta is an elderly woman who had 11 unsterilized dogs in her yard. None of them were vaccinated or microchipped. The police visited her and were threatening to fine her for non-compliance of the law or remove her beloved dogs. (Dogs are required to be sterilized and microchipped, however this is only a punitive measure as the law does not give the impoverished guardians the ability to comply). Georgeta called Center of Hope in tears, scared that her dogs may be confiscated and taken to one of the many so-called "shelters". We stepped in to help her with all her dogs......providing transport, sterilization, microchips and vaccines. Georgeta loves her dogs but simply could not afford the high costs of these treatments the vets in her community charge.
Your donations allowed us to help Georgeta. Your donations have helped to educate so many! We are eternally grateful for your support.
But more work needs to be done.....more outreach, more seminars, more reaching rural locations to change the way Romania treats its animals.
Thank you for your support for these years, we could not have done anything without you.
Our first caravan
Animal Welfare in school
Picking up Georgeta's dogs