Animals
 Romania
Project #7722

Spay and Neuter for 2,000 dogs in Romania

by Romania Animal Rescue, Inc.
Vetted

Greetings Friends!  

As we have mentioned in past project reports, our mobile clinic, HOPE, reaches the most remote areas serving the animals of the most needy.  This month of May 2016 the first "Hopeython" was done, 6 days of amazing work serving 3 villages surrounding Craiova.  Our target was 220 animals, but the outpouring from the communities was incredible so that we could not turn animals away.  Special thanks to all the vet team, vet techs, and the amazing international volunteers and local volunteers who worked in the heat and until the night to accomplish what can be seen by some as a small miracle.  255 animals who will not reproduce into a world that has no room for them.   

Here are a few comments we received:

From Iulia:

"Why Romania Animal Rescue? Because they are the only ones who wander the country to help ordinary people to spay/neuter their dogs and cats, to help people who cannot afford to pay for this surgery because as we all know salaries in Romania are very low (200 euro).  Why Romania Animal Rescue? Because they put in first place the animal welfare, sterile working and very professional for amazing results, tiny incision and fast recovery.  Why Romania Animal Rescue? Becaue they can and they want to help, and we ought to support them, so more than 50,000 spays/neuters to turn into 500,000 spays/neuters and abandoned animals no longer exist in this country."

From Gaita:

"This organization has literally changed the destiny of people and animals in our country.  Thanks to the wonderful work they do they were able to spy hundreds of dogs on the streets and owned by poor people so the suffering of many animals was prevented.  They are absolute professionals.."

From Anda:

As a member of the staff (vet technician), I can tell you first hand about people's reaction to our work.  There isn't a place in Romania where we have been so far where people aren't happy to see us and express their gratitude.  I see children and young people who are so careful and loving towards their pets and come from miles just so they can give their pets a chance of a healthy life and others who, even tho they haven't been taught to appreciate them at their true value, learn from our example and go home with a different view towards their animals' welfare than before.  Often times I heard old people saying "thank God you came and gave us this opportunity, as we are so tired of living in sin, killing the unwanted puppies year after year".Being able to help them do the right thing and showing them there is a humane way to handle the overpopulation of stray dogs and cats in Romania is the true meaning of what we are doing, apart from saving so many animals from torture.  I am always happy to see good people caring for their animals in a way that goes beyond financial means or even education; we are also involved in educating the young generation, as we are aware of the responsibility that securing that our work and goals go on even after we are no longer here to see it. "

Thank you for your donations for our work in Romania.  Thank you for supporting the fine work of our Romania Animal Rescue "Dream Team".   Your donations allow this remarkable charity to exist. 

clipping and prep with Vicki, David and Ruth
clipping and prep with Vicki, David and Ruth
Vet tech David checks a patient
Vet tech David checks a patient
one of the 3 villages where HOPE worked
one of the 3 villages where HOPE worked

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Tecuci spayathon for 97 animals
Tecuci spayathon for 97 animals

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Spring is almost upon us, and you know what that means....puppy season.  We at Romania Animal Rescue want to nip this in the bud as soon as possible, and with your help, we can achieve our goals.  Right now our biggest need is to sustain the "60 Per Month" compaign for Bucharest.....we have no sponsor for this vital and well received program for Romania's largest city's dogs.  $25 will allow us to spay or neuter one dog, preventing the births of hundreds.

Our new Center is still being built outside of Bucharest.  This is another project that we truly need your support for.  We are asking for participants to "Buy a Brick" at the cost of $20 to invest in this Center that will be our Spay Neuter Center, Homeless Animals Hospital Bucharest, Home of the Veterinary Training Camp, Education Center, as well as the launching point for HOPE our mobile spay and neuter clinic.

We are happy to report that Romania Animal Rescue and our sister charity Animal Spay Neuter Intl. have now spayed and neutered 44,408 animals.   The need is great, and the demand for our excellent work constant.  

Featured are some photos from our Tecuci spayathon this month, and I hope you enjoy them!  Also a new photo of the Center's progress, as well as "What Really Goes Into a Spayathon" video.

Thank you for your support that allows us to do what we do...make Romania a better place to be a dog who is cared for.

Thank you Mihaela Raducanu and Dr. Aurelian Stefan DVM  for the photos!

Tecuci spayathon March 2016
Tecuci spayathon March 2016
Tecuci spayathon
Tecuci spayathon
The RAR Spay/Neuter Center under construction
The RAR Spay/Neuter Center under construction

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The RAR Spay/Neuter Center under construction
The RAR Spay/Neuter Center under construction

Dear Romania Animal Rescue Supporters and Friends,     

Romania faces a huge population of unwanted dogs, with spay and neuter as the only real solution to the problem.  Massive and increasing campaigns by Romania Animal Rescue are addressing this issue, now approaching 10,000 spays and neuters for the year of 2015 alone, with over 43,000 spays and neuters in total along with our Animal Spay Neuter Intl sister charity.   The area of Bucharest has the largest population of both humans and animals, and RAR now has the opportunity to have a headquarters in this area to help the animals.  

As many of our supporters know there needs to be a major change in the direction currently being used by the government …..as opposed to killing or locking up the unwanted dogs, only for them to face starvation, disease, and imprisonment.   The route of the problem lies in the fact that there are too many unwanted companion animals…animals who have no home and face abandonment, killing, or a life behind bars in a kennel.

 Many have suggested that the EU step in and provide funds for spay and neuter, but this is not being done, has never been done, and in the meantime more and more animals are being born to suffer.   Therefore charities and donors must step in…charities that are capable of handling the massive need for spay and neuter in the villages and towns surrounding the major population area of Bucharest.  Romania Animal Rescue now has 9 vets, and we hope to expand this and train more vets and hire them to treat more animals.   In addition to spay and neuter,  a hospital that will provide free and subsidized veterinary  care for the homeless animals and those of impoverished people, as well as helping numerous local charities, is a must for the area.  

Romania Animal Rescue, Dr. Aurelian Stefan and Dr. Petrisor Stefan have now started building the new Spay Neuter Center, Homeless Animals Hospital, Veterinary Training Camp Bucharest, and Education Center located just outside of Bucharest. This massive project will serve communities within a 100 km radius, and will be the launching point for HOPE the mobile spay unit.

 We are in need of help to sustain this life-saving project , funds for the purchase of equipment, maintenance, and to hire and train more vets and techs to work at the clinic.

I hope you will support this new RAR Spay/Neuter Center and Homeless Animals Hospital project.  History is being made for the animals, and you are invited to be a part of it! 

We invite you to view the 2 new videos from RAR.   And special thanks to MPL Communications (Sir Paul McCartney's company) for granting our charity written permission to use the song "Hope of Deliverance" as our HOPE mobile clinic's theme song for 3 years.

Thank you, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year! 

History in the making!
History in the making!
why sterilization is the only real solution
why sterilization is the only real solution

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Romania Animal Rescue:  Map of our help
Romania Animal Rescue: Map of our help

As Romania Animal Rescue gears up for another massive spayathon in Craiova, Romania, we would like to share this testimonial with you from the local charity.We at Romania Animal Rescue would like to thank you for your continued support so that we may surpass 40,000 spays and neuters and aim for 50,000!   Neuter or Spay!   No More Strays!

"It’s been four and a half years since Speranta Pentru Animale completed the first RAR sponsored spay/neuter program and in the span of this period there were also three Spayathons (the first of them probably the largest event of this kind that ever took place in Romania ) and several other RAR sponsored programs.

Thinking of all these I realized how many things have changed due to the RAR campaigns and the free s/n programs hosted by the Family Vet clinic .

I remember the first time I took a stray dog , a female , to be spayed .
It was in 1995 and the experience , which I prefer not to describe in detail , was so gruesome , that , despite my conviction that it was a very necessary step, a “must” in order to protect the lives of stray dogs , it took me two years before I could gather enough mental strength to take another female to be spayed in a vet practice recently opened at that time .
It was closer to what it should be and since then I have been involved constantly in this volunteer activity .
But it was only years later , when we got the chance of meeting the wonderful vets of the RAR team, doctor Aurelian Stefan and doctor Petrisor Stefan that my efforts and those of other animal lovers in Craiova , who struggled to find a humane method for stray dogs population control, reached a scale that we could have only dreamed of .

Beyond the very obvious benefits of the thousands ( and this is not a typing error ) of s/n ‘s done in these last four years since our collaboration has started , which meant curbing down the strays population , there are other things that have changed that are not always noticed since they don’t have a statistic or quantitative nature .

First of all RAR campaigns have spread a new mentality towards s/n in itself as surgical procedure , they shattered some cultural barriers that kept people away , like some unwanted consequences for the health of the animals , or radical modifications of behavior following s/n .
Years ago I kept hearing these arguments even from people who had a certain level of education . I can say that I rarely hear these arguments again today.

Bearing in mind what I have said about how s/n was done before, I know that RAR campaigns have set a standard regarding anesthesia protocol , the sterile work , the quality of suture materials . These methods were copied and this resulted in progress of the medical act even for some vets who would not admit they “stole “ it .
The RAR team of doctors of vet techs is growing steadily , I can say that a new generation of fine professionals is growing under our own eyes .
This means RAR is actually filling a gap in the system , it takes over where the official veterinarian educational system still fails to produce skilled and dedicated professionals.

One other benefit derived from the intense collaboration with RAR is that during these very special events the real “ roll-up sleeves volunteers “ were tested and selected.
Some have started from zero , with no previous knowledge or experience about s/n and they are now enthusiastic “preachers “, showing the way to many others .

By bringing together at RAR campaigns so many people who shared interest and love for their own animals and for stray animals too , there was the perfect opportunity to meet, to talk , to exchange views and hopes and in many cases afterwards to work together
So, in an unseen way , RAR has also contributed to the formation of rescue groups , not only ours , but others across the country as well .

The members of Speranta Pentru Animale team consider it a privilege to be so closely associated with Romania Animal Rescue and will strive to rise to the expectations .
With new projects ahead , like the October Spayathon , we are once again looking forward to a testing but hopefully successful event that will continue all the great work of the previous years."

 

 

from a recent spay campaign in Oltenita
from a recent spay campaign in Oltenita
Real men spay and neuter their dogs!
Real men spay and neuter their dogs!
Need for spay and neuter continues
Need for spay and neuter continues
spaying with our mobile clinic, HOPE, in villages
spaying with our mobile clinic, HOPE, in villages

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HOPE at the Homeless Animals Hospital in Craiova
HOPE at the Homeless Animals Hospital in Craiova

Dear Friends of the Animals,

I would like to introduce you to HOPE, our newly acquired mobile clinic!   HOPE will allow us to travel to peasant villages where there are no  veterinarians, so that we may address locally the spaying and neutering ( as well as veterinary care)  for  animals cared for by extremely impoverished citizens.

Here is the report from our Veterinary Director, Dr. Aurelian Stefan, on HOPE's first mission:

"Animals in the villages in Romania have no access to vet care and this is why we thought of a Spaymobil to reach the dogs in need. Today we took Hope to the country 120 km away from Craiova in a village called Bacalesti. Team was to meet two volunteers that will show us the way there. Our target was to spay all the dogs at an elderly lady's property.  It was 38 degrees Celcius in the blazing sun and the spay Mobil acted as the best shade ever ( big big car ) so we prepped the dogs outside and operated inside . One by one the village people gathered to see what was happening in their little village . We convinced two of them to let us neuter their dogs and one of them got a new collar when we insisted dog badly needed a new collar. We managed to operate 18 dogs and one cat today and it was such a great day. All dogs are fine and now more relaxed . Biggest news they will never reproduce so that there will be a fixed number of mouths to feed this summer in the yard. God bless all people that donate towards such a great project."

HOPE joins the Dream Team that already holds spayathons throughout Romania.  To date RAR has spayed and neutered now 36,000 animals in Romania. Our work is based on the solid principles of :  Spay and Neuter, Veterinary Care, Veterinary Training, Education, and Food.  These are the roots of our work with the goal being "Neuter or Spay, No More Strays".  No more animals that will be born to suffer, to be abandoned due to lack of resources, to be captured and put into prison shelters.   This is the Dream and Goal of our charity.   And now we have HOPE.

Your donation of $25 will allow us to spay or neuter a dog with HOPE.   There is a saying in Romania, "Hope dies last".   Now we have more hope than ever to be able to reach more and more people who want to do right by their animals.

Thank you for your help and support!

HOPE in the village
HOPE in the village
prepping dogs for spay
prepping dogs for spay
helping an elderly man with dog and collar
helping an elderly man with dog and collar
HOPE in action with Dr Aurelian Stefan
HOPE in action with Dr Aurelian Stefan

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Romania Animal Rescue, Inc.

Location: Livermore, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.romaniaanimalrescue.org
Project Leader:
Nancy Janes
Livermore, CA United States
$30,977 raised of $35,000 goal
 
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