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Romania Animal Aid Will Be Supporting
'World Stray Animal Day 2011
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Introduction To Romania Animal Aid
Romania Animal Aid was established in 2008 following a fundraising trip through the Carpathian Mountains for the animal charity WSPA. We were immediately struck by the number of street/stray dogs roaming the cities, countryside and small villages, most of them living a miserable and uncertain existence. As a result Romania Animal Aid was set up in the UK as a charitable organisation to raise awareness of the plight of Romanian Animals and to offer hope and a new life to as many of them as possible. There are tens of thousands of dogs living terrible lives day to day on the streets of Romania . Some of the more vulnerable and injured ones are picked up by the few animal charities working tirelessly for the animals, many of them hopelessly overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the problem and/or with limited funds. Chrissy who is based in London is involved with bringing Romanian dogs over to the UK and other coutries in Europe and the rest of the world for re-homing. Chrissy and the RAA team regularly takes out food, bedding and medical supplies to 3 shelters in Romania.
Our mission is to relieve the suffering of animals in Romania and working together with other charities and shelters to raise funds for shelter, re-homing and spaying and neutering programs. We witnessed many sad and hungry dogs and young puppies looking for food and shelter. Some with broken legs due to being hit by cars as they weave in and out of traffic looking for a friendly soul who may throw them a few scraps of food. Others we saw were extremely malnourished and, as a such, lost the use of one or more limbs.
During the communist era, the main policy all over Romania was the transformation of rural areas into big industrial cities.Private houses were demolished and people were forced to move from their own homes with gardens into small blocks of flats/apartments. They were not allowed to take any pets with them and so they had to abandon them on to the streets or worse still to the dog catchers who exterminated thousands upon thousands in frequent 'street cleansing' programmes. Over the years that passed, the dogs that survived were able to breed and it eventually became impossible to control the extensive canine over-population. This problem was compounded further by the lack of peoples education in animal welfare, poverty issues throughout the country and the Romanian authorities' general ignorance.
The only long-term solution to controlling the over-population of street dogs is extensive and organised spay/neuter and release or adoption programmes. Not only will this reduce the numbers to a manageable and perhaps non-existence level, it is the only humane solution for the animals who, through no fault of there own, are born to live on the street.
Hand in hand with spay/neuter programmes, educational awareness through schools and billboard campaigns must highlight to communities the importance of neutering pets and promoting good animal care principles.
ROLDA is one of the charities in Romania committed to making a difference. At Romania Animal Aid we wish to play a part in rehoming those animals ROLDA rescue that are either too young or vulnerable to be returned to the streets and that would otherwise have to, almost certainly, live out their lives in a kennel. Whilst well-cared for, this is no substitute for a loving home and, in return, a chance to be a wonderful and loyal companion!
(Dana at the ROLDA kennels in Galati)
SOS Dogs Oradea is another charity doing great work in/around the city of Oradea in NW Romania close to the Hungarian borer. Now managed and run by the FPCC, the main city shelter has a successful adoption centre and the long-running spay/neuter program rolled out across Bihor province has reduced the number of street/stray animals to around 10% of the original number in just a few years. The pioneering work being done by this charity and the evident success they are having will hopefully be a model that other NGO's will soon adopt.
(SOS Dogs Oradea Shelter)
(Left, a very weak pup who despite being close to death, Romania Animal Aid brought her back to the UK and she pulled through and survived. Right see 'Reube' as she is now living in Kent UK)
(Left Manisha on the day we found her matted/filthy and after a shower and a trim! Right Manisha with her new owner Tracy Meloy, Kent/England)
(Azorela (now Amber) is now living happily by the seaside in Deal, Kent UK with a whole host of other animals plus Terry and Mrs Steytler)
(Foxy on the day we founf him)One such dog we found close to the popular spot of Bran Castle. Having been in the country for almost a week by this time we just couldn't look away any longer 'Foxy' as he became known, was so week he could no longer use one of his back legs, he was desperatly tired and his spirit looked broken.
(Foxy now living in Kent UK with Janet who was part of the treking group that found him)
Over 100 dogs have been rescued and rehomed in the UK by Romania Animal Aid, many more in Holland and Germany. Hundreds more have received medical attention and food. Please support us in any way you possibly can so we can rescue and rehome as many dogs as possible.
Some of the many dogs rescued and rehomed by Romania Animal Aid
Latest News 26/02/11
At the beginning of February we were alerted to the plight of around 30 adult dogs/pups that were living in a deserted house/garden near to the city of Ploiesti in Romania. A local lady called Mihaela had been feeding and caring for them as best she could after the owner of the property died. None of the dogs had been spayed and hence there were at least 2 recent litters of puppies. They were all living in filthy conditions at constant risk of infection. We'd been advised that a family relative had inherited the property and wanted all the animals gone a.s.a.p. The options open to us were pretty limited!
Myself and Nancy Janes from Romania Animal Rescue decided that the only way we could save these dogs from being put out on the street or taken to the large municipal shelter to face certain death or a lived entirely in kennels would be to appeal to rescue groups in Austria, Germany or Holland in the knowledge that if we could find a collaboration, we'd need to move fast to have their passports started, have all the adult dogs spayed and sort the transport logistics. In the meantime Mihaela continued to feed them but time was against us. After many sleepless nights wondering how on earth we'd find a solution this time we were thown a lifeline but an Austrain organisation! We couldn't believe our luck and needlesstosay we were extremely grateful! We then has to work fast to start the paspsorts, spay all the adult dogs and work out all the transport arrangements, the kenneling and foster details once in Austria. Dr A and his team got to work super fast. Even catching the dogs to chip and vaccinate them at the property had many hurdles. They are all nervous and not well socialised. There are many hiding places within the grounds/house. A second trip back involved spaying all the dogs. Again, this posed it's own problems as we couldn't remove the dogs to be spayed somewhere more clinical as we wouldn't have been able to take them back and had no holding place for them. So, they were spayed at house just a week before travelling. Furthermore, the grounds to the house were not secure so other dogs could enter and those with passports waiting to travel could leave. Lets just say we didn't quite know how many would be there when the day came to transport them out!
I am however happy to say that 33 dogs/pups left Ploiesti on Friday and have now arrived in Hungary. The adults dogs will be cared for here in private kennels where they can rest, eat well and receive some gentle socialisation before finding homes. We were lucky to have been given a great price on the kennels atthe cost of €2.50 per dog per day. Of course given the number of dogs this amounts to around €50 per day and homes cannot be found for them until they are ready. The pups went directly into a foster home in Austria. The adotions of all the dogs/pups will be arranged via our Austrian collaborators and many photos are to follow charting their progress!
Nancy from RAR paid all spay/passport and transport costs plus food and supplies whilst they were at the deserted house. RAAwill pay for all kenneling costs. More to follow on this amazing rescue!!
Pictures : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Romanian-Animal-Aid/306952091022#!/album.php?aid=335992&
Well the great news is that only a few hours after word went about ‘Chance’, it seems that a new home in Belgium may already have been established for him. A friend of mine runs a small UK charity called ‘Disabled Dog Rescue’ and where possible she rehomes special needs dogs here in England. might be able to help find a home for this lovely young boy called ‘Chance’ from Romania who only has two legs. He has a passport ready to travel to Austria, Germany, Holland, Belgium etc. – just not the UK as he hasn’t been blood-tested. We do have a space on the transport run leaving Romania and we would dearly love to find Chance a safe place before then so that he too can have this opportunity of a new life. Chance is a 10 month old male who is a double amputee. He was involved in 2 separate traffic accidents and as a result has had one front and one back leg amputated (same side), but it doesn’t stop him at all! He is a happy, playful dog in every way. Disabled Dog Rescue purchased him a cart to help him to walk but in the end he has proved that he can manage better on his own.
In a few weeks time Romania Animal Aid (UK) and Romania Animal Rescue (USA) will be rolling out a schools educational program in Iasi, Romania's second largest city. We were greatful to be funded by the Mayhew Trust who printed 5000 books for us. This program will be aimed at primary school level kids and we have the backing of the vice-mayor who promises to support us all he can We have also been offered free premises to start a spay clinic in Iasi. All we need is to pay for each surgery, the cost of which is a around £15 per dog/cat. We're waiting to see if the city hall does keep to it's word and provide this before fundraising gets going.
Duke and Grace arrive in the UK this week from the Rolda shelter in Romania. They travelled with 3 other lucky dogs. Gri who went to a home in Belgium, Staso who went to a foster home organised by Disabled Dog Rescue in Holland and Bruno rescued by the team at BSAPP. Duke already had a loving home waiting for him. He is now living the high life down in St Leonards on Sea (UK) directly opposite the beach! He can be found walking proudly along the prom with his new mums! Grace is a gorgeous collie-cross, she will be rehomed for me by Gill and Kathy from Border Collie Rescue. Grace is currently living with Gill and has many doggie pals to romp around with in 14 acres of land! Welcome to your new lives Duke and Grace.
Duke and Grace
Mr Tom the white lab/cross has found a home!! Thanks to everyone that crossposted and huge thanks to Melanie Reed and family who fostered Tom for these past two months, they cared for him so well and allowed him to slowly build up confidence. He has gone to live in Arundel, West Sussex (UK) with a great family plus Willow the greyhound!
Metoo and Blacky, 2 handsome doggies from Romania now here in the UK waiting for their forever homes.
Blacky and Metoo
Announcment: THis You Tube video link highlights the on-going problem of unspayed dogs perfectly. It was sent to me last year by Nancy from Romanian Animal Rescue (USA) having been forwarded to her by a lady living in Romania who tries her best to help the animals and hence has puppies dumped on or near her land constantly.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Px__Uux895w Announcment: In a few weeks time Romania Animal Aid (UK) and Romania Animal Rescue (USA) will be rolling out a schools educational program in Iasi, Romania's second largest city. We were greatful to be funded by the Mayhew Trust who printed 5000 books for us. This program will be aimed at primary school level kids and we have the backing of the vice-mayor who promises to support us all he can We have also been offered free premises to start a spay clinic in Iasi. All we need is to pay for each surgery, the cost of which is a around £15 per dog/cat. We're waiting to see if the city hall does keep to it's word and provide this before fundraising gets going. Chrissy
This Group is dedicated to 'Foxy'