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Mickey Rourke to Build Animal Shelter in Romania

The stray dogs of Romania have been a problem since the 1980′s. Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu banned Romanian citizens from having pets. It didn’t take long for unneutered homeless dogs to create an epidemic that has turned into 50,000 dogs living on the streets of Romania. Some starve to death, others freeze, and all would benefit from human companionship, a warm bed, and dog food.

In November of 2011, the Romanian government passed a law that made it legal for any homeless animal to be euthanized. Care2 members, known for their passion for animals, started a petition asking the government to educate the public on the benefits of spaying and neutering instead of killing innocent dogs.

On January 31, 2012 the Romanian court declared the euthanizing of stray dogs as unconstitutional. While animal rights activists were pleased with that turn of events, they have still be wanting to help all of the stray animals.

As luck would have it, Mickey Rourke, a huge dog lover with a pension for helping dogs in need, was in the country filming “Dead in Tombstone” when a stray dog walked onto the set. He decided to adopt the dog and donate $250,000 of his own money to build a shelter the size of a football field for the strays. When accepting his Golden Globe award in 2009, Rourke thanked his current and deceased dogs. He has also been quoted as saying, “I truly believe God created dogs for a cause. They are the greatest companions a man could ever have.” It’s so heartwarming to remember that one person can truly make a difference.

Although I don’t have Rourke’s pocketbook to fund a shelter, I do what I can to help homeless dogs by donating music that is clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system to shelters and rescue organizations. Dogs in 1,500 shelters in the U.S. and abroad are being calmed to my piano playing on the Through a Dog’s Ear recordings. It’s helping create a quieter shelter environment, which encourages visitors to stay longer, and consequently adoption rates increase. While the music won’t solve the homeless canine problem in Romania, it will hopefully help the dogs move quickly from the shelter environment into their forever homes.

Watch how the dogs in the Santa Fe Animal Shelter respond to the music. Even though I don’t know how to say sit or stay in Romanian, music is a universal language, and I hope music can be a part of Mickey Rourke’s new shelter in Romania.

What do you think of his plan to build a shelter for the stray dogs of Romania? Thanks for adding your comments.

Have you seen the new Adoptable Pets page on Care2? Check it out here! Please also share with your friends. We’d love your help in finding homes for these adorable animals!

Have you tried Sound Therapy for your dogs? Through a Dog’s Ear is the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system.

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.

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5:09AM PST on Nov 17, 2012

Mickey, you are a great person. Thank you for helping any animal. You are blessed. Thank you so much for caring. I wish other people that have the money would be as generous as you.

1:37PM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

What a remarkable man. Poor dogs at least they will have a home. I try to help feed cats where i live.

1:36PM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

What a remarkable man. Poor dogs at least they will have a home. I try to help feed cats where i live.

3:45PM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

William, its great. Why not go outside country?
if money and army is going outside to make war- no problem, if it goes to shelter, which is
deeply human acting, problem? Besides, its Mickey money and he decides.

3:44PM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

William, its great. Why not go outside country?
if money and army is going outside to make war- no problem, if it goes to shelter, which is
deeply human acting, problem? Besides, its Mickey money and he decides.

3:43PM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

William, its great. Why not go outside country?
if money and army is going outside to make war- no problem, if it goes to shelter, which is
deeply human acting, problem? Besides, its Mickey money and he decides.

8:34AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Help-Vex-to-start-a-new-life/338433996204250

8:18AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

I think it's awesome that he's doing this. And wonderful of you to donate music to this shelter.

5:10AM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

great news :) thanks for sharing

7:38PM PDT on Apr 21, 2012

Mickey, you are a great HUMAN BEING! We humans are supposed to show love and compassion to all living beings.. heard of immense suffering dogs undergo in Romania, as well as in other countries... May you be blessed for all your kind deeds.

Kusum Salgado
Sri Lanka

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