Welcome to the Summer Newsletter for Romania Animal Rescue and Animal Spay Neuter International! It’s been a busy few months and we have lots of updates for you in this issue.
Spay and neuter continues to be our main priority and thanks to your support we have been able to continue to go out on the road to do spayathons in towns and villages using temporary clinics and the Hope Spaymobile. We have also been able to bring hundreds of dogs and cats to the new Center of Hope in the Spay Shuttle. The spay and neuter program at the Homeless Animal Hospital Craoiva continues with up to 100 animals being done every month there. In June, we also completed a special project in Greece.
Now that Center of Hope is open, we are getting more and more dogs and cats with injuries coming for treatment. Many of these animals are strays and unfortunately the risk of injury is very high for these vulnerable dogs and cats. We'll share some of our recent cases that have been treated with your help.
We are very excited to introduce you to Dr Pepe Stefan in our "Meet the Team" series. We also have an update on recent education seminars we have organised to help improve veterinary practice in Romania.
You have enabled us to help so many dogs and cats. You are making a huge difference to the lives of thousands of animals. We thank you for being there for them when they have nobody else.
Nancy Janes, Founder and President Dr. Aurelian Stefan, Veterinary Director
Between April and June 2017 we have been able to spay and neuter 2,905 dogs and cats. 2,783 of these in Romania and 122 as part of a special project in Greece. This recent count brings the overall total to 57,550 spays and neuters completed! It means millions of unwanted dogs and cats saved from a life of suffering.
We want to thank everyone who made this possible:
Rescue Association Hobo Dogs and their supporters for sponsoring spayathons in April, May and June.
Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue for sponsoring a spayathon in May/June.
Suzy Alexander for bringing much needed supplies from the US and volunteering during our spayathon in May/June.
To all our supporters, volunteers, donors and fundraisers who have helped to fund every spay and neuter we have done! You are all wonderful. You are a vital part of Romania Animal Rescue's team. All of this is possible because of you!
The new Spay Shuttle has been very busy bringing animals from villages and rescuers near the Center of Hope for veterinary care and spaying and then returning them to their caregivers following recovery. Many, many miles have been covered in the last few months. The Spay Shuttle has air conditioning to keep the dogs and cats comfortable during their trip. Thank you to Marian Petrisor for looking after your passengers so well!
Our next target is to complete 60,000 spay and neuters: We can get there with your support! We would love to be able to report that this has been achieved in our next newsletter. Funding is the only constraint we have on our ability to sterilize more dogs and cats. The cost of a spay or neuter is $25, €23 Euro, or £19. Thank you!
We are treating many seriously injured animals. Here are just a few of the animals we have been able to help in recent months, thanks to your support.
Florica is a street dog that was attacked with the handle of an axe. He had a badly broken front leg. A lady who feeds Florica and other strays in the area contacted us for help. She could not afford to pay for veterinary care. Florica was brought in to the Center of Hope. Dr. Pepe Stefan operated on his leg. Florica has made a full recovery and is in foster care. We hope he will find a loving family soon!
Little Aurica was found at the side of the road in a town about 50km (30 mi) from Center of Hope Bucharest Veterinary Hospital. A kind lady saw him and asked us to help. He had some nasty wounds from dragging his body on the ground. His wounds healed very well at the Center of Hope and he was neutered. He was offered a foster place by our good friends at Broken Biscuits. He is the most adorable little boy and is loving life at his foster home. We're looking forward to seeing him in his forever home soon.
Trina was brought to us as a stray who had been hit by a train. Unfortunately, she lost both of her lower back legs. But it's not all bad news. After being cared for at the Center of Hope where her wounds healed well, Trina was brought to the USA by Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue. She has been adopted and is getting fitted for one prosthetic leg which hopefully help her to walk some of the time. Happy new life, Trina!
Puff was brought to the Center of Hope by his owners who were very concerned for his life. Puff was attacked by dogs and had a nasty throat injury. His owners had paid for treatment at a private veterinary clinic but Puff was not able to eat properly. Some of his food was going to his lungs and coming out through his wound. His owners could not afford more treatment. Puff's little girl has had heart surgery and was very worried about losing Puff. Puff had surgery at the Center of Hope and he's now on the road to recovery and reunited with his special human.
We rely entirely on people like you to help animals like Florica, Aurica, Trina and Puff. With your help, our vets can deliver life-saving surgery and treatments when animals need them most. Regular donations enable us to help more sick and injured animals that don't have anyone else to care for them.
Our friends at Broken Biscuits have donated £1,000 to enable us to do more work on our education program for young people in Romania. Changes attitudes and raising awareness of animal welfare is such an important part of our work. This will make Romania a better place for animals for years to come.
One of our aims is to improve the standard of veterinary care for all animals in Romania so we were very excited to have Dr. Joao Kleiner, a world leading eye surgeon, in Romania recently for a Veterinary Ophthalmology course. We also hosted a bone surgery seminar at the Center of Hope. Dr. Aurelian Stefan also participated in a seminar on spay and neuter in Switzerland, demonstrating his expertise to other vets.
Please support our eduction and veterinary training programs that continue long-term sustainable improvements in animal welfare.
We are very excited to introduce Dr. Pepe Stefan who has been a driving force behind the establishment of the Center of Hope. Dr. Stefan is a highly skilled vet and can also turn his hand to pretty much anything he puts his mind to: From plumbing to installing surgery lights and anaesthetic equipmen. He has done so much to help make the Center of Hope a reality for the animals of Romania.
Dr. Stefan holds the record for the smallest spay incision, so small the team had to double check the animal had been operated on! During a spay and neuter campaign, he routinely operates on five animals an hour—helping 50 dogs and cats a day!
What made you get involved with Romania Animal Rescue?
There was very little spay and neuter being done in Romania in the early 2000s and there were dogs everywhere. Vets didn’t want to spay and neuter stray dogs. We chose to do something different. My brother and I decided we wanted to do something to improve animal welfare—on a mass scale. We got to talking with Nancy Janes of Romania Animal Rescue and the rest is history.
You've spayed and neutered around 20,000 dogs and cats yourself, and nearly 60k in total for the charity. It's a huge challenge. What motivates you to keep going?
More and more people are coming now looking for us to help because they know what we do now and the difference it can make. So we keep going day by day, week by week, to help as many dogs and cats as we can. We must keep going. This is our mission. It has been difficult at times when we are away from family working long hours and working on spay and neuter campaigns. We can help more dogs and cats, keep improving what we do, increase our team and do more. This is what motivates us every day.
What are you most proud of since you joined RAR?
The difference we have made. The difference that spay and neuter has made for so many dogs and cats. Not just the animals that we spay and neuter but the puppies and kittens that are not born to suffer as a result.
What changes can you see in the communities where you work?
Things are different from seven or eight years ago. In the areas where we have worked during this time there are less animals on the street. Seven or eight years ago, you would have to walk around the dogs and puppies on the streets. They were on every street corner. Now we don't see this in the areas where we have been able to work. It's big, big difference. People are changing, too. They don't like to have the dogs on the street and to see the suffering so more people want to try to do something.
How important is education to improving animal welfare in Romania?
It's so very important. If people don't understand what we do then we can't get people involved. We need to put more and more effort into education to reach more people, particularly the young people who are the next generation of pet owners. We need them to be responsible and also educate them about the strays and how they can help if they see an injured or sick animal. People are reacting differently now—bringing dogs to us for spay and neuter and for medical care. We need to keep increasing this behaviour. I also want to help train the next generation of vets as they will be an important part of improving animal welfare.
What changes do you hope to achieve over the next five to ten years?
We have achieved a lot but there are still a lot of stray dogs. There are still lots of towns and villages that we need to reach. I want to see less suffering for the dogs—parvo, distemper are common for the street dogs. We also see lots of traumatic injuries—dogs injured by cars, trains, humans. My speciality is orthopaedic surgery and I do a lot of trainings for this so that I can treat more injured animals. This can vary from fracture repair to spine surgery. These animals deserve the best care we can give them. In the next five or ten years, it has to be even better than it is now. More dogs and cats spayed and neutered and less suffering.
What would you like to say to our supporters?
I want to thank all the people who support us as we couldn’t do so many surgeries without them. We are going to continue to do what we do. We really need people to continue to support us so that we don't lose all the progress that we have made. This mission for us is very important.
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Sale of our new "Never Walk Alone" T-shirts will raise much-needed funds for the animals in our care. If you would like to join our team and wear one of our T-shirts, please email your order to email@example.com or message Dr. Aurelian Stefan on Facebook. T-shirts are €30, including postage worldwide!
There is some wonderful work being done by our supporters to help the dogs and cats. Here are some inspiring ways you can get involved!
Maggi Waite and the supporters of Maggi's online fundraising have raised £4,863 so far this year.
Alan Jackson ran a half marathon in May and raised £839.71 through sponsorship.
Sue Pawson raised £500 with her community music event in the UK.
Sophie Sevre asked for donations for her birthday and raised €284
Suzanna Demiraca has been volunteering at the Center of Hope for a month this summer.
Thank you to everyone for all your hard work for the animals! If you have a fundraising idea please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like us to include particular issues or feature something in the newsletter, send us an email at email@example.com and we'll see what we can do!
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We would like to thank you for your ongoing support. We need your help now more than ever as we are being asked to help in so many locations. Our donations are down sadly, and we do not want to say "no" to requests from the most needy for help. We hope you will be there to help us help as many animals as possible. Only with your support can we continue our mission of mercy for the animals. Thank you very much!
With Love, Nancy Janes President, CEO and Founder Romania Animal Rescue, Inc. (United States, Tax ID (RAR): 72-1546354) (UK Registered Charity Number (ASNI): 1172316)
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