It has been a month since our return from Romania and I thank you for reading about this terrible situation and for your support and comments following my last article. As many of you have already recognised, the issues surrounding the stray dog population in Romania remain critical and, having had time to digest the situation ourselves in the last few weeks, we find the sheer scale of the problem overwhelming and incredibly sad.
But we must ensure we remain positive. Our mission as a charity is to neuter 100,000 dogs by 2020, thereby preventing the unwanted birth of over 5 million dogs – and we must begin somewhere. Romania is one of the most important places to start as the conditions in the public shelters are unbearable, and although many stray dogs have been removed from the streets of Bucharest they are simply left to rot in shelters.
Many of you have asked ‘what can be done?’… ‘how can I help?!’ … We definitely need your help to achieve our goals, to save lives, to prevent more lives from being tortured and to help the people who work tirelessly in such difficult situations.
Following our visit, we will begin to address some of the stray dog problems that were so vividly exposed to us. Our three-fold plan of action includes:
A neutering campaign – neutering 300 dogs by April 2016
Resources for rescuers – gathering blankets, dog collars, medication etc by December 2015
Rehoming more Romanian dogs – target 100 dogs by April 2016
Campaign 1: THE BIG 9000 – raise £9000 - neuter 300 dogs – save 150,000 unwanted puppies from being born. It costs £30 to neuter and microchip one dog, so we need to raise £9000 in order to reach our April target of neutering 300 dogs. Our first neutering tranche starts in 14 days’ time, during the week of 9th November we will neuter 30 dogs. We need to raise £1000 in the next 14 days to do this. Help prevent more puppies being born into a world of suffering DONATE NOW HERE.
Campaign 2: RESOURCES-FOR-RESCUERS winter campaign – clear out your cupboards, dust off the cobwebs, pack up some packets. We need you to donate any unwanted blankets, leads, collars, harnesses, dog food, toys and treats. The van to take all these vital supplies will leave for Romania on 1st December. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org before 26th November if you have second-hand items you would like to donate. Help our amazing rescuers look after their dogs while we find them homes.