Moldova Is a tiny post-Soviet country bordered by Romania and Ukraine, despite its size it has a staggering estimated stray dog population of 30,000. Until earlier this year there was no animal welfare legislation, stray dogs were taken to a public shelter where they would await an agonizing death or the lucky ones would be rescued by volunteers. Thankfully, six months ago, the Mayor of Chisnau passed the first ever animal cruelty law together with a bill which prohibited the killing of healthy stray dogs.
On a recent trip to Moldova, our Rehoming and Operations Manager, Alicia was lucky enough to visit what used to be the public kill shelter ‘Necropolis’. Thanks to the relentless fight of volunteers, the centre has recently been rebranded as the first ever Municipal Spaying and Neutering Centre in Moldova and opened this month. The clinic is basic and equipment is recycled from hospitals, however, it is fit for purpose to carry out 10 operations per day. Wild at Heart Foundation will advise and support the centre to ensure the success of the project.
In addition to the government run spay and neuter programme, since January this year, Wild at Heart Foundation have been working with Friends of Moldavian Strays (FOMS) neutering 32 dogs a month. This was the first neutering programme in Moldova and is making a small dent in the ever-growing stray dog population. We are incredibly optimistic for the future of the stray dogs of Moldova. More updates will follow, if you would like to support our work in Moldova, please donate here.