Anca is a vet and somehow manages to find time to care for many rescue dogs that come from the streets and shelters in Bucharest on top of her full time job. We support Anca with a monthly neutering campaign for strays in her local area and provide homes for the dogs she rescues, paying for the transport and expenses to get them to their new families.
Romania suffers terribly with a very large stray dog population. The problem began back in the '80's when the country aimed to become industrialised and people were forced into cities which lead to small houses being destroyed, and in their place, huge apartment blocks were built. There were too many people in the city for the number of homes to hold, forcing families to share with one another. It was at this point that any pets that had been part of the family were abandoned onto the streets of Romania due to the lack of space available. Before long, the vast amount of strays were reproducing at an extremely fast pace, filling the streets with homeless dogs.
For the past 20 years the Romanian strays have been subject to extreme neglect in order to try and eradicate the problem. Whilst the country claim that their methods of lowering the numbers should be classed as 'human slaughter', dogs have been reported to be shot, poisoned, starved, beaten and even burnt to death. The act of slaughtering these dogs is now seen as a business for some, who earn money per dog, but in actual fact, this method will not stop the problem. It should be understood that the problem will only begin to improve once a steralisation project can be established and through the means of educating the public.
Anca is of the minority who fight for the wellbeing of the Romanian strays and she does an incredible job considering she does everything from her own home, with no proper dog shelter or systematic rehoming programme. Our Foundation will continue to support her to the best of our ability.