Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The reality of the dogs in Romania and statistics

I have found recently some very compelling reports based on well-documented evidence, reports written by highly respected, knowledgeable people regarding the Romanian stray dog overpopulation. The first one is a very honest and factual report written by Mr. Robert Smith regarding stray dog population means of control in Romania:
Report Robert Smith Spay Neuter and Return

Another eye-opening report was written by Mrs Carmen Arsene, the vice-president of the FNPA (The National Federation of Animal Protection). This report clearly highlights the split between existing animal protection laws on paper, and what actually happens to the dogs in the streets and in state shelters:
Stray Dog Situation in Romania - Animal Cruelty

Lastly, an informative website with reports about animal welfare in Romania, with a focus on stray dog welfare:
Dogs in Romania

I think anyone interested to hear more about Romanian mentality, Romanian animal welfare, and Romanian management of the stray animal population, will find these reports informative and worth reading.

Thank you for reading this, getting informed, and caring about Romanian stray dogs!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Good news for now regarding stray dog management

Good news today!

The much dreaded stray dog cull law that had passed in the Romanian Parliament on November 22nd was stopped today, January 11th 2012, by the Romanian Constitutional Court. The Court deemed certain parts of the law as unconstitutional, and sent it back for re-examination to the Commission. We're all extremely relieved for now! Below please read a message from Mrs. Carmen Arsene, vice-president of the Romanian National Federation of Animal Protection (locally known as "FNPA"):

"Dear all,

With 8 votes (and only one vote against), PL 912 for management of dogs by euthanasia has just been declared UNCONSTITUTIONAL because of the Articles 7 and 8 - euthanasia and adoption conditions being considered unconstitutional. It means, in the absence of clear medical criteria, that EUTHANASIA IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL
Therefore, the Constitutional Court sends the law back to the commissions in Parliament!

Our materials containing the legal counters have been taken into consideration and the members of the Constitutional Court have proven they are not corrupt!

Your protests sent to the Constitutional Court, your whole work in Romania have been and are of incontestable help, showing them they are always monitored and warned! Thank you very much for that!

Let’s hope the future will be for strays like today!

Carmen Arsene"

I am glad this day brought such good news for the Romanian strays and their supporters. Today was a tail-wagging kind of day!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Hoping for a Happy 2012

Dear all,

With a new year comes a new beginning, full of hope and positive energy. The needs are great for the Romanian stray dogs of Ploiesti. But I also feel that a lot can be accomplished for them this year. More neutering campaigns, more adoptions, more awareness locally and internationally. I have a good feeling for this year.

You can really make a difference for the Ploiesti strays by contributing to more spay/neuter campaigns. If you wish to be part of this, please donate to the US-based Romania Animal Rescue organization, specifically for a neutering event in Ploiesti. They have already held a much needed s/n event in our town in November of 2011 when 100 animals were neutered. But there still are hundreds and hundreds of animals that continue to multiply- animals that desperately need to be neutered as a humane and educated means to control stray animal overpopulation. As little as 16 euro can spay or neuter one animal! Detailed instructions on how to donate to Romania Animal Rescue for a Ploiesti s/n event can be found on the page with WAYS TO HELP.

 If you wish to adopt or foster one Ploiesti stray, or if you know kind, responsible people looking for a dog or puppy, please have a look at, or forward, the page with DOGS AND CATS FOR ADOPTION.

In the end, I wanted to share with you some feel-good moments, captured only a couple of days ago on camera. It's our Magnificent 4, four abandoned puppies currently in foster care locally and prepped for departure to loving foster places in Holland. That's how sweet our strays can be:

It really is a new beginning this year. Thank you for reading this!

Bryan Adams- Here I Am (a good song for a new beginning)