Monday, April 23, 2012

Ploiesti Neutering Challenge Day 2

I am extremely happy and grateful for all the support I have received since launching the Ploiesti Neutering Challenge less than a month ago. Not only was Day 1 of this campaign very successful with 23 sterilizations performed, but only 9 days later we were able to hold Day 2 with 19 sterilizations. The ones "responsible" for making Day 2 possible with their donations are Wouter and the organization Help4Strays, Kendra and the organization Action Aid for Animals, Anja, Jacqueline, Siri, Bianca, Svea-Maria, Sandra, Ulrike, Valarie, Akiko, Susan, Mandy, Alexandra, Sissel, Ayse, and Alina. The 19 animals sterilized on Day 2 give these friends of animals massive thanks!

April 18th: we picked up 19 animals to be sterilized on Day 2 of our Neutering Challenge

The animals were taken to the FPCC clinic, sterilized, given long acting antibiotics, and kept for 2 days at the clinic for post surgery care. Then, on April 20th, we returned the animals into their territories and to the wonderful people taking care of them in the street.

Dogs about to be returned into their territories on April 20th. They received numbered ear tags to show they were sterilized. They were all in great shape and fully recovered after the surgery.

Day 2 was another very successful day, 19 more Ploiesti animals being neutered for free. Together with Day 1, that makes 42 animals neutered since we've launched the Ploiesti Neutering Challenge on March 30th! Thanks to the wonderful people who donated and supported this campaign, 42 animals will not reproduce anymore in the streets to give birth to more homeless puppies...

Because there already are too many suffering homeless puppies in Ploiesti and Romania generally. On Day 2, a friend also showed me one little puppy she had just found abandoned in the street, a female puppy of no more than 4 weeks of age:

Then, as we were returning the dogs on Day 2, I found one little injured puppy recently hit by car, on the side of the road, possibly with a broken leg, and full of ticks:

These suffering puppies do not deserve this kind of fate. Such sad cases only motivate me to push even harder for our Ploiesti Neutering Challenge. Until such stories of injured, suffering abandoned puppies on the side of the road become history.

Despite this, on Day 2 of our Neutering Challenge I could see the light at the end of the tunnel for the stray animal overpopulation problem in Ploiesti and Romania. I have seen more and more people becoming interested in neutering their own animals and the stray animals living in their neighborhoods. People are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of sterilizations. The more dogs we sterilize, the more doors open for more sterilizations because people become aware.This way, step by step, in the end animals will surely win!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Ploiesti Neutering Challenge Update

I have launched the Ploiesti Neutering Challenge on March 30th and I was overwhelmed by the amazing response and support received from friends from everywhere. People who cared about my dream of no more suffering strays in my hometown of Ploiesti, friends of animals who wanted to help and become part of this dream. Together, on April 9th, we made the first step towards our dream. Twenty-one female dogs and 2 cats were the first animals benefiting from this campaign funded entirely from donations. On behalf of the 23 animals neutered, I give my deepest thanks to Nancy Janes and the organization Romania Animal Rescue, Claudia and Volker, Trudy, Susann, Linda, Jacqueline, Lilli, Billie, Birgit, Catharina, Andrea, Chrissy, Bringfriede and Tobias- the wonderful people that  sponsored these first 23 sterilizations as part of our Ploiesti Neutering Challenge.

So let's see how things went on Day 1 of our Neutering Challenge! In the morning of April 9th I met with the FPCC team and together we drove throughout the town, meeting with local rescuers and picking up entire female animals from their neighborhoods. The local rescuers were extremely happy and grateful to see us. People don't want animals living and suffering in the streets anymore, and are aware that such neutering campaigns are key to stopping the animal overpopulation problem in a humane, responsible and educated manner. It was such people that met us on Day 1 and helped us catch the dogs gently by hand so the animals would be as little stressed as possible.

 The first female loaded up in the van in the morning!

More female dogs picked up from several parts of Ploiesti

 The 23 animals were taken to the FPCC clinic for spaying and post surgery care, and were brought back into their territories two days later. Here are some pictures from the return day:

 Animals received ear tags with the FPCC inscription as sign that they have been spayed

Animals and local residents were happily reunited, people waiting for the dogs with food and water

The female dogs from The Family of Little Angels also benefited from this campaign

The surgeries were of very good quality, the incisions being tiny as you can see in this image

All animals were in great condition when returned in their territories, appearing fully recovered after the spaying surgery.

I truly hope that this is only the beginning of something truly big, only the first in a systematic series of neutering campaigns, until no more puppies will be born to suffer. Because stories like Lazarika's siblings should not happen anymore.

You can follow the ongoing Ploiesti Neutering Challenge on Facebook at this link and become part of this campaign! 

You can only achieve as much as you allow yourself to dream. My dream of a world with no more suffering abandoned strays is very big and ambitious, but this Day 1 from the Ploiesti Neutering Challenge has already made a difference for the dogs of Ploiesti. We can only hope for many more such days to come for the dogs of Ploiesti. If you want to help, please donate so that more sterilizations can happen:

Thank you!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Meet a family of little angels

A tiny mom and her three teenage puppies... Initially they were left in an abandoned courtyard by their owner who did not bother much about bringing them food and water. Luckily, kind hearted neighbors would feed and interact with them daily. They are all very small (in the range of 5-7 kilos), very friendly and absolutely beautiful:

From left to right: son, mom, daughter 1, daughter 2

Daughter 1

 Daughter 2, son

Daughter 1, daughter 2, son

It seems that recently the owner decided he did not want them anymore, so he simply kicked them out of the abandoned courtyard into the street. It was in the street where we found them during the first day of the Ploiesti Neutering Challenge. The least we could do for them was to take the mother and her two daughters to have them spayed as part of this campaign.

These little angels also need a home. 

One sad little doggie: Scooby Doo

Scooby Doo is a young male dog of around 6-8 months of age that only days ago used to have owners. Not anymore. His family recently moved, leaving Scooby Doo behind and all alone in the courtyard of their former home. They said they simply could not take Scooby Doo with them...

So meet Scooby Doo, one sad little doggie that former owners left behind:

Scooby Doo is by all means one really cool little doggie. He is not too energetic but he is friendly even with children (his former family had a 5-6 year old very active child that loved Scooby Doo and used to play with him a lot).

I go feed him now daily in his abandoned courtyard where he is always alone, but always so happy to see me. He is so happy that food comes second, my affection being more important to this little guy.

Scooby is also one beautiful and interesting looking doggie. He is short like a small sized dog, but long like a medium sized dog. And with a beautiful white and black pattern on his face.

Scooby Doo goofying around in the messy courtyard where his owners left him behind

Tonight I found this little guy quite sad and not with a big appetite. Loneliness gets to everyone in the end. I can only hope and wish that very soon, Scooby Doo will never be alone again, having the wonderful forever owner he deserves!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Lazarika, one miraculous rescue puppy

I have just returned home from abroad by car. We were almost home in Ploiesti, when we were hit with the one of the saddest sights we have ever seen: in the middle of a national road full of speeding cars, a little puppy staying next to his dead siblings just recently hit and killed in the traffic. The little thing would just stay there by his dead siblings, smelling them and looking lost and not knowing what to do. Their mother, on the other side of the road, unable to make it to her puppies because of the heavy traffic. And cars that kept on coming and going at high speed.

It was a miracle the little guy did not get killed in traffic until we stopped the car and arrived near him. Since he was found alive among his dead siblings, and today is St Lazarus Saturday in the Christian Orthodox tradition, we have decided to call him Lazarika. So meet Lazarika, one miraculous rescue found among the dead, and just in time:

Lazarika was skin and bones when we found him, extremely hungry and dehydrated, full of fleas and ticks, but ALIVE among his dead siblings in a highly trafficked area

As a last sign of respect for the little dead puppies, we took their dead bodies off the road and put them nearby in the grass, so they would not be run over again and again by the heavy traffic. They did not deserve that. The mother unfortunately took off in the woods and we were unable to find and rescue her also. But little Lazarika, the miraculous rescue, is now well and in foster care in Ploiesti. He got right away a flea bath and was dewormed, and has to be fed very well and often because he is skin and bones.

Lazarika is skin and bones. You can feel every bone of his little body, but he is alive and rescued

As a side note, the irony of fate is that little Lazarika was the smallest among his siblings- the dead puppies looked bigger and fatter than him. He may have been the little, unlucky puppy in the family all along, never getting enough food and pushed aside from food resources by his stronger siblings. But yesterday, it was Lazarika who had the ultimate luck, being the only survivor. 

 Very soon, Lazarika the miracuous rescue puppy will need a home

I wish the case of Lazarika and his dead brothers would only be one very unfortunate exception. The truth is that this is often the case of how puppies born to stray mothers, or puppies abandoned by their owners on the side of the road, end up. All too often, this is what happens...

In memory of Lazarika's brothers, and the countless puppies who share this fate, please consider donating to our Ploiesti Neutering Challenge. So no more puppies would be born to suffer and end up like this!