Thursday, May 10, 2012

Ploiesti Neutering Challenge Day 3

On Tuesday, May 8th, we held Day 3 of the Ploiesti Neutering Challenge. Twenty animals were neutered (15 dogs and 5 cats), raising the total number of sterilizations performed in this campaign to 63. Looking back, I am amazed with the support received all throughout the way since we've launched the Ploiesti Neutering Challenge on March 30th. In less than 6 weeks, TOGETHER, we've helped 63 animals not reproduce anymore, and prevented countless puppies and kittens from being born to a miserable and uncertain life in the streets.

Twenty souls (and me) give thanks to the ones that made Day 3 possible with their donation: Ulrike and Pieter and their dear Finchie, the organization SterilizeDogs and Jacqueline and Maria, the organization Help4Strays and Wouter, Claudia and her dear Nikita, Bianca, Andrea, Carole, Susann, Michael, Jette, Michaela.

So how did Day 3 go? Let's see. This time the FPCC team was away in a different part of Romania, but they kindly allowed us to use their clinic. It was Dr Pepe Stefan who came to Ploiesti to perform the surgeries instead. A bit about Dr Pepe: he graduated first in his vet class and is an absolutely brilliant veterinary surgeon with much compassion for the animals. See the animals benefiting from Ploiesti Neutering Challenge Day 3, and Dr Pepe at work:

The first 6 female dogs of the day!

The following 6 dogs to be sterilized!

Two more lovely ladies waiting for their turn to be spayed

Dr Pepe at work performing tiny, delicate surgeries

That's how small the surgery looks

And a more complicated lateral surgery for a female dog that had a hernia

The 5 cats recovering post surgery

We were at the clinic all day, but it's hard to describe in words the amazing feel-good feeling I had when the day was over. Twenty more animals sterilized, countless puppies and kittens helped by preventing their birth.

Close your eyes, imagine a little puppy hit by cars in traffic, severely injured but not dead yet, crying with distress and being in excruciating pain while trying to crawl to safely, to his mom and siblings on the side of the road. Now open your eyes and acknowledge that this puppy does not exist anymore- his suffering was prevented entirely because he wasn't born at all. A big gasp of relief. This is precisely the aim of our Ploiesti Neutering Challenge: to prevent such unnecessary suffering of countless innocent souls, by preventing their birth through spay and neuter. Together, we can achieve this. Until there will be literally no more puppies born to suffer and die like this. Do you believe in miracles? This one is within our reach!

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