Saturday, November 24, 2012

More sterilizations and much needed dog food

We here at RSDP are like Duracell bunnies, always busy to help more and more animals. Yesterday, November 23rd, was a typical day for us. We had 8 animals sterilized from donations (7 dogs and 1 cat) by the FPCC vet team, which raises the total count of free sterilizations we provided as part of our Ploiesti Neutering Challenge up to 310. Many thanks to Help4Strays NL, Dog's Wish NL, Riitta and YuenFan who made these 8 sterilizations possible!

Vice-president Gabriela brought in one recently abandoned female dog for a free sterilization

The wonderful FPCC vet team operating away yesterday one of the 8 animals

One dog and one cat recovering yesterday after getting sterilized

Later we went to buy much needed dog food for the stray dogs we look after in the streets of Ploiesti. Thank you dearly to Silvia, YuenFan and Anna for the 70 kilos of dry dog food and 1 can of wet food we could buy!

Just another day at RSDP, aside from the full time jobs and full time family lives we have.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Ploiesti Neutering Challenge November 2012

Never giving up on them - we love them by preventing their suffering

For the rest of November Romanian Stray Dogs Ploiesti hopes to sterilize at least 20 more animals with your help. Because Ploiesti is already a sorely overpopulated town, and because the ruthlessness of this coming winter will be impossible to bear for many newborn pups. Why allow them to be born so they suffer and die in freezing temperatures?

We can really prevent such suffering. It's really in our hands!

One sterilization, plus catch, transport to and from the vet clinic, and 2 days of post surgery care at the FPCC clinic, cost a total of 90 RON, or about 26.5 USD including paypal fees. And any tiny bit of help will be so valuable to the animals in desperate need of sterilization.

I would like to conclude this with quotes from Dr Jeffrey Young' blog, a person I highly respect and admire, a true champion of spay and neuter as only means to solve the overpopulation problem and so much unnecessary suffering of innocent beings (the entire article can be found here:

"Sheltering, warehousing, and adopting will never solve the overpopulation problem but its great for business. For over 200 years, we have had the same approach & we have still failed. There are a lot of groups worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Their only goal should be to put themselves out of business- not to get richer, bigger, and less efficient. The only real progress over the last twenty years has come from so many small groups & veterinarians like myself who have dedicated themselves to low cost spay/neuter. Coupled with a more aware and sophisticated society in general."

"The only way to move forward is to reduce the number of surplus companion animals. Yes, we need stronger animal cruelty laws, we need more public education, but more than anything we need fewer companion animals born. Anyone who takes overpopulation seriously must push hard and use their financial & political influence to advance spay/neuter."

"My goal at the end of the day is not to feel warm and fuzzy, but to know in some small way I have helped to eliminate future suffering, neglect, and death. All wars have casualties but in the end it should be about the greater good and reduction of pain and suffering."

How much suffering will you prevent this winter?

You can also donate directly via paypal at:

Thank you from the heart!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The ugly side of Romania

I have debated a really long time with myself whether to post this article. But it's our daily reality and it should be told. This blog tends to present the happy cases in my own spirit of always focusing on the positive. In effect, this blog only shows the tip of the iceberg, a small amount of all the work we do. Now it is time to tell the other stories as well.

Story 1. Dog poisoned last December and dumped at a garbage collection point, in between life and death, having convulsions and vomiting blood. I called the vet and the only thing that we could do for him at that point was to humanely put him to sleep so his suffering would be over.

Story 2. A dog we called Totto, a dog that is always in the street. Turns out this dog actually has a family and a home. We had found a foster opportunity for Totto and we went to talk with this supposed family of his to allow us to rescue Totto. They did not even want to hear about it, they said Totto was their dog. In many Romanians' mentality, it's totally ok to allow your dog to roam the streets freely. This dog continues to be in the street for 90% of the time, hungry and looking for food.

Story 3. Babushka, a tiny super sweet older female dumped in the street like worthless garbage. We could tell she had been someone's beloved pet and had only lived inside. It's very likely her original owner passed away and the inheritors simply disposed of Babushka in the street. Not used to the street, Babushka developed pneumonia, then went into heat. Luckily, she was rescued and after a few months in our care, she is now happily adopted and doing really well again.

Story 4. An old Cocker Spaniel female dumped by the train tracks when she got old and developed a mammary tumor. My friend Gabriela and vice-president of RSDP took her in foster care and to the vet where this girl's mammary tumor was treated and removed, at Gabriela's expense. She died a few weeks later naturally, but at least she died loved and cared for.

Story 5. Yet another abandoned pup found alone and roaming the streets. Apart from the cruelty involved in abandoning them like this in the streets, the person who dumped her like this also cut her tail off before dumping her. Cruelty to the max. And a very common story here.

Story 6. Mom Piki and her 5 pups dumped on the side of the road, mom still wearing a collar. Many people dump their female dogs and unwanted pups instead of simply having their female dog sterilized. Also a painfully common Romanian story.

Story 7. Puppy Ruby thrown over the fence in someone else's courtyard. Some people think they rescue an animal by simply disposing of it in someone else's garden, passing on the responsibility to someone else and moving on.

Story 8. Stray born pups and abandoned pups galore, everywhere you go in Ploiesti. Especially in parks and by garbage collection points.

Puppy Benny abandoned with his 3 siblings at a garbage collection point, full of fleas and ticks

Puppy Snowy, dumped all alone on freezing temperatures in snow bigger than her

Puppy Princess Sissy, abandoned by the road and being hit by a car shortly after

Story 9. Sweet Onbe, a young tiny female dog also abandoned in Ploiesti. We know for sure that a man working in the area where she was dumped grabbed her by the neck and threw her to the ground because "he enjoyed hearing dogs squeal in pain." Such psychopathic tendencies against animals in Romania tend to almost never get punished, hence abuse continues. Now Onbe is safe in my apartment at the moment.

Story 10. Sweet Papito/Lavinia, born into the home of a wonderful Chinese lady that lived temporarily in Ploiesti. As Papito grew, her owner had to leave Romania for good and was unable to take the dog with her. Her owner agreed with a neighbor to take Papito in and adopt her, leaving the neighbor money and bags of dog food for her. The Chinese lady left, and the following day the neighbor threw Papito out in the streets, totally forgetting about the commitment to care for Papito. Luckily, we could rescue Papito and now she is happily re-homed in Holland.

There is something inherently wrong with Romanian culture if such cases of abuse and neglect are so pervasive, so widely accepted, and almost always tolerated by authorities.

We at RSDP try to do everything to change such a culture and prevent more animal suffering, but there is a lot on our shoulders. We focus on educating the new generations in the spirit of humane and responsible treatment towards animals, as well as on free sterilizations in order to prevent more animals from being born to suffer and die like this. But we cannot do it alone. We need your help and support to make substantial changes happen.

Thank you for reading this!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

November dog food drive

Please help registered charity Romanian Stray Dogs Ploiesti feed the street dogs of Ploiesti!

This is a bit of what we do:

Now that winter is setting in, these street dogs need nourishment more than ever in order to survive cold temperatures. We look after dozens of stray dogs and pups in the streets and feed them daily. For the rest of November we would need 5 big bags of dog food for adults, and 2 big bags of puppy food:

The economic food we buy for the street adult dogs in our care:

The economic food we buy for the street pups in our care:

Any bit of help matters for these dogs and pups now that winter has come. Please, consider providing them with a meal so they can survive. Thank you!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Invitation from the heart to Ploiesti, Romania

Winter is coming in Romania, that time of the year when street dogs need our help the most. Help with shelter, help with enough food so that they can make it through in very low temperatures and high snow in the street, help with sterilizations to prevent more unfortunate pups being born in such exceptionally awful conditions.

We at RSDP (registered charity Romanian Stray Dogs Ploiesti) extend an invitation from the heart to all the brave ones who care, who want to help, who want to get informed and see for themselves what it is like to be a Ploiesti street dog and a stray animal rescuer. For nothing compares to gaining first hand impressions and actively making a difference yourself.

We reach out and invite you to Ploiesti to help us with our street dog rescue work in a time when help is needed the most. Next time you are thinking of vacation plans for the next few months, please keep an open mind and consider doing something rather different this year. Thank you!

Pup abandoned all alone in snow bigger than her last winter

 Improvised shelters for street dogs

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Ploiesti Neutering Challenge Day 11

This past week we held Day 11 of our Ploiesti Neutering Challenge. We had only planned to capture 10 stray females in urgent need of sterilization, but we encountered more pregnant females so we ended up with 15 animals at the end of the day: 13 dogs and 2 cats.

What is all the more special is that Day 11 saved the life of one female stray dog. Initially we thought she was pregnant, but when the vet opened her up for the spay surgery, he realized she had pyometra. Also, judging by the state of her internal organs, the vet realized this dog had been a victim of a recent car accident. Fortunately for her, this female stray dog was lucky enough to be picked up by us on Day 11, and then saved from death by the vet. Pretty amazing!

Please have a look at Day 11 in pictures:

 One pregnant stray dog picked up from the street

3 more female dogs picked up on Day 11; the white and orange dog in the front left is the one with pyometra

 Top quality spay surgery using the keyhole incision technique

 Two days later, the dogs were returned into their territories, fully recovered

We also fed them when returning them into their territories

Day 11 was sponsored by Help4Strays, Dog's Wish, Zoe, Greet and Menno and their canine family. Thank you dearly to you all!

So let's see where we are in our total count of the Ploiesti Neutering Challenge. A total of 281 animals were helped in the first 10 days of sterilizations, then 6 more animals received emergency sterilizations in the last couple of weeks, and then 15 more animals were sterilized on Day 11. The new total count is at 302!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Bonjour is here to brighten up your life

Add Bonjour into your life so that you'll have a reason to smile from the moment you wake up! And that is a promise.

Who is this Bonjour? He is half doggie and half angel. An exceptionally sweet and laid back 3 month old male pup that would make anyone happy. Here he is:

And to get a more "real" impression of the little guy, here's a short video of him:

A terribly sweet and friendly little guy that will most likely stay small to medium sized when fully grown. Too bad the people that dumped him like worthless garbage in a dilapidated area of Ploiesti did not see in him the diamond shining through. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

One truly good puppy: Quido

Quido is one of those puppies that reaches deep within your heart. They're all special, don't get me wrong, but some of them are just... Extra special. Well, such is Quido. Simply extra special.

He is about 4-4.5 months old now and he's friendly, good natured, affectionate, happy with meeting dogs old and new. And once he is fully healed from scabies and his coat fully grows back, he'll also be quite charming!

Here's a glimpse at Quido's sweet personality in the following videos:

Quido with me

Quido with dogs old and new

Quido whispered in my ear that he'd really like to be home this Christmas, and not spend the winter outside in the cold. He'll be fully prepared to go home at the end of November. Are you Quido's other half?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Educational Day Number 3

Last week I took the lovely educational booklets provided by Romania Animal Rescue to a couple more classes of primary school children in Ploiesti. This time, 34 2nd graders and 25 3rd graders welcomed me for an educational talk, and their enthusiasm and sincere interest really gave me a lot of hope.

The students had lots of questions and they really thought abandoning innocent puppies in the street was a very cruel thing to do

Let me tell you a secret. I am starting to really love this educational program. I believe in it. I have a lot of faith that the new generation, with the right educational tools we try to provide for them, will really make a positive shift in society's attitude towards animals.