This newsletter is dedicated to Elizabeth (the crippled dog
that had to be euthanized), Ema, the Aguilar family dog, and
Gaby, Melanie Martin's beloved dog.
Now that the Spay Day 2010 event is over (finally!), we
can focus on the MAJOR Spayathon that RAR is doing in
Bucharest and Tecuci, and for a shelter in Moldovia. Our
goal is 500 dogs to be spayed/neutered, but our wish is
to have the funds to spay/neuter 1000 dogs, puppies,
cats, kittens! We will have the surgeons, Dr. Olson from
the USA, Dr. Aurelian and Dr. Pepe from Romania,
volunteers from GIA in Bucharest, and volunteers from
Asociatia Pentru Protectia Animalelor Tomita in Tecuci.
Our vets will be spaying/neutering in all three
locations, as well as training vets in Tecuci on
surgical procedures using absorbable suture material and
We have enough funding for 500 spay/neuter procedures
now, but we really need more funds so that this will be
a remarkably outstanding event! It will be the biggest
of its kind in Romania!
Nancy Janes, President, CEO and Founder
Romania Animal Rescue, Inc.
I traveled to Hateg, which is a very interesting place
in the heart of Romania. In this area ruins and signs of
the old Dacian kingdom can be found. Here you can also
the oldest church in Romania built on the ruins of
an old Roman temple.
We are looking forward to our mid April Spayathon in
Bucharest and also on the Spayathon training trip to
Tecuci. We are now starting to announce the event to the
interested citizens and appointments are being done. The
team will be Dr. Aurelian, Dr. Pepe, and Dr Olson. We
plan to alter around 100 animals a day. This event will
definitely count as one of the most important animal
welfare projects in 2010. Ciao, the little prince, won
the HSUS Photo competition. Thanks to all the people who
donated, we will be able to spay and neuter more than
1000 animals this year. A big thank you to all the
wonderful donors who support our work and give a chance
to the poor Romanian animals.
Aurelian Stefan, D.V.M
Photo of the Month
Dita's adopted dog is almost 10 kg now and quite healthy. He
has had his vaccinations, so we are starting the walks and
working on housebreaking.
Spay Day Photo Contest
Ciao, the Romanian gas station dog, won the Spay Day
Thanks to all the donors and for Rory digging into
savings for the final push to make Ciao the winner of
the contest! Why is this so important?
Dr. Aurelian will attend all the Genesis Awards events,
meeting influential people and celebrities and making
them aware of the plight of all the animals in Romania.
He will go to pre-event galas, the exclusive pre-party
event, the Awards ceremony, and the after-party, all
with Romania information! Finally, the world will
recognize the situation in Romania! This has been a
major investment for us all including for Rory and
myself, and I know it will succeed! Thank you so much!!
Thank you all for your help and for voting for Ciao,
Anna Marie and Samantha!!!
Sadly, Elizabeth, Ema
This dog had to be put to sleep. We named her Elizabeth.
Thank you, Daniela, for bringing her to our attention.
We wish we could have found her a home.
The Aguilars lost Ema, one of the first Romanian puppies
we brought to California. She died of liver failure.
Gaby lived to be almost 4 years.
We are very grateful to the wonderful RAR team, who is so
dedicated to saving stray animals. Thanks to them and with
the help of their donors, our Tecuci organization can come
to the rescue of suffering strays and reduce the number of
unwanted animals. With the help of Romania Animal Rescue
donors, we have been able to treat many sick animals and
find them a new home. At the end of April, the RAR team will
come to Tecuci and perform a week long, free spay campaign.
This is a big accomplishment for our small town and we want
to present a big thank you to you all, and to Dr. Olson, Dr.
Aurelian and Dr. Pepe, who will spay/neuter hundreds of dogs
and exchange knowledge with the local vets.
Our organization went through hard times with the loss of a
three month old puppy named Tomita. Tomita was named for our
charity, but unfortunately Tomita was taken from us by
distemper. We hope that in the future, we will be able to
provide more help for animals in need and place them in
loving families. We are working towards making online
donations possible as well as an English version of our
site, for animal lovers outside the country to be able to
help if they want to. Our organization is very determined to
accomplish the goal we set, which is to help as many animals
as possible by offering treatment, spay or neuter and
finding them adoptive families.
Asociatia Pentru Protectia Animalelor, "Tomita"
Gazeta de Sud
Gazeta de Sud (Gazette of the South [Romania]) wrote an article
on the need to spay/neuter strays in Romania. You can
read the original article or read the following English
a civilized program, supported by Romania Animal Rescue,
doctors of the Family Vet, helped by the association "Hope
for Animals" in Craiova, spayed and neutered 100 stray dogs
It was 8 AM when they started their work. The lists were
made long before. Each volunteer knew their duties.
Frightened, trying to struggle, but without despair, dogs
climbed one after another the steps to the veterinarian
clinic on Stefan cel Mare Street. The waiting room smelled
of fear. The last one to came to his feet was brought in by
a shivering woman, holding his head high, as if trying to
prevent him from hurting the hand that stroked him. Beyond
the lobby stood the table on which he would be anesthetized
with a spray. In a few seconds, after the sting of the
needle, his whimper led to sleep. In a short time, it would
be his turn on the operation table.
"It is the only method of population control to consider.
Let's kill is not a solution. If tomorrow all dogs in
Craiova disappear, in a short time others will be brought by
people from outlying villages, who did not want to keep or
deal with adoption. With sterilization, the certainty that
the growing number will be controlled", said, while closing
the cut, doctor Aurelian Stefan.
More Than 6000 Sterilizations
They are seen each day on wide streets subsisting on food
from garbage piles. Sometimes, they dare to approach us.
Sometimes, they growl and bark, remembering the fear of
beatings or maltreatment they have suffered. Veterinarians
removed mucus from one dog's eyes. The dog shook her head to
remove a wire wound tightly around her neck. But their death
is not a solution for civilized people in the 21st century.
Sterilization is a method of common sense, the only one that
can reduce the number of animals who live on the streets of
the city. In Craiova, a family helps 100 dogs, female and
male, brought in from ordinary volunteers to a veterinary
clinic. The program sponsored by Romania Animal Rescue
(slowly) takes place at a global level. Since 2004, they
have sterilized more than 6,000 stray animals throughout the
Romania Animal Rescue Foundation
Romanian Residents: You can donate up
to 2% of your taxes to a charity of your choice. To
donate to Romania Animal Rescue Foundation,
print and fill out this form, and
include RARF's registration number: 24829694. Include
this form with your tax declaration.
Donations can be sent to the following:
IBAN Number: RO86RZBR
ACCOUNT Number: 0000060011177707
B-Dul Decebel Nr 16 Bl S5, Tornson II si III, Sec 3
Where Are They Now?
Where Will They Be?
Ursu was one of the "Lords of the Streets" adopted by Leslie.
Ursu was born on the streets of Bucharest. He now lives in
Michigan on the shore of Lake Superior.
Fetita (Little Girl) was owned and loved by an elderly woman who
was dying. Before going to the hospital, she gave Fetita to a
"friend" who promised to care for the little dog. The elderly
woman died, and the "friend" dumped Fetita on the streets.
Fetita became pregnant, and gave birth to her puppies in a
shack. The puppies were found by a worker in the area who
discovered they had not eaten for days. When the man picked up
the puppies, he heard Fetita barking and went to find her. She
had been hit by a car, which was why she had not returned to
tend to her puppies. Fetita's luck was about to turn.
Marina, an avid animal lover from Arad, Romania, had heard of
Fetita and her predicament. She and her friends took the puppies
and nursed them to health. Marina brought Fetita to a local
animal welfare charity, Animed Arad, whose resident
veterinarian, Claudiu Iosim, amputated Fetita's left rear leg
and spayed her. He brought her to his home to monitor her
recovery. Meanwhile, the puppies were being adopted, but no one
wanted a mama dog with 3 legs. Marina contacted Romania Animal
Rescue for help with Fetita.
News about this dog spread. Supporters of local shelters sought
the right connections who would help this dog find a loving
home. Martine, a long-time donor to APAM, was one such person.
She also contacted RAR's Nancy Janes. Fetita needed care from a
loving shelter while the charities petitioned supporters to see
if anyone would adopt her. Thanks to Martine's suggestion, Nancy
contacted Cristina at the APAM shelter. Cristina took Fetita
into her shelter with loving care.
This story has touched people around the world, but one
Wisconsin animal lover, Margaret, heard of Fetita's story and
committed to adopting her. RAR and APAM are working together to
transport Fetita to the United States. It takes time to work out
the logistics of shipping animals, so additional support was
needed to complete this story. Nancy will bring Fetita to
America with her in May! She will be fostered in California by a
supportive couple, Dave and Sanda. They will care for Fetita
while Nancy schedules her transport to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for
adoption with Margaret. Fetita, now named Natasha, will live
happily ever after with the love and security of our wonderful
friend Margaret! Thank you everyone who helped make this one
life worth saving!
Thank you all who donated to
Help Labus - they still need your help!
Thank you Laura, Rob, Elizabeth, Dr. A, Suzanne, Rory, Cristina,
Christina, Dita, Gosia,Bonnie, Charlotte, Joanne of Big Dawgs
Rescue (Livermore, CA), Anonymous Donor, Mary and Bill, Annick,
Dorothy, Margaret, Gael, Eugen, Rick, On Shore Foundation,
Lynnie, Lilly, Veronica, Meredith, Eleanora, Mo, Ellen, Frannie,
Kathleen, Bonnie, Hava, Suzy, Alice, Anamaria, Judi, Mangala,
Jane, Mary and Bill, Janet, Diana, Rebecca, John, Nan, Rory,
Penny, Connie, Bianca, Eleanora, and Margaret.
Thank you, Jamie Ray from ROMP San Francisco, for the donation
of all the great supplies for Romania!
Thank you, Dr. Jeanne Olson from Alaska, for your shipment of
supplies for Romania!
Thank you, Kathleen, for your donation of supplies!
Thank you, Dita, for your donation of supplies!
Thank you to HSUS/HSI for the Alice Morgan Wright - Edith Goode
Trust grant for Spay Day 2010 costs!
Thank you, Keith Tyler of Merial, for donations of Previcox,
HeartGard and vaccines!
Special thanks to Jane for her generous gift to "Neuter or Spay!
No More Strays!"
What We Need Now
Nancy has boxes of milk replacer, dog crates, and surgical
supplies to send to Romania. She will take some of them with her
as "extra baggage" when she goes to Romania in April to
volunteer for the three-week Spayathon event. Any help with
baggage fees sure would be welcomed! We would also like to
spay/neuter up to 1000 dogs over the next few Spayathons.
Your donations would help us meet those goals. Please
contact Nancy to see how you can help. Thank you!
By the way, Romania Animal Rescue donors are the most wonderful
donors in the world! Kelly O'Meara of HSI told me in a
"Nancy, I have been all over and met hundreds of dogs. I
have to say the Romanian dogs are the sweetest and most
forgiving I have ever met." I think our wonderful donors
have found their perfect matches to support!
You can donate up to 2% of
your taxes to a charity of your choice. To donate to
Romania Animal Rescue Foundation,
print and fill out this form, and include RARF's
registration number: 24829694. Include this form with
your tax declaration.
Donations can be sent to the following:
IBAN Number: RO86RZBR
Account Number: 0000060011177707
Raiffesen Bank, B-Dul Decebel Nr 16 Bl S5, Tornson II si
III, Sec 3