Romania’s stray dog situation is a complex problem which has been well publicised in recent years. When IAPWA first visited there, the animal welfare issues were very apparent. However, we also saw a country full of dedicated individuals and groups working tirelessly with limited resources to give these dogs a better life and we wanted to help.
The stray dog problem in Romania worsened in the 1970s when the country-wide move towards urbanisation resulted in many people moving into small apartments and no longer being able to keep their pets. This led to a rise in pet abandonment and over the years, the number of stray dogs increased as these abandoned pets began breeding freely, until their numbers were out of control.
The inhumane dog culls in the early 2000s led to an increase in private shelters and sanctuaries taking in dogs to try and protect them. As a result many dogs are housed long-term in shelters that are often struggling, without enough homes for them all to go to. Those still on the streets remain at constant risk of disease and injury, or capture and euthanasia.
We believe that to create lasting change, various factors need to be addressed together to provide a range of solutions for the many issues present. Alongside our UK and Romanian partners, we’re committed to creating a positive impact in the long term whilst also tackling immediate welfare needs. This will be delivered one region at a time through a comprehensive programme, the core elements of which are shown below.
Joanne Mackenzie, Programme Manager
Romania Project: 2021
2021 was a key year for our Romania project and we are delighted to share some of the highlights below:
WATCH: A Day In The Life Of A Romania Neutering Campaign
This year is an ambitious one for our Romania Project, with our team aiming to spay and neuter over 3,000 dogs and cats through our campaigns. We recently completed our first Romania neutering campaign of 2022, organised by our Project Coordinator, Georgiana, and in collaboration with Animal Life Sibiu where the team neutered a total of 502 animals.
Of course, any successful neutering campaign requires volunteers in well defined roles to ensure the entire process runs smoothly. We couldn’t carry out such crucial work without the support of our amazing volunteers.
A huge thank you to everyone involved!
Goals for 2022 and beyond
2022 is going to be an incredibly exciting and impactful year for our Romania Project and we’re delighted to be able to share some of those plans with you below:
Thanks to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home
We’re grateful for all the support Battersea Dogs and Cats Home have provided to IAPWA for this project and look forward to continuing to work with them in 2022.
Donate to help animals in Romania today
If you would like to make a difference to the lives of animals in Romania, support our work with a donation today. With your support we can make an even bigger difference to the lives of thousands of strays who need our help.
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