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The situation for dogs in Romania is heartbreaking. Many struggle for survival with temperatures reaching as low as -25 in winter. Some freeze to death or become victims of neglect and cruelty. In the largest shelter, there are thousands of dogs, all desperately craving attention and seeking a forever home. But this is just one of many shelters, both private and public and the number of animals needing help unfortunately far outweighs the number of forever homes available.

In 2016, IAPWA began supporting dogs in Romania through co-funding a neutering campaign.  Following a visit to a clinic the following year where we met a dog named Spirit who had been brutally tortured in one of the worst cases of abuse we have seen, we committed to continue and further develop the support we provided, in collaboration with others, to collectively make a difference to as many lives as possible.

We have continued supporting neutering campaigns to reduce the number of puppies being born and have developed plans to expand this programme in the following areas:

  • The launch of a Mobile Veterinary Clinic in 2019, to run alongside our support for neutering programmes in other regions.
  • Support of animals in need with veterinary treatment and care.
  • Assisting with adoption and foster carer programmes.
  • Education and legislative initiatives to create long term change.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this programme. With your continued help we can and will make a difference.

The Dog Rose Project

We are proud to support the Dogs Rose Project which offers a pardise facility for Romanian dogs in need whilst they search for their forever homes. Each morning all of the dogs leave their kennels and spend all day running and playing in a series of large areas with enrichment for them and as part of the next development, volunteer accommodation will be built to invite animal lovers worldwide to come and visit the site and interact with the animals there to help them socialise as part of their journey to their forever home.

Survivor Stories

A True Survivor

We met Spirit in 2017 during a visit to Dog Rescue Romania. She had been found brutally tortured and left for dead in the snow. Her tail and leg had been cut off, her teeth had been extracted, her jaw broken and she had knife wounds around her genitals. Through your support you helped us to raise £1500 to support the clinic with her treatment. She now lives in her forever home in Germany.

Faith and her Family

Faith was rescued in 2017 after finding her foraging for food in the snow. Seeing that she clearly had young puppies, the team searched for hours to find her family before discovering them in an old shed, surrounded by the skulls of other dogs. Faith and all of her puppies were taken to a clinic where they received all of the care they needed and they have now all been adopted.

Ambassadog Stories


We first met Noa at a sanctuary who we had supported within one of our neutering campaigns. Marielle in our Netherlands Team had been looking for a very special puppy to join her 2 other dogs so as she could offer a forever home to a dog who needed support. Shortly after, Noa arrived in the Netherlands and now has an amazing life with her new family.


Kratu, one of our Romanian Ambassadogs and assistance dog to his owner Tess, recently travelled back to Romania where they delivered education sessions to raise awareness about dog welfare and show how incredible Romanian dogs are. Everyone fell in love with Kratu and the sessions were really well received by everyone who attended.

You can read all of our Ambassadog stories here.

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