Before the industrialization wave that swept Romania in the 1960s, Romania was an agrarian society. Their farms depended upon animals that were healthy and well taken care of. It is a tradition that had found equilibrium between humans and the their environment. Unfortunately a side effect from the industrialization of the country brought a concentrated number of dogs together, and their population exponentially multiplied.
For 11 years, Romania Animal Rescue, Inc. (RAR) has advocated the humane benefits of spay/neuter to reduce the number of un-adopted animals that get discarded to the streets. We have developed a combination of four campaigns: Spay/Neuter with Animal Spay/Neuter International, Animal Care with Homeless Animal Hospital, Veterinary Training with Veterinary Training Camp, and Education Booklets with Mayhew International. These campaigns work together to educate communities and provide the means for effecting humane change.
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Spay/neuter is more than a sterilization procedure. It is a promise to the animals that surround us that we care for their well-being. Each guardian who brings their animal(s) to a Romania Animal Rescue spayathon tells their community that they choose the humane path. That decision is infectious, as they tell their neighbors how this simple procedure does more to prevent overpopulation than "euthanasia" initiatives.
RAR started helping just two towns, Braila and Galati, but with the support of individual donors have expanded that aid to nearly 60 towns. We cannot overcome 50 years of animal population explosion alone. We need the financial support of our donors, and local Romanian communities that are willing to try a new approach, a better approach to caring for their animals.
To fix any problem, we must address the cause, not just the symptoms. Animal spay/neuter stops overpopulation at the source.
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Dear RAR and ASNI Friends,
June was one of the busiest months ever for our work in Romania. At times three simultaneous campaigns were running for free spay/neuter! This outstanding charity is able to reach so many animals and help them. The Dream Team has made this a true dream come true!
With this comes more work, as more and more people learn of Romania Animal Rescue, more requests for help come in, from all corners of the country. We try to never refuse help. I hope that with your continued support we can maintain and expand the great work we have been able to provide.
Thank you with all my heart! Nancy Janes
Ramnicu Sarat Loves Their Cats (and Dogs)
June is officially a summer month here and the RAR Dream Team managed to operate on close to 1000 animals, which takes us close to 27,000 surgeries in total. All this with your help! June was the month we helped in Harsova and in Bistrita and I started getting involved in a Triathlon challenge to promote the cause of so many animals in need and for the main solution: Spaying and neutering! I decided to continue running for the animals and spread the word about our wonderful work. We decided to have our first ever Spay Day at the seaside to provide spay and neuter for the dogs wondering the beaches in Ararch for food and water. We will work towards reducing thirst and misery right where it starts--with the unwanted litters! Come join us in our tireless effort to help in all the places we have been requested to come and we shall go there where no one has gone before--the remotest parts of the country from seaside to the western border. We are so happy that you support our work and that you are generating so much difference in people's minds and soul!
God bless you! Dr. Aurelian Stefan, DVM ASNI/RAR General Manager, Familyvet Veterinary Clinic
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The RAR Map of Romania
Your support has brought us to each of these towns for one or more of our animal welfare services: Spay/neuter, school education, veterinarian training, veterinary care, adoption, and shelter support.
June Spay/Neuters Funded for RAR: 968
968 spay/neuter procedures funded in Bistrita, Craiova, Maoland/Harsova, Suplac, Tg. Jiu, Tecuci, Tunari, Vatra Dornei, and a few for an impoverished homeless UK man (6) and impoverished USA people (2) as part of ASNI.
We would like to welcome Tunari and Suplac to our family of Romanian towns that support the well-being of their pets. We look forward to working with you in the future.
TOTAL: 27,822. Thank You!
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Let the fashion police slap a band on you! These wristbands are a bright yellow that is sure to attract attention and start a conversation about spay/neuter in Romania. The phrase "Neuter & Spay -- Not Born To Stray" is stamped in blue around the wristband. They are £2 plus shipping (£1 within the UK, outside the UK, please ask). You can make your payment via PayPal to
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Dr. Aurelian Stefan exchanged his scalpel for neoprene in Mangalia, Romania's triathlon last weekend. Thank you, Dr. A, for raising spay/neuter and homeless animal care awareness by participating in such a challenging race. The following is Dr. A's account of how he got involved in the race.
RAR received a cry for help to do a spayathon in Mangalia a small city in Romania by the Black Sea. While I was talking with the city officials I found out that they are hosting a Triathlon event. I am no athlete but I thought it was a good moment to promote the spay and neuter cause and to raise funds towards the poor animals we treat in our Homeless Animal Hospital project.
We are glad you swam, cycled, and ran your way to the finish line in under two hours, all to promote spay/neuter and animal care. Dr. Aurelian's participation has raised €921.50 Euro, £45.50 pounds, $1150.00 for Romania Animal Rescue and Homeless Animal Hospital.
Thank you RAR donors, Maz, and Sue Roberts for funding this immense campaign! Thank you to the best people I know who work tirelessly and endlessly to help the animals by traveling to locations hours or days away and providing excellent skilled surgeries for one reason: To stop the suffering of unwanted animals! Bless YOU Dream Team!
Pictured above is Ruth Osborne, herding cats, a mother with one of her puppies, and a man who came to our spayathon because he was tired of killing puppies that could not be homed. Not only is spay/neuter healthier for the animals, it is better for the human psyche!
Let's welcome Suplac to our growing number of towns that choose to spay/neuter their pets to lower the stray animal population. Suplac is a peasant village, located in the historic Transylvania region of Romania. Suplac has no vets and no access to help. With RAR's free spay/neuter program and our Homeless Animals Hospital, we can help more animals.
Please help Romania Animal Rescue to continue our spay/neuter campaigns in Tecuci, Romania. The animals are counting on you. Watch the video on Youtube.
Our spay packs are getting dull from so much use. Spay packs are a collection of forceps, scissors, hemostats, and other surgical instruments needed to spay animals. They cost about €185/£150/$250 each, but with good sterilization techniques we can make them last several years. We are taking up a collection to purchase 50 new spay packs. Any amount you can contribute will help us continue to spay/neuter animals that minimizes their discomfort.
Homeless Animal Hospital provides animal care to street animals. Often, they are survivors of car accidents, emaciated, or infested with parasites.
A worker from a local animal charity had found this dog in Bucharest. He brought it to Homeless Animal Hospital for immediate treatment. The dog, Haiduc, is gaining both strength and weight since the surgery.
The Romanian shepherd dog is generally seen as a proud symbol of this country. But in fact their fate is too often very sad. We found this one in a terrible state, completely exhausted, waiting for the end in the grass. At the vet the examination showed an otitis with a terribly inflamed ear, with puss draining from the ear on the neck. In the hot summer day the flies laid their eggs and soon the maggots started their destructive work. This time death was narrowly avoided. This dog that now weighs only 18 kilograms while his normal weight should be around 50 still has hope for a new life. We called him Haiduc (Outlaw).
Timmy was brought into the Homeless Animals Hospital program in Bucharest for treatment. As you can see, he lost the use of his leg and has been dragging it. We knew something had to be done as soon as possible so that he will not get infections, flies and maggot infestation. Timmy will undergo amputation of this leg as he cannot use it. He also has been diagnosed with heart worms, and we will treat for this as well. Timmy will also be up for adoption.
Thank you to our wonderful donors and supporters! Look at all we have been able to accomplish thanks to your support! Now more than ever we need your help, as in Romania the killing is ongoing. Let's not give them any animals to kill. Let's stop the abandonment once and for all!Neuter or Spay! No More Strays! No more suffering, no more killing!
Thank you to all who have donated to us. Thank you to Sue, Maz, Sue and Family, Diane, People 4 Pets, Mayhew International, all the great supporters of Dr. Aurelian's Triathlon and Birthday Wish.
We are able to achieve amazing goals only through your continued support. You have helped us reach out to even more communities. Thank you very much for all your help.
With Love, Nancy Janes President, CEO and Founder Romania Animal Rescue, Inc. (United States, Tax ID: 72-1546354)
Romania Animal Rescue, Inc. dba Animal Spay/Neuter International is a California Nonprofit Corporation with IRS 501(c)(3) tax code exempt status. Tax ID 72-1546354 Animal Spay and Neuter International is a Registered Charity (1157935) registered in England.