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June 2012

Romania Animal Rescue, Inc
Romania Animal Rescue, Inc.
8000 Morgan Territory Rd.
Livermore, CA 94550

Tax ID: 72-1546354


15,000 Spay/Neuter Procedures Funded »  

Congratulations to our wonderful donors! You have helped us spay/neuter 15,178 animals since 2004. We are proud of your support in getting us to this milestone. While spay/neuter is at the core of improving the welfare of animals, we provide much needed help to the animals and people in Romania, thanks to your considered contributions. This map shows the cities and towns we have helped with all of our services, including spay/neuter, school education, veterinarian training, veterinary care, adoption, and shelter support. We thank all of you for being a key part of this success!

In June, RAR worked in Ploiesti for Alex Ionescu's group, in Giurgiu for Iulia Capatina Animal Rescue, and in Craiova with Sperantu Pentru Animale Craiova.
Arlinda Willis, Bosco, and Sherlock

This newsletter is dedicated to Rob Cole's girlfriend, Arlinda Willis, who lost her battle with cancer on June 28. She was a professional model and dancer, and won Cleveland's first Black Model Beauty Pageant in 1970. Arlinda donated to many animal and children welfare charities over the years.

We also want to dedicate this newsletter to Carla Naden's beloved dog, Bosco, and Sherlock, beloved dog of Keith and Jane Lassner, who died of cancer at only five years old.

You are all so missed, and so very much loved.

Dear Romania Animal Supporters »  

Dear Friends of Romania Animal Rescue,

This newsletter will tell more of our great work for animal welfare in Romania. Thank you for reading it! I was recently asked to write a report about the importance of spaying and neutering in animal welfare.

In thinking about this presentation, my mind was full of the sadness and the suffering I have witnessed from the animals that did not have to be born in Romania to live a tortured life. The mother dogs who have given birth to litters upon litters of puppies, living their lives just to try to get enough nourishment to feed their pups and the new puppies that they are again pregnant with. I have seen females in heat being raped and ravaged by packs of male dogs. It is seen often on the streets and allies in Romania. Their lives are only as puppy producing machines. The puppies are born to suffer in a world that does not want them nor will provide for them.

I have also seen the results of our spay/neuter programs in Romania. Every time another animal is spayed or neutered it is a reason to rejoice: Females no longer having to fend for a family, no longer having to worry about being raped by a pack of male dogs while in heat time after time again. Finally, the female dog can gain some nourishment and live a life free of the endless burdens of litters. For the males, neutering diminishes their testosterone levels, making them less aggressive and less of a danger to humans or other animals.

For centuries humans have had to deal with unwanted stray animals, whether through drowning, shooting, or poisoning the unwanted “pests”. With the introduction of spay/neuter, these means are now deemed obsolete, as they do not solve the problem in the first place.

Culling of animals simply removes those animals from a location that was a viable food source, allowing other animals to move in and take over this vacated area and begin reproducing. As has been witnessed time and time again in Romania, particularly in Bucharest where mass killings of dogs has been unsuccessfully tried a number of times, this approach does not solve the problem in any way. It may rid the streets of strays temporarily, but the strays will return, whether from abandonment by pet owners who cannot afford to have their animals spayed/neutered, or from other strays that migrate to the now “cleansed” areas to reproduce.

According to Dogs on Death Row and PETA, each unspayed female dog and her offspring can potentially produce up to 67,000 puppies in her seven year lifespan. Granted, most of these puppies will not live to maturity, and will suffer the diseases that inflict great misery such as parvo, distemper, hepatitis, along with infestations of parasites and being involved in accidents.

It is our opinion that the most humane way to help the stray animals is to provide the means for them not to reproduce, i.e. no more suffering puppies or kittens. There are a number of very qualified vets now who are becoming world-renowned for their skills at high volume, safe, and sterile spay/neuter procedures, and Romania Animal Rescue is fortunate enough to be able to work with 3 of these vets in Romania:

  • Dr. Aurelian Stefan, DVM
  • Dr. Petrisor Stefan, DVM, and
  • Dr. Irina Corbu, DVM

These vets not only provide spay/neuter services for our charity but also train other vets from around the world on how to perform safe and humane spay/neuter using the highest standards and best skills.

Thank you for taking the time to read about the importance of spay/neuter for animal welfare and well-being.

Nancy Janes

Summer has come and temperatures beyond 100°F are an everyday reality. RAR's spay and neuter team endured the heat and went to a shelter in Giurgiu county, where spay and neuter was badly needed. We provided free spay and neuter both for the shelter animals and for individuals living in the village nearby, and in this way preventing litters to be abandoned at the shelter as previously happened. We were extremely happy to find out that people had the intention to spay and neuter their animals, but there was no small animal veterinarian in the area skilled enough to do the job.

This makes our training programs most valuable as we manage to train veterinarians that will be proficient in small animal surgery and they help locally in their living areas. It is the basic things that improve a dog's life to the max, and you our wonderful donors make that happen. You are our poor animals' hope and I thank you for standing by us and supporting our work in Romania.

Yours, Dr. A
Aurelian Stefan, D.V.M



Last month we reached an astounding goal of funding more than 15,000 spay/neuter procedures. I want to thank you, donors, for making this success possible.

Over the past few years, the number of spay/neuter procedures per year has increased to nearly 5,000 performed last year. That is a lot of suture material, gauze, and hours spent on our four-legged friends. For animal lovers, we know that this effort is well worth it. Compassion and quality of life is not reserved only for humans, but to be shared among all of God's creatures.

When Romania Animal Rescue started in 2004, spay/neuter was not a common response to Romania's problem of the overpopulation of stray dogs. It took time to show Romania that spay/neuter can make a difference in their lives. RAR persisted, knowing that in time people will notice the positive results. With the support of visionary mayors, RAR began to gain the trust of the people that spay/neuter was a better alternative to euthanasia.

Although slower to realize at first, spay/neuter gradually reduces the stray population for a longer period of time, maintaining an equilibrium in the proportion of discarded food to animals. The mayors and citizens see the difference that we have made.

Other towns are taking note and asking for assistance as well. When we visited Botosani in May, six other towns contacted RAR to have us run a spayathon with them.

The message in Romania is spreading that spay/neuter works. RAR has funded spay/neuter in more than 30 cities and towns around Romania. In order to support successful spayathons in this growing number of towns, we must broaden our support back home. We need this message to spread to your family and friends as well. Tell them of the good work we have been doing, and point them to our website to find out more, Supporting RAR with family and friends has a better impact for the animals, for Romania, and for you.

Keep up the great work,
Rob Cole, Webmaster,
Romania Animal Rescue, Inc.


Message from Toby »  

Thank you, Ruth Osborne, for putting this ad together. Toby had a broken front leg at about 14 weeks old. Although the bone healed, the ligaments in the other front leg are stretched and not as tight as they should be. He is about 5 1/2 months old now and is under the care of Speranta Pentru Animale Craiova.

Hi, I'm Toby from Romania

To get me into a nice new home and off the street can cost around €500 (800 USD, 500 GBP), which doesn't even include the vet fees for repairing my broken leg!

For this amount, Romania Animal Rescue can spay 37 females, which means after 1 year, 576 puppies can be saved from suffering like I have.

Our Thanks »  

We would like to send out a huge thank you to all our supporters. Without your help we could not achieve anything in Romania! Thank you!

Thank you to Keith Tyler and Merial for their outstanding donations of Previcox, HeartGard, and Frontline, as well as Advantix. I don't know what we would do without those donations really!

We would also like to thank the Mayhew Animal Home in London for funding the printing of 1000 educational booklets in Romania once again for Romania Animal Rescue! Thank you, Mayhew Animal Home!

Love to you,
Nancy Janes,
President, CEO and Founder
Romania Animal Rescue, Inc.
(United States, Tax ID: 72-1546354)


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