RAR / ASNI Newsletter August 2015

Romania Animal Rescue, Inc
Romania Animal Rescue, Inc.
DBA Animal Spay/Neuter International

8000 Morgan Territory Rd.
Livermore, CA 94550

US Tax ID: 72-1546354
UK Registered Charity Number: 1157935

Animal Spay/Neuter International


Crowdfunding »

Spay/Neuter in Bulgaria

Our new crowdfunding campaign on LoveAnimals.org is ending in a few days. Now is the best time to contribute to spay/neuter dogs in Bulgaria. For a small donation you can make a huge difference at RAR/ASNI. Here's all you need to do:

  • Visit our crowdfunding page and read about our project. We are trying to raise $5000 to spay/neuter dogs in Bulgaria.
  • Click the donate button and give as much as you feel comfortable providing.
  • Tell your friends. The project has links to social media like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+
  • Sit back and watch our project get funded and know that you made it happen. It's that easy!
  • Thanks again for all of your support. We really appreciate your help and we thank you for participating in this wonderful new technology with us.

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The CFC today is known to be the most inclusive workplace giving campaign in the world with the number of participating charities estimated at over 20,000 nonprofit charitable organizations worldwide. Romania Animal Rescue, Inc. DBA Animal Spay/Neuter International is proud to be one of those charities that the CFC sponsors.



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Newsletter Dedications

We are dedicating this newsletter to Rowdy, the beloved kitty of Diane White, and to Cocoa, the beloved kitty of Charlotte and Dale, who died of a heart attack. Rest in Peace sweet souls, until we meet again.

Dear Romania Animal Supporters »

Dear RAR/ASNI supporters and friends,

Every day we are getting closer to that magic number of 40,000 spays and neuters! Who would have thought this was even achievable a few short years ago? A true testimonial as to what hard work, commitment, and determination can do. Thanks to you, our wonderful donors, for this amazing accomplishment!

Our mobile clinic, HOPE, is off to a running start! She has already been to villages such as Rosiori, Ceacu, Tantava, Oltenita, as well as helping in small campaigns for impoverished peoples animals. The four-wheeling clinic has been the voice of education along with Dr. Aurelian Stefan via megaphone in Rosiori and in downtown Craiova!

RAR is gearing up for yet a second massive spayathon in Craiova for 2015. The volunteers are traveling from around Europe, the UK and the USA to help. Special thanks to those who have donated and continue to donate for this amazing event, the one of its kind in Romania. Thank you to Sue Roberts, Maz Foulger, Cassie Carney, Maggi Waite, Ingrid Zohar, Sue Blythe, Steph Blythe, Mishy Dunn, Baggys Legacy, 4 Stray Dogs for fundraising for this massive campaign.

Along with Craiova, upcoming events include Petrosani, Panciu, Bucharest, Iasi, Vatra Dornei, Bucharest Peasant Villages, Ceacu, Oltenita, Sighetu, Bacau. Animal Spay Neuter International will be heading to Bulgaria to train Bulgarian veterinarians on spay/neuter skills; permission granted! The mission is being set up to train vets as well as perform spays/neuters in Bulgaria once again.

None of this amazing work would is possible without your support. We want to expand to do more in each of our current locations, and to reach more places in Romania to help even more animals. Homeless Animal Hospital is receiving patients daily, and we hope to never be in the position to turn anyone away. We need your help to ensure that our mission of establishing and promoting animal welfare in the country of Romania will continue. Thank you, friends, and Bless you!

With love,
Nancy Janes

Stay informed about our animal care program in Romania by visiting: Homeless Animal Hospital, and Facebook page.


Dear Friends,

Romania has had a very torrid summer with no rain or temperatures under 35 degrees Celcius (95°F). Animals suffered of thirst and heat on the streets and in the so-called city shelters. In such conditions homeless pups stand no chance to survive and die in agony. Therefore the RAR vet team increased the spay and neuter efforts so that fewer pups will be born on the streets to have a tragic fate. Still more pups will end up in shelters that are far from any decent standards you can imagine. Let me give you a short insight of those horrible places:

Overcrowding so access to food (that is thrown on the floor) is restricted to the alpha animals in the kennel. The small weak animals have no food in days. Water is licked from the floor when the kennel is cleaned so there is never clean water to drink. The dogs become living ghosts and sometimes they are not able to stand. There is a total lack of basic medical care and distemper and other fatal diseases are a every day reality. Workers there treat the animals with no compassion and like they were objects. Word LOVE seems forgotten there. There is no respect and no hope for the animals locked here. They are kicked, beaten and sometimes tortured by the subhumans that should take care of those animals that are hopeless.

This image haunts me and the best thing I can think of is never stop spaying and neutering and be faster than those beasts--the dog catchers! An unborn soul can never be abused tortured frightened hungry thirsty and most important hopeless. Every surgery we do is a step forward towards winning the battle against pain and death.

Our spay mobile is named "Hope". We took her to villages and places no vet has ever reached and people began to understand the importance of spaying and neutering as the most efficient way to create welfare for the animals. Back at the Homeless Animal Hospital, hundreds of homeless animals were helped. I am happy to say that we also treat animals that need our help to live when no one gave them a chance of survival. We treated them and they returned to their loving family. Those moments when people smile taking their animals home after they thought everything was lost are the fuel that keeps us going to help more and more animals in need. It is not easy and we need your help to help animals in need. Thank you for standing by us in our mission to create a better world for the animals in need. God bless you and your families!

Sent from beautiful Romania by
Dr. Aurelian Stefan, DVM
ASNI/RAR General Manager,
Familyvet Veterinary Clinic

The RAR Map of Romania

Thank You for your support in helping us reach out to all of these cities, towns, and villages in Romania! We would like to welcome Panciu to our growing list of towns in Romania that recognize spay/neuter as the best way for us to take care of the dogs that have already been born.


This month, ASNI/RAR has funded 949 spay/neuter procedures in Biliesti, Bucharest, Ceacu, Craiova, Galati, Iasi, Oltenita, Panciu, Tantava, Vatra Dornei.

37,616 in Romania alone,
39,740 worldwide.

Online Fundraisers »

Please support these fundraisers:

The Neuter/Spay Fundraising Group held a Pawsome Auction on Facebook in August. There were loads of lovely items up for grabs and some great Buy It Now items. Visitors of the online auction found a fab way of donating for a much needed neuter or spay while getting themselves something nice in the process. The event raised enough money to fund 225 spay/neuter procedures!

Amazon Smile

Before your next purchase through Amazon, sign up with Amazon Smile and register Romania Animal Rescue as your donation recipient. Then a portion of all of your future purchases through Amazon Smile will be donated to us. You have access to the same 200 million items as the regular store. It is another way of giving to Romania Animal Rescue throughout your day.

Spay/Neuter Update »

Vatra Dornei

Vatra Dornei Spayathon, August 2015 Vatra Dornei Spayathon, August 2015

Mission Accomplished! The Vatra Dornei spayathon was held August 7 and 8. 51 animals were spayed/neutered, 34 Dogs (19 Female and 15 Male) and 17 Cats, most pregnant. Thanks Romania Animal Rescue, Inc, Nancy Janes, Maz, Sue, Maz n Horace, all the donors, Dr. Livioara Rotariu, Lelia Leandra, the Dream Team and volunteers. Without these wonderful people these campaigns could not take place. Thank you Lord Mayor Elias Bonches Media Orion, Mountain Rescue Team and Team Management Service Dogs for the support and all the volunteers who were with us. With the help and the involvement of all these projects we continue to benefit the animals! Many thanks to all our generous donors who made this possible and bless the wonderful fundraisers and people who run for the raffles and to help us do these campaigns! These projects must continue! Only with your help will be possible. Thank you so much lovely people!

Vatra Dornei Spayathon, August 2015 Vatra Dornei Spayathon, August 2015


Bilesti Spayathon, August 2015 Bilesti Spayathon, August 2015

The Spay/Neuter Dream team worked their magic in Biliesti. They spayed/neutered 102 animals.

Once upon a time, in the village of Vrancenesti Biliesti, a lady whose loving heart poured out to the many abandoned pets and asked for the mayor tohelp. The mayor, a good man and wise, he understood the seriousness of the facts and gave the command to set up space for the spayathon, hosted by Romania Animal Rescue, Inc. They came to fight against a multitude of uncontrolled dogs and cats. For two days, they worked with the villagers and eventually 102 animals were sterilized. With praise and thanks to the sky, the Dream Team left the borders borders of Bilesti. Spay/neuter now in the ears and lips of many people, Bilesti hopes for a sequel to this story.

Bilesti Spayathon, August 2015 Bilesti Spayathon, August 2015


Risiori Spayathon, August 2015 Risiori Spayathon, August 2015

The mobile clinic HOPE is as busy as can be! This month, she and the Dream Team traveled to Rosiori, Tantava, Ceacu and Oltenita. Upcoming projects include more Bucharest villages. Romania, now there is HOPE! While in Rosiori, Dr Aurelian Stefan took the opportunity to use a megaphone to invite locals to come to the free spay campaign, sponsored by Hobo Dogs, in their village. Extra Extra! The Dream Team is here to spay!

Risiori Spayathon, August 2015 Risiori Spayathon, August 2015

Photos by Paola Suhonen


The Bulgarian authorities have given Animal Spay/Neuter International (ASNI) permission to train their vets to perform safe high-volume spay/neuters. The ASNI Dream Team will go to Bulgaria in October to train up to four new vets on excellent surgical skills, as well as spay and neuter more animals.

Please support our spay/neuter program that we continually do in Romania and thank you!

Support Spay/Neuter

Animal Care »

Homeless Animal Hospital project treats animals that would otherwise not receive help. Your donations allow this to happen. This month, HAH treated numerous animals. We would like to share a few of their stories with you.

Tasha Seeks a Home

Tasha Tasha

This kitten was brought in to our spayathon for a "second opinion". She was seen by another vet in the area and the rescuer was told she was fine and to put her "back in nature". Thank goodness the rescuer sought the help of Homeless Animal Hospital vets at the spayathon! We were shocked and took her to Bucharest for urgent surgery to amputate her leg. We have named her Tasha.

Good news: Someone in the UK has chosen to adopt Tasha. We will be transporting her to the UK shortly.

Lupita's Lump

Lupita Lupita's tumor

Lupita was once a police dog. She was found abandoned by a Good Samaritan and brought to Homeless Animal Hospital. Here is what was found: A tumor the size of a bowling ball. She is now recovering and will only know love and care from now on!

Catching up with Costa

Costa Costa

Costa was found with a friend abandoned at a cemetery. He was taken by a good Samaritan who already cares for many foster dogs all needing forever homes. Unfortunately, large dogs attacked the munchkin, which required lots of surgery to stop the bleeding, repair a hernia and muscle tears, and wire six broken ribs so they could heal more properly. Costa is recovering nicely, and will be adopted out to a loving family in the UK.

Sky's Leg

Who we found Sky Sky after surgery

Sky was brought to be spayed in at the recent spayathon by Romania Animal Rescue in Moreni and we found out she had a broken hind leg. We brought her to HAH in Craiova where she was examined and x rays were taken. We decided to give the leg a chance despite the demineralization observed in the bone. Unfortunately the surgery did not succeed to help the leg and we performed an amputation. She is the same playful sweet dog and while recovering in the shelter she found a loving family that adopted her. This story warms our hearts and we dedicate this happy ending story to all of you that support our work.

Your help helps so many. Please support our Homeless Animal Hospital project.

Support Animal Care

Veterinary Training »

Oana Baban was a classmate of Dr. Aurelian in vet university. She has asked to attend the Veterinary Training Camp (VTC) in Craiova. Thanks to a scholarship from RAR, donated in memory of Sasha, Oana will be attending VTC in November.


Education »

We at RAR work every day to bring about change in communities. Each time an animal is spayed or neutered, enters the Homeless Animal Hospital, or a vet attends the Veterinary Training Camp, we have achieved a landmark goal of educating the public. And they respond with telling their friends about our work, tell them about the free help we provide, the free literature for schools and community events.


Our Thanks »

We would like to thank all the wonderful DONORS who made all this work possible! Thank you TCL Germany for all the wonderful work you did in making HOPE, the mobile clinic, a reality! Thank you Run for Animals e.V. (Germany), Kuono ry (Finland), 4 Stray Dogs (Norway), Fair Play for Strays (Germany), People4Pets (Germany), Baggys Legacy (UK), Dutch RAR Family (Holland), Pro K (Germany), HOBO Dogs (Finland). Sterilize EU, Bill Williams and Mary Young, Bonnie Siddons, Elizabeth Elstob, Margaret Gebhard, Richard Abbott, Pat Myers, Sir Tony Wilson, fabulous fundraisers Sue Roberts, Maz Foulger, Cassie Carney, Sue Blythe, Steph Blythe, Mishy Dunn, Diane White. Special thank you to Ylva for your two-for-one match for the spay/neuter event that generated more help for the animals!

Thank you Miriam, Frank, Tabitha and Helga. You're the greatest!

Thank you Suzy, Mandy, Maz, Ingrid and your amazing friends, Claudia, May, Ariane, Chrissy and other friends who work so very hard to make this an outstanding charity. Thank you Baggys Legacy Vicki and Jan for finding homes for so many. Thank you Sally, Sue and Christine for adopting! And, thank you Dream Team. Bless this team of Romanian vets and techs and program coordinators who give it their all every day:
Dr. Aurelian Stefan, Dr. Petrisor Stefan, Dr. Roxana Stan, Dr. Miruna Berzuc, Dr. Ella Hodeianu, Dr. Livioara Rotaria, Dr. Andreea Nicolaev, Dr. Ioana Preda and Dr. Ioana Popescu;
Vet Techs: Ruth Osborne, Anda Popescu, Valeria Chivu;
Program Coordinators and everything else: Anda Popescu and Lelia Leandra

Thank you to everyone who is part of this wonderful team!

With Love,
Nancy Janes
President, CEO and Founder
Romania Animal Rescue, Inc.
(United States, Tax ID (RAR): 72-1546354)
(UK Registered Charity Number (ASNI): 1157935)