RAR / ASNI Newsletter February 2015

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

8000 Morgan Territory Rd.
Livermore, CA 94550

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

Animal Spay/Neuter International


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2015 is a new year of new goals for our charity in Romania. In 2015 we are tasked with finding the funds to continue our spay/neuter campaigns in Bucharest, Bucharest villages, Craiova, Moreni, Tecuci, Bistrita, Cluj, Vatra Dornei, Sighet, Focsani, as well as start new programs in Bacau, Barlad, Craiova villages, Plopeni, Timisoara and more. We are receiving requests for campaigns throughout Romania on a weekly and often daily basis. With your help, we can reach more communities.

I hope you will once again donate to help us help the animals and those who care for them by providing free spay/neuter campaigns.

Dog that was spayed during Animal Spay/Neuter International's last visit to the Dominican Republic

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We are dedicating this newsletter to Ossi

We would like to dedicate this newsletter to Ossi, the beloved dog of the Steckenbauer-Gschwandtner family.

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Dear Romania Animal Rescue and Animal Spay Neuter Intl. Supporters and Friends,

2015 is off to a roaring start! This month, RAR's Dream Team spayed/neutered animals in Craiova for the local people as well as the charities and volunteers we help. Homeless Animals Hospital treated dogs and cats daily for various problems, including parvo, injuries, and thanks to donations for vaccines from May's program, numerous vaccines were given to prevent diseases.

Meanwhile, the Animal Spay/Neuter International Dream Team traveled to the Dominican Republic once again with the goal of providing spay/neuter for up to 500 animals. Well, due to the immense need in the regions we worked in, this goal was surpassed to provide the free spay/neuter (thanks to donations to ASNI) for 554 animals!

Bless each and every one of you,
Nancy Janes

Anna Marie

Dear Friends,

We are back from a very special and successful spay and neuter mission in the Dominican Republic. It was the second time Animal Spay Neuter Intl. went to this small country at the invitation of a local organization with the goal of spaying and neutering 500 animals for the poor community in the north of the island. We were very well received by the local people as they knew our work from the last trip in this area and now we saw long queues of people waiting for their pet to be neutered, even from 4 am in the morning. In this endeavour we joined forces with local group "Amigos de Lucky" and a wonderful team of volunteers from the german group "Pro K" and it was a great example of team work. The stray population in this area has some specifics: There are a lot of chihuahua mixes and imported breeds such as husky and chow chow. Offsprings from the breeding of these mixes generally end up on the streets. Considering that small female dogs can deliver such big pups, many times the small females do not survive and die at birth sometimes after delivering one or two pups that will also have a very short lifespans. On the other hand transmisseable venereal sarcomas are very common and the main tool of preventing this disease to spread is sterilization. An immediate mass spay project was absolutely a must to save the hundreds of mothers and pups and we are glad we managed to go beyond our goal and performed 554 spay and neuter surgeries that will help so many dogs and cats have a better. A very important moment of this trip was the almost magic effect our work had for the children of all ages. They watched our work and helped by bringing their dog to the location where we worked. We offered them fruit and chocolate and most of them dreamed about becoming a veterinarian when they grow up. In the last day we visited a remote village and we were the first vet team that ever spayed a dog in that area. We are very proud to be pioneers of spay and neuter and we want to share our strong emotions with you, our great supporters, that enable us help both humans and animals. Thank you on behalf of the huge numbers of animals that with your help have a better!

God bless,
Dr. Aurelian Stefan, DVM
ASNI/RAR General Manager,
Familyvet Veterinary Clinic

Stay informed about our animal welfare campaigns in Romania by subscribing to Dr. Aurelian's blog: Homeless Animal Hospital, and Facebook page.

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!

Spay/neuter procedures funded

ASNI/RAR funded 90 spay/neuter procedures in January in Craiova and Bucharest, and another 554 spay/neuter procedures in the Dominican Republic.

32,181 in Romania alone, 34,435 worldwide.

Online Fundraisers »

On February 15, 2014, Sue Roberts and Maz Foulger Horace started a Facebook fundraising page. In just one year their fundraising efforts have sponsored 2842 spay/neuter procedures! Thank you to all who have donated. Thank you, Steph Blythe, Sue Blythe, Mishy Dunn and Diane White. Thank you to everyone who cares for the animals. Love you very very much!

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Spay/Neuter Update »

Return to the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic lady taking her dog for sterilization

The ASNI team of Dr Aurelian Stefan, Dr Petrisor Stefan, Ruth Osborne VN and Luminita Negrila arrived in good spirits despite a journey of around 18 hours. The equipment was set up and we were ready to begin. The first 3 days we were working in Sanchez a small town in the north of the island. People had begun arriving before the advertised starting time so a crowd of men, women and children with dogs of all shapes and sizes were waiting for us. The Dominican local volunteers had them registered and organised into an orderly queue. Many waited patiently a long time for their turn, seeking shade out of the glare of the hot sun. Amigos de Lucky has been working in Sanchez for a little while now and they can see the difference in peoples attitudes towards the dogs they live with. They see people hugging the dogs in Sanchez, which they did not see before.

Read Ruth Osborne's full report on Mandy Easter's blog.

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More from the Romanian Spayathons

Vatra Dornei Spayathon

In February we are running spayathons in Craiova and Tecuci.

We are getting ourselves ready for a number of large spayathons in March. We are preparing to go to Bacau, Tecuci, with plans for Plopeni, and ongoing spay/neuter in Craiova and Bucharest as funding allows

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Animal Care »

Homeless Animal Hospital

Homeless Animal Hospital treats dog with parvo

Homeless Animal Hospital treats dog with parvo

Homeless Animal Hospital treats the animals that would otherwise not have help. This family brought in a puppy suffering from parvo. The puppy's guardian was a young boy, devastated at the thought of possibly losing his puppy. HAH treated her and she is now back home! This is what your donations allow us to do!

Homeless Animal Hospital gives puppies vaccines

Nancy was contacted by a friend, Dominic, to help five puppies. They were brought into Homeless Animal Hospital in Bucharest for vaccines, but were so thin that HAH kept them for safety reasons. We need funds for their boarding at AlmaVet and treatments (worming, deparasiting, vaccines) as well as for their foster care once they are healthy and old enough to leave the clinic. We have found a wonderful place for them to go to, but we must pay for this.

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Anna Marie Turns 9 Years Old

Anna Marie getting bandaged by Nancy Janes in 2006
Anna Marie getting bandaged by Nancy Janes in 2006

Anna Marie was found with her back broken as a puppy in Romania in 2006. Nancy Janes picked her up and brought her back to California, where she was taken to UC Davis, and it was confirmed Anna would never walk again. Fitted with a cart since 2006, Anna is on the move and living with her other Romanian and American doggy siblings in California!

Anna Marie in San Diego, February 2015
Anna Marie in San Diego, February 2015

Hundreds more animals are helped and vaccinated with Homeless Animals Hospital. Every day we treat animals that are in need of care. We can only do this with your donations.

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Our Thanks »

Thank you lovely donors and sponsors for all you do to help Romanian animals with our projects or spay/neuter, Homeless Animals Hospital treating homeless animals and those of impoverished citizens, Education, and Veterinary Training.

Thank you to Mayhew International UK for once again funding the printing of 1500 additional education booklets! Thank you Cats on Death Row, USA for spay/neuter for Romanian cats; Dogs on Death Row, USA for spay/neuter of Romanian dogs; Kuono ry, Finland for your support; Myriam Heya Englaro for your support for HAH; Ariane, for all you do!; People4Pets, Germany for your support.

Thank you Sue Roberts, Maz Foulger, Mishy Dunn, Steph Blythe and Sue Blythe for all your wonderful work bringing so much success to our spay/neuter campaigns! Where would these programs be without your tireless efforts. Thank you! Thank you to all who have contributed to and donated via Facebook for the events, auctions, raffles! So many animals have not been born to suffer, so many animals have been treated for injuries and disease, thanks to you!

Thank you Mandy Easter, Chrissy Phillips, and Rob Cole for all your work in setting up the UK charity, as well as our new UK paypal account!

Thank you May Britt Seem for your vaccination drive and fundraiser to get deparasite products for the animals!

Thank you Suzy Alexander for handling the receipts for RAR paypal donations!

Thank you Dream Team--everyone who makes this mission a success! Thank you to our wonderful and outstanding vets, techs, program coordinators. Nothing would be possible without each and everyone on board!


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)