RAR / ASNI Newsletter July 2014
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

Dr. Lucia Ana Udrescu »

Dr. Luana Udrescu

Dr. Udrescu was not only a member of the Dream Team, she was a dear friend to everyone who knew her. Her love and compassion for the animals knew no bounds. She suffered a tragic accident and at the time of this newsletter's release, we just received notice that she had passed away. Rest in Peace, darling Luana! May the animals in Heaven greet you and may you never know pain, sadness or grief again. God bless you, dearest Luana.

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Best in America

Combined Federal Campaign

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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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We are also dedicating this newsletter to
Kirby, Patricia Zoline's dog, and
Tjom, May-Britt Seem's dog.

Ranna puppies

You would have liked him, our Kirby: precious, handsome, gentle fellow. He lived a great long life, making it to his 14th birthday against all the odds. He battled and overcame a host of medical challenges the past few years. He was all at once a warrior dog and a gentle, mellow, and sweet saint. He taught us over and over lessons of pure love, gentleness, forgiveness, groundedness, peace, presence, perseverance, loyalty, and deep affection. He never gave up. He was such a lovely gentleman, and we will miss him forever.

Dear Romania Animal Supporters »

Dear Romania Animal Rescue Supporters and Friends,

I would like to begin by thanking so many of you who reached into your pockets helped us to continue our vital work in Romania. We are making plans for campaigns in September now thanks to your support! Our spay/neuter program helped in the Bucharest Peasant Village of Lunari in July, a new location for the RAR team, and we were able to return there as well. Humane Society International granted funds for a mobile spay caravan that we will purchase, enabling us to reach more of the peasant villages that have no vets or help for the animals. The work of the Homeless Animals Hospital continues on a daily basis, helping the animals that would otherwise have nowhere to turn, as well as impoverished people who want to care for their animals but cannot afford to do so. Thanks to you, this campaign is able to help so many.

Our sister charity, Animal Spay Neuter International, is now a registered UK charity. In the USA we are Romania Animal Rescue dba Animal Spay/Neuter International, charity number: 72-1546354. In the UK, we are Animal Spay/Neuter International, charity number 1157935.

On a personal note:
The sadness at the injury and loss of our dearest friend and colleague, Dr. Lucia Ana Udrescu, is beyond words. We always knew you were an Angel on earth, and now in Heaven as well. We will miss you for an eternity.

With love and respect,
Nancy Janes

Dear Friends,

July was the month when RAR travelled across the mountains into the heart of Transylvania to spay and neuter close to 250 animals. There is a wonderful feeling that surrounds the RAR spay and neuter events: People are enthusiastic about the care their animals get from our team and they have the faith to entrust us with their dear dog or cat. This is one of the most rewarding things at the end of the long working days: The feeling that you helped so many animals and that you generated a brighter future for so many animals that will not reproduce.

These animals are sometimes on a chain or in a poor family that has a hard time feeding itself. One thing that we miss working so hard for the animals is to see the nature around the villages. I shall make an album of my visit and post the link of photos and descriptions to the destinations so you can have a better understanding of the Romanian culture and nature.

Now our team is extremely worried about our friend Dr. Luana's health. She is in the hospital after a tragic accident. We do our work keeping her in our thoughts and hearts, sending her our positive energy so that she makes a full and speedy recovery. Thank you for supporting our work wishing you all the best for you and your beloved ones.

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.

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.

Thank You!

Spay/Neuter to date

July Spay/Neuters Funded for RAR: 690

690 spay/neuter procedures funded in Braila, Cluj, Gherla, Ramnicu Sarat, Tecuci, Tunari, and Vatra Dornei.

We would like to welcome Gherla 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: 28,512. Thank You!

October Spayathon »

October Spayathon

Romania Animal Rescue, Inc is seeking sponsors for the October Spayathon for up to 800 spays/neuters. This is our 4th Annual Campaign whereby we provide free spays/neuters in 2 weeks for a chosen community. This year will again be in Craiova. Please contact Nancy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for your details. Charities as well as individuals are welcome. Those sponsoring 100 animals or more ($2500) will have their name or logo printed on our banner. Thank you!

Support the October Spayathon

Donation Drives »

Smile Donation

Amazon Smile

Just by shopping at Amazon.com, you can donate to RAR: .5% of your purchases get donated to RAR when you shop at Amazon Smile and choose Romania Animal Rescue as your charity.

Spay/Neuter Awareness

Romania Animal Rescue Wristband Romania Animal Rescue Wristband
Romania Animal Rescue Wristband

Join the band--we're heading for more spay/neuters! 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for shipping rates.

Dr. Triathlon Returns August 23

Dr. A at the Triathlon Dr. A at the Triathlon

Dr. Aurelian Stefan is training for another triathlon on August 23. He will swim/cycle/run for Homeless Animals Hospital in memory of the dog Sasha. Sasha was a paralyzed dog that had received substandard veterinary care. By the time Homeless Animals Hospital discovered her it was too late. Sasha had to be put to sleep due to poor treatment and management of her amputations. Had Sasha received proper treatment for her legs, she most likely would be alive today, living in her adoptive home in the UK. Our anonymous donor is offering to match up to $3000 for Dr. A's Triathlon! Whatever amount we can raise collectively for Dr. A's triathlon entry, this donor will match with the same amount up to $3000. Here is your chance to get your donation doubled!

Sponsor Dr. A's Triathlon

Facebook Campaigns

Our supporters have created several fundraising initiatives on Facebook. Here are a few:

Spay/Neuter Update »

Thank you, Ruth Osborne, for creating this new ad for RAR:
Your Help Matters! Please support RAR: More dogs and cats need your support. Prevent the birth of 67,000 dogs/cats in six years by spaying/neutering just one.

Ramnicu Sarat

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We visited Ramnicu Sarat to spay/neuter and help 100 animals and provided vaccines. We also helped our dear friend, Mrs. Miu, with veterinary care to 36 animals. Thank you donors, Sue Roberts, Maz N Horace, Sue Blythe, May-Britt Seem, Diane White, Tony Wilson-Ing, Ariane Coury and the many many others who have made this a successful venture for helping the animals!

Bucharest Village

Bucharest Village

Your donations come into action: a second chapter of the Bucharest Village spay and neuter campaign took place on saturday july 12th . 70 cats and dogs were spayed and neutered and there is already a waiting list for another 50 surgeries. Please help us help more and create a new tomorrow for so many dogs and cats!

Vatra Dornei

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We received this notice from the people of Vatra Dornei. It is more important than ever to sterilize dogs in Vatra Dornei now, lest they get thrown into the streets before this new law goes into effect.

Our mission is to support these projects to continue in Vatra Dornei. Please join our team as a volunteer during the two days of the campaign. Thank You Romania Animal Rescue, Inc., Thank You Nancy Janes!

REMEMBER: Under law No 258/year end 2014 every owner is obligated to sterilize dogs without pedigree.

Failure to comply with the provisions of the law will be punished with fines ranging between 5,000 and 10,000 lei per offence. Penalties provided by law for the abandonment and/or expulsion of an animal whose existence depends on human care, in particular the abandonment of dogs on public land and the failure of health care and animal care are: Imprisonment from six months to three years and criminal fines ranging between 1,000 and 10,000 lei.

You have every reason to bring the dogs to besterilized! Take advantage of this program and let your friends know it's free!

Vatra Dornei Sterilization Poster

Since many of your have helped with our Vatra Dornei spays/neuters. I want to share this with you:

From: Alina Drakena

Thank you, Romania Animal Rescue for improving month by month the strays' situation in Vatra Dornei! To be frank, the difference is obvious, than other cities: the strays are fewer and fewer on the streets, you actually need to search for them closely, the streets are safer and more people have now their dogs neutered, less abandonment. Long term spay campaigns are the real solution for this 'stray problem'. Congratulation and thank you for the involvement!

And I thank you, wonderful and wise people for all you have done to make miracles happen!

While in Vatra Dornei, we took some time to hand out educational booklets to the local school.

Romania Animal Rescue Vatra Dornei Educational Booklets


Romania Animal Rescue Tecuci Spayathon Romania Animal Rescue Tecuci Spayathon
Romania Animal Rescue Tecuci Spayathon Romania Animal Rescue Tecuci Spayathon Romania Animal Rescue Tecuci Spayathon

The Tecuci spayathon provided spay/neuter for 74 animals! Thank you Dr. Petrisor Stefan, Aurelian Stefan, Anda Popescu, Mihaela Raducanu and all the great people who made this possible! Especially the donors! Also a big thank you for providing funds to help support the spay mission in Braila this past weekend. The RAR Dream Team was able to provide spay/neuter in one of the three locations set up by Dr. Rudi of Turbopet Cabinet Veterinar Mobil in Braila. It was great to work as a team united in the goal of stopping the births of unwanted animals that would end up abandoned!

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In Adjud between 25-27 August, The Asociatia "Codite Fericite" ("Happy Tails" Association) from Adjud with RAR and The Town Hall help will organize another spay campaign. You can save thousands of dogs if you spay/neuter just one!

Adjud Sterilization Poster

Support Spay/Neuter

Animal Care »

Homeless Animal Hospital provides animal care to street animals. Often, they are survivors of car accidents, emaciated, or infested with parasites.

Ranna and Her Puppies

Ranna puppies
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Remember Ranna and her puppies? Rescued from the side of the road while the Dream Team was leaving from a spay campaign in Tecuci? Here they are!

Dog Hit by a Car

Ranna puppies Ranna puppies

This small dog was hit by a car and brought into Homeless Animal Hospital for treatment. After surgery to pin her broken kind leg, she is now starting to recover. Please support our free veterinary treatment for this poor soul and so many others that need our help on a daily basis!

Support Homeless Animal Hospital

Our Thanks »

Special thank you to all our wonderful donors and friends. Many of you answered our desperate plea for help, and for this we are eternally grateful!

Thank yous to the whole Dream Team, Romania, USA, and UK.

Thank you to Humane Society International and HSUS for a grant for a mobile caravan to be used for spay/neuter in remote locations. We would also like to thank Mayhew International for their ongoing donation of Education books.

Thank you to People 4 Pets, Germany. Thank you to Sterilize Dogs, NL. Thank you to our wonderful Facebook fundraising teams--amazing people! Sue Roberts, Maz Foulger, Sue Blythe and family, Diane White, Mishy Dunn.

Thank you to Ylva has offered to match our plea for funds for spay/neuter for up to $2200. Thank you to our anonymous donor who has offered to match up to $3000 for the Homeless Animals Hospital Triathlon which will again be done by our own Dr. Aurelian Stefan on August 23.

Thank you to Suzy who does our paypal receipts and thanks.

So many good people, so much kindness. Thank you.

And please pray for Dr. Lucia Ana Udrescu, our friend and beloved Dr. Luana.

With Love,
Nancy Janes
President, CEO and Founder
Romania Animal Rescue, Inc.
(United States, Tax ID: 72-1546354)
(United Kingdom, Reg. Charity #: 1157935)