RAR / ASNI Newsletter May 2014
25,000 and Climbing »
Spay/neuter procedures funded

25,510 spay/neuter procedures funded!

This month, we have helped:

  • Adjud
  • Comanesti
  • Craiova
  • Iasi
  • Miroslava
  • Moreni
  • Targoviste
  • Tecuci
  • Vatra Dornei

1344 for May

Animal Spay/Neuter International (ASNI) has funded spay/neuter projects that RAR performs in Romania, as well as such recent spayathons in Portugal and the Dominican Republic. ASNI has now funded 26,896 spay/neuter procedures around the world! That's right, we have surpassed the 25,000 spay/neuter mark in Romania. Thanks to you, our donors, for funding our spay/neuter campaign.

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Dedication to Ruth Osborne of Romania Animal Rescue, Animal Spay Neuter International, Homeless Animals Hospital, The Veterinary Training Camp, and Family Vet

Ruth OsborneRuth Osborne is a registered veterinary technician with all that makes the world right, a caring, compassionate individual who not only helps the animals and improves standards for their care, but actually gave up her lucrative career in the UK to move to Romania and help the animals.

I first met Ruth years ago when she became interested in RAR, and began to fundraise for us as well as get donated supplies from the UK. Ruth decided to do even more: Go to Romania and see things first hand. Upon her return to England, she decided to make the Big Move and devote her life, skills and profession to help the animals in Romania.

Here are some words that her fellow colleagues shared:

Dr. Petrisor Stefan, DMV: "Ruth Osborne is more than a nurse, she goes beyond this qualification. She is almost a vet, has a huge professional experience. As a person, she is wonderful, very patient, always finds a solution to help an animal and never complains about the hard working environment. For me, it is an honour to have her in my team, both as a vet tech and as a friend."

Dr. Aurelian Stefan, DVM: "Ruth is a one of a kind nurse and person. She is the very first qualified nurse in Romania and made the news when the local paper (Craiova) covered her story of quitting her job in the UK and coming to work with the RAR team. She is extremely appreciated in the city of Craiova by all animal lovers and a huge asset to the team staff. She is a reservoir of patience and kindness. We are very happy to have her on the Team!"

Dr. Irina Corbu, DMV: "Ruth dedicated her life to helping animals. She is extremely hard working, very patient and has so much experience that she makes an excellent teacher that made a huge difference in forming nurses as well as young vets. She also pays attention to details, is creative and combined with her organizing skills, her ideas help improve our everyday work. Everybody that worked with her had so much to learn, she is a true model of professionalism and I am ever grateful that I have the chance to work with her."

Anda Popescue: "Ruth is very modest and incredibly patient with people (I can’t understand how she does it). Even though she is more than capable to handle any animal on her own, she will let anyone give her advice about it with a smile on her face. She works until she drops without complaining. She is super efficient making everybody’s work a lot easier. I for once am very happy when she and I are working together. Very pleasant company outside of work too!"

Maz Foulger: "(during my visit) Ruth was absolutely brilliant, and works so very hard! She was so patient with me and I learnt so much from her. She is an asset to the team, patient, resilient, composed, understanding, helpful, bloody hell I don’t have a bad word to say about her!! She made me feel most welcome, and I learnt so much from her, even the Romanians respected her and that is a good thing for a foreign person to do!"

Dedication to Emmy Lou

We are also dedicating this newsletter to Emmy Lou, the beloved pet of the Rich family, who recently passed away. Here is an excerpt of the Rich's memories of Emmy Lou:

Emmy was about 12 or 13 years old when I adopted her, she passed at about 15 or 16 years old. She was not only disabled, but she was a senior girl and a black dog. She loved being in her little pink wheels and she always knew when she was at a special event. Emmy would give all passing dogs a short little bark as if she knew how special she was strutting along in those little wheels. As she got older and her hearing and sight was going, whenever she thought she was alone, she would let out just one bark for me. She loved to eat and never missed a snack, was never any trouble, and sat so still to get changed and bathed. Never was there a better little girl than my sweet little Emmy who leaves such a sad emptiness in my heart.

Emmy Lou

Dear Romania Animal Supporters »

Dear Romania Animal Rescue Friends,

Well it has been yet another very busy time for Romania Animal Rescue! Traveling around the country helping as many charities as possible, and at our home bases of Craiova and Bucharest, helping individuals who contact us in great need of help for their community animals. From spay/neuter, to Homeless Animals Hospital program that helps the homeless animals and those who cannot afford treatments for their pets injuries, to education with the now 14,200 education books that have been distributed (thank you Mayhew International), to the Veterinary Training Camp that RAR sponsors for Romanian vets, we are making life better each day for the animals, as best we can, with your support.

When I first started RAR in 2003, we helped a shelter. I was informed numerous times that no one cared about the animals, no one would spay/neuter animals. At that time we started doing some education about the importance of spay/neuter. In 2006, we began a small project in Romania to help the people who did not want to have puppies or kittens to be abandoned or killed. I was told people would not bring in their pets, but they did. Then in 2008, upon meeting Dr. Aurelian Stefan, the beginning of the Dream Team started. In 2009 we launched our first massive spayathon in Sibiu, and the rest as they say is history. Now, five short years after our first massive spayathon project, I have the tremendous announcement that we have surpassed 25,000 spays/neuters in Romania! 25,510 to be exact! And this is all thanks to supporters who believed in our Dream. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for knowing that we could do this and helping.

Now, onto 30,000!!!

With love and respect,
Nancy Janes

Dear Friends,

It has been five years since the founder and president of RAR, Nancy Janes, and I started a movement for the Romanian animals in need. We have grown step by step and now the Dream Team has reached over 25,000 surgeries. Add to this close to 15,000 educational booklets and probably over 100,000 miles that our team travelled to various destinations where our help was asked for. We celebrate our 25,000th surgery with the launch of our latest project: Homeless Animal Hospital. This hospital aims to fight abandonment and increase the adoption rate of pets that need medical care but their human companions can not afford it. We are devoted 100% to our cause and try to find the most efficient ways to achieve our goal. Animals depend on us and we depend on you to stand by our tireless work for the animals in need and be with us when we celebrate our 30,000th surgery. God bless you!

God bless you!

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.

Vatra Dornei Education

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!

Humane Society Conference »

Rory Janes Lourdes from Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic

Animal Spay/Neuter International, Romania Animal Rescue attended the Animal Care Expo, held by the Humane Society of the United States. The conference was held in Daytona Beach between May 20 and May 23. Among the speakers at the conference were Wayne Pacelle and Jackson Galaxy. Assisting Anna Marie in the conference hall were Nancy and Rory Janes, Suzy Morris, and Siri Ydstie. Thank you, everyone, who stopped by our table to find out more about the animal care we provide in Romania.

Help us spay/neuter pets

Spay/Neuter Update »

Adjud Spayathon
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Targoviste SpayathonTargoviste Spayathon
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Son of the local Priest Brought in 15 dogs for spaying and neutering

Dead Dogs Walking

Romanian Stray

Here is an excerpt from a blog post that Anda Popescu submitted on Witness of the silent suffering: A stray's life in Romania:
They are everywhere in Romania; doomed to be alive, abandoned and then killed by a law that was never designed to help them or give them a chance to some kind of future. We see them every day on the streets roaming, confused and hungry, moving closer towards their imminent death. More than ever, every stray dog that comes across my path is a dead dog walking. This status was given to them from the moment they were allowed to be born into a world that rejects them instantly. People will say all sorts of things to excuse their lack of responsibility, but all in all, this tragedy was created by the indolence of the authorities and by a series of selfish acts, more or less cruel, or guided by misunderstood compassion or guilt, that allow a new life to be created only to be destroyed…sooner or later, in a more or less of a barbaric way.
Read the entire post.

Help us spay/neuter pets

Adoptions »



Stuart Stuart

Where is Stuart now? Many of you may remember little Stuart, found in October of 2010 in Timisoara by a railroad worker. Romania Animal Rescue was contacted for help. We knew Stuart would freeze or starve to death in the winter, so we had to do anything we could to help him. Thanks to wonderful networking, Stuart was rescued and brought to Family Vet in Craiova for caretaking until a home could be found for him. Stuart is now living with his new family in Florida, enjoying all of the comforts of home.



Scotty Scotty

Scotty was also adopted from the Craiova Spayathon in May 2011. He was suffering terribly with ticks when we found him. Mihaela fostered him until he was fully adopted by Katalin in Florida. Now he is the happiest boy ever. When Anna Marie, Nancy and Rory attended the Animal Care Expo in May, they visited Scotty and Stuart. We are thankful that both Stuart's and Scotty's families welcomed these Romanian strays into their homes.

Our Thanks »

I would like to thank all of the RAR donors and supporters and the ASNI donors and supporters who have helped us to reach this 25,000 spay/neuter milestone. Extra thanks to Olive, Sue, Maz, Elizabeth, Margaret, Mandy, and Chrissy, Helen, Sue and family, Jacqueline, Michelle, Bonnie, Richard, Mary, Caroline, May and Diane for all they have done to support us and fundraise for RAR.

Special thank yous to those who made our Florida trip successful and rewarding:

Rob Cole, who donated the use of his time share for our stay.
Suzy Morris, who helped us work our booth.
Siri Ydstie, who helped us work our booth.
Kim and Katarina, who welcomed us into their home to meet Riley again after so many years.
Karin, who welcomed us into her home to meet Stuart.
Andrea, who welcomed us into her home to meet her Romanian and other rescue dogs, and hosted Karin King to meet with us as well.
Rory, who did practically everything!!

Thank you People 4 Pets Germany for your help with spay/neuter, and Mayhew International with education books.

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