RAR / ASNI Newsletter Spring 2014
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Raji
To Raji: March 30, 1981 - April 7, 2014
What can we say about the loss of the most beloved boy? A treasure, a soulmate, a truly glorious best friend and son. Raji, we will miss you eternally. We will never forget your sweet whinny, the sweet smell of your breath, how your nose kissed like a little peach. Rest in Peace, our most wonderful baby. We loved you more than words could ever express. Rory and Nancy Janes

Dear Romania Animal Supporters »

Dear Romania Animal Rescue and Animal Spay Neuter International Friends,

I would like to apologize for the tardiness of this newsletter. Although this has been a sad time for my family, having lost our beloved Raji, the work in Romania cannot take time out for grieving. Animals are being born into a life of suffering on a daily basis and RAR, being in the forefront of birth control and prevention of abuse, takes no time off. The animals need us too desperately. Thank you for always being there for the animals in Romania. Thank you for your continued support. With the new kill law, spay/neuter is more vital than ever. RAR has four continuous programs that we always run:

    1. Spay Neuter campaigns that occur monthly in Craiova, Tecuci, and Moreni, and Spayathons that occur as funding allows (we are currently also funding some free spay/neuter in Bistrita with the local vet, Dr. Tavi, trained by Dr. Aurelian).
    2. Veterinary Care provided for the animals who otherwise would have no help via the Homeless Animals Hospital program.
    3. Distribution of education books throughout the country.
    4. Sponsorship of veterinarians to attend the Veterinary Training Camp to learn "keyhole" incision techniques.

RAR also provides food for animals as our donations specify.

Reaching out to the communities that ask for our help is a blessing--a blessing provided only with your support and donations. Thank you to each and every one of you for your care and compassion.

Love to you good people!
Nancy Janes

Dear Friends,

You are the happy supporters of probably the most efficient animal organization in Romania! Together with Animal Spay Neuter International, we have provided over 25,000 spays/neuters, and through this preventing countless souls to be born and have a cruel and uncertain life on the streets. We have provided for 14,200 educational booklets to be distributed in the towns where we have ongoing spay and neuter projects and the local people received them extremely well as this is a key step in creating a better future for both humans and animals.

The newest link in our work is launching the animal care project "Homeless Animal Hospital" (HAH). This project is a unique of its kind and at the moment it takes place in our clinic in Craiova, as well as helping in Tecuci and Bucharest. Via HAH, we help desperate cases that need veterinary care to be adopted or to remain in their homes, and provide emergency treatments for those animals who would otherwise go without help. Yet the main priority remains spay and neuter social outreach and promoting responsible pet ownership. HAH helps stray animals as well as pets belonging to low income people or to discriminated persons such as the Roma. I hope you are proud with our achievements and with our plans and that you will support our work to save as many animals as possible.

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.

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 procedures funded

ASNI/RAR funded spayathons in:

Bistrita
Craiova Iasi cats program/Miroslava
Moreni
Tecuci
Visina

396 for March and April

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 25,218 spay/neuter procedures around the world! That's right, we have surpassed the 25,000 spay/neuter mark. Thanks to you, our donors, for funding our spay/neuter campaign in Romania.

Facebook Campaigns »

Facebook Auction

Maz Foulger is holding an auction on Facebook. Please visit the All Things Bright and Beautiful Facebook page to see items that will be auctioned.

Spay/Neuter Romania

This wonderful campaign is helping to raise funds for our spay/neuter work throughout Romania. Please join the fun and learn about our work!

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Spay/Neuter Update »

Iasi Spayathon

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These cats were spayed/neutered at the event.

The animal lovers in Iasi are extremely grateful for your continued support for our cat spay program! Lelia provided this report of the event:

Thanks to Romania Animal Rescue, Inc amazing donors 56 cats were spayed during these past days of April (49 females and 7 males, many of the females already pregnant). This is part of our free cats spay / neuter campaign for 120 cats in Iasi, Romania.

The phones are ringing and the lines are forming. Let's show them what compassion is all about! People are so happy to have this opportunity, they all came with their cats and their friends' cats! More and more people want to get their cats fixed! how cool is this! really happy to have met kind responsible pet owners!

We need YOUR help to keep this opportunity open for the cats.

Much gratitude to all kind people who understood that this is the only way to stop the abandonment and the suffering of stray cats and brought their cats to be fixed! Spay/neuter your pets!

Buna Ziua Iasi has published this article on our Iasi spayathons. (Read the original article in Romanian.)

Here are many stray animals that will be sterilized in Iasi this month

Periodically, Romania Animal Rescue, Inc. (RAR) provides funding for free sterilization of cats and strays. In April, RAR will fund free sterilization of 120 cats from Iasi and 100 dogs from Miroslava. This campaign takes place at the veterinary clinic by physician Izavet Livioara Rotariu, whose clinic is located in the village of Miroslava.

Romania Animal Rescue celebrates International Stray Animals Day on April 4 with sterilization programs underway in Iasi and Miroslava, Moreni, Comanesti and Targoviste, and introducing new educational projects, in Worcester, Craiova and Galati, with graciously donated printing funds by Mayhew International for these educational booklets.

Help us spay/neuter cats

Wolfsfreund Support

Iasi Spayathon

Wolfsfreund is a "high-quality dog food" company in Germany that has adopted Dr. Aurelian Stefan as their spokesperson. They have sent us this note of support for the recent spayathons that Animal Spay/Neuter International (ASNI) ran in Portugal and The Dominican Republic:

Wolfsfreund congratulates ASNI on 25,000 sterilizations! Wolfsfreund congratulates the whole ASNI team to the successful completion of the newest spay and neuter projects. We are very pleased to have won such a dedicated animal and human friend like Dr. Stefan as a brand ambassador. We highly appreciate the work of ASNI and strongly believe that spaying and neutering is the only long term way to mitigate the animal misery in the world. This is what we gladly support.

Our ASNI team is still going strong. They have recently been called to Greece to run a spayathon. Please bookmark AnimalSNI.org so you can get updated on this latest spayathon.

Tecuci Spayathon

Tecuci Spayathon
Tecuci Spayathon
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These animals were spayed/neutered at the event.

In March, we drove to Tecuci to run a spayathon for the local people. They brought in dogs and cats in droves, but our spay/neuter team worked tirelessly to prevent these pets from producing litters that would have been invariably turned to the streets of Tecuci. We are proud of the people of Tecuci for caring so much about their dogs and cats, and thank our donors for making this spayathon possible. With your support, we will return to Tecuci next month to sterilize even more animals.

Where Do We Go from Here?

Here is the list of places we are planning on going to next:

  • Tecuci next week
  • Spay/neuter for 100 dogs in Craiova
  • Targoviste
  • Comanesti
  • Vatra Dornei
  • Suplac and surrounding area
  • Bistrita and surrounding villages

Help us spay/neuter pets

Animal Care »

Homeless Animal Hospital

Snowflake
snowflake

Our Animal Care program is now sponsoring the Homeless Animals Hospital in Romania. HAH provides free veterinary care for the animals of impoverished citizens as well as for abandoned animals. Here is the story of Snowflake:

Meet Snowflake, a victim of uncontrolled breeding and of a cruel pure-breed market. She was dumped because she was not eating and is blind. Weighing 400 grams [14 ounces] it was a challenge to put her back on her feet. She is doing better and better and hopefully she will make a speedy recovery! Time will tell the fate of Snowflake. Please help us to help other her and other animals like her with veterinary care and treatment, boarding, and foster care costs. Together, we can do this!

Help us care for more animals

More animals that have been helped by the good work of Homeless Animal Hospital

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Homeless Animal Hospital patient
Homeless Animal Hospital patient

Adoptions »

4 Pups Arrive in LA for Adoption

Sasha

We have a wonderful story of the rescue of the 4 pups from Tecuci, Romania! Like the dogs of Sochi, Russia, these dogs all faced the possibility of extermination under the new law in Romania. Luckily, they made it to a lovely rescue in Los Angeles and will find great homes. Enjoy this great story of compassion and love written by Diane Chang, Romania Animal Representative in Los Angeles. (Read the full story online.)

On February 13, 2014, Mihaela Raducanu, a rescuer/vet student in Romania who works closely with RAR, shared some images of dogs in desperate need. One of the dogs, Sasha, was rescued as a pup and lived with a kind-hearted foster, Otilia, in the city of Tecuci, Romania. Sasha was born on the streets; before her rescue, she had survived as a stray with her littermate, who unfortunately did not make it.

Romanian Dogs

Otilia later took on the care of 3 additional homeless female pups, all littermates. She had discovered them because of their cries--they had been discarded in a plastic bag by the road. One of the pups had broken free, but the other two were close to suffocation. They were so young, their eyes had barely begun to open. Otilia had found them in the nick of time. At Otilia's home, the orphaned Sasha took the 3 littermates under her wing.

Romanian Dogs getting ready to fly to LA

The overseas trip was long, but fortunately the pups had a potty break layover at the airport Pet Hotel in Amsterdam. At LAX, we--a party of Doggies911 Rescue volunteers, Nancy Janes and her husband, Rory (both of whom flew down from San Francisco just for the occasion)--enthusiastically greeted the four pups, complete with banners and dog treats. After a day-long process of clearing customs, we rushed them to the vet, so that they could get the necessary health clearances.

Welcome to LA, Romanian Dogs

The bottom line is: dogs don't belong on the streets, but the long-term solution lies not within a massive, inhumane cull--as the population will eventually regenerate through continued pet abandonment and rampant breeding--but within education and spay/neuter programs. RAR, led by Nancy Janes, is spearheading this movement in hopes of combating the root of the Romanian street dog problem, with good Samaritans like Mihaela and Dr. Corbu championing the cause on the homefront. Marilyn and the rest of the D911 team continue to work tirelessly placing homeless dogs, including those with dire medical needs, with loving families all over Los Angeles. I've never been so proud to be part of a compassionate team--without the combined efforts of many, this unique rescue would not have been possible.

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 now 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 US$800 (€500, £500), 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 »

Dear RAR and ASNI donors,
As this newsletter comes to a close, we reflect at all the good that our charity has been able to provide for thousands of animals. Thanks to YOU! Our mission statement is "to establish and promote animal welfare in the country of Romania", and thanks to all our wonderful donors, we have been able to do just that. Thank you to everyone who has donated to make RAR the best charity!

A huge and tremendous THANK YOU shout out to Olive Walker who is funding two campaigns in Iasi, and two campaigns for 200 more animals in Bucharest peasant villages! The Iasi campaign is for 120 cats to be spayed/neutered, as well as for 100 dogs to be spayed/neutered. Altogether, 420 animals will be spayed thanks to Olive's support for these campaigns. One of the campaigns we are planning to hold in Dr. Aurelian's grandmother's village--a tribute to the great woman that was such a huge influence on his life.

What would we do without Sue Roberts and Maz Foulger's help? We shutter to think! These blessed wonderful amazing (well, we call them Super Sue and Marvelous Maz). These two ladies and the donors they have rallied to help have funded (drum roll please) 100 spay/neuters in Craiova in February, 200 spay/neuter for the upcoming Vatra Dornei campaign, 200 spay/neuters for the upcoming Bistrita campaign, and are now working to raise the funds for our 100 free spay/neuter campaign in the village of Suplac in June! We never dreamed to have so much help, so much education being shared via their auctions, campaigns, events, and raffles for RAR. Nancy Janes can now sleep at night (may not mean much to most, but Nancy and Rory and we dare say Dr. A breathe a sigh of relief!). So onward and upward with the help from all of you!

Mayhew International has done it again: Donated the funds for printing of yet another 1200 education books for RAR to distribute! This brings us a grand total of 14,200 education books that have been shared and distributed throughout Romania!

Thank you to the great charity Dogs on Death Row for funding 100 free spays/neuters for Romania Animal Rescue campaigns, and to Cats on Death Row for funding another 100 free cat spays/neuters for our team to perform! These great charities have worked closely with RAR for a number of years, and Jodie, the founder, has been instrumental in teaching Nancy so much about spay/neuter and it's importance! Thank you, Jodie, for this great gift of compassion and love for the animals once again!

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