Thursday, January 1, 2015

Dreams for 2015

Our mission is first and foremost prevention of suffering. This is why our focus is providing free sterilizations as means to prevent more innocents souls from being born to suffer. Animals should not be born only to live a short painful life enduring extreme weather outside in the streets, before being killed in traffic, by deadly viruses, or by human cruelty and neglect. Prevention is the most efficient way to help the largest number of animals possible.

For 2015 we wish to sterilize at least 2,000 females in Ploiesti but also in the adjacent countryside of the larger Prahova County. We can do this, but we truly need your support to make this happen. Can you consider helping us? One sterilization costs as little as 21 euro, and every single sterilization matters.

I believe together we can make a forever difference in this forsaken corner of Romania. Thank you!

Tiny incision, fast recovery, yet every single sterilization has a life long impact in a community plagued by massive abandonment of unwanted litters. Together we can change this!

RSDP works towards the day when no more innocent souls would be born to suffer.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

At the end of 2014

The last day of 2014... Time to share with you the accomplishments of our work over the past year. An unbelievably busy year, yet I think there is so much left to do for the upcoming 2015!

In 2014 RSDP provided a total of 1,099 free sterilizations to females from Ploiesti and surrounding villages. All thanks to your precious support.

Homeless or owned, dogs or cats, we were happy to provide free sterilizations to females as means to prevent more unfortunate souls from being born into a life of suffering.

At the upgraded Puppy Center we continue to care for the needy souls under our care. Unfortunately, space is very limited, and we are always full...

And there is always, ALWAYS, so much more left to do. Animals that need sterilizations, animals that need medical care, rescue work, food... Especially in this really cold winter that has hit Romania with temperatures way below 0 degrees Celsius.

For 2015 our dream is to extend our Ploiesti Neutering Challenge into the countryside, a place where sterilizations are needed even more than in the city at this point. We aspire to sterilize at least 2,000 females in the year to come. We know that every single sterilization prevents so much suffering. And prevention is priceless in a county where countless souls are born every year only to live a short painful life before being killed by ignorance, deadly viruses, extreme temperatures or car accidents.

RSDP continues to work daily towards the day when no more innocent souls would be born to suffer. This is our creed, or vision and our mission.

We wish to thank from the heart the "parent" organizations Stumme Schreie eV and PetOps eV that support vigorously our work, believe in our vision and work so hard to raise donations so we can do our daily work in the service of animals. Every single day I am grateful to have these wonderful people in my life. We are also fortunate to have dozens and hundreds of friends who follow us and share our work and donate so we can keep going.

RSDP wishes you a strong 2015, and please do not forget us! We can only grow as much as you help us to.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Happy New Year and keep in touch!

Dear friends,

What an unbelievably busy year it has been! We have opened the social veterinary clinic Friendly Vets for Pets, we've continued our work sterilizing like mad females from Ploiesti and surrounding villages, we've upgraded the Puppy Center, I've pursued and graduated from a vet tech course, and also began vet school. I apologize for how much this blog has been neglected though.

For easy view of our work, you can follow us daily via Facebook on the following pages:

Romanian Stray Dogs Ploiesti group

Romanian Stray Dogs Ploiesti page

Friendly Vets for Pets page

God bless you, may we help together many more animals in the year to come!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sterilizing like mad - why we do what we do

Romanian Stray Dogs Ploiesti started out because of the great need of just too many innocent companion animals ruthlessly condemned to a life of suffering. For any decent sensitive soul, assisting so much suffering without taking action is no way to go.

Back in March of 2012 we launched the Ploiesti Neutering Challenge, an ongoing sterilization campaign focusing on providing free sterilizations to females, owned or homeless, dogs and cats. The Ploiesti community needed free sterilizations like air - and we wanted to meet this need as best we could. Prevention of suffering was always key to us. Since then we have provided nearly 2,000 free sterilizations and our counter increases on a daily basis.

But it was never easy. It is still not easy. When we began, our free sterilization campaign was criticized by old established local animal rescuers. Their creed was simple: we should only sterilize shelter dogs that could also be subsequently adopted abroad. In their mind, sterilizations alone were "wasted" if animals weren't also re-homed. In their view, it was also a waste of money to sterilize homeless dogs, as their lives were doomed anyway. They were also totally against the idea of sterilizing owned animals, assuming owners should be the ones paying for this veterinary service.

The harsh everyday reality we are confronted with in the streets tells us a totally different story. Every year, thousands of puppies are born in the streets of Ploiesti or dumped from people's courtyards. Furthermore, owned female animals never have it easy. All too often, the cute owned female puppy grows up and gets dumped in the street or at the local pound when going into heat or having puppies. Here are a few recent stories from our Ploiesti streets, and unfortunately they are painfully representative and common:

These newborn pups were dumped near a residential building. Too young to survive on their own, they were heavily infested with fly larvae. Wouldn't you have wanted to be there to sterilize the owned female of the irresponsible owner who disposed of these helpless souls like garbage? Even worse, this owner is likely to continue with this disposal practice twice a year, every time his entire dog has unwanted litters...

This small female dog (Lisa) and her 5 tiny pups were dumped on a field near a residential area. A lovely little girl with great temperament, Lisa is a dream dog. By no means did she deserve to be dumped in the streets with her puppies on a cold rainy day. If only that owner would have brought Lisa for free sterilization and kept her- we wouldn't have now a total of 6 souls needing rescue

This is Romania and this is our everyday reality in the streets. And this is how we tackle this nightmare:
  •  We are happy to sterilize females for free, owned or not. Any soul not being born to suffer is a soul saved. 
  • Like mamma Lisa are countless abandoned moms with their pups. If we can extend our hand to such owners to have their female dogs sterilized for free, there would simply not be so many souls dumped and in need of rescue. At the end of the day, it's pure math: providing free sterilizations to owned females like Lisa prevents the subsequent birth of exponentially more souls needing rescue work
  • Many good willed owners simply cannot afford to pay for a sterilization. We are here to help them with all our heart and understanding.
  • Sterilizing homeless female dogs truly increases their chances to become adopted. At our sterilization campaigns we always hear: "my neighbor wants to adopt this community female but only on condition that she be sterilized first, for he does not want puppies"
  • Worst comes to worst... we sterilize a homeless female that then gets returned in the streets, and eventually dog catchers pick her up and take her to the city pound. Truly not great, but at least this female dog makes it to the pound sterilized and won't be having puppies in appalling conditions; plus dog catchers only pick up one female dog alone, not a female dog with her litter of puppies. That is one unfortunate soul instead of many more unfortunate souls. Fewer souls born to suffer!
  • We did assist miracles in our sterilization campaigns. Believe it or not, but sterilizations of females really do save lives. We've seen in our sterilized females countless cases of pyometra (infection of the uterus) that are deadly if left untreated. Sterilizing females with pyometra literally saved their lives. Today many females are still alive because of the Ploiesti Neutering Challenge.
At the end of the day, there are just too many great dogs that keep on coming, and not enough great loving homes for them. This is why RSDP's mission is primarily sterilizations as preventive means, and rescue work comes second. The case of mamma Lisa is always an example to us. If only her owner had spayed Lisa with us, for free... Now Lisa would still be owned; and we did not have 6 souls on our hands to rescue. It's that easy.

We strive to touch the lives of as many animals as possible, and prevent as much unnecessary suffering as possible, at the crossroad between compassion and reason. Because we care too much.