Monday, April 23, 2012

Ploiesti Neutering Challenge Day 2

I am extremely happy and grateful for all the support I have received since launching the Ploiesti Neutering Challenge less than a month ago. Not only was Day 1 of this campaign very successful with 23 sterilizations performed, but only 9 days later we were able to hold Day 2 with 19 sterilizations. The ones "responsible" for making Day 2 possible with their donations are Wouter and the organization Help4Strays, Kendra and the organization Action Aid for Animals, Anja, Jacqueline, Siri, Bianca, Svea-Maria, Sandra, Ulrike, Valarie, Akiko, Susan, Mandy, Alexandra, Sissel, Ayse, and Alina. The 19 animals sterilized on Day 2 give these friends of animals massive thanks!

April 18th: we picked up 19 animals to be sterilized on Day 2 of our Neutering Challenge

The animals were taken to the FPCC clinic, sterilized, given long acting antibiotics, and kept for 2 days at the clinic for post surgery care. Then, on April 20th, we returned the animals into their territories and to the wonderful people taking care of them in the street.

Dogs about to be returned into their territories on April 20th. They received numbered ear tags to show they were sterilized. They were all in great shape and fully recovered after the surgery.

Day 2 was another very successful day, 19 more Ploiesti animals being neutered for free. Together with Day 1, that makes 42 animals neutered since we've launched the Ploiesti Neutering Challenge on March 30th! Thanks to the wonderful people who donated and supported this campaign, 42 animals will not reproduce anymore in the streets to give birth to more homeless puppies...

Because there already are too many suffering homeless puppies in Ploiesti and Romania generally. On Day 2, a friend also showed me one little puppy she had just found abandoned in the street, a female puppy of no more than 4 weeks of age:

Then, as we were returning the dogs on Day 2, I found one little injured puppy recently hit by car, on the side of the road, possibly with a broken leg, and full of ticks:


These suffering puppies do not deserve this kind of fate. Such sad cases only motivate me to push even harder for our Ploiesti Neutering Challenge. Until such stories of injured, suffering abandoned puppies on the side of the road become history.

Despite this, on Day 2 of our Neutering Challenge I could see the light at the end of the tunnel for the stray animal overpopulation problem in Ploiesti and Romania. I have seen more and more people becoming interested in neutering their own animals and the stray animals living in their neighborhoods. People are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of sterilizations. The more dogs we sterilize, the more doors open for more sterilizations because people become aware.This way, step by step, in the end animals will surely win!

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