Since I've launched the Ploiesti Neutering Challenge on March 30th, there has been a Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3, in which a total of 63 animals were sterilized. A marvelous achievement for Ploiesti, an amazing feel-good feeling for all the ones that got involved. For it's not little to prevent the unnecessary suffering of the countless puppies and kittens whose birth was prevented through these sterilizations.
But something happened that made me want to go further, to push this Neutering Challenge to a whole new level.
A friend of mine happened to be visiting the local Bucov pound, when an old man riding his bicycle arrived at the shelter and asked about the cost of a sterilization performed there. This old man wasn't a Ploiesti local, having ridden his bike for kilometers in scorching weather, coming from his village adjacent Ploiesti to find out how much it would cost to have his female dog sterilized. When shelter staff told him the cost of a sterilization was 100 ron, he was shocked, and the only thing he could do was turn around and go back, obviously disappointed that he could not afford his dog's sterilization.
But my friend was there and ran after the old man, telling him about our Ploiesti Neutering Challenge. Now, a bit about old Romanian men from the countryside...
In my whole experience, and in the experience of all the Romanian people I have spoken to about the old man, we all agreed he is a very rare and special case. It is much more common for old Romanian men from the countryside, with their old mentalities, to just drown newly born puppies and kittens in rivers, to dispose of them in toilets, or to abandon them on the side of the road or in the forest. It is incredibly rare, if not unique, for an old Romanian man from the countryside to ride his bicycle for kilometers in scorching weather, to find out how much it would cost to have his female dog sterilized. It's virtually unheard of.
In his honor, because such behavior is so admirable and should by all means be rewarded, I want to hold Day 4 of our Ploiesti Neutering Challenge in the old man's village near Ploiesti. Because such beautiful people must by all means be encouraged in Romania. Not deterred, humiliated and turned around.
If you'd like to help such a beautiful person, please support Day 4 so we can go sterilize as many dogs as possible in his village. Because such good people must prevail in the end. Thank you!