Here is Day 20 pick up in pictures:
This was a very sweet Lab mix stray, already pregnant
This is an owned female dog with several unwanted litters born. Her owner is known for having abandoned many pups in the streets. No more of that!
The last litter of 6 pups from the owned female dog
Driving around town, we met several more abandoned pups
And another sweet female dog, currently mothering 2 teenage pups; no more births for you, sweet girl
Two days later, on February 21st, we returned the animals back into their territories or to their owners:
Bogdan with the small mom, on the way to returning her into her territory
We also fed the newly returned dogs
And also ran into previously sterilized female dogs
Unfortunately, it really is not easy sometimes to drive around Ploiesti and run the Neutering Challenge; we do have our heartbreaks and setbacks also. This female dog was very fearful and it was impossible for us to catch her on February 19th in order to have her sterilized... Well, this is how we found this dog two days later on February 21st. Dead from poisoning. In an area with quite many dogs, she had been the only one killed. Very likely she was the target of selective gender killing, so she would not get to reproduce. Oh sweet girl, if only you had allowed us to catch you to have you sterilized, you would have still been alive and well...
At the end of the day, we rescued one little pup we called Baby Bear. Baby Bear is another reason why the Ploiesti Neutering Challenge exists. Baby Bear was initially part of a litter of 6 pups born to a street female in a Ploiesti suburb. On February 21st, Baby Bear was the only one from his litter still alive. His siblings had been killed either in passing traffic, or by big adult dogs patrolling the area. Literally born to suffer and die a painful death
We thank dearly the generous secret sponsor of Day 20 and of the 5 other emergency sterilizations performed directly at the vet clinic. Thank you dearly for helping a total of 22 animals not reproduce anymore! The situation is already too severe as is. We truly cannot allow any more litters to be born to end up like Baby Bear's siblings.
May the Ploiesti Neutering Challenge have many more sterilization days to come, and triumph on the long run, for animals' sake!