1 female dog and her offspring can produce 67000 puppies in 6 years.
Only in 2012, ROLDA sterilized 435 dogs, from which 80% females. Imagine how many lives we saved together!
Thousands and thousands abandoned dogs: abused, beaten, poisoned, giving birth to unwanted puppies, silently suffering on the streets of Romania.
We all know the solution to end this problem: setting up national wide sterilization program, sustained from the public governmental funds, in collaboration with experienced vets from each region of Romania.
We convinced ourselves that blitz sterilizations of 100-500 dogs, organized every now and then, does not decrease the massive strays number because in between the two sterilizations campaigns, the number of puppies born from un-sterilized females is higher than the number of sterilized animals itself. While the “sterilizations in small number” help the dogs benefiting from these surgeries, do not solve mathematically the growing number of strays suffering on the streets.
Only one charity is not wealthy enough to afford sterilizing all the animals from a region of Romania. Due to lack of people education, some hide their dogs from being sterilized while others abandon the puppies on empty fields, throw them in trash bins or over the shelter’ fencing, etc A constant number of un-sterilized animals give birth to puppies that grow to the age when they can produce themselves a new generation of street dogs.
We all heard of the massive corruption in Romania. The lack of authorities’ humane reaction regarding the strays’ overpopulation in the last 25 years is not accidental. The financial benefits could be one of this lacks of reaction, which continued even when international personalities like Brigitte Bardot wanted to put own money into solving the problem humanely, decently – by sterilizing all the strays of Bucharest e.g. Being exposed to the public, international opinion the dogs slaughtering decreased.
ROLDA works with two local veterinaries to sterilize and treat our rescued dogs. Considering that Galati’ strays problem requires massive funding and the sincere cooperation from the authorities’ side, plus enormous logistic efforts – to organize a successful sterilization campaign that will show results, we aim to provide free sterilizations for the dogs caught at the outskirt of the town, in the industrial sites, in Smardan village (where ROLDA signed a protocol with the Mayor that protect the sterilized and ear tag dogs from being catch and killed)
Considering that both ROLDA shelters are in the vicinity of Smardan (the large shelter) and inside the village of Smardan (the Adoption Center), we also think we “owe” to the local people to help them sterilize their own pets and dogs roaming around because they show understanding when dogs disturbed often barking during their relaxation time or during nights.
We consider that the private charities, active in Romania, are not wealthy and powerful enough to solve the national strays’ problem and sterilizing two dogs here and 10 dogs there it’s just a way of dividing an effort (money, time, logistic) which would show more convincing and faster results if focused in one single location on Romanian map.
In other words, assuming the city X has 1000 dogs and the city Y has 1000 dogs. If a charity sterilize in both cities 100 dogs this year, and 200 dogs the next year, the realistic and mathematic results of decreasing strays population are zero. If the same charity would sterilize the female dogs from the city X and than move to the city Y, after solving the problem visibly in the first city – the impact will be higher because they and the program will have more credibility and the results will convince even the most skeptical authorities.
Sadly, the corruption of some authorities is equaled by the “work for their own public image” that some are doing, knowing that it’s a waste of money and energy, but posing to be otherwise.
Photo Album - Sterilizations in Smardan, April 2013
After hoping for years that we can do something for the entire region of Galati, we revised the whole plan. We are extremely grateful that the sterilizations costs are covered by the steel plant for the dogs catch from their premises.
We hope to raise funds to sterilize the approx 1800 dogs from the outskirt of Galati and Smardan village. In the first phase, we want to sterilize 200 dogs and document this action with photos to all our donors and the public.
We remind you that each sterilization costs 20 US$. We aim to raise 4000 $. Of course you can donate any amount – smaller or bigger, every little count. Please specify it is for the sterilization campaign.
If you are a Dutch citizen, you can benefit of tax-exempt for your donation, grant, and bequest made to ROLDA, thanks to the ANBI system.
If you are a US citizen, your donation is tax-deductible. Our EIN is 32-0176929.
If you want to send the money directly in Romania, please use these details:
Account name: Fundatia ROLDA
IBAN EUR: RO26BPOS18006199553EUR01
Bank name: BancPost Galati
Bank address: Movilei Street 2-4, Galati, Romania
P.O. Box 40, Greenbank,
roldausa (at) care2.com
phone: 360 678 1057
mobile: 360 969 0450
(Org.Nr. 998 398 495)
Contact person: Sandra Keim
Facebook page ROLDA Sverige
Interesting blog about Romanian animals charities.