Picture of a poor soul
Poverty affects dogs too!
If I asked you to picture a poor person, what image pops into your head?
The majority of people picture a homeless man or woman in ragged clothes begging for money on the streets to buy food or alcohol.
Others think about Third World countries where famine and disease are endless.
Not many people associate poverty with families or individuals with low incomes or experiencing unemployment. They don’t consider poverty as a result of unpredictable circumstances that can strike even the wealthiest of people in an instant.
But hardly anyone pictures a poor person or family with a pet.
There are millions of poverty-stricken people with pets who eventually reach a point where they have to abandon them because they are no longer able to afford the expenses.
Dogs or cats that were once companions, friends, or family members are suddenly either given up for adoption or left to fend for themselves.
It’s a difficult decision for all of these pet owners.
The most heartbreaking part is not being able to explain to them why they have to separate.
These pets spend days wondering when their owners will be back to pick them up. Even those lucky ones that get adopted wonder what has happened to their old homes.
Those less fortunate who end up in a dog pound or on the streets simply do not survive very long.
But there are many pet owners that do everything in their power to keep their friends for as long as they can — no matter how rough their economic situation is or has become.
We at ROLDA do our best to sterilize and microchip pets for free when owners cannot afford to. We believe this will help such pets from getting lost, stolen, or placed in a pound, and help to control the stray population.
Every year an estimated 6,000 puppies are born on the streets of Romania, where the average income is 200 EUR a month.
We also catch, sterilize, identify (with ear tags), and return strays where water is always available, with the hope that one day we will have room for them at our shelter.
Both types of sterilization campaigns are only possible because of the generous donations we receive from our supporters.
So far we have been able to do a few hundred sterilizations each year, and in 2015 we are aiming for 700.
But we need your help!
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