17 Mar

Sterilization Campaign


Spay means less strays!

PETA research estimates that one female dog, left un-spayed and living on the streets with its offspring, could produce “62,000 descendants in just six years.”

How to prevent this exponential birth rate and humanely keep the strays’ overpopulation under control? By sterilizing the dogs with and without human companion and by identifying (and keeping a clear nation-wide record) of all dogs with human companion.

What is the sterilization/castration/spay and neuter? A routine surgical procedure that can prevent thousands and thousands unwanted puppies (or kittens) to be born.

In Romania are estimated 2 ,5 million stray dogs.

Romania is the country with the worst strays overpopulation problem from Europe and one of the worst from the entire World. Unfortunately, this is not a well known fact by the large public because Romania is not a tourist destination, like Spain or Greece are. The few visitors travelling in Romania are shocked by the high number of dogs living on the streets, in packs, many of them behaving “wild” like wolves. In far north, east and south of Romania the situation is dramatic, increased by the severe poverty and high rate of unemployment which generate more abandons of pets, the economic incapacity of people to sterilize and identify by microchipping their pets, even this became, starting 2015, mandatory by law.

That’s where ROLDA team steps in. Located in Galati, south -east of Romania, ROLDA helped over 7,000 animals since its beginning.

Working with Dr. Andrei, ROLDA sponsor the sterilization and microchipping campaigns especially in the rural area, where people’s lack of education and financial possibilities make the situation worse for both animals and community where they live.

In the Galati town and suburbs alone, the officials estimate a population of 15,000-18,000 strays.

DVM Andrei and technician Nicu

Simply put it, ROLDA provides funds and services for social programs to help the community handle their pets responsibly. Will you be part of our solution?

26€ One dog sterilized and microchipped
52€ Two dogs sterilized and microchipped
130€ Five dogs sterilized and microchipped

Causes of strays overpopulation include:

  1. Abandon caused by moving house, or poor economy
  2. Stray female dogs giving birth to unwanted puppies on the streets (even if these puppies have a low rate of survival)
  3. Lack of education e.g. people let their pets unsupervised, to mate with street dogs
  4. Lack of law enforcement
  5. Corruption of local authorities across the country
Killing large numbers of healthy dogs is ethically very questionable. The World Health Organisation (WHO) now recognises that slaughter often produces a short term effect. Even maximal catching rates (up to 24% of dog population per year) make no significant impact. Where dogs are removed others migrate into the area to fill the ecological niche .

Make a gift to spay for less strays in Romania!

Ms Lebet at the vet clinic

photo: Ms. Lebet, the Swiss Ambassador wife, assisted the Sterilization Campaign in autumn 2015

ROLDA Sterilization Programs include:

  • Sterilize the dogs rescued by ROLDA team from streets
  • Sterilize the dogs collected from the industrial sites
  • Sterilize the dogs brought to our shelter by various people instead of being simply abandoned on the streets
  • Sponsor with money and logistics the sterilization of  pets (dogs with human companion) from families with low income from rural areas.

Click here to read about the Sterilization Campaign in 2015

The Sterilization campaign 2016

ROLDA Policy about earliest age for sterilization:  Pet dogs may be neutered as early as 7-8 weeks with no adverse effects on their physical and social development  but they are not exposed to the same stresses and hazards as a free ranging street pup. Hence, the decision has been made not to neuter street pups until they are at least 3-4 months old because the street pups are not independent of (and maybe should not be separated from) adult care until they are 3-4 months old.

Click on the relevant icon to read more:

tnr                 numbers

Why sterilization didn’t work in Romania?read more

abc                 first aid kit