Romania Animal Rescue has funded and performed over 25,000 neutering procedures its creation in 2003. In May of 2014, the organization reached 25,510 spay and neuter procedures.
Romania Animal Rescue was founded by Californian Nancy Janes in 2003 after she toured the country and couldn’t believe the number of stray dogs everywhere she went (see previous IPE article “American woman creates spay neuter organization…” ). With her husband’s blessing, she took a second mortgage on their house and began regular visits to the country. People in Romania were skeptical about an American woman who wanted to spay and neuter dogs in Eastern Europe. It was easier for Romanian townspeople to poison the dogs, but that didn’t stop the problem. In 2009 Janes partnered with Romania veterinarian Dr. Aurelian Stefan and launched the first “massive spayathon” project. Romania Animal Rescue has been going non-stop ever since.
During the first few months of 2014, the organization has performed 1,127 procedures. In 2013 the organization performed 4,791 spay/neuter procedures, the largest number in a single year. At the rate they are going now, Janes hopes to top that number in 2014. Janes says that as the organization proves its success town by town, more and more communities in Romania want to participate.
From her spring newsletter, “Some mayors may have been skeptical at first about spay/neuter being a cost-effective alternative to culling…The results are noticeable and have the mayors talking to each other. We have been getting requests from more towns to bring spay/neuter to their people.” So far in 2014 RAR vets have been to 40 cities and towns around Romania.
Romania Animal Rescue also provides educational services to schools, animal rescue, vaccination campaigns and veterinary training.
Now the organization is going global. Launched in 2011, Janes and several Romania veterinarians created Animal Spay/Neuter International, an organization that provides funding for spay and neutering campaigns to countries all around the globe. The cost of a single spay or neuter service is approximately $25 US. The team of vets and technicians involved with Romania Animal Rescue are also involved in this organization using the medical techniques they have developed working in Romania. The group has already performed “spayathons” in the Dominican Republic and Portugal. There were 489 procedures performed in the Dominican Republic and 247 in Portugal. If including Romania’s spay and neuter statistics, RAR and ASNI have performed over 26,896 spay/neuter procedures worldwide. Other countries include Greece, India, Panama and Suriname. Animal Spay/Neuter International has already received the Independent Charities of America Seal of Excellence.
To donate to either organization to continue spay and neutering of stay animals around the world, visit the fundraising website, Globalgiving.org.
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