FOUNDATION
The association was born to give an answer to the tragic emergency that affects stray dogs in Romania, hundreds of thousands of animals exterminated every year by the authorities in a climate of general indifference and an endemic strayness, completely out of control.

The promoter and founder of the association is Sara Turetta, a former advertising accountant from Milan who decided in 2002 to quit her job and to move to Romania. Once the project in Romania started, in 2005 Sara came back to Italy to institute an association in order to fund the activities in Romania.

MISSION
STD intends to promote in Romania a culture that recognizes to animals (in particular to pet animals and to horses) several inalienable rights. These rights are well summarized by the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals signed in Strasbourg in 1987, ratified by Romania in 2004 but actually never entered into force.

STD believes that the society has a responsibility of protection towards animals, connected to the objective value of the single individual, as being able to suffer and to feel, and to the positive and irreplaceable role of animals within the human society.

STD proposes to promote in Romania and, in general, across Europe a legislation that:

* excludes the elimination of stray animals as a method to control the canine/feline population and that implements bloodless methods to face the problem of endemic strayness. These methods have to safeguard the public health while respecting the rights of animals;
* severely punishes all those individual or collective behaviours that cause pains to animals, despite of the category or species.

AIMS AND ACTIVITIES
STD proposes to contrast the phenomenon of endemic strayness through qualified medical-veterinary activities, with the instruments offered by the medical science, in particular through the TNR technique (trap, neuter and return). This method is the only one that is considered effective by the WHO and by the major English organizations, after decades of experience accumulated in countries with situations similar to the Romanian one.

Moreover, the association intends to contribute to the training of a new class of veterinary doctors, offering the know-how to the new generations of neo-graduates.

Finally, the association is involved in education plans for students of the compulsory school and in awareness campaigns to stimulate the reflection about a correct relationship between humans and animals and to promote responsible attitudes from the owners of animals.

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