Here is the new van bought last summer 2009, identical to the previous one but with some extra options that we deemed essential:
1) installation of air conditioning in the rear compartment
2) inner alluminium lining to render the compartment perfectly washable. This allows maximum comfort to our doggies also travelling in the heat of summer and to readily obtain all the permits to be issued by the Romanian Local Health Authority.
In spite of the 26% discount obtained from the agents, the total sum that STD spent in three instalments has been 24.000 euro: 4.000 euro have already been supplied by some generous supporters from Romania while 7.700 euro have been collected during the following months. The remaining amount of 12.300 euro has been covered by STD funds, considering the high priority of the van. In fact, without it we could not guarantee the transport of the dogs to Bucharest airport, as well as the dog food delivery to our facilities.
The operative lamp purchased in Italy thank to your donations has finally come to destination. Here how our operating theatre of Calarasi looks now. A second lamp has arrived in Cernavoda as gift by the Association Dogs Adoptions NL, together wth several tonnes of food donated by Dutchypuppy. Thanks everybody for this important amelioration!
Following our appeal on the web site and on Facebook, many of you responded and contributed to the purchase of two sterilizers: one for our centre of Medgidia and the other one for the mobile clinic. Both devices (purchased in Italy as they were less expensive here than in Romania) arrived at destination, delighting our local staff. These are the photos that document the arrival of the devices. We want to thank all the people who permitted us to realize this further improvement for our working standards in Medgidia. Stray dogs and cats will be operated on with perfectly sterile instruments!
Although the necessary amount has not been collected (ca. 11 000 euro), we have been forced to proceed with the purchase of the van, so as not to block the activities of Save the Dogs at Calarasi. As a matter of fact, total donations reached 2 000 euro: for the remaining 9 000 euro, we had to dip into the funds earmarked for running expenses (food and medicines). We hope to soon receive some fodder from Holland in order to offset this sudden and wholly unexpected expense. We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who made a donation for this essential vehicle.